The Treeing Walker Coonhound is related to the English Foxhound, which was introduced to Virginia in 1742 by Thomas Walker. The foundation stock of the breed was "Tennessee Lead", a stolen dog of unknown descent and a Walker Hound. Treeing Walker Coonhound dogs were originally registered as part of the English Coonhound breed. It was not until 1946, that the Treeing Walker Coonhound was recognized as a breed in its own right. This breed is an excellent hunter of prey such as raccoons and squirrels. It "trees" its target by standing against the tree with the scent and then it will bay using its distinctive howl to inform its owner that the prey has been cornered. The Treeing Walker Coonhound has been assigned the Hound Group designation by the American Kennel Club and is currently a Foundation Stock Service breed.