Brindle Pitbull dogs have dark coats with black and tan flecks. They are solid, muscular dogs with short coats with dark feet and noses. Their tiger striped brindle fur can cover most of their body, but they often have a large white patch on their chests and legs. Brindle Pitbull puppies are intelligent, affectionate, protective and loyal companions, despite their controversial bull baiting and fighting ancestry. When most of us refer to a brindle Pitbull we are talking about a brindle patterned American Pitbull Terriers, but the term can be applied to Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Mini Staffordshire Bull Terriers and English Bull Terriers too. Today we’ll learn all about the brindle Pitbull. We’ll share how these cute coat markings could impact your dog’s personality, characteristics, behaviors or trainability. Helping you to decide whether a brindle dog is the right new pet for your family and lifestyle.
Your brindle Pitbull will need lots of socialization from the time they arrive home, to help them to feel happy and secure around strangers. They will also benefit from positive reinforcement training, and plenty of exercise each day. Brindle Pitbull dogs also benefit hugely from living in active homes, where they can be around their family for most of the day. This will help to avoid destructive behavior like chewing, and separation anxiety. With proper socialization and training they can be well-suited to life as a family pet.
Pitbull is the common name for a breed of dog that is called either the American Staffordshire Terrier or the American Pit Bull Terrier.
The term brindle is used to describe a dog’s coat coloring. Brindle markings on a dog are generally composed of alternating stripes of red/yellow hair and black/brown hair. Beautiful brindle patterns are irregular and vary from dog to dog, with some being more like tiger stripes and others like soft swirls.
Besides the Pitbull, other breeds that often have brindle markings include the Greyhound, Boxer, and French Bulldog. Brindle coat coloring is what’s known in genetics as a phenotype. A phenotype is an observable physical trait that is influenced by an animal’s genetics. A cat’s tabby coat pattern is a similar phenotype!
What Are Reverse Brindle Pitbulls?
While normal brindle Pitbulls have darker strips on lighter-colored backgrounds, reverse brindle Pitbulls have light strips that appear on dark backgrounds.
They can also be described as black Pitbulls with tan or fawn marks. In fact, some reverse brindle Pitbulls tend to be entirely black with faint light marks on a few parts of the body.
Essentially, the reverse brindle Pitbulls are often categorized as “heavy” brindles—with darker colors.
The word “reverse” is only used to denote the pattern of the brindle marks.
Reverse brindle is one of the many coat patterns found in Pitbulls and it can manifest itself in different patterns depending on the genes acquired by a given pup.
Therefore, the only difference between reverse brindle Pitbulls and other normal brindle Pitbulls is the color vibrations—all other characteristics or traits remain the same.
Some of the most common health issues with brindle Pitbulls include hip and elbow dysplasia, heart diseases, gastric ulcers, and allergies.
As aforementioned, with regular exercise, dysplasia shouldn’t be an issue.
Like other puppies, reverse brindle Pitbulls may be susceptible to parvovirus when they are young.
Again, if you vaccinate them early enough, this shouldn’t be an issue.
Due to their history of being fighting dogs, some people believe that they lack socialization skills. Some people are also intimidated by their muscular bodies.
Well, while they may seem scary, they are playful, friendly, and affectionate dogs, making them excellent family pets.
They can only become hostile if they perceive danger to their owner or themselves.
In fact, some brindle Pitbulls are so friendly that they don’t make good home guards—they may want to play with an intruder.
So, if you have been skeptical about owning a reverse brindle pitbull because you weren’t sure about how they would interact with your children, now you don’t have an excuse.
An obedient reverse brindle pitbull that’s treated properly remains loyal and affectionate to all your family members.
Not convinced? Here is a perfect example of how well-trained brindle Pitbulls behaves around children:
Can purebred Pitbulls be brindle?
Are brindle Pitbulls rare?
The Pitbull is not the only dog breed to have a brindle coat, they can also occur in French Bulldogs, Boxer dogs and Greyhounds. Fact: The Brindle Pitbull’s coat color is known as a Phenotype: a genetic physical trait.