Brindled refers to a pattern of brown or gray markings or streaks on an animal. Patches is a perfect name for the brindled puppy you adopted from the shelter.
A brindled French bulldog named "I'm on Fire" was a group winner at the 2010 Westminster Dog Show. Other breeds of dogs that may have brindled coats include pit bulls, boxers and bull mastiffs, but you can use this word to describe cats, pigs and horses as well. Brindled is a Middle English word related to the word burn and has come to mean the streaky brown and gray color of something burned.