10 Most Popular Black & Tan Dog Breeds

10 Most Popular Black & Tan Dog Breeds

Author WDF Staff | Last updated: Apr 27 2023


Dogs come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. One of the most popular dog breeds out there is black and tan. We can all agree that there is something special about this dog color. Some of the most popular dog breeds in the world come in this color combination, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that black and tan color is so admiring. Many of our team members adore these dogs, so we decided to share the 10 most popular black and tan dog breeds.

1. Rottweiler

There is something really special about the “Butcher’s dog from Rottweil.” Not only are these dogs fearless protectors of their families, but they are also charming and gentle. The general public doesn’t know how affectionate these dogs are with their family, especially kids. Most of us judge them by their “mean” appearance.


Rottweilers are one of the most popular protection dogs in the world. These dogs have powerful territorial instincts, and you can be sure they will react if someone uninvited tries to enter their territory. They are fiercely loyal, and original Rotties used to protect their owners and drive cattle to the market.

2. German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. In fact, it holds the Nr. 2 spot, just behind the Border Collie. These dogs can come in several colors, but the most universally recognizable color combination is black and tan. These dogs have a black mask (on their muzzle) and a black saddle (on their back).

german shepherd

German Shepherds are one of the most popular picks for military and police service dogs. Their intelligence allows them to perform complex tasks and commands, which other dogs simply cannot do. This is an incredibly popular breed, and other than service dogs, they can make wonderful pets.

3. Doberman

Dobermans are one of the most elegant dog breeds out there. They are thin, muscular, and have short, smooth coat that makes them stand out in crowds. The breed standard says these dogs come in several color combinations; the most famous one is the black and tan combination. Mind you, the exact color says “black&rust,” but most of us consider it black and tan.


Dobermans are one of the most popular guard dog breeds, but many dog owners forget how smart they are. They are usually ranked among the top 5 most intelligent dog breeds. These dogs need plenty of physical and mental stimulation each day. It is not a breed traditionally recommended for first-time dog owners.

4. Black and Tan Coonhound

One of the most important jobs dogs performed for us was hunting. The charming Black and Tan Coonhound is among the best hunting dogs. Not only do they have gorgeous black and tan coats, but they have an incredible sense of smell. These dogs are a real American breed and were carefully bred to excel at raccoon hunting (hence the name Coonhound).

Black and Tan Coonhound

Some of the defining traits of these dogs are their sonorous barks and ability to work independently. They will pick up a scent and follow it for hours, tirelessly. They will use their loud, deep barks to alert the hunters where the prey went and when they have successfully cornered it. You can read more about these dogs here.

4. Dachshund

The charming little Dachshund was originally a badger hunter. These days, they mostly hunt for a cozy place for napping. The sausage dog is one of America’s most popular pets, which is not surprising once you know their characters. These dogs are very affectionate towards their owners, and they love nothing more than to spend time close to them.


Doxies might be small, but they have giant characters. They can be territorial and rather dominant. You shouldn’t be surprised if you see one of these dogs bossing around much larger dogs. Dachshund owners need to be careful and make sure their dogs get plenty of socialization, training, and physical activity to prevent this behavior from escalating.

5. Airedale Terrier

Airedale Terrier has an interesting nickname - The King of Terriers. It is the largest member of the Terrier family and one of the best looking. The regal Airedale has a hard and wiry coat that protects them from short branches, insects, and water. Plus, it comes in our favorite black and tan combination.

airedale terrier

Airedales have a rich military history. These dogs were used for military services in World War I. They served as sentries, messengers, scouts, vermin control, guard dogs, and ammunition carriers. They have certainly proven their worth, but unfortunately, many of these dogs were lost in both World Wars.

6. Beauceron

The Beauceron is a powerful working breed, and many who are not familiar with the breed confuse them for Dobermans. This is actually a French breed that comes in a wonderful black and tan combination. These dogs were originally bred for herding, and until 1896, they were considered a part of the Briard breed.


Herding dogs usually have an active and a bit scary approach to herding. However, Beaucerons are known as “gentle herders.” They don’t scare the livestock they are protecting, making them somewhat unique in the canine kingdom. Plus, their gentle nature makes them pretty good active companion dogs.

7. Miniature Pinscher

As we already said, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, which is also true for black and tan dogs. The Miniature Pinscher is clear evidence. These dogs have a distinct look, and many call them “miniature Dobermans.” These dogs indeed share some Doberman characteristics, but they are a much older breed.

miniature pinscher

Miniature Pinschers were initially bred as vermin controllers in German farms and houses. These days, “The King of Toys” is primarily an active companion that seems to love spending time indoors, close to their family. These dogs are small, but they are very energetic. They will gladly follow you on any adventure you might want to take them on.

8. Manchaster Terrier

Manchester Terrier is a small to medium-sized dog breed originating from England. Initially, they were bred for hunting rats and other smaller animals, but in recent times they have become more popular as companions. They are known for their sleek and muscular build with shiny black and tan coats. 

manchester terrier

These are very intelligent dogs that can tell in different canine sports. Generally, they are good dogs for children, but they might be reserved toward strangers.

9. Gordon Setter

Gordon Setter is a large-sized dog breed that originates from Scotland. They were initially bred for hunting game birds. Gordons have a black and tan coat that is long, silky, and slightly wary. They are mostly known for their intelligence, loyalty, and affectionate nature.

Gordon Setter

These dogs get along with kids and other animals, but they could be somewhat wary of strangers. Gordons require a decent amount of daily activities to be happy and regular grooming to keep their coat clean and healthy.

10. Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie is a dog breed originating from Australia, where they were used for herding purposes. These dogs have incredible stamina and work ethic, so they can be seen working on farms and ranches all over the world. Australian Kelpie dogs come in a variety of colors, including black and tan. 


These dogs are highly energetic, and they need a decent amount of physical and mental stimulation throughout the day to be happy. Early socialization and training are essential for Kelpie to develop into a well-rounded dog.

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