I've heard of sable BC's...but not brindles. However, there is some disagreement about whether or not a BC can be a brindle (I say no, there has to be some kind of mix in there somewhere) What say you all?
Here is a boy "Dino" in Stillwater, OK, who's conformation (head shape and what can be seen from the pound photos) seems to be mostly BC...but there's that BRINDLE coat! They have him as a BC/greyhound mix.
I have a dog I rescued that I believe is a BC mix, he has a brindle coat, I have had people tell me he looks like he may have some pit in him?, I myself do not see this. I will try to upload a pic, please tell me what you think!
I adopted a dog from a rescue back in July not caring what she was just like her energy, intelligence, and friendliness. I had many people tell me they could see the 'pit' in her but I have a friend with a couple of pit mixes and a full bred pit and I knew she wasn't one. She was short-haired brindle coated with a deep chest and short legs. I decided to have her DNA tested. I usually answered people's replies as to 'what breed is she?' with she's a mixed breed. You could have knocked me over when I opened up her DNA results. Her primary DNA was 'border collie' with no secondary 'DNA' and she has a german shorthaired pointer 'In The Mix'. The 'In The Mix' means she had a 'grandparent' who was probably pure-bred pointer. I've posted her puppy picture so you can see. She has some pointer instincts but none of the pointer appearance. I've been reading that brindle and short haired borders are possible but one parent has to be brindle to make it happen.
If you want to know what your dog is, then get him or her DNA tested. I am glad I did so now I know that I need to 'give her a job to do' and watch for medical issues unique to her breeds.
Beat me to it! I know a lot of people (especially back when I worked at a Petco) that honestly think brindle only occurs in pit bulls. Heck, when I was younger my dad wouldn't let me adopt a dog because it was brindle and "that means it has pit bull in it somewhere". I bet greyhound rescuers, especially, get a lot of silliness about that.
I too have a brindle border collie and it looks a lot like that little pup right above. She is two years old now and I have been wondering what she is mixed with since I got her. I am about to get the DNA test done with her just to see.
I also have a completely Brindle Dog that everyone says looks like a border collie. She is super smart.. I know her mother was chow. Thats all i know. But everyone says Ohhhh what a pretty coat! She is very unique. I love her she is my best friend. Let me know if you guys think she looks like a BC mix she weighs 43lbs, she was shaved 3 months ago the fringe on her ears hasn't grown all the way back yet...
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I don't understand genetics very well, but this http://homepage.usask.ca/~schmutz/brindle.html seems to indicate that brindle is dominant to fawn, but recessive to black, so dog breeds who commonly have a fawn coloring, like pugs, greyhounds and some of the bully breeds, will have a higher incidence of brindle, but dog breeds with black coloring won't manifest the brindle unless they get it from both parents.
However, I start reading this stuff and my brain starts screaming "LALALALALALA" and blocking it out, so my understanding may be wrong.