Brindle Dog Names by Janice Jones |Published 12-7-2022
Are you adopting a brindle colored dog and want a great name based on that unique coloration? It’s not unusual to name a dog based on the color of his hair but brindle names are a bit harder to imagine. We’ve got a few for you to investigate but first, what is brindle?
Brindle dogs have a unique pattern of striping that can range from very dark, to red, to tan colored and is common in many different dog breeds.
You probably think of the bulldog or greyhound when brindle comes to mind, but there are many small breed dogs that can also be brindle.
Of course, small dogs are not the only breeds that can have that unique genetic makeup that causes their hair to be brindle.
There is no need to worry if brindle dogs are healthy. They are no more or no less healthy than any other colored dog. The same is true of personality.
There does not seem to be any correlation between personality traits and the genetics that creates brindling.
Since brindle is a coat color, the only creatures in the animal kingdom that can have the genes necessary for the brindle color are mammals.
Dogs are not the only mammals with brindle colors in their fur. This color is also seen in cats, rabbits, cattle and horses, even guinea pigs. There is also a brindle-colored Blue Wildebeest.
Look up brindle, and you’re likely to see words such as dappled, streaked, or mottled. Let’s turn them into dog names.
Buckskin – a coat color of horses which resembles shades of tanned deerskin.
Camo – As in camouflage
Dappler – Like Dapple,
Dot – Cute dog name but also good for a brindle puppy
Fleck - Does your brindle dog have flecks of color in her hair?
Flecker – Some brindles look like they have flecks of color
Freckles – Some brindle patterns look like long freckles. way.
Heather – type of fiber that that blends many colors to create a unique coloration
Marble – The pattern also has a marbled effect.
Mosaic – A technique that uses tiny spots or dots to create a whole image
Motley – Also means multicolored, dappled, or piebald;
Mutter - (from Mottled)
Patches – One way to look at the brindle color
Pebbles – The brindle pattern can also look a bit like pebbles. (How cute is this name?)
Pinto – as in a Pinto horse; They are not brindle colored but do have more than one colored patches on their hair. Pinto beans have a striped appearance.
Pixel – From technology, adding individual dots of color to create a whole image
Speckler as in Speckled
Streaker – Similar to Streaked appearance
Ash - For light brown brindles
Charcoal - When the Brindle color is very dark
Cordovan – very deep red
Flame – When the coat is a rich red brindle
Hickory – works great when there are noticeable brown tones in the coat
Inky – Many brindle coats are very dark with black the predominant color.
Lava – Some brindles are so dark that it’s difficult to see other colors within the coat
Peat – Great name for a dark brindle dog:
Russet – a good name for a red or light brown brindle dog
Sienna – lighter brown
Slate – Another good name when the brindle is very dark
Smoke – Sometimes the black may appear lighter and greyer as in smoke
Smoke- When there are dark grey or black tones
Storm or Stormy – when there are grey tones in the coat
Tawny – Meaning an orange, brown color which is typical of some brindle dogs
Walnut – When brown shows through the dark streaks, Walnut might be the name you choose
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Jack –the bulldog featured in the Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Jack was brindle.
Maru - a tabby from Japan; and once held the Guinness World Record for the most-watched animal on YouTube
Morris – as in Morris the Cat; that orange tabby who was the mascot for 9 Lives Cat Food in 1969. - an orange tabby who began appearing as an advertising mascot for 9Lives cat food in 1969.
Ocelot – a wild cat with similar brindle colorations
Ocicat - a breed of cats that have similar colorations as brindle
Okapis – striped mammal belonging to the Giraffe family with stripes that resemble brindling
Orangey - an orange tabby who starred in the 1961 film, Breakfast at Tiffany's, He had a type of brindle coat.
Tabby – a term used to describe a cat color that was originally referred to as a striped silk taffeta. It also resembles the brindle color in dogs.
Tiger – the stripes on a tiger could be considered one type of brindling.
Tortoise - Think of the beautiful coloration on a turtle’s shell. Also a great name for a slow dog.
It is so much fun naming your new dog, but keep these tips in mind for the best name for your new puppy.
This next part is for all you geeks out there who are curious about the genetics behind the brindle color. Warning, it’s a bit more complicated than your high school biology version of genetics.
In many breeds, brindling usually appears as black stripes on a lighter orange-red background. Think tiger stripes.
Another type is when the background is darker and the lighter color shows up on top. Other breeds show up as a more grey or blue looking color.
Sometimes a brindle dog coat color with black pigment can appear with silver-like stripes on a creamy background.
There are three K locus
• KB: dominant black
• kbr: brindle
• ky: non-solid black – allows A locus to be expressed
In order from most dominant is KB > kbr >ky
The KB allele is dominant over the other two alleles and produces solid black color. kbr produces the brindle color pattern and is dominant over the ky allele. This means that dogs with the genotype kbrkbr or kbrky will have the brindle color pattern. Dogs with the genotype kyky are yellow in color.
But, the extent of brindling also depends on the A locus which will affect the appearance of the brindle. Remember all brindle colors are not the same.
Brindle plus AyAy (sable) - dog will be solid brindle
Brindle plus atat (tan points) - dog will be black (or liver/blue/isabella) with brindle points
Brindle + awaw (agouti/wolf grey) - effect on dog is unclear as these genes rarely occur together, but the brindle would likely appear broken and patchy
Brindle + aa (recessive black) - dog will be solid black, liver, blue or isabella (recessive black does not allow the production of phaeomelanin in the coat)
If the A locus is aa (recessive black), the dog will appear solid black but will still be able to produce brindle-colored pups.