7 Dog Breeds With Black Muzzles

7 Dog Breeds With Black Muzzles

Last Updated: August 18, 2023

In this article you will know the answer to the query “7 Dog Breeds With Black Muzzles“.

John D. Rockefeller imported Bullmastiffs into the United States for the purpose of protecting his countrys estate?

Among the best dogs to adopt are those with black muzzles which is why celebrities love to keep them.

7 Dog Breeds With Black Muzzles

Marlon Brando Tom Hanks Sylvester Stallone Jon Bon Jovi and Bob Dylan are some of the famous people who own or have owned black muzzled dogs.

It is thought that Rin Tin Tin a World War I rescue dog who went on to star in 26 films is the most famous black muzzled dog. Rin Tin Tin and German Shepherds will be discussed in more detail but lets start by looking at some of the most common questions people have about black muzzled dogs.

Why Do Some Dogs have a Black Muzzle?

There are several dog breeds (but not all of them) that have a black muzzle also called a melanistic mask. It is possible for dogs with a red brindle yellow fawn or tan coat to inherit the melanistic mask without doing a deep dive; their natural coat color coupled with the inherited gene results in this mask. In some breeds the black muzzle is always present so dogs of these breeds will always have it. 

Which Breeds can have the Melanistic Mask?

Afghan Akita Bullmastiff Boxer German Shepherd Great Dane Greyhound Keeshond Leonberger Mastiff Pekingese Pug Rhodesian Ridgeback Sloughi Tibetan Spaniel and Whippet are some of the breeds that can have or always have black muzzles.

Are Dogs with Black Muzzles Aggressive?

Black muzzled dogs are commonly believed to be more aggressive. This cannot be further from the truth! According to research large black dogs specifically Television and film portray those with just a black muzzle as more aggressive which may be the origin of this misconception.. 

The short answer is that black muzzles do not affect dogs’ behavior or temperament and all the breeds mentioned below are some of the best breeds you can adopt.

Lets take a look at some small tan dog with black muzzle in no particular order.

7 Dog Breeds with Black Muzzles

Following are the 7 dogs with black muzzles.

1. Black Mouth Cur

Black Mouth Cur Dog BreedOne of the most well-known breeds with black muzzles (since even the breed name mentions it).

A black mouth curs have always had a melanistic mask and is well known for it. They wear black masks that cover their mouth including their nose and go up to their eyes.

Breeders describe this breed as courageous fearless strong and energetic. Their versatility makes them capable of guarding a home (and the family) herding livestock and hunting.

They’re actually one of the most popular hunting dogs. These dogs are intelligent energetic and require vigorous exercise every day just like most other hunting dogs.

Therefore they are not recommended for new dog owners or for people who can not handle their demanding routine.

In spite of their physicality they’re fantastic with kids and the family. As soon as they sense that their family is in danger they do everything in their power to stop it and not stop until it is neutralized. In any case children must be monitored with them. It is not uncommon for these dogs to play rough without realizing it when they are extremely strong.

Interesting trivia

Children infected with Black Mouth Curs are extremely protective of their parents even trying to aggressively prevent parents from disciplining their children! Therefore it is the perfect breed to have if you are looking to safeguard your children while you are away.

2. Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff Dog BreedIt is a cross between the Mastiff and Bulldog breeds as its name suggests. Poachers were initially deterred from poaching by them in England.

These are the brown dog breeds with black snouts always present in this breed. Their black muzzles are almost identical to those of their mastiff cousins covering their chin mouth nose and eyes.

Bullmastiffs are also extremely protective of their families and extremely caring of their children like Black Mouth Curs. Your family will be well protected by them.

Their playful nature makes them one of the most fun breeds to have around the house both for kids and adults. When they’re around children they should still be supervised since they are one of the larger breeds and can accidentally step on them or knock them over.

Though they are extremely playful and large they do not have a high energy level. As a result they’re perfect for busy dog parents who cannot dedicate time to daily marathons with their dogs.

Interesting trivia

While Bullmastiffs are remarkably loving and affectionate towards family members they are also very territorial.

As opposed to other dog breeds if a dog feels threatened by someone invading their territory they will not bark instead they will position themselves silently and take the intruder down.

Because they blend in with the darkness of night Brindle Bullmastiffs are very popular.

3. Pug

Pug Dog BreedThe pug is known as the “clown of the canine world”. Due to their size and mischievous nature they are described as the “little clowns”.

These are also the dog breeds with black masks always present in this breeds mouth.

Pugs are among the most popular breeds. This is probably due to their ancient heritage.

The Chinese Emperors brought them to Holland and the House of Orange and the House of Stuart adopted them.

During the 19th century Queen Victoria also developed a fondness for them which she passed on to her descendants.

In addition to being very playful they’re also a lot of fun to have around. They’re also small enough for children to play with them as well. Those looking for guard dogs will have to look elsewhere. 

Interesting trivia

One of the oldest breeds of dog pugs is thought to have originated around 400BC. In addition to European royal families they have spent time with Chinese royalty. Since they are royalty they are extremely charming and lovable.

4. German Shepherd

German Shepherd Dog BreedGerman Shepherds are one of the most popular and versatile breeds in the United States.

In addition to having black muzzles German Shepherds also have black coats.

Due to their intelligence and trainability German Shepherds are one of the most versatile dogs.

Almost every type of task can be accomplished by them including (but not limited to) work as service dogs as herders as assistance dogs as search-and-rescue dogs as police and military dogs or even as actors.

Look no further than a German Shepherd if you want a multi-purpose dog.

Although they are relatively high-energy dogs and not the most novice-friendly ones they are extremely loyal intelligent and trainable.

These dogs will make the effort worth it if you’re willing to put in the work. 

Interesting trivia

Are you familiar with Rin Tin Tin? Rin Tin Tin was the first canine movie star.

When he was a puppy Rin Tin Tin was found in a destroyed kennel by Lee Duncan an American serviceman in World War I.

He later starred in Rin Tin Tin in his films after bringing him to California. We recommend this book if you want to learn more about him!

5. Keeshond

Keeshond Dog BreedA Keeshond dog (pronounced KAYZ-hawnd) is known for its exotic look and many layers of fur. In addition to the black muzzle their faces look like foxes.

As Dutch barge dogs they were originally used to guard barges in Holland (hence their name). Today they are almost exclusively companion dogs.

With their melanistic masks they appear to be wearing spectacles around their eyes an endearing quality that makes them very popular and loved.

Besides being intelligent and highly trainable they are also obedient. This makes them one of the easiest dog breeds to train. Although they’re relatively low energy they do not become complete couch potatoes so they need some light exercise every day.

The dogs are generally happy and if you just take time to spend quality time with them on a daily basis they will also strive to make you happy.

Interesting trivia

Due to their loving and affectionate nature Keeshonds make excellent therapy dogs and nursing home visitors. People enjoy interacting with them and they love to be lap dogs (even though its not possible due to their size).

6. Leonberger

Leonberger Dog BreedDogs that resemble lions were bred to create Leonbergers. They are known to be graceful and aristocratic just like lions. Dogs with melanistic masks usually wear them all over their faces and necks. 

Leonbergers are perhaps the most trainable breed of all the dogs on this list. The reason for this is that for them to grow up well its very important to train them well.

In full growth Leonbergers are stronger than most dog owners and can outweigh them as well.

Puppies are known to be rather stubborn if they’re not properly trained so if you want them to follow you instead of the other way around invest time in training them while they’re young.

It is necessary to exercise Leonbergers daily but not an excessive amount only 20 minutes will suffice to keep them happy and healthy. You’ll fall in love with them even more if you spend a lot of time with them.

Interesting trivia

The breed was on the verge of extinction during World War 1. Only 25 Leonbergers remain in the world and only five of them are breeding quality. Thank goodness these did not go extinct! There will be more of them in the future.

7. Pekingese

Pekingese Dog BreedOn this list the Pekingese is the second dog breed that can be traced all the way back to Chinese royalty (the other being the Pug). They used to be worn in the sleeves of Chinese royal family members and used as mini guard dogs.

In todays article we’re only covering dogs that do not have a black mask all the time. You would not have to avoid this breed if you were reading thus far to find out what dog breeds to avoid!

The diva walk is perhaps their most distinctive characteristic. There is a certain style of walking that they are known for that is sometimes sought after. They do very well in dog shows because of their diva personalities appearances and walking style. Maybe this is the dog you’re looking for if you want to win prizes for yourself.

Interesting trivia

Breeders bred Pekingese to resemble Chinese guard dogs known as Foo Dogs in ancient times. In the past only royalty could own a Pekingese dog and ownership of one was punishable by death for commoners. Now that penalty no longer applies you can feel like the Chinese royalty of yesteryear by owning one!


We covered 7 of the most popular dog breeds today from celebrities to Chinese royals. A black mask also called a melanistic mask was the focus of our research. In summary here are some of the interesting tidbits we discussed:

  1. You can not go wrong with a German Shepherd if you want an intelligent dog who can do it all. These dogs have been used for everything from law enforcement to the army to disability support to drug detection to rescue missions and more.
  2. Are you looking for a mischievous clown who can keep your kids entertained all day long? Introducing Pugs!
  3. Puggles and Pekingese breeds are also descended from Chinese royalty. The pug breed is known to have been associated with British and Dutch royalty.
  4. The misconception that dogs with black muzzles are more aggressive was also discussed. This is merely an urban legend. Our discussion has not covered any aggressive breeds. Dogs like these are some of the best breeds out there.

I’m done for today. Thanks for reading. Please let us know if theres a topic you would like us to cover! Thanks and until next time.

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