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13 Red Dog Breeds: An Overview

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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When it comes to the color of a dog’s fur, there is nothing more beautiful than a red-coated pup. Interestingly enough, red-furred dogs are usually within the orange, brown, and tan range, although red is one of the primary dog fur colors. Red can also describe a wide variety of shades that are similar to cinnamon, red-gold, and rudy.

Dog coat colors are based on different factors, but it mostly comes down to genes. That being said, it is their skin that determines the actual color their fur will be. What’s more, dogs typically have two coats: their undercoat and topcoat. Depending on whether they are shedding, and the thickness of their undercoat, it can determine how dark the fur is going to appear.

Regardless of the why behind the color, these pooches are gorgeous, and the color is less common than black, white, and brown. To get right to the point, let’s look at the different red dog breeds.

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The 13 Most Common Red Dog Breeds

1. American English Coonhound

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The first red dog breed on our list is the American English Coonhound. This active hunting dog is a descendant of the English Foxhound. They have short to medium-length fur that is often coarse. It can also have spots and other designs. This is a super-fast dog that has a high level of endurance and intelligence.

They are great for sporting and hunting and have a very loud bark. This pup will not hesitate to let his voice be heard whether on the hunt or at home. Besides that though, they are very friendly and loveable dogs. They can tolerate time alone but are better with the family.

The Coonhound, which was once called the Virginia Hound, is easy to train, dog and kid-friendly, and loves to play. They do require a serious amount of daily exercise to stay happy and healthy, as well. They are not the best choice for a first-time owner, and apartments are not a good idea. Besides that, you can expect a lot of drool, and males can grow to about 26 inches from shoulder height.

2. Dachshund


This adorable breed is known for its short stature and long body. Also called the “Weiner dog”, this is a scent hound that was originally bred to sniff out the target on a hunt. They are now a family dog that is great with kids and will often pick their company over adults.

Overall, this is an intelligent pooch that likes to play and help out. They are not fond of strangers or other dogs, however. They can also be somewhat stubborn. This comes into play while training, plus they will have no problem wandering off to do their own thing.

That being said, this little tyke has a big heart and even bigger amounts of courage. He will let his bark be heard whenever it pleases him. As far as fur, their red coloring either comes in short, medium, or long length, and there are several different sizes of the dachshund himself. Growing up to nine inches tall, they can reach a hefty 32 pounds if overeating is not stopped. They also require moderate exercise.

3. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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The next red dog breed on our list is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. This mouthful of a name belongs to a pup that has a smile a mile wide. As part of the sporting group, this medium to large-sized breed has long, soft fur that blows in the wind as he streaks by. This pup has endless energy, is super friendly, and aims to please. They love to play fetch or engage in any physical activity.

That being said, this is not the best pet if you live in an apartment. They need a considerable amount of daily exercise plus mental stimulation. The Duck Toller is an intelligent, friendly, and affection pooch, with floppy ears that will melt your heart.

Yet another hunting dog, this cute boy is great with kids, outgoing, and very alert. They are at their best if you give them something to do, as well. Always eager to please, the Toller is typically easy to train. They will get along with other dogs if trained early, and they have what is called the “Toller scream” which is a high pitched bark when this pooch is excited. Be advised, this pup will look at cats and other small animals as an opportunity for a chase.

4. Irish Terrier

Irish Terrier

Our next pooch is the only terrier in the family to have the distinction of red fur. This small to medium-sized pooch has short, coarse fur, and a proud and distinguished appearance. This little furball has attitude in abundance, although he makes a great family dog as he is affectionate, playful, and good with kids.

One thing this pup is not a fan of is other dogs. He has a fearless attitude that is great to behold, and his intelligence makes him a quick study for training. The Irish Terrier is very territorial, loves to chase smaller things (*cough* cats), and has an independent streak that can test the boundaries of commands.

Although they are very active and love to play, this breed should be supervised when playing with children. They also don’t do well with extended periods alone. Beyond that, this pup likes to be part of the family to the point of being nosey when he feels it’s necessary. They can grow up to 18 inches from shoulder height and weigh up to 27 pounds.

5. Redbone Coonhound

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This next red coat wearer is a lanky, larger size breed that is friendly, laid back, and eager to please. Although he loves a great outdoor adventure, this pup does better with long lazy days in a comfortable spot by your side. Very mellow and reserved, this is a lower-maintenance four-legged friend to have.

Getting up to 27 inches tall and 70 pounds, this is not considered a lap dog, although, he may think he is at times. Also, though he likes to laze about, he will still require daily exercise. He is very friendly, loyal, and loving. What’s more, he is agile, great with kids, yet he can follow his nose into trouble, so a leash is always a good idea.

The Redbone has a short, beautiful coat that is soft like velvet. They are a muscular breed that almost looks sculpted. A great family and companion pooch, they retain their puppy exuberance long into adulthood. Even though they are intelligent, it can take them longer to train. Interestingly, they tend to make new canine friends quickly.

6. Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter

There is no shortage of cuteness with this red and white pooch. In the medium size range, this longer furred pup is part of the sporting family and can weigh up to 70 pounds. This little bulldozer is energetic, courageous, and high spirited.

The setter is a friendly pet who can go still as a statue when in the sight of their prey. This pooch is very athletic and requires a lot of activity. If left to their own devices, they can get into mischief. Also, although needing their fair share of exercise, they do not do well with high impact activities like jogging due to joint pain.

This intelligent breed does well with short interesting training periods, and they love positive reinforcement. That being said, their high spirits requires a firm, yet gentle hand. The setter is a good family dog if there will be a lot of activity, but he is at his best as a companion to one person.

7. Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel

The Welsh Springer Spaniel is our next pooch that is another adorable furball. Friendly and intelligent, this breed is very loyal, affectionate, and can be stubborn at times. They can be as tall as 19 inches and weigh up to 70 pounds.

Not particularly fond of cats, this pup is great with kids, playful, and happy. They love long walks, plus lots of daily exercise. Unfortunately, this pooch tends to gain weight if they are not getting the activity they need.

This fun pooch in an occasional barker who can be let off the leash to run and frolic, as they are not prone to run away. The Spaniel’s coat is long, soft, and shiny, but they do shed often. Grooming is required to keep them looking their best. They are also very intelligent, and they learn quickly during training.

8. Canadian Eskimo Dog

This larger breed closely resembles a bushy wolf. Unlike their wild look-a-likes, though, they are very affectionate, loyal, and friendly. They have a thick and soft coat that is very warm. This pup is very playful and energetic, but doesn’t do well in warmer climates because of their warm fur.

Very intelligent and alert, the Eskimo dog is wary of strangers and does better with a big fenced-in yard to play and run. Although they require daily exercise, they can also be rambunctious in the home; hence the big yard or they will chew and dig. This pup is also friendly and playful with children, plus they are full of bravery and courage.

This breed can weigh up to 88 pounds and stand 29 inches. They are fiercely loyal, yet they are not friendly with other dogs outside their pack. What’s more, they will bark and howl when the mood strikes. Sadly, this pooch has been on the endangered list and came close to extinction in the 1960s. They are now making a comeback, however.

9. Australian Shepherd

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The Australian Shepherd is a large size breed with a warm, fluffy multi-colored coat. This high energy pup is a herding dog that loves to run, chase, and well…herd. They are very friendly, loving, and loyal to their family.

This pup is very obedient and a quick study when it comes to training. They are good with children but will require their fair share of daily exercise. The Aussie is an intelligent and devoted dog, yet not a fan of strangers or other canines. They are also not great with smaller animals such as cats unless, of course, you feel your feline needs constant herding.

The playful pooch is better suited for outside life and can be destructive if they are left to their own devices. The Aussie loves a challenge and can get as big as 24 inches tall and weigh 70 pounds. They also make excellent guard dogs and come from the working dog family.

10. St. Bernard

St. Bernard

If you have never seen the movie Beethoven, you are missing out on a great depiction of this furball. The St. Bernard is an extra-large breed that is full of muscle and energy. On the other hand, they are also very loveable, affectionate, and gentle.

This pup has two different coat lengths between medium and long, both of which are soft and thick. Before hitting the big screen, this dog was known for finding lost people in the snow due to their sixth sense-like abilities; not to mention their loyalty.

The St. Bernard, although energetic, is typically slow-moving and obedient. They make great family dogs and are exceptionally good with children. You can also train them easily due to their high intelligence. That being said, training early is imperative if for no other reason than their size. An overexcited pup of this size can easily knock down a grown adult.

The St. Bernard can grow to 27.5 inches tall (from shoulder) and weigh a whopping 180 pounds. In fact, one particular pup by the name of Major F was measured at 8 feet and 6 inches in length; the biggest dog on record.

11. Bullmastiff

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Up next, we have another gentle giant. This red-hued pooch is known for his intelligence, gentleness, and lovability. As one of the largest breeds, this pup is used in therapy work, tracking, and agility sports. They are very obedient, friendly, and good with kids.

The Bullmastiff is calm, even-tempered, and affectionate, yet they are also strong and fearless. They are easy to train but require a strong leader to enforce and be consistent with the rules. This large dog is also good with other dogs and cats if they are socialized at an early age.

This happy pooch requires daily exercise and mental stimulation. They have short fur that is soft, yet it has thicker individual strands, making it harder to remove from fabric and furniture. Fiercely loyal, the Bull also tends to slobber, snore, and drool…in the most adorable way, of course.

12. Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier is a pup that has a red coat but can also be a variety of different colors. Their most famous family member is gray and better known as Toto from The Wizard of Oz. This little bundle of energy is ready to play, work, or do anything fun.

Originally bred in Scotland to rid farms of small rodents, this friendly pooch has an arsenal of antics to make you laugh. They are good with children, affectionate, but also have a very independent nature. This can make training harder, yet a strong hand typically turns them in the right direction.

The Cairn (meaning rock) has medium to short fur that is soft underneath and course and weather-resistant on top. This little digger loves time outside and should get regular exercise. Vigilance is required, though, as they will chase a small animal and potentially get lost. Beyond that, they are super intelligent and bold.

13. Basenji

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Our last red dog breed on the list is the tiny Basenji African hunting dog. This cute little fellow is elegant, proud, and poised. He has short soft fur, and he was originally bred to point at pray and drive it into nets or traps. Although they can be somewhat stuck-up and aloof, they are loyal to a fault.

This breed is independent by nature, although, they will eventually create a solid bond with their owner. Once that happens, the Basenji is affectionate, friendly, eager to please, and playful. Naturally curious, this pup is good with children, but they are more tolerant versus willing to have their ears pulled.

Also known as the barkless dog, this pooch is typically very quiet. When excited, though, he will make an odd yodeling noise that is startling if unexpected. As a very intelligent pup, he is easily trained with a firm hand. He also requires chew toys to keep him from nibbling on furniture, and daily exercise is recommended.

This is another dog that will get fat and lazy if they are not provided with proper exercise. Interestingly, though, they like to climb. Only growing to about 17 inches tall and 24 pounds, the Basenji is happiest when kept with other Basenjis, but he is not a friend of the feline.

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Each of these dogs was picked because of the pure redness of its coat. Dog fur comes in four shades: black, brown, white, or red. As the least common color, some pups described as having a reddish coat can be closer to tan and golden. Beyond that, there are many multi-colored coats that only have small specks of red, and are mostly black or white.  Red can also be described as golden, orange, cinnamon, and many other variations.

For that reason, we did our best to keep our list to the truest red that could be found. Although there are many other pups that proudly sport this color, at least in part, we wanted to give you those that are undeniably red-heads.

We hope you have enjoyed this list of canines with red fur and coats. These beautiful animals come in many sizes, breeds, personalities, and temperaments. What they all have in common, though, is the uncommon fur color that gives them an irresistible glow.

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