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Treeing Tennessee Brindle
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In the words of Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders founder, Rev. Earl Phillips, "our original breeding stock came from outstanding brindle tree dogs from every part of the country." Many came from the Appalachian Mountains, the Ozark Mountains and places in between.

In the early 1960's Rev. Earl Phillips wrote a column for a national hunting dog magazine. By way of his magazine column Rev. Phillips gathered a wealth of information about these brindle colored Cur dogs, and the people that had these dogs or knew about them. Those people who corresponded with Rev. Phillips commended these brindle Cur dogs on their hunting and treeing abilities. The dogs that they wrote about were open trailers with good scenting power, very intelligent, courageous but not ill, and a very companionable dog.

There was a group of people that were trying to promote Cur dogs of different colors but none were trying to exclusively find, preserve and promote the brindle Cur dogs. Early in 1967 Rev. Phillips contacted many of the people that he had corresponded with about brindle Cur dogs. He suggested the formation of an organization to preserve and promote these brindle Curs. On March 21, 1967 the Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders Association was formed and recognized as a legal organization by the State of illinois.

The purpose of this Association is to breed a dog brindle in color, smaller in size, with a shorter ear and different in conformation than the Plott. The dog may have dew claws and white feet and breast. By selective breeding this dog can have great scenting power, be an open trailer with good voice, and retain the great uncanny ability of the Old Brindle Cur dog to tree all kinds of game.





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