Black and brown dog

Black and brown dog breeds are stunning.

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Black and brown dog breeds

By Ashley Murphy Content Writer

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Check out our list of black and brown dog breeds. Some will be quite familiar, while others are less well known. Here’s what you need to know about these black and brown dogs.

Many black and brow (tan) breeds evolved from traditional working dogs. This means they need lots of exercise. These guys have a natural work ethic and are full of energy. It needs burning off! Working dogs are usually very intelligent. This makes them easier to train, but they can also become a bit of a handful. Intelligent dogs get bored easily and can be too much for some people. But, with the right training methods, these dogs make excellent companions and loving household pets.

A black and brown dog is a dog with black and brown colours or markings on its coat. You can find tricolor dog breeds such as the Bernese Mountain dog or the Australian shepherd. Their coat is black, brown and white. You will also have black and brown dogs such as the German Shepherd or the Beauceron, here their coat is only black and brown.

Black and brown (or tan) dogs are absolutely stunning. This colour combination offers a striking contrast and can be seen in many dog breeds. Some dog breeds are popular for their black and brown coat colour. Let's find out which breeds are know for this coat colour.

What dog breeds are black and brown (tan)?

Black and brown dogs are quite common. You have a tremendous number of dogs with this coat colour, from the Rottweiler to the German Sherpherd, we have gathered a list of 10 black and brown dog breeds.

Small black and brown dog

As we mentioned earlier, there are a lot of dog breeds with a coat colour in black and brown. Let's focus first on the small dog breeds with this stunning colour combination.

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Beagle dog black and brown

The Beagle dog ©Shutterstock

Beagles have white faces and white legs, but the rest of their fur has a very distinct black/brown pattern. The modern version of the Beagle can be traced back to the early 1800s, where their superior sense of smell and tracking abilities made them very useful hunting dogs.

Like most natural working dogs, the Beagle is lively, smart, and very single minded. Its a popular choice for many dog owners, mainly because of its small size, affable nature, and healthy disposition. Beagles have a lifespan of 12-15 years. Common health issues include hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, and epilepsy.


English Toy Terrier

The English Toy Terrier ©Shutterstock

The English Toy Terrier is another one of the smaller black and brown breeds. It's a close relative of the Manchester Terrier and was bred to hunt rats and other vermin.

The English Terrier is exceptionally quick and agile. English Toy Terriers are energetic, loving, but they do like to bark a lot! Despite their friendly natures, the English Terrier is still quite rare. The UK Kennel Club includes the terrier in its vulnerable breeds list and is currently doing its best to raise the dog's profile.


Australian Silky Terrier

The Australian Silky Terrier ©Shutterstock

The Australian Silky terrier is a small black and brown coloured dog. They bear a striking resemblance to the Yorkshire Terrier, although they're distinguished by longer and silkier coats. Australian terriers display many of the same qualities as their terrier cousins.

They’re high energy, enthusiastic dogs that love to run and play. But they do have a quieter side. Once exercised, the Australian terrier becomes much more laidback. They'll be happy to spend many hours snoozing on your lap! They coats require lots of grooming. It's very prone to matting and tangling and should be brushed at least once a week.


Australian Kelpie

The Australian Kelpie ©Shutterstock

The Kelpie is another black and tan dog from down under. A close relative of the Border Collie, the Kelpie is also part of the herding group. Like their relatives, they herd sheep, cows, and other livestock. They became renowned for their skills and were exported all over the world.

Depending on the parents, a Kelpies black and tan coat can rough or smooth. All of them are generally quite short and very easy to maintain. The Kelpie is a healthy, medium-sized dog. They grow to about 45cm in height and weigh up to 60lbs.


The Dachshund dog ©Shutterstock

The dachshund, also known as the sausage dog comes in three varieties: wired hair coat, long haired coat or short hair coat. The colour pattern for this breed is vast. Smooth haired Dachshund are usually two-colourd: black, brown, fawn, wild boar or blue.

This dog breed originated from Germany, where he was used to hunt badger, foxes and wild boar. This small dog breed is a great addition to the family and has become a popular breed in the UK. Its unique physique will put a smile on people's face, how could you resist watching a Dachshound carrying is long, muscular body and his tiny legs? Not only are they cute, they are also very intelligent, playful and will quickly bond with its owner.

Big dogs that are black and brown

So, we've seen a few small dog breeds with their black and brown coats, now let's have a look at the big dog breeds with this colour combination.

Black and brown German Shepherd dog

The German Shepherd ©Shutterstock

This black and tan breed is a medium/big sized dog. One of the UK's most popular breeds, the German Shepherd was first used as a herding dog and then became a popular service animal for police and armed forces.

The German Shepherd is strong, quick, and very loyal. They're also one of the most intelligent breeds. This means they respond really well to the right kind of training methods. They tend to have large black patches on their backs and around the muzzle; the rest of their bodies are covered with a light brown fur.

This well structured and healthy dog has a lifespan off 10/11 years. However, like all breeds, they're susceptible to certain health issues. These include joint problems, ear infections, and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, which is a degenerative disease that affects the pancreas (although this is very rare.)



The Beauceron dog ©Shutterstock

A fearless and loyal working dog, the Beauceron is another active and intelligent black and tan breed. 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.

Beaucerons were used in the 1800s to control large flocks of livestock, and they often compete in herding trails all over the world. A Beauceron is a worthy challenger to the more famous herding breeds like the Border Collie. It's a mid-to-large sized dog. The Beauceron stands between 61-70cm in height and weighs between 66-110lbs.



The Dobermann dog ©Shutterstock

This powerful and large dog is very intelligent and extremely loyal. The Dobermann was bred to guard and are often used in the police force. They will need firm training and would be best suited to an experienced owner. Because of their origin to guard, they are very protective of their family, therefore they will need to be socialised early. The Dobermann will love to learn new things and will need to be stimulated intellectually.

The Dobermann also called the Dobermann Pinscher is muscular, strong and elegant. Its coat colour comes in different varieties: black & rust, blue and rust, fawn and rust and red and rust.


The Rottweiler ©Shutterstock

This strong and powerful dog is a great guard dog. They were originally bred to drive cattle to the market. After that, the Rottweiler was used in the police or military. This German dog is always black, but they can also have mahogany or brown markings on their coat. In dog shows, there are three colours which are accepted: black and mahogany, black and tan and black and rust.

The Rottweiler is calm, confident and have a natural instinct to protect its family. The training and education of a Rottweiler must be firm, consistent and positive. The dog owner should be experienced when training a Rottweiler, they will need to be socialised because of their natural instinct to protect their pack.

Black and brown Bernese Mountain dog

The Bernese Mountain dog ©Shutterstock

The Bernese Mountain dog is a big softie. This Swiss dog was originally bred to herd cattle, pull carts and watch the cattle. This dog breed has a unique physique and is insistently recognisable because of its tricolor coat colour: a majority of its body is covered with black hair and a rich rust and bright white markings.

The Bernese Mountain dog is calm, intelligent and affectionate. They love to be around their family and will also protect them. This dog breed don't tend to be aggressive and on the contrary will be a little bit shy when they meet strangers. The Berner is easy to train and will enjoy spending time with their owner. A great addition to the family.

What breed of dog is black brown and white?

You have dog breeds that have the two colours in their coat combination: black and brown. But you can also find some breeds which have some markings of white. This colour combination is called tricolor. Here are the five most famous black brown and white dog breeds:

What to name a black and brown dog?

So, you are looking for a cool and unique name for your black and brown dog? When choosing a name for a dog, think of its personality. Try choosing a name with two syllables and ending with a vowel. Here are a few suggestions that might help you find a name for your black and brown dog:

  • Beagle dog: Anna, Bob, Pippa, Stan
  • English Toy terrier: Foxy, Jack, Pearl, Ricky
  • Australian silky terrier: Cookie, Cadburry, Hailey, Pancake
  • Austalian kelpie: Bambi, Honey, Peanut, Tom
  • Dachshund: Mocha, Pepsi, Sienna, Twix
  • German Shepherd: Rose, Charlie, Teddy, Romeo
  • Beauceron: Autumn, Bailey, Wonka, Zoe
  • Dobermann: Amber, Braun, Sierra, Tanner
  • Rottweiler: Buster, Peach, Summer, Woody,
  • Bernese Mountain dog; Bella, Brownie, Max, Lola

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