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Black and brown dogs: The most beautiful breeds

Russkiy Toy black and brown dogs
The Russkiy Toy is one of the lesser known black and brown dogs

Dogs come in many sizes and with different coat colors. But, one coat color combination that is the most common is the color of black and brown dogs.

So, this combination is for some breeds like their brand color, for example, the Doberman, Rottweiler, and German Shepherd. And for other breeds, it’s just one of several possible fur looks.

Also, black and brown dog breeds come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and temperaments. Some of these breeds are sporty hunters while others are loyal protectors. Also, some have short, sleek coats, while others have longer coats.

But, what these dogs have in common is their coloration. In this article, we’ll talk about all the black and brown dogs.

Black and brown dogs – All the breeds

Don’t get us wrong, all coat colors are beautiful. The rare ones too. But, there is something in the classic black and brown shade that takes our breath away.

Now, before we talk about black and brown dogs, let’s see where a dog’s coat color comes from.

Even though there are so many coat colors in dogs, all of those colors come from only two pigments:

  • Firstly, we have eumelanin, which is black.
  • Secondly, we have paheomelanin, which is red.

Both of these pigments have “set” colors that can be modified by different genes. Simply put these genes dilute the pigment into other colors.

1. German Shepherd

The remarkable sportiness and intelligence of the German Shepherd Dog make it an ideal service animal or law enforcement dog. German Shepherds are also fantastic pets if you can put up with their shedding.

These dogs need brushing every other day to keep their fur shiny and healthy, and to prevent matting. But one plus is that their fur stays clean, so they usually only need a bath once or twice a month.

german shepherd black and brown dogs
The German Shepherd is one of the most known black and brown dogs

Breed overview

Height: 22 to 26 inches
Weight: 60 to 100 pounds

Physical Characteristics: Coarse medium-length double coat, typically black and brown. But, it can also be black and cream, black and red, black and silver, solid black, gray, and sable.

While you’re here read more about the German Shepherd colors:

2. Dachshund

The short Dachshund is usually has a black and brown coat. This popular dog breed is known to be energetic, lovable, and spunky. Their fur sheds a moderate amount, so don’t worry too much about grooming. The short-haired variety needs to be brushed weekly. But, there is also a Dachshund with a long coat, which needs to be brushed every two to three days to remove tangles.

dachshund
The Dachshund comes in many shades

Breed overview

Height: 8 to 9 inches (standard); 5 to 6 inches (miniature)
Weight: 16 to 32 pounds (standard); up to 11 pounds (miniature)

Physical Characteristics: Types of coat include smooth (short-haired), long-haired, and wire-haired. So, they can have the traditional black and brown colors as well as other colors including black, brown, fawn, beige, blue, chocolate, or red.

While you’re here, read more about Dachshunds:

3. Miniature Pinscher

Although the Miniature Pinscher looks like a tiny Doberman, he is actually not a descendant of the Dobie. They are actually older than the Doberman breed.

But, Miniature Pinschers and Dobermans do have something in common. Their strength and sportiness as well as their black-and-brown coats. These small dogs tend to shed very little and only need to be brushed weekly.

The Mini Pin is a tiny dog with a huge personality

Breed overview

Height: 10 to 12.5 inches
Weight: 8 to 10 pounds

Physical Characteristics: Short coat which can be black and brown, solid red, or deer red (red with some black hair).

4. Australian Kelpie

The Australian Kelpie or just Kelpie is a mix in both appearance and temperament between a Border Collie and an Australian Cattle Dog. But, they tend to be smaller than both. So, these dogs are kind but full of energy, they love running around and playing and love to have a job or task.

But, the Kelpie needs an active family, these dogs are definitely not for couch potatoes. What’s great about these dogs is that their coats are easy to take care of. They only need to be brushed weekly to remove dirt and loose fur.

Everything to know about the Australian Kelpie

Breed overview

Height: 17 to 20 inches
Weight: 25 to 45 pounds

Physical Characteristics: Muscular body with a thick double coat. Their fur can be black, black and brown, red, red and brown, fawn, chocolate, and smoky blue.

5. Russian Toy or Russkiy Toy

The Russian Toy is a tiny pup that gives Chihuahuas a run for their money when it comes to size. So, this breed is not easy to find in the US and wasn’t well known outside of Russia until a few decades ago.

So, when it comes to grooming, they are moderate-maintenance dogs, depending on which variety you get. Basically, the short-haired variety can be brushed weekly. But, the long-haired variety should be brushed every or every other day to avoid matting and to keep their fur healthy and shiny.

Russkiy Toy
The Russkiy Toy is even smaller than the Chihuahua

Breed overview

Height: 8 to 11 inches
Weight: Up to 6.5 pounds

Physical Characteristics: A smooth, soft, and long coat (or short, depending on which variety you get). These dogs can be black and brown, dark brown and light brown, blue and brown, red and red with black or brown markings.

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