Brindle Colored Dogs

by Jane Meggitt Google
    Boxers are among the breeds with the brindle gene.

    Boxers are among the breeds with the brindle gene.

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    Brindles are dogs of a different color. Because brindling mixes black hairs in areas of lighter color -- usually brown or fawn -- brindle-colored dogs look a bit like canine tigers. There's also reverse brindling, in which the black coloration overwhelms the brown, so the dog's coat appears black with brown striping.

    Brindling

    Dogs must inherit the recessive brindle gene to display brindle coloration. The gene might cause the dog to have an overall brindled coat or just brindled points. Sometimes, brindling is not that noticeable, especially in breeds with wiry or long hair.

    Breeds

    American Kennel Club registered breeds with brindle acceptable in their breed standard include the Akita, American Staffordshire terrier, basenji, Bouvier des Flandres, bulldog, boxer, Cardigan Welsh corgi, dachshund, Great Dane, Glen of Imaal terrier, Irish wolfhound, Neapolitan mastiff, Skye terrier and whippet. The Scottish deerhound and Afghan hound might appear as silver brindles, or silver stripes on a light base color.

    Treeing Tennessee Brindle

    For the treeing Tennessee brindle, the coat color is part of the breed standard. Not officially recognized by the AKC, the breed is recorded in the organization's foundation stock service for developing breeds. Treeing Tennessee brindles originated in the American South, with a breed association formed in 1967. Related to coonhounds, this breed trees various sorts of game.

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    About the Author

    Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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