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Hi all, I am new here, and I would greatly appreciate any help identifying my rescue dog. He is around 6-7 months and 55-60 pounds in these pictures.

I am in Wisconsin, therefore coonhounds are fairly rare and humans with much hound expertise are even rarer. I knew nothing about them before meeting 'Marley'. Marley lacks the traditional black 'saddle back', but his size, features, and personality closely resemble what I've read about TW hounds.

He is a comedian, very sensitive, and has an 'on/off switch' between lazy couch potato and high-strung goofball.

Thanks so much for any help from all you experts out there!!

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Well, he is probably some kind of coonhound mix. But I can't commit to more than than. ;)

I know there are pockets in Wisconsin and Minnesota where people use plotts and other coonhounds for hunting, even though they aren't as a general rule super common up here. Also, it's becoming much more common for shelters in the upper midwest to pull dogs from southern states where hounds are obviously more numerous so they're getting and probably will continue to get more common.

Gorgeous dog, whatever he is.
 

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For sure a hound mix, but I don't think TW. We have a lot around here and his face is too wide and just doesn't look like one. I would guess a foxhound mix of some sort. Probably with another hound.
 

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I'd say treeing walker mix, some walkers can be a bit more "hefty" looking in the face depending on the lines. I don't know what part of the state you're from, but walkers and other hounds are extremely common in my area as well as people who use them. I've met countless walkers, blueticks, and redbones but never a foxhound.
 

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Possibly some but probably not pure. Most TWCs I've seen have black in them. Also, TWCs have a very generic "hound dog" look. Coonhound and Foxhound mix is possible. Either way he's a cutie and has great ears!
 

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Thanks for all your guesses. @sassafras and @patronizingrabbits yeah now that I know more about hounds I have surely seen some up here. I have lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin and have spent tons of time in each states respective north woods. I am not a hunter though, so I probably have missed out on meeting many.

I am in Madison, and it seems like every third or fourth person we pass wants to know about this dog and what breed he is. I could kind of care less other than informing how to train and provide the most suitable life possible. But if he is indeed mostly coonhound, I would love to advocate for this breed up here in the frozen north ;) because while he is certainly a handful, Marley has already proven to be a sweet and capable family dog!! I love that opposed to labs, shepards, etc, he certainly has his own fully formed ideas about things until I can convince him otherwise with mostly food-based training!
 

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Yea, I suspect my dog Maisy is some combination of large hound and/or cur. I've had plott people tell me she's a plott and catahoula people tell me she's a catahoula.

But she's just a fantastic dog. Urban mushing is my main sport and I think if it ever catches on in the southern US, the shelters will empty of all their hound and cur mixes. She's got an amazing natural talent and all of the people I know who dryland mush with similar dogs say the same thing. I was never a "hound person" before but she's really sold me.
 

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The Treeing Walker Coonhound breed came out of the American Foxhound breed, so an occasional unsaddled throwback would not surprise me. There is a line of TWC hound that is almost all black, but the tri-color is the most common. I fostered a pure TWC hound that had a wider muzzle, so the wider muzzle on your boy might not indicate mixed breed. Then again, you never really know. :)

patronizingrabbits knows a LOT about hounds btw.
 

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Hey, I live in the Madison area as well, I had an old coondog mix that passed in December so they may not be as rare as you think around here ^.^ I can't help on the breed guess, but he's a gorgeous boy; that last pic is wonderful.
 
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