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.
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.
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.
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.