Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breed History
The Plott dogs and the Curs are thought to have been a major contributor to the Treeing Tennessee Brindle breed, as well. The goal of breeders was to create open trailers with good scenting power that were intelligent and courageous. These small hounds were used for generations because of their fearless ability to tree coon and squirrel and still remain compatible with humans and other dogs. It wasn’t until 1967 that the Reverend Earl Phillips, then in his late 90s, founded a group that would register the breed and give it an official name. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders Association grew to over 500 members in 30 states, before turning its registry over to the American Coon Hunters Association. The Treeing Brindle was recognized as the ACHA’s ninth breed of coonhound.
Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breed Appearance
Treeing Tennessee Brindle has a short, smooth coat that is soft and dense. As its name suggests, its coloring is usually brindle, although black with streaks or a small amount of white on the breast or feet is also allowed. The Treeing Tennessee has a course chop mouth and expressive dark eyes that are prominent on its face. Its tail should be straight and is medium in length. This breed is smaller than most hounds and has cat-like feet and small ears.
Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breed Temperament
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is an excellent hunter that excels in speed and courage. It has a good scenting power with a desire to capture its prey. As a companion pet, the Treeing Tennessee is intelligent, laid back, and happy. This breed is said to have “heart and try” in abundance.
Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breed Maintenance
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle only requires an occasional brushing and bath as necessary to clean the coat and remove dead hair. Since it is a hunting dog, it must be kept active and enjoys the activity of the hunt. It is an intelligent breed that should be trained for hunting, however the Treeing Tennessee is particularly sensitive to neglect or abuse. Training should be firm and consistent, but always with a loving touch.