Brindle Pitbull Dog: Everything You Need to Know

The Brindle Pitbull is a muscular, medium to a large-sized dog with brindle coat color, small almond-shaped eyes, and short floppy rosebud-like ears. Brindle is one of several color varieties within the Pitbull breed, not a separate dog breed.

There often needs to be more clarity over what a pitbull breed is and the different names used to describe them.

A Brindle Pitbull puppy looks attractive to most dog lovers. This article will discuss everything you need to know about, so let’s start.

History of Brindle Pitbulls

In the early 19th century, in the U.K., there was a fascination to create strong fighting canines for pit fighting, bull baiting, bear baiting, and other aggressive and inhumane blood sports for entertainment.

For this purpose, Old English Bulldogs and Old Terrier dogs were crossbred, and both breeds are now extinct.

Crossbreeding the two breeds integrated the aggressive nature and loyalty features of the Bulldog and the intellect and crafty nature of the Terrier breed to produce a perfect fighting canine: the Pitbull Dog.

Around 1845, these Pitbull-type dogs soon reached North America and the U.S. and were explicitly bred for dog fighting. Soon, they became known as American Pitbull Terrier.

However, shortly after arriving in the United States of America, people realized that this Pit Bull mix dog in the right hands had a loving and caring nature around children earning it the nickname “The Nanny Dog.”

The American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize the American Pitbull Terrier. It is, however, recognized by the United Kennel Club, American Bully Kennel Club, and the American Dog Breeders Association.

Characteristics of Brindle Pitbulls

The Brindle Pit Bull Terrier is a short-haired, medium-sized muscular, yet lean dog with a broad, firm head and strong jaws, a thick neck, and detailed muscles all over the body, but it is still lean.

Brindle Pitbulls look just like other Pitbulls except for their coat, a mix of brown, black, and sometimes gold or red stripes. A Brindle Pitbull has a fleshy nose, floppy ears, short and smooth coats, and straight tails like a typical Pitbull. Many Pitbulls have a white patch on their chest or stomach.

Pitbulls are often considered dangerous dogs, only produced for fighting and other blood sports. Still, today its personality can be loving and affectionate when appropriately trained and socialized early by a responsible dog owner.


The average lifespan of a Brindle Pitbull is 12 to 16 years. Factors affecting the dog’s lifespan include its diet, daily exercise and activities, and quality of care.

Dogs fed healthy foods and encouraged to exercise frequently are likelier to live longer than lazy dogs with an unhealthy diet.

Height and Weight

Brindle Pitbulls are medium-sized dogs, with a height of 15 to 21 inches at the withers, and weigh around 30-70 pounds. These dogs have stocky, muscular bodies and are heavier than most dogs of similar size.

The size and weight of a Brindle Pitbull vary depending on the dog’s genes, diet, level of activeness, and breed.

Head & Face Shape

All Brindle Pitbull breeds have a square-shaped head, oval-shaped eyes almost like an oval, a long muzzle, and a thick neck. Most commonly, the ears are rose-bud shape, but in some cases, they are cropped or naturally prick. Most Pitbulls have low foreheads, giving their heads a wedge-shaped profile.

Coat and Color


The Brindle Pitbull coat is single-layered with short, smooth fur and various color combinations. Brindle Pitbulls shed very little and require minimal grooming and cleaning.

The Brindle coat, with its iconic tiger stripe pattern, can vary from dark blue brindle to red brindle color. The brindle pattern is a remarkable feature of this dog breed.

Colors Pattern

‘Brindle’ describes the dog coat with a Tiger Stripe pattern. The base color is usually a fawn, brown, or dark brown. The Brindle coat color in Pitbulls can be alternating stripes, Red & Yellow, or Brown & Black points.

Normal brindle point coloration is a darker coat on top of a lighter base shade. The reverse brindle point pattern is the opposite, as the coat is mainly lighter on top of a darker base coat.

Brindle pointing: The Brindle pattern differs from dog to dog and goes from tiger stripes to more of a smooth swirling design. The Pitbull is not the only breed with a brindle coat; it can also be found in French Bulldogs, Boxer dogs, and Greyhounds.

Brindle stripes: A Brindle Pitbull dog’s typical coat color mix can include Black, Red, Fawn, Blue Fawn, Blue, and Light Brown

Blue Nose Brindle Pitbull

The Blue Nose Pitbull has a gray and blue brindle with fawn coat color. They often have blue eyes and a cute blue nose to complement this blue brindle coloring.

Red Nose Brindle Pitbull

The Red Nose Pitbull has a light red brindle pattern with fawn color or sometimes white patches on the coat. They often have red eyes to complement the red brindle coloring, cute black or red noses, lips, and toenails.

Patches of other colors, such as white, can be present on a brindle pattern coat, mainly around the forehead, eyes, chest, and feet.

Cost of Brindle Pitbull

The Brindle Pitbull is a moderately priced dog. Brindle pit bulls are common, so they’re priced similarly to white, fawn, brindle, and other-colored pit bulls. The cost of a Brindle Pitbull depends on whether you buy from a breeder or adopt the dog.

How Much is a Brindle Pit Bull?

The average cost of a Brindle pit bull is $500 to $1200. Brindle pitties from a premium lineage may cost $5,000 or more.

Factors affecting the cost of a Brindle pit bull include

Breed: The American bully is the most expensive, followed by the American Staffordshire terrier, then the Staffordshire bull terrier, then the American pit bull terrier

Age: Puppies cost about $500 more than adult pit bulls

Adoption vs. purchase: Adopting a pit bull costs half as much or cheaper than purchasing the dog. Adoption fees for pit bulls are $20 to $250

How Much Does It Cost Per Year to Own a Brindle Pit Bull?

The average annual cost of owning a Brindle Pit Bull is almost $2,000 annually. The exact price depends on your lifestyle and what you decide to spend money on.

Suppose you only buy the essentials for your dog, including food, medications, healthcare subscriptions, grooming and walking supplies, and toys. In that case, you’ll spend less per year than somebody who splurges on expensive treats, private training, and professional dog-sitters for their dog.

Here is a summary of the characteristics of Brindle Pitbulls:

Common names: Brindle Pit Bull, Brindle Pittie, American Pitbull Terrier, Blue Nose Pitbull, Red Nose Brindle Pitbull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Blue Nose Brindle Pitbull, Pitty or Pitbull dog
Origin: Various countries in Europe, depending on the breed
Breed group: Terrier
Size: Medium
Height: 15–21 inches
Weight: 30–70 pounds
Colors Mixtures: Black, Red, Light Brown, Fawn, Blue Fawn, and Blue
Coat: Single coat, short length
Life expectancy: 12–16 years
Temperament: Intelligent, courageous, playful, affectionate, self-assured, stubborn
Shedding: Light shedder
Barking tendency: Moderate, usually when feeling threatened, protective, or bored
Cost: $500–$12000
Annual Cost $2000+

Behavior & Temperament

A Brindle Pitbull has the same temperament as a Black Pitbull or any other Pitbull. Some people suggest that their temperament is the cause of the brindle pattern, but no proper research suggests this as correct. Adequate training and the parents’ history will give a more accurate personality prediction.

They can be stubborn when they do not want to do something and can be destructive when not exercised enough. They can develop jealousy if you give attention to another dog around them.

Brindle Pitbulls will never show any signs of aggression or hostility; these are not the traits of this breed. The Brindle Pitbull is happy, extroverted, stable, confident, gentle, and loving toward people.

You may often hear that Pitbulls are aggressive and have attacked somebody. Let me assure you; those are lies or, even if it’s true, caused by an incompetent owner.

If any dog breed, not just a Pitbull, is left on its own and needs proper guidance, it will develop aggressive behavior. The owner must train and socialize his pet dog and teach him how to behave.

How to Care for Brindle Pitbull?

Diet for a Brindle Pitbull

Feed a medium-sized dog average of 2 cups of dry dog food daily, depending on their activity level. They have solid stomachs and eat almost all wet and dry dog food types. Feed your Pitbull twice a day to prevent bloating.

As this is a muscular-build dog, it’s recommended that at least 20% of its diet be protein-based to maintain its muscle structure. Some Pitbull dogs are allergic to soy, corn, and wheat, primarily grains. So watch out for allergic reactions.

Also, make sure to feed your Brindle Pit Bull a mixture of wet and dry food and give them loads of water after a workout or exercise, as they are heavy sweaters.

Note: Any sudden change in diet or dog food brand can cause diarrhea in a dog, so you must make any changes slowly. If you are changing the brand of dry food, mix some of the new with the original and increase the new brand gradually.

Exercise for a Brindle Pitbull

Pitbulls were initially bred for hunting and bloodsport, so they are strong and active with much stamina. Give your Brindle Pitbull 1 to 2 hours of exercise and activities. So plan on plenty of walking, jogging, hiking, training, and playing with your Pitbull.

Additionally, Pitbulls are highly intelligent, meaning they need mental stimulation. So puzzle food toys might help you entertain your cute little friend and burn off any extra energy simultaneously.

Grooming for a Brindle Pitbull

Pitbulls, as a breed, have short coats that shed moderately, and since the hairs are so fast, you will probably not even notice any fallen hair around the house.

They are not hypoallergenic because the coats are single, so you don’t have to worry about them blowing their strands around.

You only have to brush your Brindle Pitbull’s coat once a week and bathe them every month in the summer and once every six months in colder seasons.

Cleaning Ears, Nails, and Teeth

Look after their teeth to prevent plaque build-up. Chewing breaks down plaque, so use doggie chew toys, bare-bones and soft toothbrushes, and toothpaste.

Nails grow quickly, and you must trim them regularly, say once a month, and check for debris that may cause infection. Their small floppy ears, sometimes called ‘half prick,’ must be checked weekly for dirt build-up or infection as this dog likes to play and roll about in grass and earth.


Pitbull breed sweats a lot and will need regular showers. They have sensitive skin under their short coat, so gentle shampoos are recommended when bathing.

Certain dog shampoos have a double advantage by cleaning the dog coat and defending it against fleas and insect bites.

Training and Socialization

Brindle Pitbulls also require training like any other dog, but their high intelligence makes them very easy to train. They are sometimes stubborn, but that rarely hinders them from exercising.

Basic Training

You can ask for help from a professional trainer or take your puppy to a doggy school, but if you want to do it yourself, here are a few tips:

Teach Essential Command Words

Use basic keywords such as Stop, Sit, Wait, etc.,  consistently each time you train your Pitbull, and use positive reinforcement and small treats as a reward.

Crate For The Puppy

Buy a crate and gently get the Brindle Pitbull puppy into it. The crate will eventually become their nest, and they will sleep there. You will have to lock the cage in the early days so they know they have to sleep there, and it is helpful to experience when you need to transport it.

Potty Training Your Brindle Puppy

It may be hit and miss for any new puppy who gets easily excited and lacks control; however, products are available, such as mats and odor sprays, to attract the puppy to go to the same spot each time.

Eventually, the puppy, with your help, will learn where and where not to go. They will ultimately become creatures of habit and regulate their need and place to use.

Walking on A Leash

Voice commands and road awareness is essential for a Brindle Pitbull puppy’s safety.


Brindle Pitbulls are intelligent and social animals, and they need to interact with other humans and dogs for mental stimulation and behavior learning. If you properly socialize your Pitbull, it will never develop aggression or social anxiety.

Take your Brindle Pitbull to the dog park or enroll him in doggy daycare to let him socialize with other dogs and learn manners. Do this for at least 30 minutes a day.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Is Brindle Rare in Pitbulls?

Contrary to popular belief, Brindle Pitbulls are not rare; they are so common that they are one of the cheapest puppies to buy.

Even the Blue Brindle is not that rare, which is a rarity in other color combinations of Pitbulls—a Brindle costs between $500 to $1200, which is pretty low.

Are Brindle Pits Aggressive?

Brindle Pit Bulls are not aggressive at all. What makes them aggressive is the lack of socialization by an incompetent owner. Such owners leave the poor Pits tied up in a corner and don’t socialize them, which creates social awkwardness in the dog and attacks everyone.

By nature, Pitbulls are social butterflies and love to be around humans and other dogs.

What is Special About Brindle Dogs?

What makes a brindle dog special is its coat color pattern with Tiger-like red, fawn, brown, and black stripes. Brindle is a unique color in dogs like Labrador and Jack Russell terriers, but it is widespread in Pitbulls and their sub-breeds.


Brindle Pitbulls are the same as any Pitbull you will come across, with the only difference being their coat color. The dog’s color does not make it more aggressive; it is just a myth.

Brindle Pitbulls love to please their owners and families, and they would sacrifice their life to protect them.

Pitbulls deserve our love and affection like any other dog breed, and it’s a shame that we mistreat these beautiful creatures. If you want a dog, try considering a Pitbull.

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