Two New Breeds Make Their National Dog Show Debut

Westminster Kennel Club

The Treeing Walker Coonhound

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is the fourth coonhound to win full AKC recognition in the past three years. As his name implies, this competitive canine was bred to track and tree wild raccoons. 

He has a glossy, tricolored coat that's dense enough for protection. The AKC describes this breed as "a fast, sensible hunter that locates its quarry quickly and has superb endurance and treeing ability."

Amanda Alexander of Homer City, Pa., showed her Treeing Walker Coonhound, Xcetera, at this year's National Dog Show. She has all six breeds of coonhound, and says that the Treeing Walker is, by far, the best hunter.

"I'm very excited for them to finally be recognized," she said at the show. "It's been long overdue. This is the most popular breed of the coonhound, so it's strange that it took that long for them to finally get in, but we're happy. We can't complain. We're glad to at least be in here now."

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