13 Black & Brown Dog Breeds

Dog Breeds September 1, 2021
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13 Black & Brown Dog Breeds

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Black and brown dog breeds are among the most striking color combinations. These two colors offer a stunning contrast which gives them an intelligent and regal appearance and once you see a dog with these colors it will leave a lasting impression.

Keep reading to see our list of black and brown dog breeds. Some may be familiar, while others might be less well known. Here’s what you need to know about these black and brown dogs.

Rottweiler

rottweilers

The Rottweiler is a strong and compelling black and tan dog that was originally bred to herd cattle. Because of their strength, they were also used to pull carts for butchers and farmers. Despite their some what fearsome reputation, this breed is very kind, loving and adores their owners. Black and tan is the only colors you will find this dog breed in and no other color variations are currently accepted by The Kennel Club.

Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all terrier types and that is why they are usually referred to as the ‘king of terriers’. This black and brown breed was created as a versatile hunting dog and was commonly used to hunt rats and otters. These black and tan dogs are now cherished in homes across the country due to their goofy personalities and love to create mischief. But beware, they are also highly independent and are prone to following their own directions,  which means they will require a lot of training.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

The Dobermann also referred to as the Dobermann Pinscher is a striking and elegant dog from Germany that has roots in being a guard dog. It is muscular, strong and elegant and its coat color comes in different varieties such as: black & rust, blue and rust, fawn and rust and red and rust. This may be one of the most iconic black and tan dog breeds on this list. Highly intelligent and very active, these dogs are extremely gentle and are always at their happiest when they’re part of a family. Aside from stunning black and tan they can also be blue and tan, fawn and tan and red and tan.

German Shepherd

german sheperad run

The German Shepherd is a strong, quick, and very loyal, intelligent dog breed.  They tend to have large black patches on their backs and around the muzzle while the rest of their bodies are covered with a light brown fur. This black and brown breed is a medium or large sized dog. This is one of the most popular breeds, and the German Shepherd was first used as a herding dog and then became a popular service animal for police and armed forces. This means this breed responds really well to the right kind of training methods.

Black and Tan Coonhound

Black and Tan Coonhound

The Black and Tan Coon dog is a one-of-a-kind pup, named for it’s working days as a raccoon hunter. The black and tan coloring, extra-long ears, sorrowful face, and sweet disposition are easily recognizable. The Black and Tan Coonhound temperament is ideal for those looking for an easy-going, family-oriented breed but is relaxed during the day and most active at night. This is an intelligent dog who will love lying at your feet as much as playing in the backyard with its owner.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback was developed in Africa in order to corner and hold big game prey, like lions, bears, and boar. Today, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is still used for hunting, and some members of the breed have even evolved into pointing and retrieving. Usually the first thing people notice about the Rhodesian Ridgeback is the characteristic ridge that runs down the spine and gives it it’s name. This ridge explains part of the heritage, which is a mix of European hunting dogs and African dogs who had the distinctive ridge.

English Toy Terrier

English Toy Terrier

The English Toy Terrier skyrocketed to fame in the 1800s, thanks to their ability to keep rat populations down. This breed resembles a pint-sized Doberman Pinscher, and they are relatively easy to train. This dog is full of energy so they make excellent companions for those who are willing to dedicate enough time to exercise and stimulation. English Toy Terriers are always black and tan in coloring, which means you will never find them in any other different hues.

Jagdterrier

Jagdterrier

Jagterrier is an intelligent and strong hunter that is capable of challenging not only common prey animals like game, wild boars, foxes, weasels, and badgers, but also more dangerous prey like bobcats and cougars. After years of selective breeding and careful offspring management, the result was flawless with a functional, all-purpose hunting dog. This ultra-efficient breed is known to be the perfect purebred hunting machine today. The Jagdterrier is loyal, affectionate and a committed companion making their lively spirits far more prominent than their actual size and proportions.

Beauceron

Beauceron

Beaucerons were used in the 1800s to control large flocks of livestock, and they usually compete in herding trails all across the globe. A Beauceron is a worthy opponent to the more well known herding breeds like the Border Collie. The Beauceron is another active and intelligent black and tan breed that is known for being fearless and loyal working dog, t. It’s closely related to the Dobermann, and the two breeds share many of the same qualities. But while the Doberman became more of a guard dog, the Beauceron is a natural outdoor herding dog.

Dachshund

Dachshund

This dog breed originated in Germany, where it was used to hunt badgers, foxes and wild boars. This smaller black and brown dog breed has become a popular breed in the United States and the United Kingdom. The dachshund, also known as the sausage dog comes in three varieties which include the wired hair coat, long-haired coat or short hair coat. The color pattern for this breed is vast but the smooth-haired Dachshund are usually two-colored in black, brown, fawn, wild boar or blue.

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Pinscher

the Miniature Pinscher has the attitude and confidence of a much larger dog, despite its obvious small size. Because of its black and tan coat, similar name, and indistinguishable physical characteristics, it is usually mistakenly believed to be a miniature version of the Doberman Pinscher breed. However this is not the case and the Miniature Pinscher is a breed all of its own. While this breed may not be a guard dog like the Doberman, it does make an incredibly effective watchdog.

Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie

The Kelpie is another black and tan dog from the land down under and depending on the breeding, a Kelpies black and tan coat may be rough or smooth. The Kelpie is also part of the herding group and a close relative of the Border Collie. Like both breed’s relatives, they herd sheep, cows, and other livestock. The Australian Kelpie became celebrated for it’s skills and were exported all over the world.

Belgian Malinois Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is a sheepdog that is sometimes mistaken for a German Shepherd. They were first bred around the city of Malines in the northwestern region of Belgium, are one of four closely related breeds of Belgian herding dogs. The Belgian Malinois is popular as both a police and military working dog and equipped with lots of energy. This breed is a world-class worker who forges an unbreakable bond with his human partner.

Final Thoughts

Black and brown dogs are absolutely stunning and this color combination not only offers a striking contrast but it can be seen in many dog breeds. Some dog breeds are popular for their black and brown coat color and many of these breeds evolved from traditional working dogs.

Amy Brown is a lifelong animal enthusiast who enjoys writing about dogs and rescuing them. She writes for various pet related websites, including her own, CatMania.net.
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