15 Wonderful Yellow Dogs: Pups With This Beautiful Coloring

Yellow dog breed, Chow Chow

When you think of yellow or golden dogs you usually go straight to a yellow Lab or a Golden Retriever (or even a mixed breed like the Mini Goldendoodle). But there are actually lots of different yellow dog breeds. Small, large, short-haired, or long-haired there really is a yellow pup for everyone.

Here are 15 of our favorite fair-colored doggos for you to choose from!

What To Think About Before Adopting a Yellow Dog

All the dogs on this list are very beautiful pups and have amazing colored coats. But there are lots of other things to think about when it comes to adopting a pup – not just its coat color. 

Temperament, health, and your own doggie experience are much more important. You need to do your research and make sure you’re getting your pup from a respectable breeder who can provide any necessary documentation or from your local shelter. 

It’s also important that you’re realistic about what you can handle in a pup. Do you have the experience to train a head-strong breed? Can you provide a working dog with all the exercise they need? Can you afford the various products and dog food they need? These are more important questions to ask yourself rather than whether you like their coat color or not!

15 Beautiful Yellow Dogs

There are lots of purebred dogs and mixed breeds that have this beautiful coat color. Some of them are obvious and others you may not have heard of! Here are 15 of our favorite yellow dog breeds.

Labrador Retriever

Ok, so let’s start off with one of the more obvious ones. Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dogs in America – and you can see why. Not only do they come in three beautiful colors (black, chocolate, and light yellow), but they also have a wonderful temperament that makes them firm family favorites. 

They get on well with young children and other dogs and are eager to please their owners. Labradors love playing with humans as well as entertaining themselves. Lots of labs love to chew, so we recommend getting them an indestructible dog toy that will last much longer! Not only is the coat a beautiful color, but it’s also thick and water-resistant which is ideal for these water-loving dogs. As far as breeds go, the Labrador Retriever is pretty perfect.

Golden Retriever

Another obvious golden yellow dog but you really couldn’t have a list of yellow dog breeds without this famous man’s best friend. Golden Retrievers can have a very light, pale yellow coat or a much darker almost red one. They have a double coat which means they have a soft undercoat and a waterproof outer coat. It also means that Golden Retrievers shed a lot – so make sure you brush them weekly to remove the worst of it.

This dog breed is incredibly friendly, intelligent, and loving. They’ll be curious about new people and will enjoy making new friends. Like all pups, Goldies need early socialization and plenty of fun training sessions to keep them engaged.

It’s also possible for Golden Retrievers to be red!

French Bulldog

Frenchies are also a very popular dog breed in America. These adorable, little pups come in many different colors with fawn and cream being two of them. Their short hair is relatively easy to care for (although some do shed so a weekly brushing might be necessary). They can, however, suffer from skin problems so bathing them with sensitive shampoo is recommended.

French Bulldogs are very playful, funny, and easy-going dogs. They’re very good around children and are exceptionally loving. Like many small dog breeds, they can be a little reserved around bigger pups and forget their size. Plenty of training and socialization can help with this.

Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apsos are famous for their beautiful, flowing locks. Many owners, however, prefer to keep their coats trimmed for ease. These pups can have a number of coat colors including golden and cream. If you decide to let your pup’s coat grow, you’ll need to put in a lot of effort. They require daily brushing to stop their yellow coats from tangling or getting matted.

Despite their size, Lhasa Apsos are very confident dogs. They were originally bred as watchdogs for monasteries high up in the Himalayas and many of them are still aloof and untrusting when it comes to strangers and new dogs. With their families, however, they’re very loving and a little goofy!


Chihuahuas are the smallest dog breed in the world – but don’t let their size be an indication of their personality! These pups are fierce and don’t mind standing up for themselves. They’re exceptionally loyal and caring but can be vocal around people they’re unsure of.

There are 7 different types of Chihuahua (some long-haired and some short-haired) but each variety can have a beautiful creamy yellow coat. They can also be fawn, white, gold, or a mixture of all. Generally, these dogs don’t shed too much. The long-haired varieties may need a little more grooming than others but as far as dog breeds go, they’re pretty manageable.

Great Dane

From the smallest dog with yellow fur to one of the biggest! These gentle giants are very caring, affectionate, and great around children. Their size makes many think they’re a scary dog breed but, in actual fact, Great Danes are more likely to be intrigued by you than warn you off! As is the case for all large dogs, their size can make them difficult to manage for novice owners. They can be a little clumsy and it’s crucial that they’re well trained.

Great Danes come in a number of different colors and patterns but only ten of them are accepted by the AKC. One of these is fawn. This color can vary from a lighter yellow to a richer fawn color. It’s a very impressive coat color for these big dogs!

Black Mouth Cur

Black Mouth Curs are excellent working dogs that are energetic, fun, and confident dogs. They’re not aggressive and tend to get on well with other dogs or animals. They make great herding dogs and are equally happy to be working or spending time on adventures with their owner. They’re very loyal dogs that do well in active families who have space for them to roam and use up some of that energy!

Depending on the individual dog, a Black Mouth Cur can have a rough, dense, or smooth coat. They come in a number of colors including red, yellow, fawn, black, brown, and brindle but the most common is a yellow/fawn coat. Little is known about the origins of these dogs or what other breeds could possibly be in their DNA. They’re not, however, accepted by the AKC.

Chow Chow

This ancient dog breed is easily recognizable – not just for their excessively furry coats but also because they have blue tongues! Chow Chows are dignified, powerful, and curious dogs that can be a little difficult for first-time owners to manage. They have an aloof nature so therefore need plenty of engaging training and activities to keep them entertained. 

The AKC accepts these bear-like dogs in cinnamon and cream – both of which can be pale enough to make them look like yellow dogs. These pups have thick, double coats and require regular grooming to stop them from shedding all over your home. When bathing your Chow, it’s recommended that you use a cool air dryer to properly dry them so they don’t develop any skin irritations.

Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terriers are busy and very cheerful little dogs that love to investigate everything. Although small, these pups are confident and were originally bred to root out foxes in the Scottish countryside. Although good working dogs, Cairn Terriers are just as happy going for a nice walk with their family, playing at home, or curling up on the couch to relax.

These canines come in many different colors from black to silver. A mixture of colors is very common in these dogs but some can be pure wheaten and cream – making them one of the cutest yellow dog breeds.

Scottish Terrier

Scotties are robust, persistent, and fun dogs that were first bred as hunters in Scotland. Whilst affectionate with family members, Scottish Terriers don’t do well with other dogs or people they don’t know. They can be a bit territorial and wary of strangers – a trait which makes them excellent watchdogs! They can be well-behaved around supervised kids but other small pets will probably be a problem. Scotties still have a strong prey drive.

Although many think of a black coat when they think of these small dogs, they actually come in various shades. Wheaten yellow is one of the lightest possible colors for Scotties and brindle markings are also possible. These pups have an iconic shape to them, with short legs, a fluffy beard, and longer hair around their legs. You may want to get this dog’s coat professionally groomed to keep them looking neat.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Not many people know that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is actually one of the most popular herding breeds in the world. These short-legged pups can easily and agilely move between cattle, nipping, and herding when necessary. Corgis, however, don’t need to be out in the fields all day long. They’re happy playing at home, being entertained by their family, or learning new tricks.

Corgis are super shedders – especially in late spring and early summer. This dog breed requires daily brushing to keep most of the loose hairs off your clothes and furniture. They come in various different colors and patterns and one of the most common is fawn. This can be a paler yellow color or a darker reddish fawn. They may also have white markings on their body. 


Labradoodles are one of the most popular mix-breed dogs in the world. Their parent breeds are Labs and Poodles, so you can imagine how cute and well-natured these adorable doggos are. They have the cuddly personality of a Labrador as well as the intelligence and hypoallergenic coat of a poodle.

These mixed dogs have lots of energy, are sweet-natured, and love to play. Spending time with their family is a must, as are fun training sessions. Labradoodles can be a number of different coat colors depending on the color of the parent Labrador. If they’re a yellow lab, their offspring will usually have a beautiful, golden yellow coat.


The Kangal (or Anatolian Shepherd Dog as it’s also called) is a large, ancient, flock guardian from Turkey. These big dogs are impressive, muscular, and fiercely loyal. They’re happy to protect family members, animals, other pets, and small children with a lot of patience and dedication. They’re not, however, the dog for you if you want a cuddler. Kangals are very independent and not particularly affectionate with their family.

These big dogs can have eight different coat colors according to the AKC, including fawn, biscuit, and white. Depending on their exact color and markings, Kangals can look pale yellow or golden. Although beautiful, this yellow dog is not for first-time owners. Their independence, aloof nature, and physical strength can make them a handful for even experienced owners.


If you’re looking for an expert guardian that won’t mind the odd cuddle too, then the Boerboel may be the ideal companion for you. These big, strong dogs are highly alert and confident. In fact, they were originally bred to protect homes in South Africa from predators, so you can imagine how self-assured they are! Even though they’re natural guard dogs, Boerboels are extremely affectionate with their family and love to be the center of attention.

Boerboels can come in a light, yellowish cream color which makes them particularly beautiful. They can have white markings and a black mask too. Early socialization is crucial for these dogs so that they grow up to be protective but not aggressive. You should expose them to new sights, sounds, and people when they’re a puppy so that they become confident and calm.

Shar Pei

The Chinese Shar Pei is a very cute, wrinkly, and squidgy dog that is incredibly loyal and protective. They can be quite independent and standoffish with strangers or people who approach them and are not particularly friendly to dogs they don’t know. Although a really rewarding breed to train (thanks to their high intelligence levels) Shar Peis can be challenging. Like others on this list of yellow dog breeds, they’re not a good choice for inexperienced dog owners.

Shar Pei literally translates as ‘sand skin’ which refers to this dog’s very coarse, sand-like coat texture. They come in a number of different coat colors, including fawn and cream which can look distinctly yellow. Although these dogs require minimal brushing you will need to clean their ears every week because the skin around them means they’re prone to infections.

Yellow Dog Breeds – Sum Up

There are many breeds that come in beautiful shades of yellow and gold. Not all of them on this list are suitable for all levels of experience but there’s definitely something for everyone. Even though we love to adopt dogs that have a specific color, health and temperament are much more important factors when choosing a pup.

Can you think of any other yellow dogs?