Treeing Tennessee Brindle
Treeing Tennessee Brindle Description
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.
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.
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.
In the words of Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders founder, Rev. Earl Phillips, "our original breeding stock came from outstanding brindle tree dogs from every part of the country." Many came from the Appalachian Mountains, the Ozark Mountains and places in between.
In the early 1960s Rev. Earl Phillips wrote a column for a national hunting dog magazine. By way of his magazine column Rev. Phillips gathered a wealth of information about these brindle colored Cur dogs, and the people that had these dogs or knew about them. Those people who corresponded with Rev. Phillips commended these brindle Cur dogs on their hunting and treeing abilities. The dogs that they wrote about were open trailers with good scenting power, very intelligent, courageous but not ill, and a very companionable dog.
There was a group of people that were trying to promote Cur dogs of different colors but none were trying to exclusively find, preserve and promote the brindle Cur dogs. Early in 1967 Rev. Phillips contacted many of the people that he had corresponded with about brindle Cur dogs. He suggested the formation of an organization to preserve and promote these brindle Curs. On March 21, 1967 the Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders Association was formed and recognized as a legal organization by the State of illinois.
The purpose of this Association is to breed a dog brindle in color, smaller in size, with a shorter ear and different in conformation than the Plott. The dog may have dew claws and white feet and breast. By selective breeding this dog can have great scenting power, be an open trailer with good voice, and retain the great uncanny ability of the Old Brindle Cur dog to tree all kinds of game.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is extremely sensitive. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed training methods. If training is done with neglect or abuse there are catastrophic consequences, for this is a breed that is all "heart". Training must always be done with respect, love, fairness, and consistency. Treeing Tennessee Brindle's do well with obedience and socialization.
No known health issues.