Expressions of Brindle
Brindle isn’t a one size fits all. There are multiple ways the brindle pattern is expressed on each pup.
The heavy, tight brindle coat covers the Shih Tzu from the head, down to the paws. The stripes are also close together which is where the ‘tight’ description comes in.
The grey coloured brindle Shih Tzu is characterized by its greyish striped coat. Senior brindle Shih Tzus, are especially prone to this as grey hairs begin to come in, changing to colour of the coat.
The moderate, tight brindle coat is typically shown on Shih Tzus as covering most of the body, but not entirely, as opposed to the heavy brindle coat. There tends to be a solid white patch on the belly and the stripes are more spaced out on the front legs.
The loose brindle, on the other hand, is a striping effect where the pattern is dark but the striping effect itself quite loose, allowing for some beautiful bands of white.
It is also important to note that the brindling on the Shih Tzu can change as they mature and their hair grows.