Have you heard about the Treeing Tennessee Brindle (TTB)?
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle originated in the United States, most notably the areas in and around the Appalachian and Ozark Mountains. The American Kennel Club (AKC) explains:
"The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a brindle-colored (hound) breed, smaller in size, and with a shorter ear, they are different in conformation than the Plott. The Treeing Tennessee Brindles are a very intelligent, courageous, and companionable breed. Alert, agile, and fast, they make for wonderful hunting dogs,"
History of the Treeing Tennessee Brindle
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Their original breeding stock came from outstanding brindle tree dogs from every part of the country. Many came from the Appalachian Mountains, Ozark Mountains and the places in between. The AKC tells us that the TTB are bred from Cur dogs.
"They are bred from Cur dogs with a focus to have great scenting power, be an open trailer with good voice, and retain the uncanny ability to tree all kinds of game."
Curs are specialized working dogs bred for ability by breeding the best to the best, based on individual performance and usually regardless of the actual breed.
According to Dog Breed Info, cur dogs are purebred dogs who are crossed with multi-purpose working or hunting dogs; Each Cur breed or type is unique. Curs are usually not recognized as show dogs but developed mainly for their hunting ability.
Treeing Tennessee Brindle behavior?
They need exercise to satisfy their in-built working drive and energy levels. Having pasture or acres that are fenced in for them to run around in is a bonus. You can also try competitive dog sports like agility.
If they get the appropriate amount of exercise, they are known for being extremely laid back at home with their family.
What does a Treeing Tennessee Brindle look like?
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle has a short, smooth coat that is mostly brown with black brindle markings. The AKC says that some species of the breed exhibit white markings on the chest and feet.
The good news is this breed's coat is low maintenance and grooming is super easy.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle Can Have Great Scenting Power
The Spruce Pets tells us that spending time outside and hiking are great ways to keep this breed busy:
"Because they have been bred specifically for their hunting prowess, it means they can have a high prey drive. They may not be a breed best suited to living with small furry pets or cats.
The TTB is an expert vocalizer. They have been bred to alert their hunter owners to the fact that they have trapped their quarry. Their tendency to bay and howl can be common in the home environment too. You may need to work on rewarding quiet behavior to ensure this natural tendency doesn't get out of control."
Nosework is another activity that will entertain your hound.
If you're interested in this breed, contact the Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders Association. This dog is essentially a brindle cur.
Other wonderful breeds include a Coonhound, Mountain Cur, Retriever, Bulldog, Pitbull, Treeing Walker Coonhound, and Terrier.
Do you live with a hound? Have you ever seen a Treeing Tennessee Brindle? Let us know what characteristics you love about this breed!