Brindle dogs have beautiful distinctive coat patterns that feature stripes in many different shades of black and brown. However, despite their enchanting coats brindle dogs seem to be less popular than other breeds and are even disliked by some people. In this article, we will try to understand why brindle dogs are unpopular.
The main reasons brindle dogs are unpopular are because of Stereotypes, Preferences, Lack of awareness, Mix-breeds, and Limited availability.
Reasons Why Brindle Dogs Seem Unpopular
- Stereotypes / The perception of aggression (Main Reason) – There are plenty of people who associate the brindle pattern of a dog with certain breeds of dog that are known for fighting or violent behavior. These types of dogs are historically misunderstood and misrepresented which leads to this negative stereotype.
- Preference – Some owners prefer different types of patterns and it seems that many people are not drawn to the colors and patterns present in brindle dogs.
- Lack of awareness – Many people are just not aware of how awesome brindle patter dogs are, and simply don’t know about them.
- Mixed Breeds – Some owners dislike mixed-breed dogs and it just so happens that brindle coat patterns are very popular in mixed-breed dogs making them disliked by some.
- Limited Availability – Depending on where you are located brindle dog breeds might be hard to acquire. In some areas, brindle dogs are popular whilst in others I’ve seen none at all.
The Misconceptions Surrounding Brindle Dogs
The main reason in my opinion why brindle-coated dogs are seen as unpopular or undesirable is due to misconceptions surrounding the breeds of dogs that usually sport these coats. Many people feel that brindle dogs are aggressive and have violent tendencies. This is a highly debated topic in the dog world and many studies have been done surrounding aggression in certain breeds. Here are cutepetcare.com we believe that any dog that is given the correct amount of training and socialization from birth will be harmless to both its owners and other dogs. In reality, most breeds of brindle dogs are highly intelligent and extremely easy to train which makes them a great choice for some owners. The problem with certain dog breeds comes from the lack of experience and the type of people who decided to purchase them.
Another misconception that we see frequently is that many people presume that brindle dogs are not purebred which is also untrue although some brindle dogs are mix bred there are still many that are not.
Lack of Recognition and Exposure
Some dogs are extremely popular and known by most people even those who don’t have a passion for dogs. Dogs like: Golden Retriever, Beagle, and Poodle come to mind. Unfortunately for some brindle breeds, they seem to be lesser known. This lack of exposure means that fewer people are aware of the breeds and therefore fewer people decide to buy them.
The Benefits of Owning a Brindle Dog
Despite the misconceptions and lack of recognition brindle dogs often make for excellent pets. These dogs are highly intelligent, highly sociable, and affectionate. They bond closely with their owners and are well-suited to a variety of different living situations.
Brindle dogs are often known for their ability to learn tricks and commands, their trainability makes them a great choice for people who are willing to put in the work to train their dogs.
Which Breeds of Dog Are Likely to Be Brindle?
The Brindle coat pattern is quite common and found in a number of breeds including:
- Boxer: These pups are like the party animals of the dog world, always ready to play and wag their distinctive brindle tails.
- French Bulldog: Think of them as bulldogs with a bit of sass, as their wrinkled faces and “bat ears” make them stand out in a crowd.
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier: These tiny dynamos pack a muscular punch and sport a stylish brindle coat. They’re also known for being friendly and full of energy.
- Boston Terrier: Don’t let their compact size fool you, these little guys have big hearts and love nothing more than cuddling with their humans. And let’s not forget about their unique brindle markings!
- American Pit Bull Terrier: These athletic pups are true champions, with loyal and friendly personalities to match their muscular build. Their brindle coats just add to their already impressive appearance.
- American Staffordshire Terrier: Like their Staffordshire Bull Terrier cousins, these pups are friendly, affectionate, and love to cuddle. The only difference? They’re a bit larger, making for more cuddles.
- Dogue de Bordeaux: These gentle giants may be imposing in size, but their loving personalities will make you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot. Plus, their beautiful brindle coats are a real showstopper.
The Truth Behind the Brindle Pitbull
The brindle pitbull is a popular mixed-breed dog that is becoming more and more common in recent years. Despite their attractive coat and playful personality, there are still a lot of people who dislike them. The main reason why people dislike any form of pitbull is that they are perceived to be aggressive and have less tolerance than other breeds of dog.
Although a heavily debated topic it’s agreed by many specists that breed rarely determines the viciousness of a dog it’s more likely a learned behavior that’s instilled via training (or lack thereof) by someone who has bad intentions.
It’s also worth understanding that the term “Pitbull” can mean many different types of breeds. Including American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. These breeds admittedly do have a bad reputation but are usually based on media sensationalism and misinformation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can Any Dog Breed Be Considered Brindle
Yes, any dog can be considered brindle because the brindle coat pattern is a genetic trait that can occur in any breed of dog, regardless of size and shape. The appearance of the brindle coat however may vary depending on the specific breed. Brindle is defined as “the intermingling of black and lighter hairs in a specific pattern” and this is certainly achievable in any breed of dog.
Can a Black Puppy Turn Brindle?
A pure black puppy will not turn brindle as brindle tends to be a coat pattern and not a color. Your puppy’s pattern will be consistent and will not change over time. The brindle pattern is determined by genes and is present from birth. So if your puppy is black it will remain black throughout its whole life.
Are Brindle Dogs Rare?
Brindle dogs are not rare, but they at times can seem uncommon depending on the which location in the world you live. Brindle dog breeds are all different and the popularity of these different breeds can differ but brindle dogs are a whole are not considered rare.
Do Brindle Dogs Live Longer?
Brindle dogs just have a specific coat design that is dictated by their genes. These genes however have no correlation to any health-related defects. There is no evidence to suggest that brindle dogs live longer than any other dog breed.
Is Brindle a Mutation?
No, brindle is not considered a genetic mutation. It is very much a naturally occurring coat pattern that is created by the interaction of specific genes. Brindle is a recognized pattern by the kennel club. Brindle is however known to be a dominant gene which means the chances of a brindle dog’s offspring also being brindle is exceptionally high.
To conclude the reason why brindle dogs might seem less popular than others is most likely due to the misconceptions surrounding them in line with the lack of recognition and exposure. However, despite these factors brindle dogs with the correct training and socialization can be excellent companions which are safe for all the family.