Anyone have experience with the breed? We just adopted an adult male who was rescued from a shelter in Tennessee and brought to Canada by a local group.
It’s not a breed I had ever heard of but I understand it’s quite common in the southern US? Would be interested to hear what is typical for the breed and any particular health issues to watch out for.
So far he is a lovely, mellow, super affectionate boy in the house, and smart as a whip. Very easy to train and very treat motivated.
Outside he is intense. Doesn’t appear to have ever been on a leash and is a typical hound - so focused on scenting that he is oblivious to the human at the other end of the leash and very difficult to distract / redirect. We’re working on just saying his name and rewarding him every time he makes eye contact, and have made good progress in just a few days. I’m basically long lining him with two leashes - one on a body harness and one on his flat collar - to give me some extra control when he gets a little too exuberant.
He is very respectful of my grumpy older dogs in the house and pretty much ignores them completely, as they do him. Outside on leash he is quite reactive to other dogs. It looks like excitement and not fear or aggression, but there has been a little snapping / snarling when he’s gotten nose to nose with another one.