Dogs of all sizes, colors, and ages are pretty awesome, but you may have your heart set on a brown dog for your family. Luckily for you, many dogs have a brown coat in one form or another, but there aren’t many breeds that are actually brown everywhere. To help you in your search, we’ve rounded up some of the cutest brown dog breeds you’ll find including small dogs, large dogs, and breeds of all shades, from chocolate brown Labrador Retrievers to reddish brown Vizslas to golden brown Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
What are the benefits of having a brown dog, you ask? Although white dog breeds are undeniably cute, they tend to require a lot more maintenance than brown dogs to keep their coats clean. And as a bonus, brown breeds are most likely to be the dogs that look like teddy bears, whether they are dogs with lots of hair or puppies with short hair. Ready to bring home a new puppy? Read on for all the most popular brown dog breeds, including everything from big, fluffy Chow Chows to tiny Dachshunds. Hope you find yourself a new best furry friend!
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America’s most popular dog breed is best known for its exceptional work ethic, and these puppies are often employed as retrievers for hunters, guide dogs, and search and rescue dogs. Luckily, Labrador Retrievers love as much as they work, and they tend to show endless devotion and affection towards their owners. They come in three distinct colors, one of which is chocolate brown.
Coat and color: Short, dense double coat; available in black, chocolate or yellow
Height and width: 23 inches and 65 to 80 pounds (male); 22 inches and 55 to 70 pounds (female)
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The Newfoundland is truly a gentle giant of a dog, although this large and strong breed was originally bred by Canadian fishermen to haul nets and haul wood. Despite its massive size (this dog typically weighs at least 100 pounds, which ranks it among the largest dogs in the world), this breed is equally known for its gentle nature. They are very trainable, very affectionate and, of course, very, very fluffy.
Coat and color: Straight double layer; available in black, brown or gray
Height and width: 28 inches and 130 to 150 pounds (male); 26 inches and 100 to 120 pounds (female)
Affectionately known as Chessies, this breed originated when a Newfoundland was crossed with a retriever, creating a breed that excelled at retrieving ducks in the Chesapeake Bay (hence the name). These bright, energetic athletic dogs aren’t as outgoing as other Retrievers, but they are eager to please and affectionate with their family.
Coat and color: Straight or wavy coat; comes in brown, sedge or tan
Height and width: 23 to 26 inches and 65 to 80 pounds (male); 21 to 24 inches and 55 to 70 pounds (female)
With roots in ancient China, the dignified Chow Chow is best known for the mane-like ruff of fur around its head and shoulders, which is often reddish-brown in color. Between that and his little rounded ears, the Chow Chow looks like an adorable little teddy bear (although, being up to 20 inches at the shoulder, this dog is definitely not small).
Coat and color: Rough or smooth double coat; colors include black, blue, cinnamon, cream or red
Height and width: 17 to 20 inches and 45 to 70 pounds
With their pointed muzzles, floppy ears, and long, low bodies, Dachshunds are one of the most recognizable dog breeds. Some have long hair and some have short hair, but nearly all of these German-born dogs share the same playful, energetic personality and incredibly kid-friendly tendencies. Most also come in shades of brown, although it is possible to see other coat varieties as well.
Coat and color: Coat varieties include smooth, long-haired, and wire-haired; colors include black, tan, fawn, tan, blue, chocolate and red
Height and width: 8 to 9 inches and 16 to 32 pounds (standard); 5 to 6 inches and up to 11 pounds (miniature)
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The Lagotto Romagnolo is best known as the truffle hunting dog of Italy whose well-trained nose can uproot truffles. Despite being a hardy worker and extremely playful, the Lagotto is also undemanding and affectionate, with beautiful curls that you won’t be able to resist. In fact, the characteristic curls of this breed look more like human hair than fur.
Coat and color: Double curly coat; colors include brown, orange, sand and white
Height and width: 17 to 19 inches and 28.5 to 35 pounds (male); 16 to 18 inches and 24 to 31 pounds (female)
The German Shepherd is one of the best all-around working dogs, and as the name suggests, this breed originated in the late 1800s in Germany by crossing various herding breeds. Since these dogs were introduced to the United States by soldiers returning home from World War I, they have earned a reputation as nervous but easy-to-train, confident, intelligent, and affectionate friends with just about everyone. world.
Coat and color: Coarse double coat of medium length; colors include black and tan, black and cream, black and red, black and silver, solid black, gray and sand
Height and width: 24 to 26 inches and 65 to 90 pounds (male); 22 to 24 inches and 50 to 70 pounds (female)
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Vizslas were originally bred by Magyar warriors with an eye for agility and endurance. So these reddish brown pups are nothing but athletic. With their lean and muscular bodies, Vizslas are ideal jogging or biking companions. Plus, they love nothing more than being around others, and they’ll show their appreciation with lots of kisses and hugs.
Coat and color: Smooth and short coat; comes in golden rust
Height and width: 22 to 24 inches and 55 to 60 pounds (male); 21 to 23 inches and 44 to 55 pounds (female)
Present since ancient times and established in Western Europe around a thousand years ago, the Bloodhound is an inquisitive, independent dog with a very distinct trait: its long, droopy ears. Rumors are also true that Bloodhounds become relentless and stubborn when they pick up a scent, but otherwise these puppies tend to be docile, easy-going, and friendly to all creatures.
Coat and color: Smooth and short coat; comes in black and tan, liver and tan and red
Height and width: 25 to 27 inches and 90 to 110 pounds (male); 23 to 25 inches and 80 to 100 pounds (female)
This unique pup hails from Southern Africa and is the result of a cross between a Khoikhoi dog and various European breeds brought by Dutch settlers. Dignified and incredibly affectionate, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is alert and adaptable, and they like lots of stimulation to feel busy and useful.
Coat and color: Smooth and short coat; exists in light wheat and red wheat
Height and width: 25 to 27 inches and 85 pounds (male); 24 to 26 inches and 70 pounds (female)
Also known as the Dogue de Bordeaux or Bordeaux Mastiff, the French Mastiff was relatively unknown outside of France (where it is believed to have existed since antiquity) until the 1989 release of Turner & Hooch. Since then, French Mastiffs have cemented their reputation as alert, easy-to-train, loyal, courageous and, above all, affectionate puppies.
Coat and color: Smooth and short coat; available in fawn, mahogany or red
Height and width: 23 to 27 inches and at least 110 pounds (male); 23 to 26 inches and at least 99 pounds (female)
This carefree dog is believed to have originated as a bird-hunting breed in Spain and in modern times has diverged into two varieties: American and English. Both varieties, however, are known as gentle, intelligent animals that are adaptable, friendly, and great with everyone from small children to other dogs, although they tend to have a lot of energy.
Coat and color: Long, silky double coat; available in black, brown, red, silver, beige and many other combinations of these colors
Height and width: 14.5 to 15.5 inches and 25 to 30 pounds (male); 13.5 to 14.5 inches and 20 to 25 pounds (female)
Stupid and mischievous, Boxers (tracing back to the ancient war dogs of the Assyrian Empire) may appear to have worried expressions, but the only thing they really care about is showing you as much love as possible. And while this breed tends to be wary of strangers, it’s only because they are so protective of their beloved family members, with whom they are very affectionate.
Coat and color: Short coat; comes in fawn or brindle with black and/or white markings
Height and width: 23 to 25 inches and 65 to 80 pounds (male); 21.5 to 23.5 inches and 50 to 75 pounds (female)
The Leonberger is a mix of Newfoundland, Long-haired St. Bernard and Great Pyrenees, which means this German breed is huge, playful and full of energy. However, don’t be intimidated by the size of this giant breed, as early socialization and proper training allow Lions to become playful and loyal family dogs.
Coat and color: Long double coat; comes in red, sand or yellow with black markings on the face
Height and width: 28 to 31.5 inches and 110 to 170 pounds (male); 25.5 to 29.5 inches and 90 to 140 pounds (female)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This regal breed (which was revived in the 1920s to replicate 17th-century toy spaniels) is every bit as dignified as its name suggests. Although small and well behaved, you will find the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to be full of verve and athleticism. These puppies are always riding with the kids and showering you with kisses, as long as you show your furry friend lots of affection in return.
Coat and color: Wavy, silky coat; available in black and tan, black and white or ruby
Height and width: 12 to 13 inches and 13 to 18 pounds
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