Color: Brindle 057
Marking: Black Mask 004
Anatolian Shepherds come in many colors and patterns! One of the patterns growing in popularity is brindle. This is a pattern located on the dominant black K locus, same as the fawn, and it shows in a striped pattern. kbr (brindle) is dominant to ky (fawn), and the current research into the genetics of brindle is ongoing.
Is Brindle RARE?
Brindle was considered rare once upon a time (think 2012 or so), but today it is a common pattern in the Anatolian Shepherd breed. There have been brindle ASDs in the US since the 1980s, and there are brindle shepherd’s dogs in Turkey today.
Is Brindle significant in work/temperament?
In short- No. The color/pattern of a dog has nothing to do with the performance, temperament, or work aptitude of a dog.
The reason I like brindle dogs is because they are well camouflaged in our forested acreage where the predators are more active and it gives my dogs a leg up when a predator decides that they are willing to risk the dogs for a meal. That doesn’t make brindle better than fawn- just different!