Treeing Tennessee Brindle
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a scenthound that originated in the Ozark Mountains and is a part of the hound family. Their main goal as a hunting breed is to force prey up the tree and keep it there until the hunters arrive. This breed has an extremely sensitive nose and superior hunting skills.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is considered a rare pureblooded dog breed, so finding one for sale can be problematic. They are most popular in Tennessee and are still used as a hunting breed. There aren’t many owners of this breed, but those that are living and working alongside these dogs have described them as being
- Affectionate with owners
- Have melodic barks
- Can be stubborn
- Great hunters
16-24 in (40-61 cm)
30-50 lb (13-23 kg)
Dog Breed Characteristics
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a powerful, medium-sized dog that is built for endurance and stamina. These dogs can reach 16-24 inches and weigh 30-50 pounds. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a breed perfectly built for hunting. This breed has a muscled body and long limbs that allow them to move easily and quickly that other hunting dogs might not have.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle has short and glossy, brindled coats, and unlike other hounds, these dogs have relatively short ears. Their eyes should be dark with a prominent expression.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is an energetic breed that loves to explore and follow interesting scents, no matter where they may lead them. They are independent thinkers capable of making the right decisions while on the hunt or following a trail. These dogs are considered intelligent, but like many other hounds, they can be pretty stubborn at times, and training them can be a challenge.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle can make a good family dog, but they are primarily a hunting breed that needs to work. They have a powerful prey drive that will make them chase everything they consider prey, so if you already have small pets like gerbils, ferrets, or cats, getting a Treeing Tennessee Brindle might not be the best idea.
Treeing Tennessee Brindle was bred for hunting, and because of that, they will need proper training if you want that your dog develops into a well-behaved dog. Also, their high prey drive can be a problem that you will need to take care of.
When training a Treeing Tennessee Brindle, make sure you use positive training methods. Never use fear, punishment, or pain because it is cruel and can result in an overly shy or even aggressive dog. Be firm, fair, and consistent, but use only positive reinforcement! These dogs are eager to do whatever their people ask of them. Involve as many treats as you can and keep the training sessions interesting.
When socializing a Treeing Tennessee Brindle, you shouldn’t have too many problems because these dogs have been working with other dogs for years, and they generally get along great with them. They can be shy when it comes to strangers, but early socialization can teach them that strangers are nothing to be afraid of.
Socialization can even be done at home. Dress differently; wear glasses, hats, and baggy clothes so your puppy can’t immediately recognize you. Teach your puppy to stay alone and not make a fuss about it. It is the best way to make sure your puppy will grow up to be a stable, confident, and well-behaved dog.
Treeing Tennessee Brindle as a pet
If you are looking for a hunting dog, the Treeing Tennessee Brindle might be one of the strongest candidates. These dogs have performed numerous hunting tasks over the years, and they have excelled at all of them. If you are looking for an active family pet, these dogs will have some requirements.
They will need an active owner that takes them regularly for hiking adventures, running, or playing in the park. They have endless energy and can run and play all day. However, if these requirements are not met, the Treeing Tennessee Brindle can become problematic.
These dogs can be great playing partners for kids, especially if they grew up together. They are not the best choice for households with smaller pets like cats, guinea pigs, or ferrets.
Coat and Care
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle has a short, dense, brindled coat that shouldn’t be too hard to take care of. Regular brushing will take care of the dead hair, and since these dogs are moderate “shedders,” brushing will also help you keep the place clean and hair-free. Dogs' coats have natural protective oil that can be washed off if they are being washed too often.
Bathe your Treeing Tennessee Brindle only if they get really dirty or they start smelling too much.
They will also need other basic care; brush their teeth at least three times a week. Check their ears for signs of infection and redness, bathe them every 4-5 weeks (more if they live inside the house), and trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is generally a healthy breed with a lifespan of 10-12 years. So far, there haven’t been many health issues connected to this breed, but they are also prone to specific health issues like any other breed. The primary health concerns are hip dysplasia (A genetic problem affecting hips resulting from an improperly formed hip joint) and eye problems.
Treeing Tennessee Brindle breeders
When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Treeing Tennessee Brindle breeder. These dogs are energetic and protective, and getting a poorly bred dog can have catastrophic results. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics.
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The “official” history of the Treeing Tennessee Brindle started in the 1960s when Reverand Earl Phillips started researching a brindled mountain dog praised for their superior hunting skill. He started gathering information about these dogs and started promoting them.
His efforts were successful, and the Treeing Tennessee Brindle Club was formed. They are working tirelessly to preserve this brindled hunter and to get this breed fully recognized and registered by the American Kennel Club.