Top 10 Brindle Dog Breeds
There are some dog breeds that have a unique coat pattern that distinguishes them from other breeds. One of these is brindle. This refers to a coat pattern that resemble that of tiger stripes. However, the bands or stripes are not well-defined, having a subtler appearance than a tiger’s stripes. The streaks of color are more irregular and have a darker color than the coat’s base color. While it is true that the pattern of a dog’s coat doesn’t have any effect on its temperament, it does provide a sense of pride for its owner. After all, not all dogs can have a brindle coat pattern. Here are ten of the world’s best brindle dog breeds you may want to have as a pet.
Treeing Tennessee Brindle
While the Treeing Tennessee Brindle is not yet recognized as a breed by the AKC, it is one of the best dogs that have the unique brindle pattern. Classified into the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service, the brindle pattern is a very dominant feature in this dog.
The current standards of the Treeing Tennessee Brindle show that it should have only two types of coat pattern: brindle or black, but with brindle trim. As such, you may have a black Treeing Tennessee Brindle but it should still have sections of its coat having the brindle coat pattern.
This dog is famous for its treeing abilities. It uses its keen sense of smell and innate intelligence to run after a game until the hapless animal climbs up a tree. The dog then stays at the base of the tree, while baying to its hunter-owners that a game is present up in the tree.
The American Kennel Club recognizes only two coat colors of the Boxer: brindle and fawn. One has to understand that this dog doesn’t carry the genetic trait that should allow it to have a solid black color of its coat. As such, brindling is a very strong trait.
The brindle trait is so strong that some Boxers are known to exhibit reverse brindle. This means that their black stripes are more pronounced than the fawn base, giving the impression that the dog has fawn stripes on a black body.
Families love Boxers because of the pet’s unquestionable loyalty, faithfulness, and love for its human masters. It is a cheerful family companion, made more desirable by its willing tractability and intelligence. Be forewarned though; the Boxer may be excellent with its family but will always display suspiciousness of strangers.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Most Cardigan Welsh Corgis come in the classic red color with white on their neck, legs, muzzle, chest, belly, and the tip of the tail. However, Corgis can also come in brindle, including brindle with tan or brindle points. There is another feature that is very striking in the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. It possesses the “Irish pattern”, which is a blaze on its head.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis are excellent sheep and cattle herders. They have short and stubby legs but these work well to their advantage as they get to nip at the feet of their flock without getting kicked in return.
Welsh Corgis are very athletic and energetic dogs. They are also exceptional as companion pets because of their affectionate and devoted nature. In most cases, they make good watchdogs.
While the Boston Terrier is best known for its “tuxedo” appearance, its coat doesn’t have to be always black and white. As a matter of fact, the dark color that matches with its white markings can also be brindle or seal.
There are also Boston Terriers that may have a combination of black, seal, and brindle to go along with the white on their chest, muzzle, neck band, and limbs. There’s also a white blaze in between the dog’s eyes.
With a friendly personality and gentle disposition, Boston Terriers make good pets for families with children. They are very easy to train and possess a happy-go-lucky temperament. They can have a merry sense of humor. However, they tend to be possessive about their owners, so they can get territorial at times.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Most folks have a difficult time differentiating the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT) from the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT). After all, they both have their origins in the crossbreeding of an Old English Bulldog with a Terrier. However, the SBT is shorter by 6 to 8 inches and lighter by 25 to 35 pounds than the APBT.
Going back to the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, this dog can have any shade of brindle on its base coat color of red, fawn, blue, or black. It may not be a dominant coat pattern in the SBT, but brindle is one of the more popular patterns that potential SBT owners look for.
Despite the negative connotation surrounding the term “bull terrier”, SBTs are an affectionate breed. They are devoted and loyal and can be trusted around children. As a matter of fact, the Kennel Club of the UK recognizes the SBT as suitable for kids.
One of the national treasures of Japan, the Akita Inu is one of the oldest dog breeds on the planet. Known for its undying loyalty, devotion, and faithfulness, the Akita is also one of those breeds that can have brindle as its coat pattern.
Japanese Akitas should only come in limited colors for acceptance as a breed. These include brindle, red, sesame, fawn, and pure white. Moreover, they should also have the so-called Urajiro markings. American Akitas, on the other hand, can have the coat colors of all dog breeds.
A very dominant breed, Akita Inus are independent and powerful dogs. They are very loving and affectionate to their human family but will show reserve and aloofness with strangers. It also has some cat-like personality, being fastidious right after a meal.
Best known for its shark-head-shaped head, the Bull Terrier is another dog breed that can come in a unique brindle coat. This is in addition to white, fawn, black, red, tricolor, and red smut. Bull Terriers also have dark, small, and deep-set triangular eyes. These physical features give the Bull Terrier a very interesting appearance.
One of the original dogs to ever come out from the crossbreeding of Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs, the Bull Terrier was bred with the sole intention of controlling vermin. Somehow, it developed into a durable fighter in blood sports arenas.
Today, however, the Bull Terrier can be a great companion for families that know how to train and socialize dogs. It can be stubborn and has an independent streak, making it unsuitable for newbie dog owners.
They come in different names. Some call them the badger dog while others refer to them as wiener or sausage dog. Regardless of how you want to call this dog breed, the Dachshund remains one of several breeds that can have a brindle coat. Brindled Dachshunds have a red color as their base.
Fans of the breed are confused whether to classify it as a scenthound or as a terrier. Dachshunds are prolific at tracking scents like a Bloodhound. However, they also exhibit remarkable skills in digging, a trait that’s attributed to terriers.
No matter how you classify the Dachshund, it remains one of the most devoted and loyal breeds. However, they can be quite standoffish towards other people. These hunters can be very stubborn, too.
The quintessential gentle giant of the dog kingdom, Great Danes have an adorable personality that matches well with their sociable and friendly nature. It will always seek the physical affection of their human owners, preferring to be lap dogs than working canines.
There are 6 standard coat colors and patterns for the Great Dane. These include brindle, fawn, black, harlequin, mantle, and blue. Brindled Great Danes have chevron stripes on fawn or black body color.
Being gentle giants, Great Danes are never known to be aggressive. In fact, untrained Great Danes tend to be fearful of new environments and strangers. Think of how skittish Scooby-Doo can be and you get the idea. Great Danes are, nevertheless, loving and gentle animals.
One of the world’s heaviest dog breeds, English Mastiffs can tip the scale at 250 lbs. With its massive head and enormous size, a brindled English Mastiff will look very imposing. It will give the dog the awesome appearance of a tiger, especially since their brindle pattern always comes with a dark fawn base. However, there are English Mastiffs that can have an apricot color as the base of their brindle pattern.
Being heavyweights, Mastiffs are pugnacious protectors of their human masters and his belongings. Some say they descended from the same dogs that fought tigers, bears, lions, and gladiators.
As ferocious as these dogs are, they have a very gentle temperament. It is very loyal and has a loving nature. It doesn’t need to bark. Its imposing size is enough to scare troublemakers.
Brindle dog breeds are beautiful to look at. However, coat color and pattern don’t make a dog worthy of being a pet. Early training, socialization, and plenty of love and affection do.
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