The general brindle pattern consists of a dark colour (black, silver or brown) overlaid in stripes, streaks or splotches onto a lighter base colour (cream, gold, red). Striping varies greatly ranging from broad sooty-edged stripes so thick you can barely see the light colour peeking through to a clear creamy colour with softly shadowed stripes. You may recognize this type of markings as being similar to a Boxer or Great Dane. New born brindle Havanese puppies will be noticeably mottled or striped. Brindling is best determined in puppies. As the coat grows out, stripes, steaks or splotches may be next to impossible to discern on adult dogs. Many Brindles sport a full or partial dark mask on the face. Dark ears and tail are common as is a dark dorsal stripe along the back. Brindle often has darker patterning appearing on dorsal areas and fainter patterning on ventral areas. See some Brindle colour changes in the Before & After pages Gallery 15, Gallery 16 and Gallery 17
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As we have already seen, Brindle is not necessarily all over the dog. It can appear as the coloured portion of the coat in a particolour or Irish Pied dog. Perhaps more unexpectedly, brindling may also appear in the light areas of patterned coats such as Black & Tans. Pictured here is my own Black & Tan Cricket, bred by Havana Canada. When she was a very young puppy, you can see how her tan points are brindled. Brindling is quite prominent through the tan areas of her chest and feet.
While Brindle is generally considered dominant over any "A" locus patterns (see the genetics section for more information) in some cases it appears to be incompletely dominant over the Black and Tan pattern. In this combination, the tan areas of the coat may be brindled.Kate Jarvis's pretty little Josie is similar with extensive tan points and strong brindling. Josie goes one step further with the addition of white markings on her chin, chest and feet. She is Black and Tan Brindle with white markings.A close up photo shows the extensive brindling in the tan.