10 Things You May Not Know About Brindle Pitbulls
Brindle Pitbulls are a fascinating breed that people desire to know about.
Here are some interesting facts you may not have known about them.
Some of the basic needs:
- Daily active exercise about an hour and above.
- They have a strong stomach and eat almost anything from wet to dry food. They should be fed according to their size.
- Averagely, a Brindle Pitbull weighs about 30 – 50 pounds and are between 17 – 21inches tall.
- They could eat about two cups of food per day. They should be fed about twice a day to avoid excesses.
- Also they are susceptible to jealousy among other canines. However, they love humans and can easily bond with them.
- They are an intelligent and loyal breed.
They belong to the Bully and Terrier family.
The Brindle Pitbulls are off-springs of American Terrier Pitbull and/or American Staffordshire. In retrospect, bull baiting, bear baiting, pit baiting, hunting, fighting and other animal blood sports were things people derived pleasure from.
The Old English Bulldogs and Old Terrier Dogs were cross bred to derive a voracious; intelligent, cunning, disciplined, aggressive but yet loyal dog suitable for fighting. After some years this in-humane act was banned.
However, the products of those years still remain. It has given birth to a unique breed of dogs that still exists till today. Fast forward to the present times, the Pitbull family is still prevalent and have become house hold dogs other than fight dogs.
They are the same breed as other Pitbulls, their skin coat is the difference.
Brindle Pitbull is a term that describes the coat of a dog rather than the breed. Many people might think that the Brindle Pitbulls are another breed from other Bulls or Terrier.
On the contrary, the distinguishing factor is their patterned coat with tiger-like dark stripes on a fawn, brown coat. The Reverse Brindle Pitbull on the other hand could sometimes be mistaken for a dog with one colour coat. However, when viewed closely, you will discover that the canine has a dark/black coat with lighter stripe-like pattern.
This patterns appear faintly, looking like its swallowed up by the darker coat. It is impossible not to distinguish between the Brindle Pitbull and other Pitbulls because their coat is outstanding and attractive.
They look intimidating but are friendly
This breed has a bold and daring appearance which scares people away. They share resemblances with their parents the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier.
They are characterized by small lovely attractive wide eyes. They have a dropping rose-shaped curly ears. They appear to be intimidating and fierce because of their strong and muscular physiques coupled with broad faces and short muzzles which gives them a daring look.
On the flip side, they are very friendly. However, often than not their daring look usually scares people away before discovery. The commonest type of Brindle Pitbulls are the Blue Nose Brindle Pitbull and the Red Nose Brindle Pitbull.
Many people think that Brindle Pitbulls are rare but they are not actually rare
It is assumed that the Brindle Pitbulls are rare but in reality they are not. These misconceptions arises from the confusion about them being a recessive gene.
Their skin coat is produced as a result of phenotype; just like genes in humans. A phenotype is a trait that we can physically observe which was formed by the animals’ genetics.
This is the secret behind their unique coat. However, being a recessive gene; less occurring does not mean they are rare. Also, as a result of the stigmatization and restrictions placed on them by the law in some places, some dog lovers would rather not have them in possession.
Although, the Brindle Pitbull is not registered by American Kennel Club (AKC). They are registered by the United Kennel Club (UKC). That being said, they are not has rare as people think. You can even find similar coat colours in other breeds too. Such as; Boxers, Greyhounds, Corgi, Plott Hound and Cursinu.
They have a mixed temperament depending on the treatment they received from carers
The Brindle Pitbull is an emotional canine. They give back to carers the kind of treatment that has been given to them. Testimonials of Pitties have shown that they are loving, loyal, energetic but sensitive dogs.
They could be very emotional, that is why it is important that the they are treated well. They will do good with a carer that understand their needs and make-up. The Pittie is an energetic dog that loves to exercise and play in a large environment.
They also love time and attention from their owners. They have the ability to bond with humans.
Above all they desire to be treated well. Under normal circumstance, a Brindle that is treated this way will reciprocate by being loving, loyal and caring. In fact, because of the love they show to children particularly, they have earned the term- “Nanny Dog”.
However, they could be ruthless and heady if the receive severe treatment from carers.
It is crucial to train a Brindle Pitbull
Brindle Pitbulls are stubborn and heady. It is not advisable to accept this trait but to manage it. As a carer you must be firm and learn the best way to work with them through these methods; patience, positive reinforcement and consistency.
A well trained Brindle will learn to be tamed and be adaptable in the house; early exposure to other dogs and people will improve socialization and; a trained Pittie would be skillfull, loyal and intelligent.
In this instance, they could help in guarding their territory against trespassers. They could also monitor children. However, it is not advisable to leave children alone with Pitties.
Suitable name(s) to call them or describe them
A Brindle Pitbull is not another breed but a term used to describe the patterned coat of a Pitbull.
These names below highlights their common features and can be adopted for a Brindle name.
Some of the common names are:
- Brindle Pit-bull
- Blue Nose Pit-bull
- Red Nose Pit-bull
- Blue Nose Brindle Pit-bull
- Red Nose Brindle Pit-bull
- Gray Pit-bull
- Bull Terrier
- Brindle American Staffy
- Brindle American Pit
- Brindle Pittie
The price to get a Brindle puppy ranges because of certain factors such as; location, breed and breeder you are purchasing one from.
Cost is determined by who you are getting your dog from- breeder, where you are getting your dog from- location, the ancestral history, colour/pattern and health of a Brindle Pitbull.
The average price of a Brindle Pitbull ranges between $800 to $1000. Usually the American Staffordshire are more expensive than the Brindle American Terrier and are within the price range of $1500 – $2000.
Reason being that they are a recognized breed across boarders. In particular, they are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and there is a lot more expense incurred in their registration process.
That being sad, for a fairer cost, a Brindle can be adopted for about $250. It is important to know that whatever initial cost incurred on the purchase of a Brindle Pitbull is not all that is to be spent.
Some other things you will need to purchase include: Food and Water Bowl, High-Quality Dog Food, Leash and Collar, Microchip, Brush, Training Treats, chews toys, Dog Crate, Dog Bed, Dog Shampoo and nail trimmer. The cost of these rounds up to about $310 – $430.
Lifespan and susceptibility to some health conditions just like any other canine breed.
The average lifespan of a Brindle Pitbull falls between 12 – 15years. Unfortunately, like other breeds, there are some health conditions prevalent among the Pitbull pack.
While some are curable others are not. It is important to let your Pittie take caution and live healthy to avoid health issues.
Some of the common pitbull health issues are: Skin disorders, Hypothyroidism, Hip and elbow dysplasia, Cataract eye disease, Cardiac disease, Gastric torsion.
That being said, they are a breed easy to groom.
They are easy to groom
Pitties have short hairs that do not shed often. They usually will shed hairs twice a year.
You do not have to worry about canine hair around your house hold with Brindle Pitties.
Their infrequent hair growth makes it easier to brush and maintain them. You worry less about getting them shaved or trimmed. Albeit because they sweat a lot, you will need to bath them regularly with a mild shampoo that will not damage their sensitive skins and their bedding needs to be cleaned regularly.
The Brindle Pitbulls are a lovely breed that can adapt well in the home.
Although this breed has suffered stigmatization especially as a result of the bad treatment they received at the hands of insensitive careers, that should not stop anyone from getting one as research shows they are a loyal, intelligent and caring breed.
Ryan is a service dog puppy raiser/trainer and founder of The Pit Bull Center, a dedicated Pitbull blog that has been visited by tens of millions of people since its inception.