The Treeing Tennesse Brindle is one of America’s own creations, being typical of the type of hound commonly used for hunting squirrel and raccoon in the Souther corners of the country.  They are a medium sized hound, smaller than others of its type, with a broad deep chest, straight and strong back and strong tail.  The legs are straight, muscular and well set for speed.  The head is flat domed, wide between the eyes and has a heavy muzzle.  The medium sized ears are set on high, and they have prominent dark eyes that are very expressive.  They have a keen desire to hunt, strong treeing instinct, good scenting capabilities and are fast, intelligent, and alert hunters.  Their voice is open on the trail, changing over to a coarse chop when they have treed their prey.

The approved colors of the smooth coat are brindle or black with brindle trim.  A small amount of white on the chest or toes is permissable.  Males stand 18 to 24 inches at the top of the withers and bitches are smaller at 16 to 22 inches in height.  Their weight is in proportion to their height.


Like most other coonhounds, the exact origins of the Treeing Tennessee Brindle are  not clearly known.  It is theorized that the forebears of this breed came from brindle colored treeing dogs from  the Appalchians, the Ozarks and points inbetween.

Rev. Earl Phillips, the founding father for the Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders Association, gathered information on the brindle colored Cur dog which had long been known and admired for their hunting and treeing abilities.  In 1967 the  Association was formed to specifically perserve and promote the Tennessee Brindle as a dog of great scenting power, an open trailer with a good voice, and retain the uncanny abilities of the Old Brindle Cuir, able to tree all kinds of game and yet remain compatible with humans and other dogs.. 

The Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders Association grew to a membership of over 500 in f30 states from 1967 to 1978, when they turned their records over to the American Coon Hunters Association.  Today, the breed is a member of the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service.

A Treeing Tennessee Brindle at Work


Said to have heart and try in abundance, these small hounds are intelligent, laid back and happy with their owners and other dogs.  They are excellent hunters that excel in speed and courage, yet make good companions.  They are particularly sensitive to neglect or abuse, and should be trained to hunt with consistency and gentle firmness.


Not much information is available as of yet as to health issues affecting the Treeing Tennessee Brindle


The Treeing Tennessee Brindle is not a breed that will adapt well to apartment life.  He belongs in suburban or rural areas where he has room to exercise consistently.    As with all hunting hounds, he should be allowed to roam freely in a large, safely enclosed areas when off leash, or be owned by those who choose to have an excellent hunting companion.