Treeing Tennessee Brindle

30-40 lbs
16-22"
United States
Tennessee, Tennessee Brindle

The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a breed of Cur, descending from the Old Brindle Cur dog. Curs are thought to be closely related hounds of North American origin, bred for treeing. Treeing is a type of hunting, which uses dogs to force prey to climb up into a tree. The idiom “barking up the wrong tree” comes from this type of hunting. Treeing can also be useful when naturalists need to radio-tag an animal. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a fairly new breed, which originated in the United States in the 1960s. They are strong and have a dense, smooth brindle coat.  The Treeing Tennessee Brindle does not require a lot of grooming maintenance. Once a week brushing is recommended to remove dead hair.  Bathing is only needed if the dog gets dirty or muddy. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is an exceptionally sturdy and healthy breed. Additionally, the breed is intelligent, brave and a loyal companion.

Purpose
hunting, treeing
Date of Origin
1960s
Ancestry
brindle cur

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Health

Sketch of Treeing Tennessee Brindle
Average Size
Male Treeing Tennessee Brindle size stats
Height: 18-24 inches Weight: 30-50 lbs
Female Treeing Tennessee Brindle size stats
Height: 16-22 inches Weight: 30-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Obesity
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Blood Test
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breed History

The Treeing Tennessee Brindle originated from a Brindle Cur dog, with a brown coat decorated with black tiger-like stripes. The exact bloodline of the Brindle Cur is unknown. Reverend Earl Phillips was a writer for a hunting magazine and during his research Rev. Phillips became aware of a Brindle Cur with a brown coat and tiger stripes, which was highly praised for its incredible hunting skills. In the early 1960s, he contacted the dog’s owners and learned more about the breed’s keen sense of smell, tracking ability and treeing skills. In 1967, the Reverend spearheaded and formed The Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders Association. The association was created to preserve and protect the breed. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle's breeding records have been maintained through the American Kennel Club's Foundation Stock Service Program since 1995. The breed was recognized as the ACHA’s ninth breed of Coonhound. Most of the breeding stock came from the Appalachian Mountains, the Ozark Mountains and places in between. In 2009, the Treeing Tennessee Brindle was approved to compete in AKC companion events. As of 2013, the breed has foundation stock status with the American Kennel Club. The breed still cannot be registered with the American Kennel Club, but their breeding records are being maintained.

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breed Appearance

The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a medium size Cur. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle’s coat is short, dense and soft.  The breed can be either brindle or black with a brindle trim. Sometimes they may have small white markings on the chest and feet. The feet are round and well arched.  The dewclaws on their long, muscular legs are usually removed. The breed has a deep chest, a muscular neck and a well proportion body. The tail is thick at the base and tapers toward the tip. Their muzzles are slightly broad and long with a strong jaw. The breed has a flat and broad skull that tapers toward the muzzle. The cheeks of the Treeing Tennessee Brindle are muscular and the lips are tight with a scissor bite. The breed has pendant ears, which are V-shaped.  The eyes are brown (dark or amber) and the nose color is black.  This agile canine has an effortless and smooth gait.

Appearance of Treeing Tennessee Brindle
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Treeing Tennessee Brindle eyes
Brown
amber Treeing Tennessee Brindle eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Treeing Tennessee Brindle nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Treeing Tennessee Brindle coat
Brindle
black Treeing Tennessee Brindle coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Treeing Tennessee Brindle straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breed Maintenance

The short coat of the Treeing Tennessee Brindle is easy to maintain.  Weekly brushing is recommended to remove dead hair and bathing is only needed if they get very dirty. They are vocal and they have a unique and loud bark, not acceptable for apartment living. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a high energy dog and requires more than daily walks. The breed needs an active owner who will take him hunting, treeing and hiking.  They love to have room to roam, explore, and use their tracking instincts. Because the Treeing Tennessee Brindle is an active dog, he should be provided a high protein diet. The breed does best in cooler environments. Treeing Tennessee Brindles kept outside must be provided adequate shelter during the winter months.

Brushes for Treeing Tennessee Brindle
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Treeing Tennessee Brindle requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Temperament

The Treeing Tennessee Brindle has a strong inbred instinct for hunting and is very courageous. The breed bays during a hunt, which means they cry out to the hunter.  They are very intelligent, agile and have an extraordinary sense of smell.  The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is an active, outgoing breed, which needs to have daily exercise.  The breed is friendly to other dogs and strangers, though they are good watch dogs and will bark to alert you to visitors. They are usually not an aggressive dog and do not make good guard dogs. Puppies should be trained and socialized at an early age. As a companion, the Treeing Tennessee Brindle is an affectionate and loving pet.  They adore children, although due to their high energy level they are better with older children. The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is not meant to be an apartment dog.  They do best in a house with a large yard or farm where they can run, play and explore.

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Activity Requirements

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Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Treeing Tennessee Brindle at six months
Male Treeing Tennessee Brindle size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Treeing Tennessee Brindle size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 16 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Treeing Tennessee Brindle at 12 months
Male Treeing Tennessee Brindle size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Female Treeing Tennessee Brindle size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 30 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Treeing Tennessee Brindle at 18 months
Male Treeing Tennessee Brindle size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Treeing Tennessee Brindle size stats at 18 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 35 lbs

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Owner Experiences

Rysy
3 Months
3 People
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He is great, after 2 days of training he is already responding to cues and commands. He is amazingly smart. He is great with my 3 year old, very loving and affectionate. I already trust him with her, but he still needs to learn to control his excitement. It seems after a long walk near/through the woods he is calm for the rest of the day. He and the rest of his litter are some of the sweetest and most beautiful dogs I've ever seen. I'd recommend one for and family.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Collin
3 Years
3 People
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We adopted Collin from the human society as a rescue from Alabama when he came up north from flooding. They told us he was a Labrador/ Retriever mix but he looks exactly like the dog in that picture. He is the sweetest little boy and he loves to cuddle us! (He actually sleeps in between my boyfriend and I all night long) We are working on training with him because he doesn’t know any commands or cues, even though he is a very well mannered pup. He LOVES to run. His barks sound so mean and vicious but he only wants to lick and smell you. He is amazing at letting me know if people are in the hallway 3 doors down even. He barks for a few minutes then stops once the noise is gone or we ignore him.
2 months ago
Connor
3 Years
2 People
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Running
hide and seek
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swimming
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Rescued Connor at 18 months where he spent most of his puppy life in a crate and short chain outside. Immediately got along with our pit bull, Molly. Very curious, agile and loves to go on hikes in the bush. Need to keep a shock collar on him when deer are active as he’ll chase deer for days. Strong prey drive but only to alert us (does not try and kill our neighbourhood squirrels!). Definitely needs 1-2 hours of intense activity per day. Loves routine. He growls at some strangers but warms up to them if they ignore him. Otherwise he’s an amazing dog, loyal, brave, goofy and loving!
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Humphrey
2 Years
1 People
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Fetch
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Dog Parks
Lots of energy...likes to play rough with other dogs, he usually finds a dog and wrestles with them the whole time at the park...friendly towards people he knows, but not to strangers...likes to cuddle when he’s in a certain mood...typically very sweet but can be seen as aggressive when too excited...as long as he gets enough excercose he’s fine when left in the apartment during the day...
3 months ago
Boscoe
3 Years
2 People
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We got Boscoe from the pound and had his DNA tested through Wisdom Panel. The results showed that he was 50% Golden Retriever, 12.5% German Shepard, 12.5% Belgian Malinois, and 25 % Vizsla (with a question mark) which means that traces of Vizsla were found but unidentifiable. Boscoe looks EXACTLY like the dog in the Home Page of this site and shows all the characteristics listed for the Tennessee Brindle. I am beginning to think that that is the dominant breed in Boscoe. He's a HOOT!
4 months, 1 week ago
Axel
3 Years
4 People
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Hiking
Great dog for my family. Dont trust him off the leash. He disappeared after 2 deer into the woods and was missing for 3 hours but he came back!
7 months ago
Ellie
6 Months
5 People
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Energy level is increasing. Very loving and fun dog. Learns fast. Loves kids and other dogs. Loves to RUN! But will sleep for a day and a half after a solid day of activity.
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Sadie
10 Months
5 People
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Chase
She is loyal, affectionate and sweet to her family. She is friendly to a point. Energetic, playful, obedient, listens, loving, and smart! Sadie is a rescue, and an addition to her family. She will adapt to her environment and will follow in the footsteps of an older dog in the house.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Clarence
12 Months
2 People
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Shake
Hide & Seek
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Tug-of-war
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Very fast learning, however, struggles in new environments. Takes awhile to get over his fears. He is still scared of slippery floors. Not a big cuddler, but wants to be close to you.
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Abbie
4 Years
2 People
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Adopted from local humane society, she is extremely protective of me. Does not like anyone but Dad closer than twenty/thirty feet of me. Working n that, but slow going! I love her dearly, end of story!
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Simba
6 Months
2 People
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Simba is an amazing dog, he loves with his entire heart, he’s a scaredy-cat but will alert you right away when he hears something. He’s difficult to train, very stubborn, but he understands more everyday. Very loyal, great with a house cat
1 year ago
Neela
4 Years
2 People
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playing with stuffed toys
Playing Ball
She is the best... so affectionate. She loves attention! We have 2 other retriever dogs that she gets along great with. She loves getting the ball first and playing keep away from the other 2 dogs that try to get the ball from her to bring back to me. She loves chasing our cats.
1 year, 1 month ago
Coco Chanel
18 Months
2 People
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She recently climbed the back yard fence and onto the roof of the neighbors garage. That’s where I found her.
1 year, 2 months ago
Maggie
9 Weeks
2 People
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She is sweet and smart. Had terrible worms when we got her, but working through it all. We were told pup was older than she actually is. Her coat is getting shiny as the worms die off. Big difference in her in only three weeks.
1 year, 2 months ago
Jay
5 Months
1 People
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He is the best dog, he listens well to my command. There’s something I need to train him such as potty and poop outside but everything else he is good. I am proud of him to have him my life. He is loving, loyalty and caring dog. I couldn’t ask for a better friendship. I love my Treeing Tennessee Brindle, Jay Garrick!
1 year, 3 months ago
Tucker
9 Months
3 People
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Catch treats
Hike
Fetch
Love him to death. Not as trainable as a golden retriever but loves to run in the woods. People friendly. Fast runner. Loyal friend.
1 year, 3 months ago
Jack
1 Year
3 People
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Running
Excelent company dog
1 year, 6 months ago
Murphy
7 Months
2 People
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Bath time
Murphy is friendly to other adults and children but when it comes to me the owner he starts to bark at me grab my clothes and pull show teeth and growl other times calm
1 year, 6 months ago
Tigger
6 Months
3 People
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Fetch
Adopted from local shelter. She is smart and loving
1 year, 7 months ago
Healey
6 months
2 People
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fear reactive as puppy, but very loving to us
1 year, 8 months ago
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