What Breed of Dogs Are Called Walkers?

by Jo Chester
    A saddle back treeing Walker coonhound has the white, brown and pattern seen in many hound breeds.

    A saddle back treeing Walker coonhound has the white, brown and pattern seen in many hound breeds.

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    All coonhounds are descended from English foxhounds colonists brought with them from England. Treeing Walker coonhounds are descended from a particular foxhound strain, the Walker foxhound, developed by George Washington Maupin and John W. Walker. Originally registered by the United Kennel Club with the bluetick coonhound as part of the English coonhound breed, Walker coonhounds became their own breed in 1945. The American Kennel Club recognized the treeing Walker coonhound as a breed in 2012.

    Treeing Walker Coonhound Characteristics

    The treeing Walker coonhound is a graceful and symmetrical hound that bears a striking resemblance to the American foxhound. The Walker is a medium to large dog, standing between 20 and 27 inches at the shoulder. The United Kennel Club standard describes the breed’s voice as being either a “clear, ringing bugle” or a “steady, clear chop.”
    The Walker has a short, dense coat. The coat is marked in a typical tricolor saddle back or blanket back hound pattern (brown with black marking over the back) or in a piebald pattern (white with brown or black markings). On very rare occasions, treeing Walkers are primarily white with a sprinkling of color (ticking); this marking is often associated with one bloodline within the breed.

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    About the Author

    Jo Chester has been a professional writer and editor for more than a decade. She holds a Master of Arts in professional writing. Chester specializes in dog-related subjects and is a registered agent for Onofrio Dog Show Superintendents. She is also a certified dog trainer and has stewarded at numerous dog shows.

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