15 Black and Brown Dogs – With Adorable Pictures

black and brown dogs

If you ask a kid to draw you a dog, they will probably draw you a black or brown one. Or a yellow dog if they happen to have a Goldie at home. Both colors are common and popular in many breeds. But what about black and brown dogs? Some pups are lucky enough to have both colors in their coats.

They can be spotted, striped, or have large patches of either color. Some even have different-colored eyebrows!

Here are 15 of our favorite black and brown breeds for you to choose from.

15 Beautiful Black and Brown Dogs

Small dogs, big dogs, working dogs, and lap dogs. There are many different breeds that can have brown and black coats.

German Shepherd

german shepherd, brown and black dog breed

One of the most beloved black and brown dog breeds is the German Shepherd. These pups have thick, double coats that can be of many colors. There are some amazing German Shepherd mixes, such as the German Shepherd Pitbull mix, that can also have a black and brown coat.

German Shepherds are a highly-intelligent dog breed. They need lots of daily exercise and love it when they have a job to do. Their coats may be a beautiful color, but they’re thick and shed all year round. You’ll need to give them a good brush every couple of days.

If you’re looking for a smart, loyal, loving herding dog then this could be a good choice!

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers are known for being stunning black and tan dogs. They have a sleek, black and brown coat that covers their athletic and muscular bodies. They’re also a very intelligent breed and are highly trainable. They’re sometimes considered a scary dog breed. This is because they’re exceptionally alert pups and are often used as guard dogs.

These doggos do best in homes with an experienced owner. They can be dominant if not trained and socialized well from a young age. They’re incredibly active and make great jogging partners.

Airedale Terrier

airedale terrier, black and tan dog

Airedale Terriers are one of the most versatile dog breeds there are. They make wonderful companions as well as incredible working dogs. They can hunt, herd, and successfully take part in canine competitions.

The Airedale Terrier is the largest of all the Terrier breeds. They can be easily identified because of their gorgeous, wiry black and tan coats. The black part usually covers their back like they’re wearing a saddle. They also have a cute goatee!



The Dachshund is an iconic dog thanks to its elongated body, little legs, long nose, and very floppy ears. These pups can have a long or sleek coat that’s many different colors (they can also have a merle coat which is a very popular color). One of the most common coat colors is black and brown.

Dachshunds are excitable little dogs that love playing. They were originally bred to hunt badgers (their long bodies helped them get down the holes), so they like to go exploring outdoors. This black and tan dog breed is very popular thanks to its personality and seriously cute looks!



The American Kennel Club accepts the Rottweiler in 3 different colors: black and tan, black and rust, and black and mahogany – all of which makes them black and brown dogs! These robust, sleek, and strong dogs are powerful workers. Early socialization is important as they can be territorial (which makes them a great choice for a guard dog).

Rotties are very affectionate and love being with their family. They can be quite a silly breed and love to cuddle too. They’re active and need to play and exercise lots every day. They’ll also prefer having a large yard to run around in (and guard).

Because these pups are more black than brown, you might want to give them a black dog breed name!

Belgian Malinois

belgian malinois

Lots of people get the Belgian Malinois and the German Shepherd mixed up. One of the main reasons for this is that they also have a beautiful black and brown coat. This brown dog is an excellent worker and was bred to be a top herder in Belgian.

These pups are very loyal and intelligent. They excel in obedience classes and always love to learn something new (and show off about it). They may be a little reserved around other dogs and humans, but they’re very loving to their families.

Tibetan Mastiff

large black and brown dog, tibetan mastiff

Are you looking for the ultimate black and tan dog that’s also the perfect guarder? The Tibetan Mastiff is an ancient breed that was first bred to guard monasteries high up in the Himalayas. These pups are enormous and very hairy. They’re independent and can be aloof.

Like many Mastiff breeds, they’re imposing, powerful, and muscular dogs. But they’re also incredibly beautiful. They need a moderate amount of exercise but definitely need a large yard to roam. They’re happy to chase after a ball, go on a walk, or entertain themselves. Because of their size and independent nature, they need an experienced owner who can bring out the best in them.

Yorkshire Terrier

yorkshire terrier

From a very large black and brown dog to a much smaller one. The Yorkshire Terrier is a very cute, feisty, and adoring dog that loves to be part of a family. They have big personalities and love to let their owner know their opinion on everything. There are lots of different Yorkshire Terrier colors and one of the cutest is brown and black.

Yorkies can have a long coat that needs brushing every day. Many owners decide to groom their pups to have a shorter coat which is a little more manageable.

Lancashire Heeler

lancashire heeler

Lancashire Heelers are amazing little dogs with black and brown coats. Originally bred to herd cattle (nipping their heels, hence the name), these sporty dogs are also good ratters. Their Terrier instinct can be strong so lots of socialization is a must. They’re active, very friendly, and love to go on walks.

Unfortunately, however, this wonderful dog breed was placed on the Kennel Club UK’s list of vulnerable native breeds. There are not a lot of these amazing pups left and they’re susceptible to a number of diseases.


black and brown chihuahua

The smallest dog breed in the world can also be a black and brown dog. There are actually a couple of different types of Chihuahua, but all can have a beautiful black and brown coat. These pups are known for being tiny dogs with big dog personalities. They’re not afraid to use their voices and demand what they want.

Although they don’t need a lot of exercise, training can sometimes be demanding as they tend to think that they know best. These loveable pups get on well with children although you should keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t get injured in rough play.

English Toy Terrier

english toy terrier

English Toy Terriers, or Manchester Terriers as they’re also known, are beautiful, sleek dogs that look a little like a mini Doberman Pinschers. Their size means they’re not as good at guarding though.

These cute English dogs need a couple of walks a day to ensure they’re mentally and physically fit. They’ll enjoy puzzle toys as well as squeaky toys to satisfy their natural ratting instincts. Their size means they’re a versatile breed that can fit into many different homes.



The Jagdterrier is an amazing hunting dog (its name quite literally translates from German to mean Hunting Terrier). This small black and brown dog breed is energetic, charismatic, and loyal. They also have the cutest little brown eyebrows! These wonderful pups love their families. Like many Terriers, however, they can be suspicious around new people to begin with.

These pups shed moderately, so a weekly brush will be enough to remove dead skin and hair. They’re not considered a hypoallergenic breed so are not a good choice for allergy sufferers.

Miniature Pinscher

miniature pinscher

Miniature Pinschers really resemble English Toy Terriers, but, unlike their Manchester cousins, Mini Pinschers can have many different colored coats. They’re a confident breed that’s fun-loving and feisty. They need lots of regular and fun training from puppyhood so that they don’t become too confident.

These wonderful, alert dogs don’t need too much grooming. Their sleek coats don’t shed that much. A weekly brush will be enough to keep them looking shiny and healthy. Even though it’s a toy breed, this black and brown dog needs a good amount of exercise. They’ll enjoy going for a couple of walks a day, as well as socializing with their puppy friends.

German Pinscher

german pinscher

In terms of size, the German Pinscher is a happy mix of both the Miniature Pinscher and the Doberman. They’re almost twice the size of the Mini variety but not nearly as big as the Doberman counterparts. These pooches are athletic, energetic, fun-loving and can be a bit silly at times.

They’re very vigilant and make great watch dogs too. They’re loyal and protective of their families. As well as being black and brown, these pups can also be blue, fawn, and red dogs.

Australian Kelpie

australian kelpie, black and brown dog

When it comes to black and brown dog breeds, the Australian Kelpie is one of our favorites. They’re active, energetic, sweet, and friendly. They have a thick and double coat that allows them to play in water and withstand cold temperatures. The AKC recognizes 7 coat colors for the Australian Kelpie. They can be everything from red to black!

They need a good amount of daily exercise. It’s also important to keep their brains engaged through training sessions and lots of attention from you. They can get restless, especially when they get bored. An indestructible dog toy will keep them happy for a while longer!

Conclusion – Black and Brown Dog Breeds

Black and brown dogs are some of our favorites. They’re so versatile and can be many different sizes and have completely different temperaments. Apart from color, make sure you’re adopting a pooch that you can care for well. After all, you want a happy and healthy pup in your home!