Which Large Breed of Dog Can Be Brindle in Color?

by Lauren Corona, Demand Media
    Greyhounds can come in any color, including brindle.

    Greyhounds can come in any color, including brindle.

    Brindle dogs usually look as though they have black stripes on a red base coat, although heavily brindled dogs can appear to have red stripes on black. If you're looking to add a big, brindle beauty to your family, several large dog breeds can have this coat color.

    Massive Mastiffs

    Mastiffs -- sometimes known as old English mastiffs -- are amongst the largest breeds in the world, and can come with a brindle coat. Males should be a minimum of 30 inches at the shoulder and females a minimum of 27 inches, according to American Kennel Club breed standards, but can be larger. Although not quite as big, bullmastiffs deserve an honorable mention. Males are generally 25 to 27 inches tall and females measure between 24 and 26 inches.

    Giant Great Danes

    Great Danes were originally bred in Germany to hunt boar, and their lineage is thought to include Irish wolfhounds and mastiffs. They can come in several colors, brindle being one of them. Male Great Danes should measure at least 30 inches at the shoulder and females at least 28 inches. However, they can be much taller. One great example is Zeus, who was named world's tallest dog in 2012 by Guinness World Records, measuring an incredible 44 inches to the shoulder.

    Whopping Irish Wolfhounds

    Measuring in at between 32 and 35 inches at the shoulder, Irish wolfhounds can certainly be considered large dogs. Their rough and shaggy coats can come in brindle, as well as a range of other colors. Although they're likely to have changed somewhat over the years, the breed's lineage may date back further than AD 391, when they were first mentioned in Roman literature. They were originally used as sighthounds and were capable of hunting Irish elk, who were roughly 6 feet tall at the shoulder.

    Gigantic Greyhounds

    The origins of this ancient breed may be as far back as 2900 BC, when carvings of greyhounds were made in Egyptian tombs. Any coat color is acceptable for this breed, brindle included. They're famed for being the fastest breed in the world, and can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Despite being exceptional sprinters, they're known to be couch potatoes around the house. Males generally measure between 28 and 30 inches at the shoulder, and females between 27 and 28 inches.

    About the Author

    Lauren Corona has worked as a writer since 2010. She has penned articles for a range of websites and print publications, specializing in animal care, nature, music and vegan food. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and American literature, and a postgraduate diploma in print journalism.

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