Interesting Facts about the Majestic Tree Hound
Hunting season is a time of guns, bow and arrow and hunting dogs such as the majestic tree hound. While the breed has a lengthy history, it is relatively new to the scene of recognized breeds and is quickly garnering the interest of both hunters and hound enthusiasts alike.
About the breed
The combination of two excellent hunting breeds, the coonhound and the bloodhound, brings together some of the best traits of each to culminate in this tree hound. Aristocratic and proud, the “blooded hound” (as the bloodhound was known in its very early days) is one of scent driven hunting dogs, while the coonhound is known for his persistence and precise treeing instinct. These two highly desirable traits in one hunting dog can only be a boon for hunters.
Several features of this breed mark its uniqueness. A beautiful even baying voice, good nature, distinct hound appearance and enthusiasm in both play and hunt are features of the hound that are sought by the owner. The dogs are on the large side, with adult males typically topping the scales at around 110 pounds; weight attributed to sheer muscular strength. A short coat covers the somewhat baggy skin worn by the majestic hound in a number of different colors from white to dun to black and tan. Sunken eyes that give the impression of sadness are typical, but the dog is actually quite fun loving and happy. The ears are very long, soft and thin; falling as though luxurious locks of hair.
At the hunt
The majestic tree hound is a classic example of the perfect hunting dog. They are most suited for hunting bear, mountain lion, bobcat, jaguar and raccoon; exhibiting the ability to flush out the large game and remain doggedly on their trail until treed. Their exquisitely honed scent detection enables them to find a trace that is invisible to most other breeds. This breed can handle a hike through any type of terrain and are highly capable of long hunts. The clear, resonant tones of the hound’s voice carries throughout the woods to signal their success at cornering their prey, and they remain at the base of the tree long after their owner arrives on the scene.
As a pet
Although this breed is first and foremost made for the sport of hunting, it should not be overlooked as a pet. Their loyal and affectionate nature makes them ideal companion dogs for young and old alike. They are extremely intelligent, so at first thought, training these dogs should be a snap. However, the same stubborn temperament that makes the hound so valuable during the hunt can also make them frustrating pupils as this, combined with their independence, can prove to be quite a challenge during training. With patience and persistence, however, the majestic tree hound can be trained.
Because of the large size of the dog, they are not ideal for apartment dwellers or for situations where they are cooped up indoors for the majority of the time. They enjoy the freedom of the outdoors where they can play and run.
It is important to note that while this breed of hound has been a recognized breed of the National Kennel Club for several years, they are not found on the rosters of the American Kennel Club. Although some may say they are recognized by the AKC, one look at their breed listing will quickly prove differently. Both of their predecessors, the coonhound and the bloodhound, are AKC recognized, however.
When purchasing a majestic tree hound, request to see the dog’s papers. Look for health guarantees, the reputation of the breeder, the conditions of the dogs at the breeders and the condition of the housing. These dogs are typically healthy dogs, although their long ears can promote yeast infections.
Though this breed of hound may not be AKC recognized, but they are an endearing dog as a pet and an excellent dog for the hunt.