Sometimes known as tiger stripe dogs, these brindle breeds have some of the most unique coats in the entire animal kingdom.
A dog’s coat is one of its most noticeable features. There are plain white dogs and black dogs, multicolored breeds including these black and white dogs, and, perhaps a little less known, brindle dogs. Brindle pups, sometimes described as tiger-striped dogs, have a subtle striped pattern that can come in a range of colors such as red, fawn, brown, silver, and black. Unlike more pronounced stripes – like the ones you might see on a zebra – brindle stripes are more blended and sometimes blotchy.
The stripes and basic color of a brindle dog are not very different in shade. Usually they have dark stripes and a slightly lighter basic color. When a darker coat has light streaks it is called reverse brindle. These striped dogs can have the brindle pattern all over their bodies or just in certain places. Interestingly, brindle coats can also appear in other animal species, including cats, guinea pigs, cattle, and horses.
Why are some dogs brindle?
A dog’s genetics determine whether it will have a brindle coat. To be brindle, a dog must have the brindle gene – and only certain breeds do. However, the brindle gene is recessive towards the black gene, which means that many dogs that carry the gene will be black or multicolored.
Similar to blue-eyed and green-eyed dogs, simply selecting a dog breed that carries the brindle gene does not guarantee that your dog will have a brindle coat; it just means that there is a possibility. Mixed breeds and mutts can also carry the brindle gene. A brindle coat can develop as your dog ages, and so a solid colored puppy can develop streaks as it ages.
While a brindle coat can certainly make your pup stand out from the crowd, it doesn’t change anything about his or her personality. Before adopting a puppy, make sure that the general character and temperament of the breed is appropriate for your lifestyle. Find out beforehand the cutest dog breeds that carry the brindle gene. Do you want to adopt a new pet? These are the best dog breeds for families.
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Brindle boxers are quite common. In fact, brindle is one of three colors recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the breed standard (the other two colors are fawn and white). Adorably, these pups often have white feet and bellies, even if their fur is primarily brindle. Often used as cattle, police, guide, and guard dogs, boxers are playful, loyal, and patient with children. For most years, they even make it onto the AKC’s list of ten most popular dog breeds.
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2. French bulldog
The American Kennel Club recognizes these playful puppies in nine coat colors and patterns, including brindle. Some Frenchies also have cream coats or “fawn brindle” coats. Originally made famous by the ladies of society in Paris as the epitome of city dogs, these flat-faced puppies are currently the fourth most popular dog breed in the United States. They are known for their oversized bat ears and their charming, adaptable personalities.
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A greyhound is guaranteed to overtake all other puppies in the park. These graceful dogs have coats in various shades of brindle, including blue tabby, red tabby, white and blue tabby, and white and red tabby. Originally bred as a hunting dog in Egypt, this fast-footed breed can still be found on the world’s racetracks today. They have a reputation for being gentle and independent. And while they enjoy lazing around at home during the day, they need regular opportunities to let off steam. After all, they are the fastest breed of dog in the world.
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Another fast dog, the Whippet, lives up to its name. Similar to the greyhound, these dogs have an inverted S-shape and a narrow waist. Loving, playful, and calm, they get along just as well in a large garden as they do in the city (although they need plenty of exercise). Interesting fact? This breed rarely barks. You can find whippets with blue tabby, fawn tabby, red tabby, and black tabby coats.
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5. Dutch Shepherd Dog
Often seen in gold and silver currents, these intelligent, brindle pups are widely used as police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and guide dogs. They are known for their athleticism, independence and lively personalities. In addition to two brindle colors, Dutch Shepherds can have three different types of fur: short hair, long hair, and coarse hair. The fur of the Dutch Shepherd Dogs is so curled that the brindle pattern is obscured.
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6. Great Dane
These gentle giants have coats in a range of colors and patterns, from black and white to fawn and brindle. But obviously the most noticeable feature of the Great Dane is their size. Standing up to 32 inches tall and weighing up to 175 pounds, these handsome pups, one of the largest dog breeds in the world, tower above most other dogs. Great Danes are friendly, reliable, and great with kids. They are also formidable guard dogs (their size alone will deter most intruders).
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The Akita is one of the fluffiest brindle dogs. Originally bred as hunting dogs in Japan, these pups hold a special place in Japanese culture. When a child is born, the parents are often given a small Akita statue to symbolize health, happiness and a long life. Hellen Keller is credited with bringing the first Akita to the United States; The disability rights activist received a puppy as a gift during her visit to Japan. These muscular dogs are loyal, dignified, and somewhat suspicious of strangers and other animals.
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8. Jack Russel Terrier
Brindle coats are a little rarer in Jack Russel Terriers than in other brindle breeds, but when they do appear they are beautiful. The terriers are sometimes brindle in the face with white tint on the rest of their body. Smart and agile, these cute companions are great companions for jogging, hiking, and obedience activities (seriously, they’d learn a new trick every day if you taught them). Here are more of the smartest dog breeds that make training easy.
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9. American Staffordshire Terrier
American Staffordshire Terriers have shiny, short-haired coats that can be seen in a range of colors like black, white, bronze, fawn, red, and brindle. They can also be seen with many different patterns, from patches and blemishes to face masks. These muscular, sturdy dogs are known for their confident and good-natured personalities. Adopt one and you will have a friend until the end.
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You know these puppies from their short stature and their floppy ears. But did you know about their coats? Dachshunds come in a variety of colors and color combinations from black and cream and black and brown to blue and cream and chocolate and cream. They are also commonly seen with a brindle pattern. Dachshunds are brave, curious puppies and require moderate exercise to keep their adorable long backs strong and healthy. Not to mention that they are one of the cutest breeds of dogs with short legs.
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11. Cane Corso
If we had to choose one word to describe the Cane Corso, it would be majestic. At nearly 28 inches tall and weighing over 100 pounds, this workgroup brindle dog is an intimidating protector. The name of this Italian dog roughly means “bodyguard dog” in Latin. These dogs are smart, loyal, and eager to please, though their assertive natures make them a no-go for inexperienced owners. They are most commonly seen wearing black, black tabby, and maroon tabby coats.
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Another gentle giant breed, Bullmastiffs are the result of crossing the Bulldog and Mastiff. As members of the working group, these muscular pups were originally used to track and detain poachers in England. Today they are known for their loving, loyal and courageous personalities. They have various colored brindle coats including fawn brindle, red brindle, and red fawn brindle.
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13. Bull terrier
The Bull Terrier’s most notable feature is its head, which the AKC affectionately calls egg-shaped. These big bone pups are playful and charming; By the mid-19th century, they were the breed of choice among stylish young men in Great Britain. You can find bull terriers in a range of colors and patterns, including black tabby and white with black tabby patches. Their fur is short and coarse with a slight sheen.
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14. Plot dog
The Plott dog is named after the man who bred it, a German immigrant named Johannes Plott who raised the dogs in North Carolina. They are descended from German Hanoverians and were bred to hunt large game such as bears and wild boars. The German dog breed is available in a number of brindle colors, including black brindle, blue brindle, brown brindle, gray brindle, red tabby, and more. Plotties are loyal, attentive, and intelligent, and have a lot of energy to spare. Because of their history, they are also the official state dog of North Carolina.
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15. Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Did you know corgis are short for a reason? Originally bred as a shepherd, the corgi can nibble on the heels of cattle without being kicked due to its down-to-earth stature. Although they were bred to work hard, they are also loving and loyal companion dogs. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi, sometimes seen in brindle and white, has pointed ears, a long body and a deep chest. And unlike the Pembroke Corgi, these guys have tails.