Treeing Walker Coonhound - Appearance & Grooming

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Treeing Walker Coonhound

Appearance

Treeing Walker Coonhounds are athletic, sleek dogs who are often confused for large Beagles. They may come in black, tan and white or any combination of two or all three colors. The head is small, the muzzle long and narrow. The eyes are large, bright and brown. The large, floppy ears fall over the sides of the face and should reach the end of the dog's neck. The legs of the Walker Coonhound are long, muscular and thin.

Size and Weight

Treeing Walker Coonhounds typically stand from 20 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 45 to 80 pounds. Males are usually a bit larger than females.

Coat and Color

The Treeing Walker Coonhound coat is smooth and shiny and may be white with black spots and tan markings or black with white markings and tan trim, called saddleback.

Grooming Needs

Moderate, year-round shedders, the Treeing Walker Coonhound needs weekly brushing to remove loose and dead hair. Baths are required as needed, and this depends upon the individual dog's activity level and propensity for flopping in the mud.

Check the ears on a weekly basis for signs of infection, irritation, or wax build up. This is of particular importance because the heavy ears of the Walker Coonhound don't allow for proper air circulation, making the breed prone to painful infections. Cleanse regularly with a veterinarian-approved cleanser and cotton ball. Brush the teeth at least once per week to prevent tartar buildup and fight gum disease. Additionally, nails should be trimmed once per month if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally.

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