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Brindle Pug – Rare But Still Cute Pug Breed

Many historians reported that Brindle Pugs have been around since 400 BC, and were first seen in China and other nearby Asian countries.

According to the American Kennel Club, pugs hold the #28 spot among most popular dog breeds.

Brindle pugs, however, are extremely rare and difficult to find.

Their brindle coloring is not common among the breed and is not recognized by the AKC.

In fact, the brindle pug remains rather mysterious among pug owners.

But today we’re going to lay rest to some of this mystery and bring you the facts behind the fur.

We will talk more in-depth about the Brindle pug answering common questions like:

  • What is a Brindle Pug?
  • What is Brindle Pug genetics?
  • What is the temperament of a brindle Pug?
  • Do Brindle Pugs have any known health concerns?
  • How can you care for your Brindle Pug?

And so much more – so let’s not waste another minute!

What Is a Brindle Pug?

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As you may have already guessed, a Brindle Pug is a Pug dog that is brindle in color.

They come in a variety of colors with the most common being fawn.

Fawn Pugs can range in hues from light apricot to dark tan. To date, the AKC also recognizes black pugs.

They can also come in white and brindle, though neither of these are recognized as colors by the AKC.

But brindle itself isn’t actually a color, it’s more of a pattern.

More specifically, brindle is a pattern of tiger-like stripes that are usually grey and brown.

Though they aren’t usually found in brindle patterns, some other dogs are. Boxers, Daschunds, and Pit bulls are all commonly brindle coated.

Aside from their unusual coat, brindle pugs are pretty similar to other colored pugs.

Like other pugs, brindles typically have a black mask around the muzzle, a black mark on their forehead (known as the “thumbprint”), and a dark line of hair that moves down the pugs back as they age.

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With that being said, though they do have the same markings as other pugs, they may be more difficult to spot.

What Are The Brindle Pug Genetics?

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A lot of people think that brindle is not a color that appears in the Pug’s natural bloodline.

It’s true that this is not a normal color pattern for this dog, nor does it meet breeding program standards.

It’s also true that most breeders would never strive to create a brindle pug, as it does not meet these standards.

With that being said, brindle very well could have existed in a pug’s bloodline somewhere in history.

Unfortunately, it isn’t known exactly where it came from or which type of dogs were used to breed the pug.

What is known, however, is that pugs were originally developed in China.

With that being said, during the reign of Emperor Chin Shih Huang, all documents of this breed were destroyed as an attempt to keep the breeds secrets.

What does this mean?

It means that we cannot trace exactly where the brindle in pugs came from.

What we do know, however, is that paintings from the 1700s depict brindle pugs, thereby demonstrating that somewhere in history the genetic line did, in fact, exist and eventually just died out.

But how did the brindle get there in the first place?

Through the bloodline of some other breed that was used to create the pug.

It’s likely though that this gene was introduced dozens of generations ago, which means that brindle pugs today can, in fact, be purebred (despite the widespread belief that they cannot).

Brindle Pug Temperament

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When it comes to the temperament of a brindle pug, you should expect much the same as other pugs.

Remember, brindle pugs can be just as purebred as other colors so their temperament doesn’t differ in terms of the breed.

With that being said, like all dogs, each pug will have their own individual personality traits and characteristics, and no two dogs will ever be exactly alike.

With that being said, there are some things that most pugs have in common when it comes to temperament.

In terms of personality, they are often considered to be a little mixture of everything. Sometimes they are outgoing and playful while other times they are calm and relaxed.

They are often described by their owners as being humorous, thereby making excellent companions.

Having said that, don’t expect the brindle pug to be an excellent guard dog. While these dogs make good family dogs, they aren’t overly protective or territorial in nature.

They are very friendly and love people. For this reason, brindle pugs need a lot of love and attention, and will sit on your lap anytime you allow them to do so. They are also good with other pets.

Do Brindle Pugs Have Any Known Health Concerns?

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Brindle Pugs have long lifespans with an average of 12-15 years.

With that being said, they are prone to a condition known as Pug Dog Encephalitis.

This condition is a neurological (brain) disease that is only found in the pug breed. When a pug has Encephalitis, the brain tissues become inflamed resulting in pain, seizures, and eventually death.

Though the causes of Pug Dog Encephalitis are unknown, veterinarians believe that it may be hereditary.

It can occur in pugs of any age and may be accompanied by changes in behavior, stiff neck, disorientation, loss of coordination, depression, weakness, and blindness. In almost all cases, the disease will eventually become fatal.

Of course, Pug Dog Encephalitis isn’t the only concern of Brindle Pugs.

They may also be susceptible to canine hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, entropion, obesity, skin infections, and more.

When buying a brindle pug, it’s always important that you purchase from a reputable breeder.

Brindle pugs can be 100% purebred, but some breeders also mix pugs with other breeds to establish the brindle color.

When brindle pugs are not purebred, they may also be susceptible to other diseases and illnesses that regular pugs are not.

Taking Care Of Your Brindle Pug

brindle pug and owner

Pugs are a breed of dog that requires a great deal of love and attention.

If you’re looking for a dog that is independent and can entertain itself, a brindle pug probably isn’t the right choice for you.

If, on the other hand, you are looking for a great companion and lap dog, a pug could be a perfect choice.

With that being said, while pugs make excellent companions, they also require a lot of care, especially in the way of grooming.

Firstly, pugs have deep folds of skin on their face that need to be cleaned regularly. A pug’s wrinkles can hold onto dirt and debris, becoming easily irritated and even smelly.

To prevent irritation, folds should be cleaned at least once a week. If your dog already suffers from irritation, they should be cleaned 2-3 times per day.

In addition to cleaning the folds, brindle pugs also require regular grooming.

Despite the fact that pugs have short fur, they tend to shed a lot.

In return, they require daily brushing and regular bathing (about once per month) to keep down on fur loss. Brindle pugs also require regular nail trims, ear cleanings, and eye cleanings.

In terms of exercise and food, pugs don’t require a lot in comparison to some other breeds, but consideration needs to be taken.

They require about 1 cup of dog food per day (as full-grown adults) and approximately 20-30 minutes of exercise twice per day.

Because pugs are brachycephalic, it’s important that you closely monitor food intake and exercise.

Breathing problems can be exasperated when a pug becomes overweight.

You’ll find some pug diet questions in the links below.

Final Thoughts On Brindle Pugs

brindle pug standing on the lawn

In conclusion, there are many speculations and rumors surrounding the Brindle Pug, some of which are true, others which are not.

But let’s clear up a major falsification – while many brindle pugs are not purebred, this is not the case for all.

In other words, purebred brindle pugs really do exist.

When purebred, brindle pugs are much like other pugs in appearance and temperament.

With that being said, due to their rarity, brindle pugs can be difficult to find and careful consideration should be taken when purchasing one – we should all do our best to avoid supporting puppy mills which sadly take advantage of this beautiful and unique pug.

Are Brindle Pugs Rare?

Yes. Brindle Dogs are extremely rare.

The main reason for this is because, since they are not recognized by the AKC, many breeders attempt to avoid this coloring.

Sadly, their rarity makes them a profitable choice for puppy mills.

In return, you should always check out the background of a breeder before making any commitments.

Brindle pugs can indeed be purebred but you want to be sure that you don’t support puppy mills in your search for the perfect brindle pug.

What is a Reverse Brindle Pug?

Reverse Brindle is another form of coat coloring.

As you would expect, it’s pretty much the reverse of brindle.

While brindle dogs are mostly fawn with dark brindling, reverse brindle dogs are mostly black with fawn brindling.

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About The Author: Pablo Pascua created dogbreedsfaq.com because of his interest in all the different breeds, and his desire to learn more. His inspiration comes from the many dogs he has owned throughout his life.