Treeing Tennessee Brindle

Type: Hound

Height: 16 - 24 inches.

Weight: 30 - 50 lbs.

Life Span: 12 - 13 years.

Litter Size: Unknown

Country of Origin: United States

Activity: High

Watch-dog: High. The breed standard for the Treeing Tennessee Brindle describes it as alert.

Guard-dog: Low. Although they may appear threatening, this breed is very friendly.


Description: The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is another variation of the coonhounds of America. They are smaller than other coonhounds, however, and only range from around 16 to 24 inches. They have catlike paws, and a choppy bawl for a bark. With small ears and a brindle body, this breed is discouraged from changing size, ear length, tail, or colors so that it doesn't also change category. Treeing Tennessee Brindles are good at open trailing and locating prey. Courageous hunters and companions, the Treeing Tennessee Brindle is said to have an abundance of "heart and try." They are a sensitive breed, however, and owners warn never to mistreat the breed. This breed can be more sensitive than normal toward neglect or abuse, and it is thought that once you mistreat them they will never treat you the same again. They are good natured and friendly dogs, getting along with anyone and everyone. This breed is intelligent, alert, and vocal. They love to bark because it is usually their job. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a an American breed with a strong work drive and friendly demeanor.

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Colors: Brindle or black with a brindle trim. They can also have small white markings on the chest and feet.

Coat: Short, smooth and dense.

Temperament: Treeing Tennessee Brindles are friendly and active dogs. They get along well with other dogs, as they are usually used to hunt with other dogs. They are also friendly almost any person. Easygoing and good-natured, this breed is also a very hard worker. They are intelligent, alert, and affectionate. This breed is more sensitive to treatment than most other dogs. It is believed of their hearts that,

With Children: Yes, they get along well with children.

With Pets: Yes, good with other pets.

Care and Training: The Treeing Tennessee Brindle should be occasionally brushed and bathed in order to remove dead hair and dirt. Low maintenance is all this breed requires. This breed should be exercised regularly to keep them in shape for hunting, as they have a strong desire to hunt. When training a Treeing Tennessee Brindle one should be very careful not to abuse them in any way. These dogs can be particularly sensitive, and may never trust you again if abused. The best way to train this breed is by positive, loving reinforcement that is consistent.

Learning Rate: Medium. Obedience - High. Problem Solving - Medium.

Special Needs: Exercise, fenced yard, and a leash.

Living Environment: This breed requires exercise to keep in shape, and does better in the country. They are not suitable for an apartment. The best owner for this breed would be an active owner living in a rural or suburban environment.

Health Issues: There are no known health problems particular to this breed.

History: The history behind the Treeing Tennessee Brindle is not a long one. Only in the last 50 or so years have they actually separated into a different breed and begun to be recognized. Hounds of all types existed from the Appalachian Mountains to the Ozark Mountains, from whence many other breeds came too. A dog came from this that was smaller in size, had a brindle color and shorter ears. In the early 1960s, Reverend Earl Phillips was interested in the variation of treeing dog and began writing articles on it. He wrote a column for the national hunting dog magazine, and in doing so learned a great deal about the Brindle. Readers began to write about their own dogs, commenting on how their Brindle dogs were excellent hunters with good treeing ability, good nose, brave and a good companion. At the time there were plenty of people promoting Mountain Cur dogs, but none who were specifically promoting the Brindle. In 1967 Phillips called on the people who were interested in the breed and suggested they create a club for the breed. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders Association began on March 21, 1967. Later, advocates applied for the Brindle to be in the AKC, and it is still on the Foundation Stock Service list today.

First Registered by the AKC: FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)

AKC Group: Hound Group

Class: Miscellaneous

Registries: UKC