In the words of Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders founder, Rev Earl Phillips, "Our original breeding 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. Earl Phillips gathered a wealth of information about these brindle colored Cur dog, 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 very companionable dogs.
There was a group of people that were trying to promote Cur dogs of different colors but none were trying to excessively find, preserve, and promote brindle Cur dogs. Early in 1967 Rev. Earl 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 Hound. 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.
Members Should strive to improve this breed by:
* Breeding the best to the best.
* By not inbreeding.
* By not breeding immature untrained males or females.
* By not using silent trailers as breeding stock.
* By keeping in mind the color recommended by the Breed Standards.
* By considering performance above all other characteristics.
The Treeing Tennessee Brindle Breeders Association had their own registry from 1967 until 1978 when their files were turned over to the American Coon Hunters Association. Today the American Kennel Club (AKC) and National Kennel Club (NKC) recognize them. The T.T.B.B.A. has an annual meeting in Logansport, Indiana in October. The annual meeting has a variety of events for the Treeing Tennessee Brindle dogs and their owners to participate in.