Majestic Tree Hound

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Majestic Tree Hound

The Majestic Treehound is a large dog developed in the 20th century to hunt big game such as bears, bobcats and mountain lions. They are excellent hunters, hard workers and very loyal and devoted companions. Rarely seen outside the USA, these friendly dogs are gentle and kind to children and get on well with other dogs or pets. In fact, they are so friendly that this makes them almost useless as guard dogs, as they are more inclined to welcome unwanted guests rather than chase them away. However, their size and muscularity can work in their favor as a deterrent. These dogs need regular daily exercise, which makes them unsuitable for apartment living. They can also be a little noisy when excited. But their willing nature makes them ideal for training, and you can expect fewer repetitions because of this when training. The Majestic Treehound is closely bonded to its owners and can suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for too long.

History of the Majestic Tree Hound

The Majestic Treehound is a newcomer and was developed as a hunting companion and working dog. But the origins of this dog can be traced back to a breeder called Francis Hubert, who perfected the breed in the south of France in the 8th century. Saint-Hubert dogs were working dogs in the hunting field, and were also used to track down the many poachers who encroached on the territory of other landowners. After crossing the dog with other dogs, a new strain was developed, which was named Talbot Hound. Both types of dog became known as "Blooded Hounds", hence the term Bloodhound. In 1066, Bloodhounds were brought to England by William the Conqueror and used by the English nobility to hunt foxes. Another Bloodhound cross, this time with the Greyhound, produced a stronger breed of hound. Over the years, this cross-breeding habit continued, and hound types came and went. The Majestic Tree Hound is like returning to its roots, having undergone careful selection and culling to recreate the ancient strains of dogs originally belonging to the first American settlers. Breeders decided it was best to register this new type of dog as a new breed, and in 1980, the National Majestic Tree Hound Association began under the leadership of Lee Newhart Jr. That same year, the very first Majestic Tree Hound was registered with the National Kennel Club. Finally, this gentle dog with its loud, ringing voice gained respectability and earned a place in the hearts of dog lovers.

Appearance of the Majestic Tree Hound

Tall and handsome, Majestic Treehounds are powerfully built and generally larger than other breeds. Their head is fairly narrow and elongated, and they have a dignified, solemn expression. The eyes are deep-set and dark in color, while the ears are long and floppy hanging close to the side of their face. A powerful yet pleasing body conformation consists of a deep chest that gives them their stamina, strong, sturdy legs and well rounded padded paws that seem suited to all terrains. A long neck and sloping shoulders and back merge into a slightly arched loins. It's their large nose that gives this dog its ultra-sensitive flair. They have the typical shape of hound lips, flies hanging from behind, and this arrangement transforms to form dewlaps. The Majestic Treehound is available in many colors, from white to black, red, spots and/or a blue saddle or tick. Handsome and humble, affectionate and loyal, this is the Majestic Treehound.

Temperament of the Majestic Tree Hound

This affable, handsome dog has a gentle nature and is affectionate and people-oriented. In fact, they can experience separation anxiety and boredom if left alone for too long. They get on well with children and other pets, although when young they can be noisy at play. As hunting companions, they are ideal. This dog will work his heart out for his owner and at home, well, you couldn't wish for a dog that behaves better. This is the perfect dog, demonstrating a willingness to learn and please his owners, and he responds well to training. The Majestic Tree Hound is well socialized and can be taken into many situations where he will always show his class by being obedient and happy. There isn't an aggressive bone in their body, which may seem strange for a hunting dog, but for them it's the thrill of following a trail and pointing out the prey to its owner. This dog will play games, fool around with the kids or just relax at your feet - anything, as long as they're with you. If they don't get enough to do or exercise regularly, like on a daily basis, they can become destructive, dig up the garden or play rough inside the house. But generally, they're a soggy, lovable dog who builds his whole life around yours.

Needs and activities of the Majestic Tree Hound

The Majestic Tree Hound is a big dog and needs plenty of space for exercise. An apartment is not really suitable for this dog, as it has a very loud, booming voice when excited. They are excellent companions for walkers and runners, and have superb endurance and perseverance in the field. As hunting companions, they are ideal. For their size, they are quite playful and are very gentle and affectionate with children. A house in the country is ideal for this dog, or at least one with a well-fenced yard so he can roam to his heart's content. If you're not using them for hunting, hone their mental skills by playing games where they have to find someone hiding, or make them work for their meal by looking where you hide their things. A busy dog is a happy dog and gets into less trouble.

Maintenance of the Majestic Tree Hound

The Majestic Tree Hound is low-maintenance, but would benefit from a regimen of weekly grooming and brushing. Their short coats are almost self-cleaning and will probably only require a wipe with a damp cloth if they get dirty. It's important to preserve the natural oils in the coat that protect them from the elements, so don't bathe this dog too much. Their long, floppy ears will require frequent checks to ensure they're in good health, as inflammation can easily set in in this warm, protected area. Most working Majestic Tree Hounds wear down their nails when working on rough terrain, but check occasionally to see if the nails need trimming. Like most dogs, dental care is very important, and it's easier to get your dog used to letting you brush his teeth when he's a puppy. Teaching an older dog a new trick like brushing his teeth could prove very worthwhile. Majestic Tree Hounds are gentle old dogs, so they'll love the attention you give them and enjoy your attention while you groom them.

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