Brown is a very popular color for dogs, and lots of dogs have brown in their coat in some way, shape or form. However, not many breeds are brown all over. The dogs mentioned here are mostly brown and range from small to large in size. If you have an affinity for brown or chocolate-colored dogs, read on to see if any of these brown breeds are right for you and your lifestyle.
Chihuahua’s are tiny dogs with large personalities, typically weighing no more than 6 pounds. And although they don’t look threatening, they play the part of a noisy guard dog, letting their owners know about any potential threats that might be approaching. They’re very charming, cute dogs with big eyes on their tiny faces. Chihuahuas can be long-haired or short-haired, and brown is a common color. They make good pets for apartment dwellers, but due to their small size, they shouldn’t be in homes with young children.
Another dog similar in size to the Chihuahua is the Pomeranian. This little dog is all fluff, and they typically weigh no more than 7 pounds. Pomeranians always seem to look like they’re smiling and are inquisitive, friendly little dogs. They have a thick double coat that sheds seasonally. Since they have such thick fur, they need regular brushing and grooming. Pomeranians are very energetic and like constant interaction with their humans. They’re good pets for people who don’t mind all the fur and who are either retired or work from home. Again, a home with small children who might accidentally play too rough isn’t ideal for such small dogs.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Cocker Spaniel is a beautiful dog with long, wavy hair that’s mostly brown in color. They might have a white chest, however, or even black markings. With their floppy ears that hang on either side of their face like long silky hair, they’re graceful looking dogs. Although they’re in the toy group, they’re on the larger end and can weigh up to 18 pounds. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels make good lap dogs but also like a bit of playtime, which makes them an ideal, well-rounded dog for most families.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Averaging about 70 pounds, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a renowned hunting dog, especially when it comes to hunting waterfowl. It’s their waterproof, wavy double coat that sets them apart from the Labrador Retriever’s straight, short coat. Other than that, they look quite similar, besides for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s amber eyes. Although they’re very active, they also make loyal and affectionate companions. They do need obedience training, however, since they can be strong-willed.
Irish Water Spaniel
Just like you’d expect from the name, Irish Water Spaniels love the water. But they also love any activity that lets them enjoy an active lifestyle. Without some form of daily exercise, they’re likely to become destructive and defiant. The Irish Water Spaniel is one of the largest spaniels, averaging 60 pounds. Their brown coat is full of long curls, and with their long snout, they can easily be mistaken for a poodle. They don’t shed, which is good for people with allergies or who simply don’t like cleaning up dog hair. They’re also good with children, making them great pets for an active family.
Chocolate Labrador Retriever
Whether chocolate in color, yellow or black, Labrador retrievers (or labs) are one of the most popular dogs in America. They’re social, loving and eager to please. They need regular exercise like any medium-sized dog, but they are prone to obesity without it, making exercise an important part of their daily routine. Besides going for regular walks or playing fetch, labs love swimming. Labs average about 65 pounds if they’re healthy, but they can weigh more or less depending on their height. They’re great family dogs and are gentle companions for kids.
German Shorthaired Pointer
If you’re a hunter who has a soft spot for brown dogs, it’s possible that the German Shorthaired Pointer is the dog for you. They’re either solid brown or white with brown spots. Their coat is short, and they have long floppy ears that hang alongside their face. They also have a straight tail that they use to “point” when they identify a hunting target. German Shorthaired Pointers are medium-sized dogs averaging about 60 pounds. They have lots of energy, so you’ll have to be prepared to provide plenty of opportunities for exercise. But after an active day, they’re just as happy to snuggle up next to you and relax.
The Cane Corso is a large, majestic-looking dog that can either be black or brown in color. They can reach about 28 inches tall at the shoulder and easily exceed 100 pounds. Other than their short, glossy coat, the dog is easily identifiable by their inward-pointing ears that look small compared to their large body. Although they look intimidating, they’re actually good pets for families with children and other animals — providing they’re socialized early. By taking them to obedience classes and socializing them as a puppy, you’ll have a loyal, intelligent friend that’s eager to please.
The Great Dane is a huge dog that easily exceeds the height of their owners when standing on their hind legs. They average 175-200 pounds and reach about 3 feet high at their shoulder. Great Danes are considered gentle giants, so if you can get past their size, you’ll notice a dog that’s great with kids, eager to please and highly loyal to their family. Great Danes come in a variety of colors that includes brown. They need lots of room due to their size and would do best in a home with a large, fenced-in yard.
As you can see, there are lots of brunette beauties out there in the dog world. If you’re looking for a lazy lap dog, a big fluffy goofball or a combination of the two, there’s likely one out there in the dog world waiting for you.