You might be familiar with the black and tan beverage, but what about black and tan dog breeds? This cool color combination can be found on a variety of different types of dogs, each with their own unique temperaments and characteristics.
While we don’t recommend picking a dog to adopt based on coat color alone (after all, there are much more important things in an animal companion than their appearance), it can still be helpful to know what types of dogs fit this unique descriptor.
Below, we’re taking a look at 14 dog breeds that can come in black and tan color combos—plus the traits that put each breed in a class all their own.
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One of six Coonhound breeds, Black and Tan Coonhounds are outgoing and eager to make friends with anyone who comes around (including kids, strangers, and other dogs).
Aside from hunting, they also have a couple of other notable skills, including the ability to sing, or at least howl, in a most impressive manner.
Height: 23 to 27 inches
Weight: 75 to 100 pounds
Physical characteristics: Black coat with tan accents, with a long nose and velvety soft ears
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The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is one of the most popular breeds, with a marked athleticism and intelligence that makes them an ideal pick as a service animal or police or military dog. They also make fantastic large-breed family pets, if you can put up with their plentiful shedding.
Height: 22 to 26 inches
Weight: 60 to 100 pounds
Physical characteristics: Coarse medium-length double coat that’s typically black and tan but can also be found in black and cream, black and red, black and silver, solid black, gray, and sable
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Black and tan is one of the more common coat colors for the low-to-the-ground Dachshund. This popular breed comes in a standard and mini size and is known for being energetic, lovable and spunky.
Doxies are as happy to play lapdog as they are to zip around with a Frisbee, and were originally bred as hunting dogs in Germany.
Height: 8 to 9 inches (standard); 5 to 6 inches (miniature)
Weight: 16 to 32 pounds (standard); up to 11 pounds (miniature)
Physical characteristics: Coat varieties include smooth (shorthaired), longhaired, and wire-haired, with a traditional black and tan coloring or other colors such as black, tan, fawn, beige, blue, chocolate, or red
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The Rottie is a large and muscular black and tan breed with a sweet spirit that goes against its reputation as a tough dog.
Kid-friendly and affectionate, they’re the eighth most popular dog breed, according to the AKC. They can be found both in family homes and assisting law enforcement departments as police dogs.
Height: 22 to 27 inches
Weight: 80 to 130 pounds
Physical characteristics: Short double coat in black with tan, rust, or mahogany accentsContinue to 5 of 14 below.
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All hail the Dobie, a regal breed that, like the Rottweiler, is often a lot sweeter than their appearance or historical use would suggest.
These pups are fast learners, and when properly socialized, can serve as excellent therapy dogs.
Height: 24 to 28 inches
Weight: 65 to 100 pounds
Physical characteristics: Short, smooth coat in black, and tan, red, or blue, or fawn with rust markings
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Despite looking like a tiny Doberman, the Min Pin isn’t actually a descendant of the Dobie (their history actually precedes them). They do, however, share their strength and athleticism—and their black and tan coat.
Height: 10 to 12.5 inches
Weight: 8 to 10 pounds
Physical characteristics: Shorthaired coat commonly found in black and tan, solid red, or stag red (red with some black hairs)
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These wirehaired dogs are often called the “King of Terriers,” though their origins actually lay with working-class farmers and factory employees in Northern England.
A mix of a number of different breeds, Airedale Terriers are highly intelligent and a little bit stubborn, with a big personality that often puts them at the center of attention.
Height: 23 to 24 inches (male), the female is slightly smaller
Weight: 40 to 65 pounds
Physical characteristics: Hard, wiry, dense, straight, short topcoat in black and tan, with a softer undercoat
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The Jagdterrier (pronounced “Yack Terrier”) share the Airedale's affinity for both work and play. Highly social and easy to train, this breed might not be super well-known but is well-suited to life as a loving family pet.
Height: 13 to 16 inches
Weight: 20-22 pounds (male); 17-19 pounds (female)
Physical characteristics: Dense black and tan coat that can be hard and rough or soft and smooth; also found in dark brown or grayish-black coloringsContinue to 9 of 14 below.
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Kelpies are sort of a mix between a Border Collie and an Australian Cattle Dog, though they tend to be smaller than both. Mild-mannered but full of energy, they love to run around and play and are usually eager to have a job to do. These dogs are not suited to a home where the owners lead a sedentary lifestyle.
Height: 17 to 20 inches
Weight: 25 to 45 pounds
Physical characteristics: Muscular with a double coat that has a hard, straight, short, water-resistant topcoat; coat colors come in black, black and tan, red, red and tan, fawn, chocolate, and smoke blue
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These tiny pups give Chihuahuas a run for their money when it comes to size, and are one of the smallest toy breeds you’ll ever come across. They’re not easy to find in the U.S. and weren’t much known outside of Russia until a few decades ago. They’re similar in many ways to English Toy Terriers, which are a bit more common.
Height: 8 to 11 inches
Weight: Up to 6.5 pounds
Physical characteristics: Smooth and long coat in black and tan, brown and tan, blue and tan, or red with or without black or brown
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English Toy Terrier
This super small black and tan breed is known for their expert rat hunting skills—though they’re down to hunt pretty much any animal that’s smaller than themselves. This means they aren't always the best breed to opt for if you own other small furries.
Height: 10 to 12 inches
Weight: 4 to 12 pounds
Physical characteristics: Short and smooth coated with traditional black and tan coloring
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The Beauceron is the largest of the French Sheepdog breeds and has a long history of herding sheep and cattle in the French countryside. They’re affectionate, smart, and energetic, meaning they require a lot of mental and physical stimulation.
Height: 24 to 27.5 inches
Weight: 70 to 110 pounds
Physical characteristics: Short, coarse, and dense coat in two color combinations of black and tan or black and harlequin (a mix of gray, black, and tan)Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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This black and tan breed comes straight from the Swiss Alps, and was traditionally bred for the farm—herding animals, pulling carts, and guarding property. Though they’re more tri-colored than strictly black and tan, their coat doesn’t tend to variate and they’re almost always grouped together with other black and tan breeds.
Height: 20 to 22 inches
Weight: 50 to 75 pounds
Physical characteristics: Short, straight double coat; tri-color combination black or brown with white and tan markings
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Lancashire Terriers are feisty and full of personality, and the smallest of all herding breeds. Originally from the U.K., you won’t find them much on this side of the pond though they were officially recognized by the AKC in 2019.
Height: 10 to 12 inches
Weight: 10 to 17 pounds
Physical characteristics: Thick, short, hard, weather-resistant top coat in black and tan or liver and tan, with a fine undercoat
And, of course, don't forget that there are lots of wonderful black and tan mutts just waiting to be adopted in shelters across the country!