Brindle Pitbull (New Owners Guide To This Tiger-Striped Dog)

Brindle Pitbull Feature

Are you looking for a Pitbull with a little more pizazz? Then look no further than the Brindle Pitbull.

Loving and loyal, these dogs dote on their owners like no other dog. Don’t let their muscular build fool you, these dogs are as soft as they come.

Most people think of this dog as a unique breed, it’s simply alternative colorations (i.e. stripes) on the dog (e.g. black and brown stripes).

The Pitbull is an intelligent, friendly, and loyal companion, well-suited to life as a family pet.

They are a very intelligent and loyal dog who make great additions to any family. But what is there to know about this tiger stripped dog? Read on to find out!

Brindle Pitbull Feature

Brindle Pitbull Profile
Size 18-21″ in height (male) and 17-20″ in height (female)
Weight 30-60 lb (male) and 30-50 lb (female)
Lifespan 10 – 15 years
Breed Type Terrier Group
Purpose Companion
Suitable For Families
Color Variations Black with Brown Stripes (Brindle)
Temperament Loving, Loyal, Strong-Willed, Friendly, Courageous
Other Names Pittie, Brindle Pit

What is a Brindle Pitbull?

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Brindle
A Brindle Pitbull can be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pitbull Terrier or other bull breeds in Brindle.

A Brindle Pitbull is a mysterious dog that is relatively unknown in the dog world.

The term is used to describe any dog of bulldog or terrier origin, but, generally includes:

  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers
  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • Many other Bull breeds

Due to this, they are not recognised by the American Kennel Club (AKC), but, many of their individual breeds are.

Brindle Pitbull History and Origin

This breed coloration dates back to the 1800’s, where they appeared as a cross between an Old English Bulldog and a Terrier – combining the ferocity and loyalty of the Bulldog with the cunning and cleverness of the terrier.

Overtime, the dog made its way to America, and although it was bred for fighting, no one could deny how loving Pitbulls were.

You may be wondering how a dog that was used for dog fighting, is known for its compassion towards people. The answer is – it’s in their breeding. Dogs that bit handlers were of no use. Therefore, dogs who bite humans were not bred from and as a result, these dogs love people.

This coloration was first seen in the early 19th Century. It is believed that they were first bred from a fawn Pitbull and brown dog – the result, a tiger like stripe.

Brindle Pitbull Puppy

Due to their history as a fighting dog, it is important to be very careful when purchasing a puppy.

Unfortunately, these dogs are still used in illegal dog fighting, therefore it is important to be sure you do not purchase a puppy from these breeders.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) keeps their official list of pedigree breeders, this is a great starting place.

A Brindle Pitbull Puppy will usually cost between $500 and $700 USD with an average litter size between 5 and 8 puppies.

Although beautiful, this brindling is not rare, therefore, if a breeder is trying to charge more for this “unique” pattern, it may be best to walk away and try a breeder who cares more about the puppies than the money.

Brindle Pitbull Temperament

Brindle Pitbull Temperament

Characteristic Rating
Ease of Care
Exercise Requirements
Social Tendencies

These dogs may look tough, but, the reality is they are loyal and loving.

With the correct amount of socialisation, these dogs make wonderful pets for any family. They are intelligent and perceptive, which makes them very quick when it comes to training.

Brindle Pitbulls are known for their incredible zest for life, so much so, it is even mentioned in their breed standard. Everything is an adventure for these dogs, even mundane tasks like getting the mail or a trip to a coffee shop will bring them joy.

The Brindle coloration of this dog is no different in this regard, they are very similar in personality to their monocolored cousins.

These dogs are very affectionate and as a result are very good with children, providing many benefits to your family. However, they are powerful pups and therefore all contact should be supervised.

However, as good as they are with children, they are not so patient with other dogs.

Although they can handle single one-to-one dog interactions, a Brindle Pitbull will tend to react negatively when presented with packs of dogs. Given this, they should be socialised well when a puppy with groups of dogs. In addition, all interactions with other dogs should be supervised and their body language closely watched.

Pitbulls are not known to be excessive barkers. If they feel they or their family are being threatened they will be more action than noise.

How to Care for a Brindle Pitbull

Although Brindle Pitbulls are known to be loving dogs, their bouncy nature can make them accident prone, especially around smaller children. As a result of this, they are not recommended for homes with younger children.

These muscular pups do not know their own strength and as a result may not be suitable for elderly people either, especially young males.

Brindle Pitbull Dog

Feeding a Pitbull – Diet Requirements

Daily Food Consumption
Calories 1,200
Cups of Kibble Two Bowls of Kibble Required per Day

Brindle Pitbulls have strong stomachs, so do very well on many different diet types.

If you choose to feed dry kibble, feed between 2 and 3 cups daily, depending on the size and weight of your particular dog.

These dogs also do well on wet and raw diets. This should be fed twice a day to match with your meals and give your dog a sense of routine and smaller meal portions.

When choosing a feed, it is important to choose one that does not contain corn, soy or wheat, as some dogs are allergic, and this may cause bloat or other health issues.

There is also a potential that they may be allergic to meats or dairy. As a result, when introducing a new feed, it should be done slowly and with minimal amounts, to monitor their reaction.

A Brindle Pitbull should eat a minimum of 18-22% protein as recommended by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. This is necessary in their diet to maintain their muscular build.


If you are training with food, be sure to factor this into your dog’s daily calorie intake.

Exercising a Pitbull

Daily Exercise Requirements
Minutes 60 minutes
Activity Level This is a very high activity dog breed

Pitbulls were bred to be active and the Brindle Pitbull is no different. These dogs are always up for an adventure and are at their happiest when outdoors.

These dogs love a nature walk and this may be something you should consider doing with your pup – just make sure you don’t overwalk them during maturity.

They can be somewhat boisterous when not exercised and a daily walk will help to provide that physical and mental stimulation that this dog needs.

Brindle Pitbulls are similar to standard colored Pits, so it may be best to avoid areas that are heavily populated with other packs of dogs as they may perceive them as a threat.

If you do wish to walk in busy areas with this dog it is best to keep your dog on a leash.

Brindle Pitbull Appearance

Training a Brindle Pitbull

After collecting your puppy from a breeder, or rescue centre, it is important to be prepared to start the training process immediately.

Pitbulls are no more likely to bite than other dogs, and have a reliable and known temperament, however, due to their strong jaws, they are much more likely to leave lasting damage. For this reason, a well trained and socialized Pitbull is essential.

If you are planning on having your Brindle Pitbull around children, it is not only important to teach your dog how to behave around children, but, to teach children how to behave around dogs. Start by setting boundaries early and teach your kids how to correctly pet the dog as well as how to play gently.

Although these dogs look tough due to their muscular build, they are actually softies. This means that any kind of dominance training, or physical correction, will not work.

Not only are they incredibly loyal, but, they can also be stubborn with training. Therefore, this style of training will result in a distrusting dog locked in a battle of wills with you that you cannot win.

You should try using positive reinforcement and clicker training to engage your dog when training and to challenge his or her intellect. With time, these dogs can be champion obedience dogs, like Moxie the Brindle Pit who won AKC Obedience Award in 2012.

Known Health Problems

As with most larger dogs, the Brindle Pitbull is prone to hip dysplasia. Dogs with this condition tend to experience pain and have an uneven gait. However, with regular exercise and weight control, this should be less of an issue.

Like most Pitties, they are also susceptible to Parvovirus (i.e. a contagious virus) when young – so vaccinating them as early as possible is important. This is particularly common in Pitbulls as they are known to have weaker immune systems than other dogs.

Pitbulls are also susceptible to Cerebellar Abiotrophy, a neurological condition that affects coordination. Symptoms of this include unsteady gait and poor muscle control. Caused by a genetic mutation in the gene pool, this can easily be be tested for in puppies. This is especially important if you are buying a pedigree, as this population tends to be more inbred than others.

Most Brindle Pitbulls will live long happy and healthy lives, with a good diet and lots of regular exercise, they should expect to reach around 15 years of age.

Brindle Pitbull Appearance

Brindle Pitbull Sitting Down
These dogs look and move like any other Pitbull, the unique thing about them is the brindle pattern of their fur. They are not a different breed of dog.

While the genes for a brindled coat are recessive, it is not unusual to see a dog with these tiger-like stripes.

An American Pitbull Terrier that meets pedigree standards, has a large, round head, that is broad between the ears.

They have a medium sized snout, circular eyes and their nose can either be blue or red. Pitbulls are recognisable by their muscular body and strong tail.

Their fur is straight, sparse and is known for its stiffness. The coat is also on the shorter side.

Brindle Pitbulls have darker stripes (e.g. black) on a lighter background (e.g. brown), there is also a reverse coloration where the opposite is true (i.e. light stripes on a darker background).

Tiger-Striped Dog

Specific Grooming Requirements

If you can, you should brush your Pitbull daily.

This will not only benefit your dog’s coat, but will also act as time for you to bond with your Brindle Pit. Use a rubber brush in circular motions to restore the shine to your dog’s coat. During shedding season, try using a slicker brush to remove the loose hairs from your dog’s coat.

Due to their shorter hair, this dog grooms much better than most and therefore will require very infrequent bathing.

However, they are prone to skin conditions and allergies so bathing will require specific shampoos.

Dental hygiene is also important, making brushing teeth essential. Brush as frequently as your dog will allow. Get some doggie toothpaste and get scrubbing.

Nail clipping is also important but should only be done by a professional, such as a veterinarian or groomer.

Breed Summary

Loyal and loving, a Brindle Pitbull will be your best friend and come through for you time and time again.

These dogs make a great addition to any family household. They love a walk or run in the forest followed by a cuddle on the couch. They are not known to be independent, loving family attention, and have a stable temperament.

If you are looking for a larger more independent dog, then maybe their cousin the Pitbull Husky Mix would be more suited.

This Pitbull may also be a perfect match if you are a fan of amateur obedience classes and you are looking for a new challenge to take to the ring.

If your heart is set on a Brindle Pitbull, be sure to give them lots of exercise and stimulation, and plenty to do while you are out of the house.

Do you have a burning thought or question about these dogs? Feel free to leave us a comment below.

About John Woods 282 Articles
John Woods is the founder of All Things Dogs, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, graduate in Animal Behavior & Welfare and recognized author by the Dog Writers Association of America.


  1. Great story John, thank you very much. Usually when you read about the pitbulls it’s a negative story so it’s good to see a positive article. I have a XL brindle Staffordshire and it is a great dog. I live in a fairly small town and people here knows him and thinks he’s great.

  2. We rescued a brindle pitbull about a year ago. He is wonderful in the house with 4 kids and lots of activity. Going outside continues to be a problem. He reacts to everything from cars to squirrels and especially is very aggressive to other dogs. Any suggestions on how to make walking him a bit less stressful? Thanks

    • Hi Elyca,

      What is your Pit’s history? Was he reactive when you first took him on? What did the shelter advise?

      Firstly, it’s important to avoid those things that he finds stressful. So if it’s other dogs, walk places where you’re less likely to see other dogs or head out earlier in the morning or later at night. You want to keep his stress levels low. If this means a shorter walk initially, then work on some brain games at home to mentally stimulate him. Also choose one thing at a time to work on.

      Here we work like a triage; choose the behaviour that poses the most risk. It’s possible to avoid squirrels and other dogs on a walk (or at least control him around them if necessary), yet cars could pose more danger.

      You could argue that this would be beneficial to work on first. So you would look at keeping your distance and counter-conditioning very slowly. Help him make positive associations with cars, so from a distance, let him hear a car and reward. Repeat.

      Providing he doesn’t react negatively, get closer, so the noise is louder. Again, providing he stays calm, move closer, he may see a car in the distance, reward a calm response.

      You would use the same idea with everything he reacts negatively to.

      However, this is a slow process and you must be patient.

      Work on one thing at a time and keep his stress levels as low as possible. You mentioned you have a busy home, it could be beneficial to create a den or quiet place for your Pit so he can relax away. If you are concerned about his behaviour, please ask the advice of the shelter you got him from, or seek help from a qualified behaviorist.

  3. Hey John,

    My first brindle puppy is 9 weeks old. He is playful with my two chihuahuas, I hope she will good along with them when she get older. I’m nervous about this puppy when she get older and might attack my Chihuahuas?

    • Hi Ebbi,

      Your puppy is young! You are already starting socialization.

      Supervise their interactions whilst young as puppies can become a little irritating to older dogs as they haven’t yet learned the dog code of conduct!

      In any multi-dog home it’s the owner’s responsibility to supervise the interactions between all dogs. If you are concerned about their behaviour, separate in crates when you are unable to fully supervise.

      Dogs are incredibly adaptable and when raised with other pets in the home, they usually accept them as family. Keep their interactions positive; don’t let the puppy annoy the older dogs and stop play if it’s getting too boisterous (this applies to all puppies, irrespective of breed).

      Allow your puppy to socialize with other dogs too but again monitor their interactions so they always have a positive experience. Read our body language guide to help you figure out if their interaction is anything to worry about!

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