Brindle Pit Bulls have been in existence for as long as the American Pit Bull Terrier breed. The originators of the breed were from nineteenth century England and Ireland, who later introduced the dogs to the United States.
Although some Americans imported the breed, the majority were brought over to North America by Irish immigrants.
The first Pit Bull Terriers were created by breeding Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs together to produce a dog that combined the aggression and determination of the terrier with the strength and athleticism of the bulldog.
The bulldogs and terriers that were originally bred in the United Kingdom, became the direct ancestors of the American Pit Bull Terrier.
The earliest dogs to arrive in the United States were called Staffordshire Terriers, then Yankee Terriers, until it was finally settled that the breed would be referred to as American Pit Bull Terriers.
The Brindle Pit Bull is not recognized as a separate breed from the American Pit Bull Terrier, but is rather one of the many variations in colour of the breed. There are also Blue Nose Pit Bulls, Red Nose Pit Bulls, Seal Pit Bulls and Fawn Pit Bulls, to name a few.
Colour Variations of the Brindle Pit Bull
It is difficult not to recognize a Brindle Pit Bull.
They have a stunning mottled coat that can resemble the stripes of a tiger, or patches and shades of various colour combinations.
Brindle patterns vary widely with black, brown, fawn, white and red as the most common coat colours. A dog may be a “heavy” Brindle, meaning his markings are darker in colour, or he may be a “light” Brindle, with lighter colour variations.
Interestingly, there is no guarantee what the puppies will look like even though two Brindle dogs of similar colouring are mated together. The litter could turn out to be a variety of different shades and coat patterns.
There are many shades of Brindle Pit Bulls including
- Red Brindle with a white chest
- Fawn Brindle
- Light Chocolate Brindle
- Blue Brindle
- Dark Fawn Brindle
- Black Brindle with white markings
How to Train a Brindle Pit Bull
Comparable to their ancestors, all dogs are pack animals and require a leader. You need to be gentle, but firm and strict during training.
If you do not enforce the rules, your dog may very well decide that they are in charge, which could lead to a dangerous situation.
It is advisable to start training your dog when they are still a puppy. The older they are, the more difficult they are to train.
Early socialization with people and other animals is the key to having a well-mannered and friendly pit bull.
Brindle Pit Bull is an Active and High Exercise Dog
Pit bulls are high energy dogs that require plenty of exercise. At the very least they need to be taken for a long walk once a day.
They should also engage in more rigorous activities throughout the day, such as swimming, or playing a game of fetch.
Enrolling them in agility classes would also be beneficial for their overall health.
Why are Brindle Pit Bulls Considered Fighting Dogs, or Working Dogs?
The term “pit bull,” originated in England, during the nineteenth century, when these dogs were bred for bear-baiting and bull-baiting. The dogs were forced to face these larger animals in a pit and fight to the death, hence the name “pit bull.” When the bloody sport was finally outlawed in Great Britain, many English immigrants brought the dogs to the United States to be employed as working dogs on their farms.
The myth that all pit bulls are aggressive and vicious dogs is a misconception. Unfortunately, some pit pulls are trained for dog fighting by unethical handlers, which turns these gentle dogs into dangerous and vicious animals. It is not being a pit pull that makes these dogs prone to violence, but rather the people training them. This can happen to any breed that is taught to fight.
If a pit bull dog is raised in a healthy environment, and properly trained and socialized, they can make a wonderful pet for the whole family to enjoy. They are actually easy to train when they are still puppies, but become more difficult to handle as they mature.
Ethical breeders have bred out the aggressive fighting nature of the dog, but they still possess their protective instincts. If any family member, or any property that the family owns is under threat, the pit bull will defend them with their life.
Best Dog Food For Brindle Pit Bulls
In order to maintain optimal health, they need to be fed a healthy food that is as close as possible to what their ancestors ate in the wild.
- Their food should contain a high protein content from nutritious sources, such as beef, or poultry. It should also be high in fiber content, and contain an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals. Pit bulls should not be fed a lot of carbohydrates, as they are prone to weight gain.
- Make sure your dog has access to fresh water at all times.
- There are dog food brands that are formulated for all life stages, and others which are geared towards puppies, adults and seniors. There are also breed specific recipes and weight management diets.
- It is advisable to ask your veterinarian to recommend a formula and the quantity of food to feed your dog, that is suitable for your pet’s individual needs.
Grooming Needs of Brindle Pit Bulls
- Pit bulls should be frequently brushed. This is not only good for their fur, but also offers quality bonding time and gets them used to someone handling them.
- They should have their nails trimmed and be bathed once a month, or more often if needed.
Because of their exercise requirements, as well as, their natural tendency to be protective of their family and property, living in an apartment complex is not an ideal habitat for these dogs.
A house with a fenced in backyard would be a much more adequate arrangement. Your dog would possess a happier disposition, if they can play, frolic, and relieve themselves at their leisure.
If they must be kept in an apartment, then it is vital that they get plenty of outdoor exercise. When they are indoors, they should have access to durable toys to relieve boredom. These dogs love warm weather, therefore, a dog bed placed near a sunny window would be ideal place for a nap.
Tips For Adopting a Brindle Pit Bull
Please be alert for dubious breeders that may encourage gullible first-time pet seekers to believe that Brindle Pit Bulls are a rare breed, and therefore, try to charge an enormous fee for these puppies.
Brindle Pit Bulls are not a breed, nor are they rare. They simply have a different variation in colour and coat pattern than other pit bulls.
All pit bull dogs are from the same linage, which is the American Pit Bull breed. The personality, behaviour and genetic health problems of the Brindle Pit Bull are the same as found in all pit bulls.
Rather than focusing solely on the colour of the dog, it is more important to adopt them from a reputable breeder, or animal shelter. Ask for documents that state the dog has been examined by a veterinarian and is in good health, with a friendly temperament.
Brindle Pit Bulls have a wonderful disposition, are highly intelligent and loyal towards their human family.
Pit bulls can make excellent family pets with proper training and socialization. They can be affectionate, friendly and protective.
Besides making wonderful pets, they also make excellent therapy dogs, agility dogs, and law enforcement dogs.
As much as Brindle Pit Bulls can be trained to be sociable and loving animals, they can also be trained to be aggressive and a weapon if they fall into the wrong hands.
Unfortunately, because of their reputation as aggressive fighting dogs, many cities and countries have some form of breed-specific legislation on pit bull-type dogs, – including American Pit Bull Terriers – or, an outright ban on ownership. As a result, many of these intelligent and powerful dogs find themselves either in shelters, or are euthanized.
Simply placing restrictions on certain breeds will not improve public safety, rather, it will only punish responsible dog owners. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) does not address the root cause of dangerous dogs, which is irresponsible ownership.
If you live in a place where there is no pit bull ban, the best thing you can do for your Brindle Pit Bull dog and the overall American Pit Bull Terrier breed, is to offer them proper training, and above all, give them lots of love. This way, they will maintain a gentle disposition and hopefully the negative stigma around them will eventually fade.
If you adopt one of these affectionate dogs, you will have a wonderful addition to your family and a faithful companion.