The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is still pretty young dog breed and it was developed in the USA in 1960s and the founder of the breed is Reverend Earl Phillps. Mr. Phillips once said „our original breeding stock came from outstanding brindle tree dogs from every part of the country“ and it is believed that most of them came from areas of Apalachian and Ozark Mountains.
Just like all the coonhounds, even this breed is made for hunt. To be more specific, they were bred for treeing, which is a type of hunting, which uses dogs to force prey to climb up into a tree and then hold it there until the hunter arrives. . And this breed is excellent at hunting, mostly thanks to its great athleticism, strong prey drive, extraordinary sense of smell and great ears.
Of course, many of those dogs are today kept as companion dogs and they are great companions for active people who like outdoors. These dogs are very affectionate, outgoing and loving. They also can happily live around other dogs and they are even good with kids. Of course, just like with all dogs, you should always supervise them around young children.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is recognized as the American Coon Hunters association as ninth breed of Coonhound. The list of other coonhounds also includes Black and Tan Coonhound, Redbone Coonhound, Bluetick Coonhound, American Leopard Hound, Plott Hound or Treeing Walker Coonhound.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is medium to large sized breed, but it is one of the smaller hounds with average height between 41-61 cm which is 16-24 inches and the weight is typically between 30-50 pounds which is 14-23 kg. The females tend to be slightly smaller than males.
This breed has a short, smooth and pretty dense coat. As the name suggest, this breed has a brindle coat. Black with brindle trim is also accepted. This breed can also have white markings on the feet and chest.
This is definitely a very intelligent breed who is capable of learning a lot of commands quickly. But it is reported, that this is also quite sensitive dog, who does not respond on harsh training methods very well and if this dog is mistreated, it is very hard to gain its trust again. This is why, positive reinforcement training methods work the best with the Tennessee Treeing Brindle.
When the Treeing Tennessee Brindle is on the hunt and when they corner the prey, they are known for very unique vocalization. They use specific howl and bay to alert the hunter. This baying is sometimes called as crying or as giving tongue.
This breed is very easy to groom, they can keep the coat in good condition even without almost any grooming. If you want to minimize the shedding, you should brush them from time to time. Also do not forget to check the dogs ears, eyes, nails and teeth and clean them or clip them if needed. Just like vast majority of hunting breeds, if you want to keep the Treeing Tennessee Brindle happy and healthy, regular daily outdoor walks or jogs are necessary, as well as some interactive and vigorous playtime and regular training sessions that will occupy the dogs mind.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is usually a healthy dog breed with average lifespan between 10-13 years. Just like with all dogs, they can ocassionaly suffer from some health issues. Those include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation or otitis externa.