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13 Brilliant Brindle Dog Breeds: Striped & Loving It!

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Breeds By Ben Team 10 min read August 14, 2021 143 Comments

Is brindle the best? Quite possibly – but beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Today we’re discussing brilliant brindle dog breeds, and exploring how this unique coloring came about.

What is Brindle Dog Coloring?

Brindle is the name given to a coat color pattern characterized by a brown base color, overlain with dark brown to black stripes. These markings often form a vaguely tiger-like pattern, but it can appear blotchy in other specimens. It’s probably best to just show you, so here:

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Also known as striped coloring, brindle is a great looking color pattern, with plenty of fans. My favorite color pattern in dogs is undoubtedly the black-and-tan look sported by Rotties and Dobbies, but brindle is a close second.

But brindle color patterns do not occur in all breeds; so, if you decide that you want a dog with a brindle coat, you’ll need to select from a few different options. We’ve compiled some of the most amazing brindle breeds below to give you a head start.

Dog Breeds That Display the Brindle Trait (Sometimes)

Note that not all brindles are created equally: Some are entirely clad in the color pattern, while others have large patches of brindle pattern interspersed with areas of other color (usually white).

Additionally, there is variation in the degree of striping and contrast from one dog to the next. This means that if you are on the hunt for a brindle dog, you must not only select a breed that displays the trait, you’ll need to select an individual that expresses the trait well.

There’s also potential for other breeds to have striped coloring as well, but it’s most common in the breeds we discuss below.

1. Akita

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Akitas come in a Baskin-Robins-like assortment of colors, including a few different brindle combinations. Robust dogs, Akitas were originally developed to track and hunt boar, bear and other dangerous animals. They have a willful mind and a protective instinct, so they require proper socialization and training to prevent them from becoming aggressive.

Akitas are probably not the ideal choice for a first-time owner, but they are great for those who have the necessary patience and confidence. It can also be challenging to raise Akitas around other pets, as Akitas have a very strong prey drive, and they may view roommates unfavorably.

2. Bull Terrier

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Bull terriers are modest-sized dogs that pack an incredible amount of personality into their somewhat-unusual-looking package. The AKC perhaps puts it best, describing them as “playful, charming, mischievous.” Bull terriers occur in 13 different color patterns, including a few different brindle combinations. Despite their impressive, muscular appearance, bull terriers are among the friendliest and loyal breeds.

Bull terriers are often destructive chewers, so it is important to provide them with plenty of safe chewing toys. Opt for toys at the super-rugged end of the spectrum when shopping for bull terriers, as flimsy toys won’t last long at all.

3. Boxer

brindle boxer

Boxers come in either of two color patterns: fawn (brown) and brindle. The brindle trait is dominant in boxers, meaning that if they have one copy of the brindle gene, they’ll display the trait. This tends to cause the trait to spread through the gene pool fairly rapidly, making striped colored Boxers quite common. Boxers are celebrated for their friendly nature, abundant energy and exceptional patience with children and babies.

Boxers are sensitive dogs, who bond strongly with their families; so, they aren’t the best choice for families that spend a lot of time away from the home. Most boxers demand daily play sessions and plenty of snuggling time with their owners.

4. Boston Terrier

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Often known as the “American Gentleman,” for his tuxedo-like coat and polite demeanor, Boston terriers occur in five different color forms, including three different brindle variations. A rather small breed, Boston terriers range from about 10 to 25 pounds, making them a great choice for apartment dwellers.

Like many other brachycephalic (short-faced) breeds, Boston Terriers can overheat in hot weather, so they aren’t ideal for those living in hot climates. However, their small size and short coat length also means that they’re not particularly well suited for cold climates either.

5. Cardigan Welsh Corgi

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Members of the herding group, cardigan Welsh corgis are affectionate little balls fur, available in a variety of colors, including brindle. Smart but stubborn, cardigan Welsh corgis quickly learn new commands, but house training them is sometimes difficult. They are surprisingly athletic, despite their stubby legs, and some are skilled Frisbee dogs.

Corgis have an incredibly dense, long coat that sheds profusely, which may be off-putting to some owners, so be sure you can handle a foot-deep layer of fur in your home before selecting one of these cuties.

6. Dachshund

brindle dachshund

Colloquially known as wiener dogs, these long, low and lean pups are extremely friendly and appear to have an optimistic view of life in general. Interestingly, the AKC does not recognize brindle as one of the colors dachshunds display, but several breeders produce dogs that resemble striped brindles and use the brindle moniker when discussing them.

Dachshunds are great with kids, and their small size makes them suitable for apartment living, provided that they still receive ample exercise. However, they are quite alert, protective and vocal, so they don’t make sense for people who demand a calm, quiet home.

7. Great Dane

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image from flickr

Regal and ridiculously big, Great Danes are one of the world’s biggest breeds. They reach about 200 pounds and sometimes stand nearly 3-feet-high at the shoulder, so they aren’t a great choice for people living in apartments, to say the least (from simple space logistics, you won’t have much room to move with a Great Dane around). They are also famous for the buckets of drool they produce on a daily basis, so be sure you consider this before adding a Dane to your home.

Despite their impressive size and intimidating appearance, Danes are lovable, gentle dogs with a calm, dignified demeanor. They occur in nine different color forms, including brindle.

8. Mastiff

brindle bull mastiff

Mastiffs are gigantic dogs that are available in striped brindle, apricot and fawn color patterns. If you’ve got the space available, mastiffs make great companions, courtesy of their loving nature and gentle spirit. Mastiffs have relatively modest exercise needs, and they are often content to lounge about for long periods of time.

Mastiffs aren’t always a great choice for new owners, who may not truly understand what it’s like to deal with a dog that may exceed 220 pounds in weight. Nevertheless, mastiffs are very endearing dogs who love to become members of the family.

9. Pit Bull / American Staffordshire Terrier

brindle pitbull

Whether you consider these dogs two different breeds or not, brindle-colored individuals are common among the group. Pits and American Staffordshire terriers vary pretty widely in size, with some barely reaching 40 pounds and others exceeding 80 or more. They both have stocky builds and tails that never seem to stop wagging.

Pit bulls and staffies are widely misunderstood, and they are victims of a decades-long smear campaign by sensationalistic media outlets seeking eyeballs and page clicks. Well raised and loved pits and Am staffs are exceedingly friendly, loyal and loving dogs that make great pets for most homes.

10. Treeing Tennessee Brindle

Given that the word brindle is in this breed’s name, it isn’t surprising that these tracking dogs are available with a brindle coat pattern. However, most treeing Tennessee brindle owners love the breed for their ability to effectively tree game, rather than their attractive coat patterns.

Treeing Tennessee brindles were originally created in the Ozarks, where they were used to track and tree a variety of different game species. They have very strong noses, and they tend to vocalize continuously while in pursuit of prey. Accordingly, they are often quite popular among hunters who like to work alongside dogs.

However, many of the traits that make these dogs so effective in the field cause challenges in the home. These dogs have high energy levels, and they don’t tolerate being alone very well at all. Additionally, although they’re pretty intelligent, they aren’t especially easy to train.

11. Plott

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Photo by Mary Bloom via VetStreet

The Plott is a big and handsome tracking dog, who was originally developed to track and corner formidable game, including bear and wild boar. Plotts are still used extensively for hunting and tracking, but some people also keep them as pets. However, it is important to understand that Plotts can be a bit of a handful, and they’re not suitable for novice owners.

For starters, Plotts need a lot of room to run around. They have tons of energy and they need a lot of exercise to prevent destructive behaviors (like problem chewing or digging) from manifesting. Accordingly, they’re only really suitable for owners with large fenced yards – the Plott is positively inappropriate for apartment life.

However, there is plenty to like about Plotts too. They’re very sweet and affectionate, and they usually get along well with other dogs. They’re also easy to groom and they won’t coat your home in a layer of shed hair.

12. Greyhound

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Photo via Wikimedia

Greyhounds are another breed that occasionally displays a brindle color pattern. In fact, the breed can display any of several different types of brindle color pattern, including black, blue, red, fawn, liver and combinations thereof.

Although they’re famous for being fleet of foot, greyhounds are typically couch potatoes, who love nothing more than snuggling up with their people while snoozing. They certainly need exercise and the chance to run around for 20 to 30 minutes on a daily basis, but they don’t have as much energy as many people would think.

Note that while greyhounds are typically very sweet, affectionate dogs, those who’ve retired from the racing circuit may have been mistreated for years. This can leave them shy or reactive, which can cause problems for first-time owners.  

13. Whippet

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Photo via Wikimedia

Like their ancestors the greyhound, whippets were originally used for racing and rabbit-hunting. But, as they required less space and food than greyhounds, they were much better-suited for the working-class coal miners who created the breed. However, modern whippets are rarely used in such contexts, and they usually serve as family pets.

The AKC recognizes 18 different color patterns for the whippet, ranging from white to black and everything in between. However, six of the colors – blue brindle, fawn brindle, red brindle, white & blue brindle, white & fawn brindle, and white & red brindle – feature at least some brindle areas in their coats.

Whippets are sensitive, affectionate and friendly, so they make good pets – even for relatively inexperienced owners. They are quite tidy, as they neither shed heavily nor drool very much, and they are generally healthy animals. They do have quite a serious prey drive, so caution is advised when introducing them to cats or other small pets.     

What Causes the Brindle Coat Pattern?

Just like other coat colors and patterns, the brindle color pattern is a genetic trait, caused by a particular combination of genes.

There are a handful of different places (loci) along your dog’s DNA strand that determine her color pattern. These are referred to as gene series, and they are labeled by a letter.

The mutation for the brindle trait is located at the K locus. There are three different variations of genes (called alleles) at this locus. One makes the dog all black, one essentially defaults to other alleles, and, as you may have guessed, the other one makes the dogs brindle. Brindle is dominant over the yellow (default) coloration, but recessive to the black gene.

dog brindle coloring

We should also point out that many different species display a similar color pattern, including cattle, horses, guinea pigs, and some lizards. This doesn’t mean that the conditions are related; it just means that they are visually similar. Horses usually (but not always) display the brindle color pattern when two embryos fuse – the resulting chimera exhibits multiple colors because it is essentially multiple horses living in the same body.

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Do you like the brindle color pattern? Have you ever had a brindle dog? Let us know all about him or her in the comments below!

Also, if you have a new brindle pup, check out our guide to brindle dog name ideas for clever naming inspiration for your stripped cutie!

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Susan

I just adopted a 9 year old brindle who looks exactly like the first pic in your story. She’s such a sweetheart! What breed is the cutie in that pic?
Loved your article. Thanks!

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Ben Team

Hey there, Susan. So glad you liked the article!

The *very* first photo (the featured image beneath the title) looks like a greyhound, but it was an unlabeled stock photo, so we can’t be positive. The dog in the next photo (the first one in the body of the article) is a little harder to ID. It could be a pit-mix of some type, but it was also unlabeled and we try to resist the common tendency to label every 50-pound brown dog with a big head and a cute smile as a pit mix.

Thanks for checking out the site!

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kb

the pup in the last picture is the spitting image of my big girl! i *think* she is mastador. love the gorgeous brindle color!

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Ben Team

That one is a cutie, KB! Don’t hesitate to share a photo of your pooch with us!

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Juanita Cullen

I just adopted a Brindle dog from Riverdale Dog Shelter. I don’t know what breed he is but he is a bundle of energy. He is 10 months and we do call him Tiger. He looks like the last picture on your web page.

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Lexie

I have a brindle shih tzu bichion mix!! However I’m going to be doing a DNA test on her to figure out if there is any other breeds in her!! I’m fascinated at her coloring it’s so unique!! I love this article about the brindle color!!

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Ben Team

Glad you enjoyed the article, Lexie!
We’re big fans of brindle coats too!

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Robin Maizer

I never had a brindle dog until 8 years ago. He was mix, Mastiff/Boxer. I had dogs over the years and they were all females. Then 25 years later we got Ruckus. He was the best dog I ever had and also my only male dog I had. Sorry to say he passed 4-21-2020. 3 months shy of his 15th birthday. I wish I could leave a photo of him

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Ben Team

Hey, Robin.
Ruckus (great name, by the way…) sounds like he was wonderful. And we’d love to see a photo!
Just head over to our photo uploading page.
Thanks for sharing!

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Sheeya Ryan

We just rescued a hound/lab mix with the brindle coat. She is 7 months old. Her name is Brockton. The rescue in Alabama told me she was born in May & that they suspected she was a hound/lab but I’m not sure and am very intrigued to find out more. Maybe if I understand more about her I can give her the best quality of life.
She’s been with us since September and seems to be adjusting very well. She is very smart and alert but is also very fearfull. She loves to run and she’s very fast. She nips a lot but we’re getting her training for that.
Brockton is currently about 30lbs. & is very healthy. She has large almost webbed paws but is afraid of water so we’ll see if she can have fun when we get to enjoy the ponds, streams & beaches again. She really hates being alone, which doesn’t happen often, and has a real howl-like bark. She loves to play with a neighbor’s dog who is a beautiful one year old Whippet. It’s cute to see them play together.

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Ben Team

She sounds lovely, Sheeya!
If you’re interested in her breed makeup, you may want to check our article about Dog DNA kits.
And don’t throw in the towel on swimming yet, lots of dogs are initially afraid of the water (including mine, who now loves swimming more than she loves me!)
🙂
Thanks for sharing!

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Terrence S Jennings

I am the proud owner of a beautiful 8 year old Treeing Tennessee Brindle Mountain Cur.

Roxi is a relentless tracker, trees groundhogs and anything else that would be treed.

Catches squirrels, climbs trees, has a spider plant dance to flesh out moles, super fast; when young chased deer for miles, to show up at the door later that night.

I watched her eject a groundhog from my yard she was very serious.

She is gentle, and loves to cuddle; her hair especially after a shower is super silky.

Roxi is super smart and understands alot of English too.

She is my baby and knows family and friends by name.

Office, shower, water, mommy, daddy, are just a few of the words she knows.

Roxi has been an amazing addition to our family and is loved throughout our neighborhood. “Everybody Loves Roxi”

I’d love to find another puppy now so Roxi can train her and if I could, become a breeder of this amazing, wonderful dog.

Alert: you must have a yard it would be great if you had some wood and trees for a Treeing Tennessee Brindle to be happy and stay in great health.

Roxi has been 48 lbs for the last 4 years. She eats dry Dog food and we give her boiled chicken and alot of tuna, cheese and eggs too.

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Ben Team

Thanks for sharing, Terrence! Roxi sounds lovely!

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Eve

I liked your article on Brindle breeds.
I have a a Brindle Chorkie
she is chihuahua,York terrier mix about 13 lbs. She was the only one in the litter that was Brindle.
I haven’t seen to many small breeds in Brindle why is that?
Thank you

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Ben Team

Hey, Eve.
Brindle just isn’t a terribly common trait among many breeds, so the little guys and gals just get left out (mostly).
Thanks for reading!

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Tina Orman

We have a brindle dog . He’s about 8 months old . We found him at about 4 months old as a starving stray . Brought him home fed & bathed him . Took him to the vet for check up . So far he’s doing good. . Very easy to house break . But got lots of puppy in him .

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Gwen

I just adopted a dog with Rottweiler markings, except the areas that would be tan are brindle. Her previous owners did a DNA test and she is pit bull, Rottweiler, lab, and golden retriever, so the markings make sense.

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Lisa R Lorance

Half Yorkie and half polmarani an
Brindle
11 lbs
How’s this possible

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Lindsay Schwegel

I have a brindle mix. I have no idea what she is mixed with, I guess all the time. She has a black mask and strips all over with a white chest and long snout

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Rory

I have a treeing Tennessee Brindle, named Sheba. Her contender name was Ninja because she’s unbelievably coordinated fast and sharp. We live in a one bedroom apt and run at the park twice a day aside from shorter walks and she’s the sweetest most well behaved easy to train babe in the world. A total snuggler ❤️

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April

I’m not sure what kind of brindle I got cud you help.

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Ben Team

Hi there, April.
We’d love to see photos of your pooch! Just visit our photo uploader and start sharing!
Thanks!

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Wanda Kohl

I have been the lucky human for the most beautiful blue brindle Afghan Hound. Morning Call Candyman was my boy for 18 years. Imagine if you will soulful eyes surrounded by silky hair that began with white at the top of his head and ended with half a chevron of blue at the end of each ear…pure heaven. His saddle was blue and the coat falling from it was blue and white brindle. When he ran it looked like a wave. I miss him terribly.

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Ben Team

Sounds like he was a wonderful pup, Wanda.
Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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Melissa Coleman

We’ve rescued one of the sweetest most loving fur baby we’ve ever rescued. She stole the hearts of all of my family. When she sleeps she wedges herself right up against my son and is out like a light—not moving till the morning. Mild mannered and gets along with the all the other dogs—dogs fromac 15 pounds to ac huge dog that is 125+ pounds. She weighs about 24 pounds.
We’d love to try to determine what breed or breeds she could possibly be. How would I post a picture of her?

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Ben Team

Hey, Melissa. She sounds lovely. 🙂
You can submit her photos here. We’re happy to take a look (and share them with our readers), but be aware that it is impossible to determine a dog’s ancestry by simply looking at her.
We can give you some guesses, but that’s really all they are.
We still want to see the little cutie though!

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Karen Chapman Lenz

My Brindle is a Mexican Immigrant rescue with very pointy , stand up ears, a Frenchie face, but very muscular, longer legs than Frenchie, and looks like she might have some Australian cattle dog along with her brindle coloring. She barks almost never…only one when she is on leash and sees another dog on leash. She does fine in the dog park off leash, not much interested in “playing” but not bullied. Recently she has started to paw the ground with all 4 when being investigated by another dog. Rarely runs from this. She looks like she has mothered quite a few puppies.

I am 80 and do not yet know how to put pictures from my phone onto email.

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Cindy

We adopted an injured rescue when he was 2 months old. He’s brindle with white down nose/throat/tips of paws and tip of tail.
We later found out he is a Pitchi (aka Chipit)….. Pitbull and Chihuahua. He’s a smaller sized very sweet dog with a beautiful brindle coat

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Meg Marrs

Sounds adorable!

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Ann Thompson

I’ve also seen this trait in German Shepards.

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Andie Jackson

I have a reverse brindle mixed breed. She is about 40 pounds at 10 months old. I rescued her very young, so I don’t know the breeds in her, but she is good natured, shy, and very smart. How do I post a photo of her?

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Ben Team

Hey, Andie. Just send it to me via email, and I’ll see if we can add it next time we update the article.
Ben(at)K9ofMine.com
🙂

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Mindy Shapiro

I recently adopted a Pointer mix with a beautiful brindle coat.

Do you have any thoughts on what her mix would be?

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Ben Team

Hey, Mindy. Just send the image to my email: Ben(at)k9ofmine.com.
I’ll take a look!

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Marlene

4 weeks ago my daughter and family got 2 pups from same litter. Mother is a registered Treeing Walker Coonhound. The people said she mated with a Black Lab. The pups have some tri-color markings, but the female was black on back and face, and is turning quite brindle. With more brown then black. The little oy has much more black with little spots of brindle, but his hair is alot softer then his sister. Can a lab and normal tri color Walker make a brindle color or is it probly a boxer mix. Ears are houndish. Boy are they strong. The female at 9 weeks climbs the fence. Its crazy. Thanks. MARLENE

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A.Barden

Was never a fan of Brindles till 2 weeks ago, when our daughter found a beautiful 6 week old Boxer online she feel in LOVE with!! He’s been home with us 3 days now. And he’s one of my children now!! My baby boy “Big Mac”
All our dogs are named after food. LOL. From behind he reminds me of a tiger a little. They are a unique and amazing to look at.

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Robert

I still don’t really know what breed my Jake E. Dog is, but I did enjoy reading your page.
Thank you!

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Sarah Albright

We have just adopted two rescue pups. They both have a brindle coat. We aren’t sure what breeds they may be.

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Carter Denton

The Dutch shepherd is brindle. Some brindle, has a black base coat and gold or silver stripes. The Borzoi can have a brindle coat also.

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Sherry

I enjoyed your article thank you! We just adopted this beauty, she’s from Mississippi… we are unsure of what breed type she is, do you recognize her breed? If so, would you kindly give feedback? Thanks

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Ben Team

Hey, Sherry.
I was going to tell you to email me the photo, but I see you already did!
My professional opinion is that she’s 100% cutie pie. 🙂
Seriously, that is one adorable pupper — so happy for you guys!
Unfortunately, it’s virtually impossible to determine what breeds are lurking in the genes of a mixed-breed pooch by just looking at her. And for that matter, most mutts have multiple breeds in their family tree — they’re mutts of mutts, so to speak.
All that said, her ears look pit-like to me, but her muzzle and eyes look pretty Lab-like.
Whatever she is, just give her some scritches for me!
Thanks for sharing.

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Gayle F Jackson

I have a mountain cur Brindle, she is about 86 pounds and Beautiful

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Jennifer Binder

Great article, but sadly, you have omitted the Mountain Cur. “A Mountain what?” Those who have them, myself included, tend to say… “I never knew anything about them until I got him / her. Greatest dog I’ve ever had!” My brindle guy, Clyde, is incredibly well-rounded and the most respectful and gracious dog I’ve ever had the pleasure of living with. As a service dog, he’s been instrumental in making my world a better place. As a therapy dog, we both help around our community. I truly couldn’t ask for a better partner.

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Jill Arnel

No one has mentioned Cairn terrier. I currently have one who’s a medium cream brindle with black mask. My previous two were also brindles— red brindle and gray brindle.

They have thick double coats, but if you shaved them, their coloration would be similar to a greyhound’s, for example.

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Valerie

I adopted a brindle hound mix. Not sure how to upland pic…

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Ben Team

Hey, Valerie. There’s no way for our readers to upload photos directly, but you can email it to me: Ben(at)K9ofmine.com. We may be able to add it to the article when we update it in the future.
Thanks!

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Angela

I’m looking for a Tree Tennessee Pitt Brindle Puppy. Do have any idea where I can buy one. I had one he passed away he was old. I love that breed of dog. Please let me know if you can locate a breeder selling brindle puppies.

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Mary Mills

I have a brindle chow mix. Can’t figure out what the other bread is. Im not sure how to post a picture on here

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Mary Mills

I have a brindle chow mix. Can’t figure out what the other bread is. Im not sure how to post a picture on here

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Kathy G

I have a black and brindle dog, not sure what breed, but some sort of hound in the mix. From the back she almost looks like a Doberman, but her face is definitely hound. She has a typical black & tan pattern, except the tan is actually brindle. I’ve never seen anything like it!

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Kathy G

I have a black and brindle dog, not sure what breed, but some sort of hound in the mix. From the back she almost looks like a Doberman, but her face is definitely hound. She has a typical black & tan pattern, except the tan is actually brindle. I’ve never seen anything like it!

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ANN THOMPSON

Love my brindle pit/bully mix!

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John Marcoccia

We have a brindle, but unknown. Is there anyway to post pictures?

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Don

Is there a way to post pics? I would love to see other people’s brindles.

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Don

Ben,
My wife and I have two brindles, one is an Amstaff and the other is a Boxer/Amstaff/Shepard/Huskie mix .

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Erin Mac

You didn’t include The FMD = Formosan Mountain Dog from Taiwan – I have one, they are quite delightful…

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Jenni

I adopted a short hair brindle from a rescue shelter, she was 4 months old when we got her. She looks to be full grown at this time and weighs in at 20 pounds, not sure on her breed, as the rescue center thought she was puggle but I don’t think that is the case. She is super friendly, fast as lightening and her tail wags constantly. She makes a great little sister to our Golden/Retriever mix who weighs in at 120 pounds.

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erin Mac

Look up Formosa Mountain Dogs from Taiwan :)))

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Sandra

Are Jack Russells considered a brindle breed?

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Ben Team

Hey, Sandra. According to the AKC breed standard, brindle is a disqualification for Jack Russells. That said, we’ve seen some photos of dogs that generally look like Jack Russells that have brindle-like markings.

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Pamela Pavesi

I have Datsun terrier mix that is brindle. He has perfect tiger stripes on him. I’m not crazy about brindle but I do like the tiger stripes thank you so much for the information you posted.

Pam

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Cathe Lieb

I had a gorgeous boy who was tagged a pit bull mix when we got him from the shelter. He was 75 lbs of pure muscle and hunting drive. He had blue eyes, a blk/brn/ brindled body and a midnight black saddle that looked as if he was wearing a coat. We did DNA testing on him and got back Old English Sheepdog and Brussels Griffon. (???) We often got suggestions from people that he was Catahoula or Plott Hound. He certainly had that stubborn Cat personality. He was smart, devoted and I will miss him forever.

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Laurel

I had a British Alaunt, a Mastiff dog, who was black as a puppy, but who developed beautiful gold brindle stripes as he aged. We live in a military town, so we said he “earned his stripes” as he aged. When we put him down due to cancer, his body stayed on base until the funeral home got him. We said his soldiers were protecting him in death. He loved people in uniform. We had gotten him at the Army Animal Shelter. I miss him every day, and his ashes will be buried with mine.

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linda

Hi!

Thanx for the things you say about amstaff’s and pitbulls. My Staffy puppy is almost 5 months old and blond/bleu brindle. I love the breed and brindle, My Indy is lika a painting with all her stripes en colors!

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Ben Team

No prob, Linda! I love pits and Staffies, and a brindle coat makes them all the better in my eyes!
Thanks for reading.

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Keirh Rasmussen

My dog, Barley… He is Carolina Plott hound/APBT mix… Love his red brindle coat! Oh, and thr froggy-legs..

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Laurel

Keirh: what an adorable baby! I wish him many happy, healthy years ahead.
I lost my brindle Mastiff in 2013. He was gently put to sleep by his vet as his cancer caused him so much pain.
He’s cremated and we will be buried together. He was the love of my life, my soulmate.
I miss him every day of my life.

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Mary Mills

I have a dog that for sure is half chow but he is a Brindle. I wish I knew what other bread he is

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Liz

Our brindle is tan and brown with FINE black stripes everywhere. No white. We had her DNA done. Mostly Chow, Siberian Husky, and Newfounder. She’s medium sized, lean, but double coated. Must be something else mixed in. Mom lived on a farm, don’t know where dad came from, wild? (pups were found in barn, most didn’t adapt to people). Used to be extreme skittish, but social now. Extremely loyal and doesn’t try to wander as long as walked daily.

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Sissy Hutching

I have two brindle pups. Duke is a six year old male, plott/akita mix. He has the plot face and ears but his coat is long and silky and he has a curly tail, which he will wrap around you in affection. He does have webbed feet but he does not like swimming. Gracie is an 8 month old, we got her from a shelter and they had her tagged as a lab mix, she is NOT lab at all. My best guess is going to be a Chatahula Kerr, she has a super tight, silky coat which dries quickly. webbed feet, long legs and barrel chested. Both dogs are really intelligent and need a lot of exercise (we walk daily), they can be a handful but we love them and are partial to dogs with the brindle gene.

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Lou Bartoli

We had a male Jack Russell . He was beautiful with brindle patches over his eyes and one on his side/back .We had to put him down (liver cancer). 1/28/19 worst day of my life . Miss him bad , cry everyday.

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Ben Team

So sorry about your pup, Lou. I can certainly sympathize. Just make sure you hold on to all of the good memories you shared. I can tell you from experience that it does get better with time.
Best wishes.

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Sharon Howard

I have a brindle and blue I thinkshe is tan with black markens,and she was just breed to a male lab mix with b rindle.

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Keith Rasmussen

I have a brindle Plott/APBT, which we call a Plottbull… He’s a really great dog, low-key, high-energy, when appropriate… Extremely easy to train, this guy… Having never heard of the Plott before I got him, I was intrigued, so did TONS of research on them… Amazing history, great dogs!

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Lisa Williamson

I have brindle Shorkie. He is a first generation Shorkie so he has more Shiz FSU look to him. He is very stubborn and aggressive towards our other animals. He is very affectation people.

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Perry

Thank you Ben! Very informative and enlightening article resulting from my google search on “brindle.” Very well written with superb skill that keeps the reader going without the usual over sensationalism and personal-agenda-other-people-bashing of today’s social media junk!

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Rob

I just got a brindle pup who is almost 4 months, 23lbs, and the shelter had her listed as a Shepherd/Retriever mix but everyone has their own opinion – Plott/Mountain Cur being one…given her velcro attitude I’m guessing the shelter was right 🙂

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Karen Trace

I have a brindle puppy. I saw her mother. She is a border collie cross. I have no ide about the father as Willow is a rescue pup. Her colouring is beautiful. She has a white spot on her nose, white spot on her chest and white on the tips of her back feet. She had 2 sisters who were blonde coloured and twice the size. Willow has very fine features compared to them. I wonder what her mix is. Anyone?

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Jlo

I also have a border collie cross that is a brindle. Mother was bc not sure of father. Can you send a picture

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Lynn

We have a 13 week old puppy who is the offspring of a black pug and a fox red lab. He has the brindle coloring. He comes from a litter of seven and all the rest of them are black like their father…the black pug.

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nolan turco

I adopted what I now believe to be a “Treeing Tennessee Brindle” however she has a completely white belly, white paws, white encompassing half way around her neck, and a white tipped snout. She is brindle everywhere else. Can anybody help me get a better understanding of what exactly her breed might be?

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Jenna

Sounds like the dog could be part boxer with the white feet and belly.

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Bill

Wow! Your pup sounds exactly like ours. She is a rescue from Alabama with the same markings. She is the only pup with long hair and is the smallest of the litter. She has a great demeanor. The shelter has her listed as a mastiff mix. However, her face and fur appear most similar to an Australian Shepherd.
We are considering having the dog DNA test done when she is older. Currently she is 13 weeks.
Has anyone had this test run?
Any clue of accuracy or if worthwhile?

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JoLynn Grigsby

I have a beautiful brindle. Im completely sure wat bread she is. I found her on the main Ave in the town my family lives and who ever left her had neglected her and abused her she was literally all skin and bones. She was in so much pain and wouldn’t leave her food dish. But I got her checked and taken care of now she’s been part of our family for 4 years she’s very protective but we love her

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Yvonne coffey

I have a reverse Brindle pit,

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Ite Offringa

You forgot to mention the Dutch Shepherd which ONLY comes in brindle! Smooth, rough or long coat.
They look and act a lot like a Belgian Malinois but with a brindle coat.

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Meg Marrs

Thanks Ite – I’ll work on adding that to our list next time we do an update!

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Jacqueline O.

Yes, was going to make same comment and also wondering if the Dutch Shepherd is the only breed that has exclusively brindle coat.

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Heidi Brown

We have a year and a half old Anatolian Shepard who has a lovely long brindle coat. While not the common color for the breed it is still seen often enough and meets breed requirements. He is beautiful! Wish I could include a pic!

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Narfpel6

I inherited my sweet girl who was a petsmart rescue. Says lab mix on her paper work but don’t see any lab at all in her. I think she looks like a Tennessee treeing hound. Vet thinks she has some malanois in her. She is 8 mos old and weighs 57 lbs. super energetic and very affectionate!!! She is completely brindle.

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Ann Mummert

I recently adopted a puppy from East Coast Adoptions. She is brindle in color with a mask on her face. We
aren’t sure of her breed but think she is of the terrier /greyhound family.

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teri

Do you have a picture you can post?

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Diana

I have a brindle schnauzer…

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Marti

I have a schnauzer that started as a brown and white pardi. Still has some,brown and whit bur has turned silver in some,places. Now has developed a couple of black stripes in his,fur. The,longest is maybe three inches. Very strange. I thought maybe he has brindle in there,somewhere

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Angela

I have a question about a terrier mix I adopted when she was 1-yr-old. I know she’s part Rat Terrier, but her soft, fawn/brindle coat has everyone stumped. I prefer not to do the DNA test unless absolutly necessary, but it’s best to know common health issues related to certain breeds. There’s a photo of her at the bottom of the ‘Making Paradise’ page.

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Sary

I have a pup from the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. His mom is a Border Collie and Catttle Dog mix so he is black and white with blue tick but he is also black and brindle and I cannot figure out where the brindle comes from. Do you know what breeds would render a black and brindle/black and blue tick?

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Andrea Kramer

My dog Lilly is a beautiful brindle. I haven’t done a DNA but I’m pretty sure she is a Pit Bull and maybe a mix. she is 80 pounds of pure love. I got her at the local animal shelter at age 5 months. Today she is 5-1/2 years old. I adore her and do everything I can to make her life a wonderful experience.

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Jeremy

You said, “it’s probably best to just show you, so here:” then there is a pic of a dog with a brindle coat. That dog is not identified. Is he one of yours? Do you know the breed?
Thanks, Jeremy

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Meg Marrs

Hey Jeremy, that’s a stock photo of a brindle dog, so we don’t know the breed. Looks like a pittie mix to me, but that’s just a guess.

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Bobby Sevier

Need help ideing my dog. Brindle color but matches no brindle I have never seen. Wish I could send pictures.

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Meg Marrs

Hi Bobby – we don’t identify dogs. Ask your vet!

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Glenda Brumbalow

Ben, I enjoyed your piece about 13 Brilliant Breeds of Dogs: Striped & Loving it! I want to own a small one cause I just lost my 15 yo Cheegal in Jan this yr. and I have always loved the brindle coat & color dogs. I was hoping you might know someone who breeds small ones that I can have in my large duplex as my husband & I are both disabled and with my RA I need to walk every day and would love to take he/she with us as an incentive to keep us all healthy & happy.I read somewhere that smaller dogs (especially those well taken care of) seem to live longer than larger dogs. Is there such a thing as cats with the brindle coat? I hope you write back with a breeder of Boston Terriers, Boxers & Bull Terriers as they are my favorites and just the right size & temperament for our enjoyment & large duplex with a brand new sidewalk for exercise. I’m so glad I found your article and I sure do hope you can send me in the right direction for a dependable breeder. Either way I am grateful for the knowledge & education you have graciously bestowed upon me. Thank you and kindest regards to you and yours. Waiting for your return comment. Glenda (GiGi)

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Joy

We have a brindle chiuaha. He has a fabulous temperament and is unbelievably cute.

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Kathie D. Parker

I need some confirmation if a female brindle miniature dachshund is bred with a dappled brown & cream miniature male and they have had their litter born on the 23rd of July she had 6 babies, 1 died at birth (a male) 1 is struggling being hand fed a male, 1 has a stub of a tail and the rest look normal, mom is a great mom and feeding them all except the little male which she brings to owners so that they can bottle fed him:). My concern is are they considered a double dappled bred puppies? I have first choice of pick and am a little worried about the genetics of them, I have have miniature dachshunds all my life since I was 2 years old and now I am 61 and have 2 picked choices of 2 wire-haired dachshunds, I a 3-1/2 year old male wire-haired reddish blonde coat ( at birth named a Wild Boar coat and 4 month old tri-merle male absolutely gorgeous and a 9 year old definitely Wild boar coat and a stud dog up until I received him fixed him and now he is in his forever home, but comes with serious kennel issues and we are patiently working with him:). He is a good boy and I love him to death. My question is do you think that this litter is going to be normal? I have first pick and want to be very cautious with my decision. Thanks for your help & time. Kindest Regards, Kathie Parker

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Ben

Hey, Kathie.

I wish I could be of more help, but I’m not really familiar with the patterns of inheritance for various dachshund color patterns. I did find this link, which may be of some help: https://dachshundbreedcouncil.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/coat-and-colour.pdf

Best of luck!

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Marta O

I have a white brindle Shih Tzu. We always get comments on how pretty she is when we are out.

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Deborah

What type of dog is in the last frame? It looks just like my dog and I’ve been trying to figure out her breed.

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Sher

Don’t forget the Plott Hound! An amazing, gentle, smart family dog and a boar and bear hunter. Beautiful brindles.

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Robert E Walker Jr

I had a pit lab mix brindle father was my yellow lab mother was the neighbors pit lol I ended up with 3 of the litter lost the brindle he got shot in my yard looking for a female brindle pit and another yellow lab male puppies loved the size temperament and loving quality of the dog I had if I can’t find another I’ll breed my own

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Jeannine Dukes

I have a female tri pit lab. She’s solid black. She is 5 years old and is an awesome breeder. Never know what you get in a litter. However, she is too friendly.lol I call her our forever puppy. She digs in our plastic pond and bites at the splashes while barking insanely. We don’t try to stop her natural personality traits no matter how annoying this activity can be. Anyone else have a pit/lab with these personality traits or know if they are comon for her breed?

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Colleen Morton

You didn’t mention Greyhounds and Whippets!

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Meg Marrs

Thanks for the heads up!

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Cheryl Breedlove

My Lucy was found in a 500 acre cow pasture starving. She is my beautiful sweet girl… But no one seems to know what breeds she may be. Any ideas?
https://photos.app.goo.gl/xhnKY6oiNmBTgaCV9

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Meg Marrs

Aw what a cutie! I wonder if anyone has a guess?

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Teri

Is she full-grown or still a puppy? About how tall is she at the shoulder and how much does she weigh? Her body looks like our Dutch Shepherd did as a puppy, but her head looks more like a Jack Russell Terrier. Maybe get a DNA test done! That could be interesting.

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Jeremy

I have a super cute brindle Australian shepherd / golden retriever mix: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhrX1A2A1ml/?taken-by=jkazzaz

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Meg Marrs

Wow, what a cutie! Can we add him/her to our list?

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Christel Harden

Brindle basenjis are beautiful! How could you omit them?

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Meg Marrs

Thanks for the suggestion – we’ll add them next time we update the article!

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MiTmite9

The other day I met a dog who was definitely part German shepherd, but had much brindling of her fur on her legs. She didn’t look like she had any Pitbull in her. Now I am wondering if she may be part Akita. Her owner had no clue why she was brindled. Truly one of the prettiest combinations I have ever seen in a “composite” dog.

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Gina Frontiero

My black female and blue male Pitt made blue brindled and a black brindled puppies in one litter. They are beautiful!

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Baunie

Hey, you forgot the Galgos (whippetes, greyhounds, italian galgos, spanish galgos)…

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RealAgentSRK

My dog had puppies 5 weeks ago, 8. Both parents are mixed rescues. Mom is a GSD mix and Dad is a Lab mix. 4 of the pups have beautiful brindle coats. I’m not sure where they got it from.

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Meg Marrs

They sound beautiful! Maybe the brindle skipped a generation. GSD/Lab is an awesome combo.

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Teri

Here is our Roxie girl, Dutch Shepherd. Click through to see 4 pictures. Your GSD mix may have some Dutch Shepherd in her. Dutchies, GSD and Belgian Malinois are all closely related.

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Teri

I thought the link I put in the “Website” field would show up, but it didn’t.. Here it is: http://www.caninegallery.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?gallery=canine&album=dutchshepherd&image=1241.jpg

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sue noble

My dog is brindle. She is mostly ibizan hound and golden retiever and about 2% dogo, bull mastif and sharpei.

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Nada

I have a beautiful brindle “Curgi.” She is a Mountain Cur/Corgi mix. She loves to climb the tree in my backyard in her quest to catch a squirrel.

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Teri

You missed the best brindle dog of all – the Dutch Shepherd (aka Hollands Herder), considered a rare breed. Related to German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. Smart as all get out. Often used in K9 training. We had a beautiful Dutchie. Smart, faithful, funny, good with children and other dogs.

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Meg Marrs

Sounds like a wonderful breed, thank you for bringing it to our attention!

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MiTmite9

Teri: Thank you for posting about Dutch shepherds along with your great photos. I already posted my comment (a few moments ago), before reading through this thread. Thanks to your comment, I know that the dog I saw a few days ago is part Dutch shepherd. Makes sense. I hope I see her and her owner again so that I can tell him what I’ve discovered about his beautiful dog.

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Teri

That’s so cool! Dutch Shepherds (or “Hollands Herders”) are considered a rare breed dog. They are not AKC registered; breeders do not want to “ruin” the breed by having the AKC dictate conformity standards. So unfortunately, they probably won’t find any books about them. The only info we could ever find was online.

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Kelsey Page

Referring to the paragraph about how brindle is recessive to the black gene – my dog is a medium haired lab mix. She’s black but has brindle points. How did that come about genetically?

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BJ Hulen

I have recently adopted a boxer brindle in color, ut she does not have a black mask as most all boxers do. I am under the impression that she may be a pit or stuffy mix but I am not certain. Is there a way I could send you pictures of Luna to get your professional opinion?

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Kim

No Dutch Shepherds?

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Tom

I know right!!

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Kylee

My dog is a miniature schnauzer mix. I got him from second chance 4 years ago and i have always been wondering what else he is. He has a soft long brindle coat and a tail that curls up over his back. He weighs exactly 15 lbs and is a healthy weight for his size. He looks just like a schnauzer except his snout is a little shorter. If anyone has any ideas on what he could be mixed with please let me know.

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Diana F Duell

I have a brindle schnauzer too!

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Janice

I babysit this adorable Brindle named Bruno. He was a rescue. He is very sweet, non-aggressive, but very strong and fast! I don’t know his breed.

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Ben

That sounds beautiful, An! But we’re gonna need to see a photo to know for sure!
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An Than

Hi Ben, I have a brindle dog, fawn or brownish and black stripes with black mask. He’s a Phu Quoc Ridgeback.

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Lynnie

Walter, is my very handsome brindle Pug. Starting above his face, he has a line that divides one side of his body fawn with black and the other side of his body is black with fawn. This color division starts at his face, down his back and continues on his tail, his “privates”, under his belly and back up to his face. He is a very unique brindle Pug.

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