By Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian)Dr. Sergey Uhanov Last updated: 22nd October 2022

Treeing Tennessee Brindle


Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian) Dr. Sergey Uhanov
Last updated: 22nd October 2022

The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a unique cur breed popular for its intelligence, sharp olfactory senses and immense hunting skills. This lean-bodied dog, characterized by loose skin, drooping ears, and straight tail, makes for a good watchdog because of its alert nature.

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Quick Information

CoatShort, smooth coat
ColorBlack or Brindle with brindle streaks
Breed TypeMixed Breed
GroupHounds, Rare dogs
Life span10-12 years
WeightMale – 35 to 50 lb
Female – 30 to 40 lb
HeightMale – 18 to 24 inches
Females – 16 to 22 inches
TemperamentSensitive, affectionate, friendly, bold, intelligent
Good with childrenYes
Country Originated inUnited States of America
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationNAPR, ACA, AKC/FSS, DRA

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The development of the Treeing Tennessee Brindle began in the 1960s by Rev. Earl Philips after being inspired by the tiger-striped brindle curs. The original breeding stock was obtained from the brindle dogs located across the U.S. mostly along the Ozark and the Appalachian Mountains.

To promote and preserve this breed he established the Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders Association in Illinois on March 21, 1967. Treeing Tennessee Brindle’s registration was done by TTBBA and later moved to the ACHA (American Coon Hunters Association), where it was recognized as the 9th Coonhound of the group.

From 1995 onwards, the breed’s data is being maintained with AKC’s Foundation Stock Service Program, while the UKC has also granted it recognition.

Temperament and Behavior

The dog’s friendly nature makes it an excellent pet since it bonds well with its family members. It has a keen sense of smell with a strong inclination towards hunting and will try to tree any animal without backing off. However, at times their hunting instinct takes over making them chase smaller animals or dogs.

While trailing the dog vocalizes itself in a tone similar to singing, while it barks peculiarly at the sight of a stranger.



Ample exercise like long walks, daily jogging, playing in the back yard is required to keep the dog in shape. In case of apartment living, short walks in the hallways and engaging games like hide and seek, chasing roll ball on the floor can be useful.


Tennessee Brindle needs to be brushed once a week using a brush with sift bristles to remove dead hair. Other hygiene measures include trimming the nails, brushing the teeth and cleaning the ears for preventing infection.

Health Problems

They generally do not suffer from any major health issue.


Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a valorous and a sensitive breed. If mistreated, you might lose its trust completely. They like to get praised for small achievements along with reassurances even if they make a mistake.

Socialization: While taking the dog for walks introduce them to other dogs. You can use a muzzle initially. If he remains calm, reward him with treats.

Obedience: Put a leash and make the dog sit comfortably. Get him respond to the command “stay” and repeat it multiple times. Teach him to respond to “down” by enclosing treat in your palm and making him kneel down. Emphasize on the “hush” command to stop the dog from barking continuously.


Giving them formulated dog food with high protein content should be ideal. Be careful not overfeed them if they don’t receive daily exercise otherwise they will become obese.

9 responses to “Treeing Tennessee Brindle”

  1. Jason Fisher says:

    I adopted my dog in Kentucky in May. He is very healthy and very spoiled. Estimated at 7.5 months he has hit the 50lb mark. I have fed him premium foods and treats since I rescued him from the guy who was going to throw him out of a window into whatever neighborhood. He has the barrel brindle markings and the white on his chest with some on his feet . I plan to get him neutered, but a gentleman at a hotel offered me 500 for him and identified him as a Tennessee immediately. He is not for sale. I have no desire to make money from stud or anything, but I wonder if hes a good example for blood lines? Perhaps his DNA would help? I have no idea. I just wanted to offer.

  2. Charlene Farmer says:

    I just got a puppy from our local animal shelter. Couldn’t figure out her breed even though I usually can determine what mix is involved. The vet just listed her as “brindle” which is a color not a breed. She is crazy smart. Learned to sit in one day. Took a week to use the doggie door if that. We have had her less than a month and she knows her name, is pretty much house trained, sits on command, shakes on command, and is very manipulative in her own sweet way. She gets along well with her 14 year old pack members, loves her Uncle Joe who is 7 and plays like nobody’s business with her “litter” mate who is a year older. She also retrieves. She likes to eat books and socks but we are working on that. She is absolutely a love bucket and looks at you with love in her eyes. We both melt. She stalks and runs like a purebred cutting horse, never seen anything like it. She looks exactly like the treeing Tennessee brindle.

  3. LaDonna Logan says:

    I adopted a TTB from a rescue last week. Have no idea how she got to Albuquerque, NM. I can’t find vet that knows much about this breed. She is a great dog about 1 year. I hope to get training for her soon.

    • Dorothy says:

      Miss LaDonna. Hi, Dede from Calif here. I too adopted a TTB April 2018. Was also clueless how it got this far from the Appalachian Mtns. My vet had never heard of them either. And, there is not much online. But keep digging. Info is out there. will give you and your vet a place to start. Also on the AKC site, a History about Rev. Earl Phillips who bread the dog. Good luck with your new baby!

    • Charlene Farmer says:

      My vet didn’t classify our pup either…just called her a brindle. I knew she was some kind of breed by the markings on her face which are very unusual. I will give you our experience with our girl. She is scary smart. Learned to sit in one day. We have had her less than a month she knows her name, will retrieve, sit, wait to eat–(work in progress) shake on command and has learned to use the doggie door. She is good with our 14 year old dogs, but plays with “uncle Joe” who is seven and her brother who we adopted at the same time who is approx. 1 year. She “stalks” which is a weird thing to see and then runs like a championship cutting horse. She looks at you with so much love in her eyes. We seldom have to get onto her except she wants to steal cookies from the rest of the guys. We have to watch her because she displays dominant behavior i.e. takes the high ground, tries to be over the others, luckily that hasn’t been a problem with us. She’s also a little sneaky, she will roll over on her back and expose her tummie to get out of trouble. When she does that I pretty much know that’s her I’m sorry mode.

  4. Mercedes Burgos says:

    I have a beautiful brindal since he was 3 months old and I love him. like a son hes my fur babie.hes 12 now and still strong.when that time comes a big piece of my heart will go with him.

    • Amber says:

      Hi I just got a treeing Tennessee brindle too he’s a beautiful dog but he isn’t getting along with my dog we already have any advice on this breed??? Would be helpful!!

      • Charlene Farmer says:

        It kind of depends on the dogs involved. What I have seen is that they want to be dominant. If your other dog is older, he/she will probably growl the new guy off. I haven’t seen any vicious behavior in mine. She wants to split and take the dominant position but we reinforce the older dogs place by feeding her separately and blocking the splitting as necessary. She reminds of the training you would employ with a pit bull. They don’t respond well to physical correction, but much like a pit they love their owners and want to please them, so a sharp “NO” or bad finger wag gets the point across. At least that’s what I’ve seen in mine. She is crazy smart and I think having a big back yard and others to play with cuts down on most “bad behaviors”. That being said she is still puppy and likes to eat my books, socks, and anything else she can get her mouth on.

  5. All About Dogs says:

    Love your website you have great information about dogs. Thank you 101dogbreeds

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