Brindle Pitbull Complete Guide: Family Guardian Or Dangerous Dog?

It would be easy to believe that the Brindle Pitbull is a specific type of Pitbull, similar to the Red or Blue Nose Pitbull.

However, this is in fact, not the case. The ‘Brindle’ simply refers to the color of the Pitbull’s coat.

A ‘Pitbull’ refers to either an American Pitbull Terrier or an American Staffordshire Terrier. This breed is affectionate, loyal, and strong.

Unfortunately, though, they are misunderstood as they get too much bad press due to the way they are sometimes used by people.

What is a Brindle Pitbull?

A Brindle Pitbull Puppy

A Brindle Pitbull is either an American Pitbull Terrier or an American Staffordshire Terrier that has a brindle coat. People often affectionately refer to them as simply Pitbulls or Pitties.

They were originally bred for blood sports. Events like bear baiting required muscular dogs with powerful jaws. Thankfully, these awful forms of entertainment are no longer legal – however one good thing that came out of it was this beautiful dog.

Pitbulls are now used as search and rescue dogs and also as therapy dogs. They are incredibly intelligent and have relatively low care needs. The most important thing with this breed is that you tackle socialization from a young age.

The American Staffordshire Terrier is a breed recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Brindle Pitbull Appearance

Brindle and White Pitbull

The color of the Brindle Pitbull is what sets this dog apart from the rest. They are not just one block color but a combination of dark and light colors all mixed together.

With the brindle coloration you mostly see predominately light colors (such as yellow) mixed with a darker colors (such as black).

This coloration is not as rare as many breeders would like you to think – it is also found in Boxers and Greyhounds. The coat itself is short and stiff, so they don’t shed too much and because of this they don’t need lots of grooming.

Pitbulls’ physical appearances are quite eye-catching. They are muscular and stocky in build, with a wide face and short muzzle. Their ears naturally drop down and you can find Brindle Pitbulls that are Red Nose Pitbulls or Blue Nose Pitbulls.

Height and Weight

A Brindle Pitbull is going to be around the same height and weight as any other Pitbull.

So you should expect them to be around 17 to 21 inches tall at the shoulder. They should weigh around 30-60lb, with males being heavier than females.

Colors and Coat

The color of their coat is what makes this dog stand out.

Brindle markings are stripes or swirls of alternating, colored fur. They are most often a light color against a darker color; for example yellow on brown or red on black.

The different types of brindle coat you might find are black, red, blue, fawn and blue fawn. With these coats, you will usually find the light color is more visible than the dark color. In a reverse Brindle Pitbull, it’s the other way around.

Dogs can also have brindled ‘points’. This is where certain points on the dog such as their muzzle or ears are darker or they may just have patches of brindle color.

Their coat is short and stiff, which means they don’t need lots of grooming as they don’t shed much.

Brindle Pitbull Temperament

A Brindle Pitbull

Pitbulls are best described as being affectionate, loyal and loving. They are highly intelligent and playful and are often seen as big goofs by their families.

Interestingly, there are some people that think the coat color of a Pitbull will change its temperament. There is no scientific data to back this up, so your Brindle Pitbull will have the same temperament as any other Pitbull.

This is an energetic dog that requires a moderate-to-high amount of exercise every day. This includes play sessions as the Pitbull is a people-focused dog and will love spending time with its family.

Although this dog loves its human family, they don’t always play well with other dogs. You should put a heavy focus on socialization with other dogs when they are young.

Pitbulls have a bad reputation because they are sometimes used by unethical owners for fighting. This breed is not naturally aggressive – in fact, they passed the American Temperament Test Societies temperament tests with a score of 86.4% (this is higher than the Golden Retriever).

This breed loves its family to the point of getting upset if left alone for long periods. Separation anxiety is an issue with this breed. They are not particularly prone to barking but they can turn destructive if they have nothing to occupy them. Chewing and digging are both problems that can occur if they are anxious or bored.

Pitties are an incredibly intelligent breed, which is why they are used as search and rescue dogs and service animals.

They are likely to quickly form the strongest attachment to their main human. They love to bond with a large family – having more people in the family leads to less alone time!

Is a Brindle Pitbull a Good Family Dog?

Pitbulls are excellent dogs for families –they were known as nanny dogs in Britain many years ago.

How to Train a Brindle Pitbull

The Pitbull is incredibly intelligent which makes training them a pleasure. They are eager to learn and are extremely responsive. With the Pitbull, any form of punishment can create behavioral issues, so positive reinforcement is the most effective dog training method.

Most Pitbulls are food focused so you can reward them with a tasty treat when they perform the correct behavior. This will keep them interested in training and nip any stubbornness in the bud.

They need a strong socialization plan when they are young. Make sure to regularly introduce them to all different types of people. Give your guests treats to give your pup to make the whole experience a positive one.

Brindle Pitbull Puppy

When meeting other dogs, it is best to keep them on a leash. This enables you to control the situation. If you are in a safe, enclosed environment with another dog you know, you could let them off the leash. It’s always best to supervise these interactions.

To prevent boredom, Pitbulls benefit from activities like agility and obedience training. This gives them a job to do and keeps their body and brains active, which is great for them and you! Providing them with strong toys that they won’t just chew straight through is important as well.

Caring for a Brindle Pitbull

If you are interested in bringing a Brindle Pitbull into your life, there are certain things that you need to consider. They need someone who will be with them for the majority of the time. They also need an active owner who will keep up with their exercise needs.

During their puppy stages they need lots of attention. Training and socialization should be done consistently every day, so if you are busy caring for young children, this may not be the dog for you.

Their grooming requirements are not too tricky. They just need brushing once or twice a week and baths when they become dirty. They may suffer from some health issues, especially later in life, so you should take this cost into consideration when thinking about buying this dog.

Exercise Requirements

The Brindle Pitbull is going to need 60-90 minutes of exercise a day. They enjoy walks but due to their occasional issues with other dogs, its best to keep them on a lead. This means that their favorite form of exercise is likely to be playing with you in a yard.

Having an enclosed back yard is a must for Pitbull owners. They need space where they are able to run around and be the big goof that they are. Games like fetch and hide and seek are ideal for this fun-loving pooch.

You could also take them to agility classes as this is an excellent form of exercise. These classes help them exercise their body and brain. You should practice the activities you learn together in your garden.

Brindle Pitty

Grooming and Shedding

Pitbulls have low grooming requirements. They have short, stiff fur that does not shed much. All they need is a brush twice a week to remove any loose hair and dirt.

They only need baths when they are dirty or smelly – just make sure not to overdo it as it can damage their fur.

Their nails should be clipped every couple of months and you should clean their ears every week and also their teeth pretty much every day. Finally, make sure to keep them up to date with worming and flea treatments as they can suffer from skin allergies triggered by fleas.

Known Health Problems

The Brindle Pitbull is susceptible to all the same health problems as any other Pitbull.

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Hip dysplasia is a big one, but the odds of this can be reduced by using good breeders who test their adult dogs’ hip scores before breeding them.

Other conditions to look out for are skin allergies and hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism may cause obesity which in turn might lead to joint issues. The best way to keep an eye on this is to regularly weigh your dog and to make sure you are feeding them a healthy doggy diet.

How long does a Brindle Pitbull live?

You should expect a healthy Pitbull to live between 12 to 15 years.

Buying a Brindle Pitbull

If you have owned Pitbulls before, one option is adopting a Brindle Pitbull from a local shelter.

Unfortunately, shelters are often full of lovely Pitbulls that have drawn the short straw when it comes to first families. You may be taking on a dog with a little baggage but rescuing a dog is the most rewarding feeling in the world.

If you decide to buy a Brindle Pitbull puppy, don’t be misled by breeders who try and tell you that brindle is a rare coat color.

A good breeder will likely not list their puppies as ‘Pitbulls’. They will use the full name or an abbreviated version.

When you go to look at the puppies they should be in a clean environment. You should be able to meet the mother and hopefully the father too – this allows you to check their temperaments for yourself.

How Much Does a Brindle Pitbull Puppy Cost?

A Brindle Pitbull puppy is likely to cost between $800 and $1,000.

If you are interested in adoption, it’s probably going to cost around $250, which is much cheaper than buying a puppy.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Characteristics
Size:17 to 21 inches tall
Lifespan:12-15 years
Coat:Short and stiff
Do They Shed:Yes, but not too much
Temperament:Loving, loyal and playful
Intelligence:Highly intelligent
Socialization:Not always great with other dogs
Destructive Behavior:Prone to chewing and digging
People Skills:Great with people, loves attention
Good with Children:Excellent with children but will need early socialization
Activity Levels:Medium/High activity levels


The Brindle Pitbull is, in all ways but color, the same as any other Pitbull. This is a fun-loving, goofy dog that loves to play and cuddle.

They need lots of exercise and because of this are best suited to an active family.

Ideally they need an enclosed backyard which they can run around in. They also need someone to keep them company most of the time as they don’t like being left alone.

These dogs are an amazing addition to families. Whether you are looking to adopt or you are buying a puppy, we think you will have many wonderful years with your Brindle Pitbull.

About Thomas Woods 224 Articles
Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.


  1. I adopted a 2 1/2 year old Pitbull. He is gorgeous and lovable. He follows me all over the place. I agree they always want company. He has to be covered when he sleeps at night otherwise I have a little space to sleep on. Very difficult to move once he wants to sleep.

  2. You got it right about the brindle pit I own one she is the best dog but she has seperation problems if I am gone to long she howls and cries and has the worst breath what do I do about her breath she smacks her lips all the time.?

  3. I adopted a brindle pitt terrier mix. She is 8 months old and 26 lbs. She is very sweet with all people she has met. She is afraid of some dogs and cats (big or small) but not afraid of others. Size isn’t a factor. When I walk her, some cats she is terrified of and other cats she wants to play. Same with dogs.

  4. I have a reverse brindle hes the greatest dog I’ve ever had hes so smart and very loving and a great companion and loves to snuggle on cold winter nights he has a great temperament and a well behaved house dog i love my boy Hunter hes the greatest..

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