AKC Dog Breeds: Treeing Tennessee Brindle

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Foundation Stock Service® Breed
Height: 22-26  inches  Weight: 99-200 pounds  
 Tan with or without markings, red, brindle, dull black, and fawn

The Treeing Tennessee Brindle originated in the USA where it has been a favorite companion during hunting for many generations due to its skills in trailing and locating coons, squirrels, and treeing. A descendant of the Old Brindle Cur dog, he comes from the piney woods of the Ozark Mountains, the deep hollows of the Appalachian Mountains, and everywhere in between. The breed's promoter was Rev. Earl Phillips, who gathered information about them in the 1960s. In 1967, the Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders Association was formed to preserve the brindle-colored cur dogs with their intelligent, courageous, and companionable temperaments.  The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is excellent at treeing and hunting. Its intelligence, speed, and powerful scenting power all contribute to such trait. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 1995.

General Appearance
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. Treeing Tennessee Brindle  coat (in brindle and black with brindle trim) is short, dense, and smooth. He stands out among the hounds for his brindle coat, but his fans are more interested in his ability to send prey up a tree and hold it until the hunter arrives. He's got a talented nose and a beautiful voice that sings out when he's on the trail. It has a deep broach chest, small ears, black nose, heavy muzzle, prominent dark eyes that are set wide apart, tight cat feet, and straight tail. 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. Despite the emphasis on the brindle coat in the name, when it comes to this breed, performance is paramount. 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.

Treeing Tennessee Brindles are friendly and active dogs. This dog is ideal as a pet and a working dog. This hunting dog is perfect for the human hunter. They get along well with other dogs, as they are usually used to hunt with other dogs. The Mountain Cur, the Black Mouth Cur and Blue Lacy breed dogs are good companions for the Tennessee Brindle breed, since these breed of dogs are compatible for hunting and indoor environments. They are also friendly to most people, and get along well with children. Although they may appear threatening, this breed is very friendly. 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. 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. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a natural hunter and therefore thrives in the outdoors. Apartment life even with a small yard will not suffice for this highly active and hunting enthusiast. It should have plenty of outdoor activities for treeing and hunting. 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. Should Treeing Tennessee Brindles be exposed to abuse and neglect, their spirits will be broken and cannot be mended. Other than that and if treated properly, they are supposed to be bold, self-assured, and curious. Like other coonhounds they are excellent locators and are courageous in the hunt.


Because of its short and smooth coat, only minimal grooming such as regular brushing and bathing are required. However, it must be watched out for fleas and ticks that may have gotten into its body during its outdoor excursions. Treeing Tennessee Brindle nails should be kept trimmed.

Health Problems and Life Expectancy

There is no known health issue for the Treeing Tennessee Brindle. The ears of the Treeing Tennessee Brindle are prone for infection and need to be checked regularly. They have a life expectancy of  12-13 years.

Activity Level

This dog needs plenty of exercise to hone its hunting and treeing skills. Mere walking around the park will not satisfy its hunting instinct, but a camp out and hunting activity outdoor will. It must be given ample exercise in a proper environment. 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.


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