The BT Walker: A Complete Guide

Most medium sized dogs have a bad reputation for being overly aggressive. But not with the BT Walker.

This dog is a happy, active, and loyal breed that’s great for any owner that’s willing to devote time with them.

That being said, let’s know more about the BT Walker!

BT Walker Puppies – Before You Buy…

The BT Walker is rarely afflicted with a disease.

The BT Walker is a medium-sized dog that comes from the Treeing Walker Coonhound and the Boxer. They have a thick, short coat that will protect them against the weather.

Due to the fact that their parents were bred for working and hunting, the BT Walker is a high energy dog that’s always on the move and has a huge desire to work.

The BT Walker is a barker which they received from their Treeing Walker Coonhound (who tends to bark at anything).

If you’re searching for a companion dog that will alert you if anything suspicious is occurring and is a good companion dog, the BT Walker might be a great fit for you.

This dog is known for being loyal, protective, playful, and friendly which makes them a good guard dog. They can also be stubborn and territorial, so we suggest that you socialize them early.

What Price are BT Walker Puppies?

The average price for a BT Walker puppy is around $1,043. If you’re planning on adopting the dog, it will cost about $175. Al/so you must pay for their medical fees as well.

Thus, expect to pay around $600-$800 annually to take care of their flea shots, vet visits, and other medical needs.

Also, the BT Walker needs to have their grooming and training needs met. So expect to pay about $500-$600. In total, have about a $2000-$3000 budget so you can take care of this dog fully.

Where to Find Reputable BT Walker Breeders?

Finding the right breeder is important as it determines exactly how your pup will be once you bring them home.

Here are some tips and red flags to avoid so that you can get a reputable breeder that will give you a healthy BT Walker puppy.

Reputable breeder only makes a litter with the intention of improving the breed. The breeder will keep one puppy to continue their efforts.

Reputable breeders don’t breed for money, but for genuine purposes such as supplying the pet market with a specific breed during an increase of popularity of that breed, or because they have dogs of the similar breed.

Don’t hesitate to ask them about their intentions and try to get an honest response.

Breeders must be registered with a national or local breed club and compete with their dogs.

Some of these events include trials in field, herding, obedience, earth dog trials, amongst many others.

You have to be aware; an AKC registration doesn’t mean that they are top quality breeders. We suggest that you view and inspect the breeder in person to see if they are legitimate.

Good breeders are eager and willing to spend time with new owners and teach and explain the breed you’re looking for.

Also, they’ll give you advice necessary to help you get a realistic understanding of your dog. And they’ll tell you the disadvantages of owning that breed early on in the conversation.

This helps you find out what you’re getting into when getting a puppy. This isn’t because the dog has issues; it’s just because no dog breed is perfect for every owner.

They will check you carefully to see if you’re suitable to be an owner.

For instance, they won’t sell an active dog to someone that has an unsecured yard or an apartment, or a small dog to a house with young children.

A good breeder has to turn down buyers in most situations, regardless of the amount of work needed.

Reputable breeders sell healthy pups; dogs that are examined and guaranteed for an acceptable length after they are sold.

All of their official records should be given to you as soon as you buy the pup. Good breeders don’t sell puppies that are younger than 7 weeks.

The BT Walker is one of the most loyal dogs anyone can have.

3 Little-Known Facts About BT Walker Puppies

  1. The Treeing Walker Coonhound was bred in Southern USA. Also it was created from a dog with unknown origins and crossed a Walker Foxhound and a Tennessee Lead. They were bred from a breeder by the name of Thomas Walker, who played an important role in making them in the 1700s.
  2. According to the Kennel Club, the Boxer was one of the first breeds in Germany to be used for police training. It makes sense as the dogs have intelligence, workability, and courage.
  3. Their Treeing Walker Coonhound was originally bred to hunt for raccoons. That’s what gave them the “Coonhound” moniker as they would chase them up trees. Their superior endurance, speed, and keen nose make them an excellent hunter, even when raccoons are around.

Physical Traits of the BT Walker

The BT Walker gains a lot of their physical traits from their Boxer part of their family. They have large paws and strong facial features.

Also, they have an elegant look that’s similar to the Treeing Walker Coonhound. Their body is active and alert; with happy eyes filled with life and an erected long tail when they are excited.

Since their parent breeds are athletic and attractive, the BT Walker gains these interesting features as well.

They have floppy ears, various coat colors (red, white, and brown). In short, their thick coat will protect them from all sorts of weather.

However, they shed their fur each season, so get ready to groom them often.

How Big is a Full-Grown BT Walker?

On average, a full-grown BT Walker weighs around 50-75 lbs. Height wise, this dog will range from 20-27 inches. If you want them to reach this size, you’ll must feed them and train them properly.

What is the BT Walker’s Life Expectancy?

The BT Walker can live up to 11-14 years. This is about average for breeds of their size. But they are known for getting obese rather quickly.

So you’ll have to get your dog an adequate amount of exercise to ensure that they live long and not become suspected of diseases.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the BT Walker

The BT Walker has both good and bad personality traits. They are full of life, protective of their family, friendly, loyal, and affectionate.

They can be very territorial, almost overly protective if they are socialized wrong.

While these bad traits can be annoying, they can be prevented with correct training and socialization when they’re puppies.

They are easy to train, but they can be stubborn at times: perseverance, yet a strong hand can help your dog overcome their stubborn streak and help them learn what you are directing them to do.

This dog isn’t the best for new owners as they’ll need a lot of exercise and training to prevent them from becoming destructive.

Due to their constant barking, this dog does well in suburban areas where they don’t have too many neighbors to annoy.

If you’re looking for a dog that will take you on hunting trips, the BT Walker is the best breed for you. Even though these dogs have high energy, they are great dogs for the family.

We suggest that you keep them in a house with older children who know how to treat the dog properly.

The BT Walker is a happy, active, and loyal breed.

The BT Walker’s Diet

The BT Walker needs about 3 cups a day in order to receive their daily nutrition. Approximately, this will cost you at least $30 a month.

When feeding your dog, make sure that they have some high-quality dry food to ensure that they grow naturally.

How Much Exercise Does the BT Walker Need?

The BT Walker has active parents, so they’ll need a lot of mental and physical activity to prevent them from becoming destructive.

Give them a lot of energy burning activities like biking, jogging, and hiking to help wear out this active dog.

These dogs excel in tracking and hunting if you’re someone who likes these activities.

Keep in mind that these intelligent dogs will have more than physical exercise; you’ll have to stimulate them mentally.

Training your dog is a good way to accomplish this, as well as toys that make them solve something when they’re playing.

If you train them early, you’ll have a dog that’s eager to please their family; without having to deal with their overprotective nature and an excessive amount of barking.

BT Walker Health and Conditions

Since its a mixed breed dog, the BT Walker rarely becomes afflicted with disease. But these problems can be avoided once you take them to the veterinarian.

Doing so allows you to diagnose their health issues and prevent any long-term conditions from happening.

Serious Issues:

Minor Issues:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Mono/Bilateral
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Dermoid Sinus
  • Hypothyroidism

My Final Thoughts on the BT Walker

Mainly, the BT Walker is one of the most loyal dogs that an owner can have.

But, you’ll have to take some serious effort if you want them to display this side.

Ultimately, give your dog the love and care that they need and they’ll be the best guard dog to you and your family.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

4.5
Cost to Buy
8
Cuteness Level
9
Family Safety
8
Friendliness
5
Health Concerns
5.5
Life Span
8.5
Exercise Required
6
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 6.8 / 10

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