15 Popular Brown Dog Breeds

Labrador Retriever

America’s most popular dog breed is best known for having a stellar work ethic, and these pups are often employed as retrievers for hunters, guide dogs, and search-and-rescue dogs.


The Newfoundland is truly a gentle giant of a dog, though this big, strong breed was originally bred by Canadian fisherman to pull nets and haul wood.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Affectionally known as Chessies, this breed was born when a Newfoundland was crossed with a retriever, creating a breed that excelled at duck retrieving in the Chesapeake Bay (hence the name).

Chow Chow

With roots in ancient China, the dignified Chow Chow is best known for the mane-like ruff of fur around its head and shoulders, which is often a reddish-brown color.


With their pointed snouts, floppy ears, and trademark long and low-slung bodies, Dachshunds are one of the most recognizable dog breeds out there.

Lagotto Romagnolo

The Lagotto Romagnolo is best known as Italy's truffle hunting dog whose well-trained nose can root out truffles.

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is one of the best all-purpose working dogs and, as the name implies, this breed originated in the late 1800s in Germany by crossing various herding breeds.


Vizslas were originally bred by Magyar warriors with agility and stamina in mind, so these reddish-brown pups are nothing if not athletic.


Around since ancient times and established in Western Europe about a thousand years ago, the Bloodhound is an inquisitive, independent dog with a very distinct trait: its long, floppy ears.