Treeing Tennessee Brindle

Treeing Tennessee Brindle

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Treeing Tennessee Brindle At a Glance

Country of Origin:

United States

Breed Group:

AKC (FSS: Hound)


Medium to Large. Weight: 30–45 lbs Height: 16–24 inches


Short and dense.


Black, Brindle; Brindle Trim; White Markings

Life Span:

11 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

Although they are hunting dogs, these dogs are quite calm and well-behaved inside the house.

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Overview

Small brindle colored hounds have been a part of the hunting culture in the Southern United States for generations. This dog breed was valued for being great trailers and locators of raccoons and squirrels, while still being friendly with humans and other pets. They finally received the name of Treeing Tennessee Brindle, when a reverend from Tennessee fell in love with and standardized the breed.


Treeing Tennessee Brindle Characteristics

The main characteristic of the Treeing Tennessee Brindle is their brindle coat, however, other coat colors do exist. They are a smaller sized hound and feature the same droopy ears and coarse jaw of other hound types. However, in some more recent generations, a shorter-eared dog has been seen. The breed has an excellent ability at finding and treeing game while hunting.


Treeing Tennessee Brindle Temperament

Fast, brave and loyal. The Treeing Brindle makes a great companion and hunter. They are loving and affectionate toward their owners and have an intelligence that makes them easily trained as hunters. These are dogs that are always happy and should be treated with love and care. Harsh treatment can easily create a fearful and distanced dog.

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Treeing Tennessee Brindle Care

The Treeing Brindle lives on average 11 to15 years, good for a medium-sized dog. No breed-specific health concerns are reported, however, this may be due to the relatively undocumented and small population of the breed. Good breeding and preventive veterinary care will help the Treeing Brindle to live a long and healthy life.


Treeing Tennessee Brindle Coat

Like other hounds, the Treeing Brindle sports a short, dense, easy to care for coat. The coat needs brushing with a comb or hound glove on occasion, to help remove dead hairs and stimulate the skin. Ears that are droopy may also need more care to prevent ear infections from occurring.


Treeing Tennessee Brindle Training

The Treeing Brindle has a natural talent when it comes to hunting, and will often pick up the task without proper training. He is a happy and eager dog, however, his hound instincts may get the best of him when it comes to training in other areas. Patience, rewards, and motivation will help keep the Treeing Brindle occupied. Short sessions may also help prevent him from being distracted.


Treeing Tennessee Brindle Activity

If the Treeing Brindle is not actively hunting, he should be given activities that allow him to use his nose and other senses. Open areas, long hikes and other activities that allow him to stretch his legs and mind will keep the Treeing Brindle in his happy mood. If used for hunting, these outings should be enough to occupy his body and mind.

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