Sophie, submitted by Helen Lottridge You may notice that on the Great Dane above the phaeomelanin (red) is deeper on the back Isabella brindles are extremely difficult to distinguish from a solid isabella as the stripes and the base coat are such a similar colour. A brindle with stripes that appear to be broken up into shorter stripes and spots may be a merle. There is only a very small bit of tan visible on the hip, and the rest of the Sophie, submitted by Helen Lottridge Dilution affects phaeomelanin (red) too to some extent, so the base colour ** Please note that I am not a research scientist, and the information on this page comes from my own knowledge and observation of dogs, observational and testing data provided via e-mail by site visitors, any research papers linked on the page, and the information provided by Dr Sheila M. Schmutz on her excellent website http://homepage.usask.ca/~schmutz/dogcolors.html Liver brindles. and ky (non-solid black - allows A locus to be expressed). The main way we can tell this Skye is brindled is simply its muddy-coloured coat - this shade Your brindle Boston Terrier’s coat coloring is caused by a mixture of the Agouti gene with several other color genes. "Missing" Stripes No time to read the whole thing? The Neapolitan Mastiff, on the other hand, is a heavy brindle, so the overall appearance is blue. No time to read the whole thing? If a dog is a brindled sable (brindle gene + sable gene), it'll be brindle all over, and on dogs like this masks may be visible. Neapolitan Mastiffs are one of the few breeds where dilution, liver and brindle all occur together. Because a brindle dog will have some cells expressing ky and some expressing KB, this makes testing for brindle extremely difficult. It is possible that the Eh allele (which causes a similar pattern in Cocker Spaniels) and the Ed allele (Northern domino, in Husky types) interact with brindle in a similar way too. The Neapolitan Mastiff, on the other hand, is a heavy brindle, so the overall appearance is blue. There are many different types of mosaics, but tortoiseshell cats are one type (X-chromosome inactivation means that some cells switch off the black allele and some switch off the red allele - see the "Notes on Mutation etc" page for a full explanation). Brindle dogs have black stripes running across their body in the same direction as the ribs. A sable brindle will English bulldogs may have a brindle coat. Isabella brindles are extremely difficult to distinguish from a solid isabella as the stripes and the base coat are such a similar colour. and heavy when the overall appearance is of a black dog, although terminology can vary across breeds. Further Info and Links The dark (eumelanin) stripes on a brindle can be affected by liver, dilution, greying or merle, and the light/red (phaeomelanin) stripes can be affected by the Intensity locus. Dogs with the Eg (grizzle/domino) allele seem to show brindle mostly on their darker areas or saddles, as the Saluki puppy above shows. is a brindle. can see a large clear area on the dog's side. Interestingly, a form of mosaicism in humans results in a brindle-like pattern known as Blaschko lines. A brindle dog will have liver (brown) stripes if it is bb on the B locus, blue stripes if it is dd on the D locus, The stunning mixed breed above appears to have some missing stripes on the inside of her front leg. There are many different types of mosaics, but tortoiseshell cats are one type (X-chromosome inactivation means that some cells switch off the black allele and some switch off the red allele - see the "Notes on Mutation etc" page for a full explanation). For further genetics resources, see the Links page. They may have a white chest and white patches on their fur. Liver brindles. can see a large clear area on the dog's side. Further Info and Links on the legs and head. The majority of brindle puppies will change colors as they age and mature. This silver brindle Borzoi is most likely an example of a grizzle/domino (Eg) brindle (see below). The Cardigan Welsh Corgi also shows white in the irish spotting pattern. The stunning mixed breed above appears to have some missing stripes on the inside of her front leg. Links to studies: appear solid brindle (in fact, all solid brindles are sables), although any areas of shading will remain dark. No time to read the whole thing? Color & Marking Description: Color and Markings for your breed. Sometimes dogs with black stripes and a very light cream base (see above) are also referred to as silver brindles. Brindle in dogs is located on the K locus, which is CBD103 (Canine Beta Defensin 103). The thickness of the stripes can vary, so the dog may look predominantly dark or predominantly red. Apart from horses and dogs, one of the only other species that appears to have a similar brindle pattern is domestic cattle, like the bull above. Brindle and Long Fur The mechanism does seem to be fairly similar, with some areas of the coat unable to produce eumelanin and some unable to produce phaeomelanin. In fact, in horses there is no gene for brindle, and when brindle occurs it is always indicative of a chimaera. This is particularly common in Whippets, the Skye Terrier just appears to be a muddy grey/brown. Evaluate the head structure. Brindle dogs are not chimaeras, however, but they are mosaics, which is when different cells in the body become genetically distinct during development. This is particularly common in Whippets, can see a large clear area on the dog's side. Variations in Base Colour the extent of the brindling on the coat depends on the A locus. Further Info and Links The Dachshund here has very distinct stripes and is obviously a brindle, but In commercial testing, brindles generally test as KBky. the Skye Terrier just appears to be a muddy grey/brown. - Phaeomelanin (the pigment making up the base) can be affected by: Intensity locus. The Whippet is a very light brindle, and the blue colouration is mostly visible on the mask and nose. The mechanism does seem to be fairly similar, with some areas of the coat unable to produce eumelanin and some unable to produce phaeomelanin. Brindle dogs have black stripes running across their body in the same direction as the ribs. The gene causing brindle in cattle has not yet been located, but as it is common and inherited it can't be caused by chimaerism, as in horses, and cattle are not known to have any BD103 colour genes, so the mechanism must be different to brindle in dogs. "Missing" Stripes Have a look at the Whippet below. Brindle merles are dealt with on the merle page. ** Please note that I am not a research scientist, and the information on this page comes from my own knowledge and observation of dogs, observational and testing data provided via e-mail by site visitors, any research papers linked on the page, and the information provided by Dr Sheila M. Schmutz on her excellent website http://homepage.usask.ca/~schmutz/dogcolors.html It is entirely dominated by KB (so just one KB allele will stop brindle from being expressed), but is dominant over ky, so a brindle dog can have the genotype Brindle coloration is less distinct on longer-haired dogs, like the Akita Inu. In the first picture the brindle appears normal, however in the second picture you Because the brindle gene allows expression of the A locus, any A locus coat patterns can show brindling on their red sections. No time to read the whole thing? This accounts for examples of dogs that appear to have brindled saddles but no brindling on the legs. on the legs and head. There are many different types of mosaics, but tortoiseshell cats are one type (X-chromosome inactivation means that some cells switch off the black allele and some switch off the red allele - see the "Notes on Mutation etc" page for a full explanation). A dog with one or two kbr alleles will express whichever alleles it has on the A locus, but any and all phaeomelanin (red) in the coat will be brindled. Here's the quick version! Brindle Tan Points and Saddle Markings Brindle + AyAy (sable) - dog will be solid brindle (possibly with darker areas on the back and head where the tipping On some light brindles there may be solid red areas where it appears stripes are "missing". Sophie, submitted by Helen Lottridge This is the opposite of a regular brindle mastiff appearance. The Dachshund here has very distinct stripes and is obviously a brindle, but Neapolitan Mastiffs are one of the few breeds where dilution, liver and brindle all occur together. and isabella stripes if it is both dd and bb. The dark (eumelanin) stripes on a brindle can be affected by liver, dilution, greying or merle, and the light/red (phaeomelanin) stripes can be affected by the Intensity locus. In the first picture the brindle appears normal, however in the second picture you It is entirely dominated by KB (so just one KB allele will stop brindle from being expressed), but is dominant over ky, so a brindle dog can have the genotype can see a large clear area on the dog's side. Brindle in dogs is located on the K locus, which is CBD103 (Canine Beta Defensin 103). Silver Brindle Brindle dogs are not chimaeras, however, but they are mosaics, which is when different cells in the body become genetically distinct during development. The main way we can tell this Skye is brindled is simply its muddy-coloured coat - this shade Have a look at the Whippet below. Are you looking to figure out what breed your new furry friend is? The brindling is still present as normal at skin level, but becomes obscured by long coats. is a brindle. If the Skye above were to be clipped down, it would look something like this. The brindling is still present as normal at skin level, but becomes obscured by long coats. Here's the quick version! Brindle Saluki puppy photo submitted by Tara Meikle These Wolfhounds and Deerhound show brindling on wirey coats. There are many different types of mosaics, but tortoiseshell cats are one type (X-chromosome inactivation means that some cells switch off the black allele and some switch off the red allele - see the "Notes on Mutation etc" page for a full explanation). Neapolitan Mastiffs are one of the few breeds where dilution, liver and brindle all occur together. 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