12 Large Red Dog Breeds

12 Large Red Dog Breeds

Last Updated: August 18, 2023

In this article you will know the answer to the query “12 Large Red Dog Breeds“.

Here is a list of twelve large breeds of dogs with red coats that I have compiled. 

Here we have listed only breeds with solid red coats that are impressive for their size and are solid red in color.

12 Large Red Dog Breeds

I have listed the Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever as the shortest dog on my list standing only 21 inches tall (55 cm).

Despite its long name it is the smallest!

Scottish Deerhounds are the tallest breed with an average height of 32 inches (80 cm). 

Bloodhounds and Dogues De Bordeaux are the biggest dogs based on weight. 

How are red coats made?

There are only two pigments that determine the color of a dogs coat.

Regardless of the breed that goes for all dogs. 

It is black and varies in shades from jet black to blue-grey.

Eumelanin is the pigment responsible for this color. 

There is also a red pigment that ranges from dark mahogany to a paler gold.

Pheomelanin is the name of this pigment. 

Genes determine the shade of each pigment appearing on each coat the pattern of color created and even whether the pigment appears on the coat at all.

Immediately upon mentioning genes you knew things were going to get complicated!

Therefore all the dogs in my list have coats that are solely pigmented by pheomelanin.

A coats shade of red is dictated by the intensity of the pigment which differs from gene to gene. 

Let me tell you about my breeds now that we have done that. 

1. Redbone Coonhound

Donot be fooled by his floppy ears even temper and perfect puppy eyes. A powerful hunting dog the Redbone Coonhound is known for its short dense coat. Often white markings can be seen on the crest of these beautiful mahogany red hounds.

The average adult male weighs between 45 and 70 pounds and measures 27 inches in height.

It was originally bred for large game hunting even in marshes in the Southern United States. This is why the feet are webbed and the build is beautifully sculpted. They excel despite rocky terrain since they’re agile and fast.

These mighty hunters may be fierce on the trail but they are devoted and loyal to their families. The pup will stay out of mischief and be super content if you give him vigorous exercise followed by a long nap.

2. Irish Setter

Beautiful Irish Setters come in a wide range of colors from mahogany to chestnut which makes them versatile hunting dogs. An adult male can reach a height of 27 inches when he weighs 70 pounds. They make great family dogs and ferocious hunting dogs alike as they have floppy ears and doe eyes. As their coats are medium length and straight they do not require tons of grooming so they would not shed all over the house. Just make sure you do a quick grooming session every day.

If you want to keep your pup happy you’ll need to make sure it gets plenty of exercises and plenty of space. You may find your highly intelligent pup getting up to mischief and clowning around if you do not act fast. This species has the metabolism of a teenager so be sure to stock up on food.

Since 1870 when the sport began Irish Setters have always been popular at dog shows. The Irish Setter dog featured in the same-named novel by Kjelgaard was Big Red. The president of the United States had a dog named King Timahoe after his ancestral town in Ireland.

3. Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is the third hunting dog on our list tracing its origins back to the ancient hunting dogs of the KhoiKhoi in Southern Africa. They are smart loyal dogs that make great family companions. They have short wheaten coats that range from light tan to dark red – all the colors you’ll see in a wheat field. Their coats do not shed much so a weekly brush will keep them in good shape.

An adult male weighs 85 pounds and stands 26 inches tall. Many celebrities own members of this breed including Blake Griffin and Patrick Swayze.

Active and playful these pups are kids at heart. Especially when they can snare some human food from the counter they never say no to a treat. Running is also a favorite pastime for them as well as being extremely intelligent. Its no wonder they dominate competitions.

4. Azawakh

In the Sahara Desert the Azawakh comes from a valley called Azawakh. They come in a wide range of colors from red sand and fawn to brindled blue brown and even black. Since they have exceptional loyalty and even-tempered temperament they are often used as guardians and as sighthounds.

Males generally weigh between 44 and 55 pounds and stand between 25 and 29 inches tall.

While their architecture and ultrafine coat make them seem perfectly suited for a sultans palace Azawakhs were bred to hunt gazelles in the inhospitable Saharan plains. Exercise isnot something they can do alone since they are social animals. Lets say you choose this magnificent pup to be your companion. Your furkid needs plenty of daily exercises and intelligent play in that case.

5. Pharaoh Hound

Pharaoh Hounds who are descendants of Bronze Age hunting dogs smile and blush when they are happy. Throughout history their tan coats and amber eyes have captured the hearts of many. A face like that and ears like that make it no wonder.

Dogs like to exercise vigorously and are free-spirited. Leaving your Pharaoh Hound unattended in an unenclosed area could lead to its death. All Pharaoh Hounds take off when given the opportunity. The ancient hunter instinct comes through. You should think carefully before adding one of these to your family because they may even attack smaller household pets due to their instincts.

The average adult male stands 24 inches tall and weighs 45 – 55 pounds. The tight short-haired coats of these cats do not require a lot of maintenance – just a light brushing every day should suffice.

6. Vizsla

The Vizsla also known as the Hungarian Pointer is an excellent hunting dog and family companion. These social sensitive dogs enjoy being praised and dislike being alone. As they are medium-sized (23 inches 55 – 60 pounds) they will not cause too much damage to your house.

It was bred for puppies to spend a lot of time outdoors and is highly intelligent. When not properly stimulated physically and mentally 

There will be all kinds of trouble for them. In order to keep them manageable Vizslas require ample training from a very young age. 

A sleek rust-gold coat does not require much grooming. The only thing they shed a lot is hair so a weekly brush usually solves the problem.

7. Dogue de Bordeaux

A Mastiff can go by many names – Bordeaux Mastiff French Mastiff and Bordeuxdog to name a few. It is one of the oldest dog breeds in France. I love their wrinkled faces and their drooping jowls make me slobber all over them. Dogs like these make great guard dogs.

With a height of 23 inches and a weight of 110 pounds the Bordeaux Mastiff is a medium-sized dog. Despite its size the Bordeauxdog can move with lightning speed when needed. They shed a lot because of their short fawn-colored coats. It is also necessary to wipe down all those wrinkles on your face every week.

To protect their growing bone structure Bordeaux puppies should take things easy. On the other hand adult Bordeauxdogs make great working dogs and are able to pull carts as well. Make sure he gets moderate exercise if you do not put him to work.

8. Irish Water Spaniel

Aside from being the largest and oldest breed of Spaniel Irish Water Spaniels are also the oldest. Playful and hardworking these dogs are medium in size (23 inches) and relatively light in weight weighing 55-68 pounds on average. These rats are easily identifiable by their liver-colored crisply curled coats and curled rat tails. Irish Water Spaniels are ideal pets for allergy sufferers because their coat is waterproof and hypoallergenic.

They require lots of exercises to remain physically and mentally healthy since they were bred as working dogs. He will be calm and content in the house at night if you give him enough exercise during the day.

9. Bloodhound

A Bloodhound is the canine equivalent of Sherlock Holmes. Bloodhounds were bred for hunting deer and tracking people. Friendly and curious these dogs are large weighing 90-110 pounds and measuring 25-27 inches in height. There are a variety of coat colors available for solemn hounds such as black and tan red and tan and liver and tan.

Despite being firebrands on the trail these inquisitive sleuths enjoy the company of other dogs and children at home. Its hard not to give them extra treats and cuddles when they have droopy eyes and floppy ears. The short dense coats of bloodhounds tend to shed a lot and they drool a lot. Bathing and grooming are important on a weekly basis as well as maintaining good oral hygiene.

Despite their docile nature this sleuth was bred to endure punishing terrain for long periods of time. It is for this reason that they must exercise every day.

10. Boxer

Known for their bright-eyed playfulness these German dogs are bred to chase wild game. A Boxer is a courageous watchdog and a family guardian an ideal pet for families with children. A well-meaning boisterous puppy could easily overwhelm a tiny child if it is too small.

A variety of colors are available for boxers such as fawn brindle and white. Boxers may or may not have white markings. The average adult male measures 23-25 inches and weighs 60-85 pounds.

A boxer needs a lot of exercises but he must always be leashed or in a properly contained area. Dogs like to chase so when they see freedom they’ll bolt. These fun-loving athletes do not shed much so grooming them isnot hard. Besides a weekly rubdown a bath every now and then would do the trick. 

11. Scottish Deerhound

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Scottish Deerhounds are one of the largest dog breeds around and are also known as “Royal Dogs of Scotland”. The average adult male stands 30 to 32 inches tall weighs 85 to 110 pounds.

Originally bred to track large deer in rough terrain deerhounds need a lot of exercises. However they enjoy kicking back on the couch. They do not enjoy exercising alone but an energetic companion dog or positive coercion will encourage them. A daily walk around the block on a leash isnot enough for this gentle giant.

A deerhound can be a mixture of colors including brindle fawn red fawn blue grey and yellow. Blue-gray coats are preferred by most breeders. A weekly brushing and occasional bath are all they need to maintain their harsh wiry coats.

12. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The smallest breed of retriever the medium-sized gundog is often mistaken for a small Golden Retriever. We shortened their name to “Tollers” because it is a mouthful.

The toller is an intelligent adorable and outgoing animal. With the exception of white markings the red coats of these athletes range from golden red to dark copper. During the shedding season you may need to brush more often than once a week. When the seasons change tollers shed a lot.

The average adult male measures 18-21 inches tall and weighs 35-50 pounds. Loyal and loving they enjoy agility and field sports such as scents work and need lots of exercise. Since they were bred to play fetch they love to play it as well. If you do not believe it just ask Ryan Reynolds.

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