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.
|Coat||Short, smooth coat|
|Color||Black or Brindle with brindle streaks|
|Breed Type||Mixed Breed|
|Group||Hounds, Rare dogs|
|Life span||10-12 years|
|Weight||Male – 35 to 50 lb
Female – 30 to 40 lb
|Height||Male – 18 to 24 inches
Females – 16 to 22 inches
|Temperament||Sensitive, affectionate, friendly, bold, intelligent|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||United States of America|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||NAPR, ACA, AKC/FSS, DRA|
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.
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.
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.