Mind you I'm no scientist and there is no PhD. hanging after my last name. So what I'm going to share in this blog post is based entirely on observation and experience.
Over the years I've noticed some unique traits, attributes and temperaments with brindle Livestock Guardian Dogs. I've dubbed it "The Brindle Factor". Perhaps if you've owned a brindle LGD breed, you've noticed a difference in the dog from non-brindle dogs, as well. I've owned and bred many brindle dogs - more than "the average guy" to say the least. I'm not alone in my musings about brindle dogs. I've exchanged ideas with Turks in Turkey who noted many of the same attributes in brindle Turkish breeds in their own country.
- Not as trusting of strangers
- More suspicious
- Added sharpness, in some instances aggressiveness
- Less tolerant
- Pack leader or high ranking in pack
- Increased edge to temperament
- Keenly observant and watchful
- Extremely protective
- More aloof with people they don't know
- "Suffer no fools", no-nonsense demeanor
- Brindle dogs can be average sized, smaller than norm or bigger than norm
Many years ago when I was raising Catahoula Leopard Dogs I become aware of what "too much white" on a dog's head could bring about: in many cases, impaired hearing or complete deafness. In fact I had one white-based Catahoula male born completely deaf. He went on to a special home in the East where he was coddled and cared for, and squired about in his own sidecar on a top of the line Harley Davidson by his proud owner.
This page has interesting genetic information regarding the brindle gene.
What has been your experience? Perhaps after reading this you'll start watching your brindle dog and note some of the same attributes as I and others have!