There’s a lot to love about dogs no matter how they look, but some dog owners are definitely very interested in the coloration of their pets. With many different color options out there, you might want to think about narrowing down your search for a new pet by looking at specific color combinations. Below are some of the most common brown and white dog breeds – if you’re looking for this color scheme, you’re likely to find the best dog breed for your home in this article.
Brown and White Dog Breeds
The Alaskan Klee Kai Breed
The Alaskan Klee Kai is a unique breed that looks an awful lot like a Siberian Husky, albeit much smaller. Usually standing around a foot and a half tall and only weighing around twenty pounds, these small dogs have all of the energy and intelligence of their bigger cousins without the size. While most of these dogs trend towards black and white, there are plenty that have a white and brown color scheme.
Klee Kai is an intelligent, active pet that has a lot of love to give. They’re great for homes that can provide them with plenty of exercise with a wireless dog fence but that might not have the room for a bigger pet.
Afghan Hounds are almost certainly known more for their long locks than for anything else. These dogs have fantastic hair that usually tends to be brown or tan, but some dogs do have a bit more color. In fact, Afghan Hounds can sometimes even be white and brown – a great color for a great dog.
These Hounds are smart but finicky, making them a good fit for homes that are willing to invest in training. They also take a fair bit of maintenance, so they’re best suited for homes that don’t mind regular brushing and trips out the groomer – unless of course you can trim their coat yourself.
These intelligent dogs are another breed that typically tends to be black (or grey) and white, but some Malamutes can also be brown and white. With their lighter coloration and fluffy coats, brown and white Malamutes can look both beautiful and unusual at the same time.
If you’re going to adopt one of these dogs, be prepared to spend plenty of time outside. Malamutes love to run and play, though they’re also very happy to spend time with their owners. As with most intelligent dogs, Alaskan Malamutes also require a fair bit of training to keep in line.
When it comes to classic brown and white pets, the Basset Hound has to be near the top of the list. These floppy-eared hunting dogs have a number of different color schemes, but brown and white are almost always in their coloration. These dogs are smart, loveable, and a little more sedate than some of the other dogs on this list – a great combination.
While Bassets can certainly be active, these dogs become very laid back as they get older. Though they’re perfect family dogs, they can also be a fantastic companion for older people who are looking for a pet that doesn’t mind spending more time on the couch.
The Beagle is another one of those breeds that quickly comes to mind when most people think about brown and white dogs. One of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, Beagles – and especially the smaller Pocket Beagles – are frequently brown and white.
Beagles are smart dogs that famously love families, but that doesn’t mean they’re always easy to take care of. In fact, these dogs usually need a lot of exercise and some significant training in order to be their best selves, so try to keep that in mind.
Yes, the Boston Terrier does come in a brown and white variant. Though most Kennel Clubs will tell you that black and white is the preferred coloration, there are plenty of Boston Terriers that have a different color scheme. The good news, though, is that the difference in color doesn’t change the personality of these dogs.
Boston Terriers have a wide range of personalities. Most of them love to play, though many of them are surprisingly happy as lap dogs. No matter the personality, though, they tend to be fantastic pets for those who are willing to train them.
This toy breed isn’t technically recognized by every Kennel Club yet, but its adorable looks and cute coloration make it more than worth including here. A crossbreed of Havanese and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, these tiny dogs are energetic, loving, and adorable.
The keyword most use when discussing this breed is ‘affectionate’. These are loving dogs who love to be doted on and return the love of their owners with gusto. With that said, they can take some time to house train and they do require a fair bit of observation as puppies so they don’t end up getting into too much trouble.
The Collie is absolutely one of the most famous brown and white breeds. If you’ve ever seen Lassie, you already have a good idea of what this coloration looks like on this dog. With beautiful fur and a sunny disposition, these are great dogs.
Collies are herders, though, and that means that they’re both loyal and a little pushy. You’ll have to establish yourself as the boss to one of these dogs but you’ll have their undying respect once you do so. A great dog who loves time outside, these are also really fun family pets.
English Springer Spaniel
These Spaniels definitely have a darker shade of brown in their coloration, but their prominent chest fur and their unique looks make them a great addition to this list. Real people-pleasers, these are dogs that are absolutely meant to spend time with families or with other pets.
The great thing about this Spaniel is that it’s bred to work with people. That means that they’re not only easy to train, but that they’re great about getting to know new people. This is a good choice for the first dog for anyone who has never trained a pet before.
While you might not immediately think of the Frenchie as a dog that’s brown and white, the truth is that there are plenty of color variations within this breed. One of the most popular breeds in the United States, Frenchies are loyal pets who have no problems with families of any size.
The sad truth is that Frenchies do, like many bulldogs, suffer from plenty of health problems. As such, you’ll want to get familiar both with typical Frenchie health issues and with your local vet if you do choose to adopt one of these dogs. With that said, Frenchies make fantastic companions.
Jack Russel Terrier
There are few dogs that can match the energy of this brown and white American classic. The Jack Russel Terrier is one of those breeds that tend to get cross-bred with everything, and for good reason – they combine energy, athleticism, and great personalities in a way that makes them the perfect pets for those who have time to put up with their silliness.
These Terriers are highly trainable, though they’re always going to be energetic. They are fantastic dogs for their families even if they can be skittish around strangers, though many Jack Russel Terriers do also need to be introduced to new dogs with a bit of care.
This Italian water dog is not the most common breed in the United States, but it does have a unique brown and white color scheme. These medium-sized dogs look like they’re stuffed animals, but they’re actually fairly tough working dog breeds who love to be outside.
This dog breed is also fairly long-lived, with an average lifespan of between fifteen and seventeen years. That makes the dogs a fantastic choice for those who are looking for a long-term companion, especially if they also want to spend time with a dog who loves to be in the water and who prefers to be active.
Another somewhat uncommon dog, these sighthounds actually originate from Hungary. Most of them are brown all over, but there are actually many who have a brown and white color scheme. Excellent hunters, these dogs have also found a niche as fantastic companions.
The word that best describes this dog is docile. They are loving, affectionate, and ultimately very gentle. This is definitely at odds with innate abilities to be effective on the hunt, but these qualities make them fantastic dogs for families and for those who need a little emotional support.
These tiny dogs are best known for the ears that give them their name. Papillions may only weigh a few pounds, but these dogs are actually much tougher than you might expect. As a matter of fact, these dogs tend to be much less fussy than other toy breeds.
Perfect dogs for just about every situation, these dogs are also amazing athletes. Consistent winners in agility contests, they’re happier running around than anything else. Even with that said, they also know when it’s time to quiet down and spend time with the people who they love the most.
One of the bigger dog breeds in the world, Saint Bernard is also one of the brown and white dogs that’s probably the most famous for its coloration. These huge dogs were bred to work – and specifically to help save human lives. Though they don’t come with a small barrel of brandy, these dogs can be great pets for those who have time to raise them properly.
The biggest challenge of raising this type of breed is the size. They’re naturally friendly and active, but this means that they can also be dangerous because they don’t realize how big they are. With a little support, though, they can be great pets.
These elegant dogs are known for their long, luxurious coats. Available in several color schemes, Shih Tzu is also commonly brown and white. Though they are among the dogs that take the most maintenance to keep looking their best, these dogs are also fine pets.
The Shih Tzu is, fortunately, a true lap dog. These royal dogs were bred to sit around and look good, so most of their descendants have the same sort of behaviors. Great with kids and skittish adults, these are dogs who love to spend time at home with the whole family.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What kind of dog is brown and white?
There are many different types of dogs that are brown and white. Not counting the dozens of different hybrids and cross-breeds that are out there, there are at least fifteen separate breeds of dog that have this kind of coloration. Brown and white dogs range from Shih Tzu and Papillion at the small end all the way up to Alaskan Malamutes and St. Bernard’s at the larger end. Almost anything that’s bred with a breed that has a brown and white color scheme can have puppies that end up brown and white, though the coloration won’t always breed as true as some might hope.
2. Are tricolor dogs rare?
Tricolor dogs aren’t especially rare, at least in some breeds. As you might expect, there are definitely breeds that have a lot of tricolors and there are just as many breeds that tend only to have single-color dogs. As such, it’s a good idea to look at whether or not a particular breed tends to have multiple colors in its coat before you stop to think about whether your dog’s color is rare.
3. What dog is closest to a Direwolf?
The dogs that HBO used as stand-ins for Direwolves were Northern Inuit Dogs. Other dogs that tend to look similar are Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies. If you’re looking for something that looks like a baby Direwolf, an Alaskan Klee Klai might be closer. As always, though, dogs that are bred with wolves tend to look an awful lot like wolves, though their behavior can make them hard to keep as pets.
4. What is a piebald dog?
Piebald dogs aren’t bald; instead, they are dogs who have white spots. As such, a piebald dog might actually be a dog that has a brown coat but who also has unpigmented spots all over his or her body. Piebald dogs will generally be either brown or black, but they will always have white spots that tend to vary greatly in their distribution.