What are Tree Hounds

What are Tree Hounds

A tree hound is a fairly new breed that was developed in the 20th century in the US.  These are large hunting dogs that help hunters go after big game like bears.  They make great companion dogs, they are loyal and hardworking.  Not only are they great hunting dogs but they are friendly and great around kids too.  While they are fearless when it comes to going after big game they are pretty much useless as a guard dog, although the fact that they are huge may scare someone off.  Unless they are properly trained then barking can become a huge problem, they are not ideal for living in an apartment.  They bond with their owners but if you tend to be away from home a lot they do have separation anxiety and can tear your house apart.

Origins of the Breed

The breed is relatively new and it was meant to be a working dog, however the origins of the breeder go all the way back to the 8th century and a French breeder named Francis Hubert.  Referred to as the Saint Hubert Hounds they were used to hunt and protect the area from poachers.  These dogs were bred with other hounds until you had the Talbot Hound, these dogs became known as ‘blooded hounds’ there the term bloodhound came from.

When William the Conqueror invaded England he brought the dogs with them, English nobility started using them on fox hunts.  Once in England the bloodhounds were bred with greyhounds making yet another new breed.  Over the next couple of hundred years breeding and cross breeding continued until we now have the tree hound.  It wasn’t until 1980 that the Majestic Tree Hound was registered with the National Kennel Club.

Their Appearance

The Majestic Tree Hound is a tall and well-built dog, they have long and narrow heads with long and floppy ears.  They have larger noses that allow them to scent prey when they hunt.  They have powerful chests with sturdy legs, this allows them to work in almost any terrain and track prey for hours if they need to.  The dog can come in a variety of colors including white, with red spots or blue ticking.  These dogs also drool so be prepared for that.  Ideal as a hunting dog but they are so friendly and loyal that they make an amazing family pet as well.  If you want a Majestic Tree Hound then always deal with a reputable breeder.

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