What Is a Brindle German Shepherd?


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A brindle German shepherd is a German shepherd dog with a brindle coat. Brindle is a coat pattern in dogs that's made up of light streaks of color on a darker background of the same hue. Brindle is a very rare coat pattern for purebred German shepherds.

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The breed standard for German shepherd originally included brindle dogs, but the modern standard only recognizes black and tan or black and sable coat varieties. A Dutch shepherd, a similar breed that was developed alongside the German shepherd, was bred to only have a brindle coat in order to distinguish it from the German shepherd.

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