Brindle is not technically a color, but rather a pattern. Some species other than dogs (such as cattle and guinea pigs) may be brindle. A brindle coat somewhat resembles a tiger coat, although the effect is much more subtle. Typically, black stripes blend into a tan or brown base. Love brindle dogs? These five breeds feature dogs with these colorful coats:
Brindle Bull Terriers
For those of us in the colored variety (some of us are white), brindle is a much-appreciated color. Everyone knows me for my egg-shaped head, but I’m equally celebrated for my fun-loving, good-humored nature. My English ancestors were Bulldog and Terrier mixes (thus my literal name), developed first for toughness but in time mainly for companionship. We were originally white, but at the turn of the 20th century we were back crossed with brindle Staffordshires for a colored variety. Appearance aside, my versatility is only surpassed by my enthusiasm. I’m slightly stubborn (or so you say…) with standard obedience, but I’m up for any vigorous adventure you devise.
Brindle Dutch Shepherds
We Dutch Shepherds may have short, long or rough coats, but we are all stunning brindle-colored dogs. Developed in Holland as sheepdogs and all-around farm dogs, we’re faithful, reliable and active. We’ll excel in herding, but we also shine in search and rescue, obedience, protection sports, rally and agility. Perhaps you’ve seen some of my cousins from the Royal Dutch Police Dog Program (Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging)? Many of these skilled police dogs are a mix of shepherd dog genes (Belgian Malinois, for example). These hard-working crossbred dogs may have different temperaments and physical appearances than us, but we share an admirable work ethic.
My coat is either fawn or brindle colored. When I’m brindle, the stripes may be light or dark and the density of the striping ranges from narrow to thick. Initially a hunting dog, I was also used by farmers and shop owners in my home country of Germany. My work ethic is famous: in the world wars, we worked as messengers and pack-carriers. But don’t over-focus on my athleticism, work drive or courage; I have a frisky, cheery disposition and I’m apt to play the clown now and then as well.
Brindle Great Danes
We Great Danes can be fawn, steel blue, black, harlequin or brindle-colored dogs. Of course, most humans talk more about our size than our repertoire of colors. Our females weigh 120 (or more) pounds, and our males weigh some 150 pounds. With ties to ancient mastiffs, we Deutsche Doggen were developed in late 18th and 19th century Germany to hunt boar and guard estates. While our big bark competes with our big size, we’re usually rather pleased to greet newcomers (well, unless they’re poaching on our estate I suppose!). Name aside, we weren’t developed in Denmark. Our English name derives from a French naturalist seeing us in Denmark.
You likely recognize one of my trademarks: my plush tail that curls over my back. Our coats can be many rich and brilliant colors, including white, brindle and pinto. Fearless, loyal and strong-minded, we were developed in Japan as a versatile, courageous hunting and guard dog. I consider myself the strong but silent type; we aren’t typically barky although we certainly keep watch over our families. Did you know we’re a natural treasure in Japan? Maybe in our families’ households here, too!
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Thumbnail: Brindle Dutch Shepherd (long hair). Photography courtesy Tracy Kaecker, American Dutch Shepherd Association.
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I had a brindle English Bulldog… So very Beautiful.. and I miss her very much. She had every hair color in the world all mixed up into one.. brindle.. I love it!!
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I have two beautiful Brindle Pugs. This breed should be identified as being Brindle.
We have an amazing Treeing Tennessee Brindle… never even heard of this breed until we rescued her…She’s absolutely stunning…
I have a female Treeing Tennessee Brindle as well. She will be 2 years old in April, and I also have one of her pups, a male, and the markings on the pup are amazing. The pup is now 16 weeks old and it has the fawn, white and grey brindle markings. He is beautiful. My female’s name is Cupcake and I named the pup, Relo.
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I have a silver brindle pug. I know that color is not allowed in shows, but I like it anyway.
I have a brindle Black Mouth Cur… she has 4 white feet. A gorgeous baby girl.
Greyhounds come in every type of brindle coloring; light brindle, dark brindle, red brindle, blue brindle and even black brindle! My first greyhound was a parti-brindle; which is brindle and white and I now have one dark brindle boy with white socks. Love my brindle babies!
We curently have a great dane mix that is white with huge patches of brindle. . We had a border collie/pit bull who was a beautiful brindle. love the brindxle.
Don’t forget Cardigan Welsh Corgis! I have had two brindles over time. My favorite color!
I have a rescue dog from Alabama, he is a black mouth curr-lab mix,brindle. I have never seen one before,but he is beautiful.
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We have a plott hound mix rescue. She is similar to the photo of your Great Dane, but has less tan in her.
English Mastiffs can be Brindle. We’ve got an eight year old male (Diesel) who’s a gorgeous brindle and 240 (that’s right two-hundred forty)pounds. He’s a Canadian Kennel Club champion, and was number four mastiff in Canada in 2012. Beat out the more recognized tan Mastiffs.
How could greyhounds have been left off the list? Quite apart from solid colors, there are numerous patterns and shades of brindle.
We had a brindle catahoula