Temperament: Friendly, Alert, Intelligent
- Height: 16-24 inches
- Weight: 30-50 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
- Group: Foundation Stock Service
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is an exceptionally sturdy and healthy breed. They are intelligent, brave, courageous and loyal companions with a strong inbred instinct for hunting. The breed bays during a hunt, which means they cry out to the hunter.
About the Treeing Tennessee Brindle
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle originated in the United States, most notably the areas in and around the Appalachian and Ozark Mountains. 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. Brindle-colored, 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.
NUTRITION The Treeing Tennessee Brindle should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
GROOMING The breed’s short-haired, smooth coat requires weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush or hound glove. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep your Treeing Tennessee Brindle clean and looking his best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your dog. The strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting, and cracking. The ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris, which can result in infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
EXERCISE Treeing Tennessee Brindles need regular exercise to keep them healthy and fit, both physically and mentally. Options for exercise include play time in the backyard, preferably fenced, or going for walks several times a day. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or learning new tricks. Certain outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, or retrieving balls or flying discs can provide a good outlet for expending energy. Training for dog sports like agility, obedience, and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise
HEALTH Some dogs may be faced with health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Treeing Tennessee Brindles are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, prospective owners can gain the education they need to learn about specific health concerns within the breed.