11 Large Black And Tan Dogs

In this research you will know the answer to the query “11 Large Black And Tan Dogs“.

You probably think of big dog breeds when you think of classic black and tan dogs.

Dobermans and Rottweilers are at the top of my list of the most obvious choices.

I hope you will enjoy learning more about the other smaller dog breeds that have black and tan coats. 

How is a black and tan dog coat created?

One or two pigments or melanins are responsible for the color of a dogs coat. 

Eumelanin is the first and phaeomelanin is the second. 

The black pigment eumelanin and the red pigment phaeomelanin are pigments.

Isnot it strange that all dog coats are not black and red?

Each of these pigments is controlled by genes which determine whether it appears on a dogs coat at all or how dark and light it is.

A coat may appear black brown or blue depending on the amount of eumelanin present.

The phenomenon pigment appears as a deep red or as gold and yellow pigment.

Thus all the black and tan in a dogs coat comes from eumelanin and none is derived from phaeomelanin. 

The problem is complex so if you are interested you should take a look at this site. 

I’ll start my list of breeds now that the complicated stuff is out of the way.

Lastly I have a black and tan rock star the Doberman. 

1. Doberman Pinscher

Dobies are known as ferocious dogs which makes them perfect pets for protection since they appear far more fearsome than they actually are. The Doberman belongs to the working dog group and they are also used for police work. However modern breeding has tamed their aggressive streaks so they are becoming more affectionate pets. Perhaps not the best for kids but good for families.

Although there are many variations of the Dobermans coat its typically black and tan. Black parts of their coats can have a bluish sheen and tan hair can be more reddish than tan. Dogs usually have a shiny black coat on the back and a tan patch on the muzzle and abdomen.

These males grow up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) tall and weigh up to 80 pounds (36 kilograms). Females are smaller weighing around 60 pounds (28 kg) and measuring between 24 and 26 inches tall.

2. Rottweiler

The history of Rottweilers is long and impressive. When the Roman legions conquered their ancestors marched with them but not as soldiers they were in charge of the herds that fed the legions. As working dogs they took their name from the German city of Rottweil where they began guarding cattle and butchers’ meat carts. The Rottweiler has a long history so its not surprising that they’re strong muscular dogs and their black and tan coats make them even more attractive.

Rottweilers’ shoulder heights range from 24 to 27 inches (61 to 69 cm) while their female counterparts measure 22 to 25 inches (56 to 63 cm). As an adult Rottweiler weighs up to 110–132 lbs (50-60kg) and 77–106 lbs (35-48kg) your pet Rottweiler will eat quite a bit.

Rottweilers are often made out to be vicious dogs in the media such as the ferocious dog in the Omen series. Their perceived viciousness however is often the result of irresponsible breeding and improper training. A Rottweiler can be obedient and even playful if it receives firm training and early socialization according to the AKC. 

3. German Shepherd

Known as the ultimate large black and tan dog the German Shepherd is one of the most popular breeds. German Shepherds are typically 24 – 26 inches tall and weigh around 66 – 88 pounds (30 – 40 kilograms). Males grow up to 22 – 24 in (55 – 60 cm) tall and weigh 49 – 71 lb (22 – 32 kg). German Shepherds are not fooled by their massive frame or fierce appearance they are loyal and protective of their owners. Intruders should not worry about them because they’re very smart and curious pets who will jump on any intruder they hear outside late at night.

In addition to having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame a German Shepherd named Strongheart is considered the first canine movie star.

4. Black and Tan Coonhound

Despite their size and energy you do not think that Coonhounds are the fierce hunting dogs that they are. They seem so sweet probably due to their drooping ears something that is rare for such a large dog. Among the six types of hounds with roots in the Ozarks and Smokies the Black and Tan Coonhound is the most recognizable.

An average Black and Tan Coonhound weighs about 50-75 lb (23-34 kg) and stands between 21 and 27 inches (53 to 69 cm) tall. Women are a bit smaller standing 21-24 in (53-61 cm) tall and weighing 40-65 lb (18-29 kg).

They require a great deal of exercise as hunting dogs. As long as you’re not going hunting with them they’ll make great companions for jogging or hiking.

5. Beauceron

The Beauceron is a hardworking brave dog that is surprisingly obedient. An excellent guardian this type of dog protects those who are weak and defenseless.

There are some Beaucerons whose hair is in two colors all over their body which gives them a very interesting appearance. They most often have perfectly black coats with patches of tan on their necks and legs.

The females are almost as tall as the males growing to 24 – 26.5 inches (61-67 cm). A male Beauceron weighs between 70-110 pounds (31-50kg) while a female is slightly smaller.

The AKC states that Beauceron dogs were first bred in France as shepherd dogs in the rural areas south of Paris. Although they are excellent herding dogs there is little demand for them today so they are now companion guarding and rescue dogs.

6. Tibetan Mastiff

Easily recognizable by their large thick coats Tibetan Mastiffs come in a variety of colors. In addition to their classic black and tan coats some have light brown coats that make them look more like lions than dogs. In Tibet where these dogs came from they were bred to guard herds as well as patrol palace grounds.

Many would-be is hesitant to enter a property guarded by Tibetan Mastiffs due to their impressive stature. In addition to the adorable puppies adult males grow to be extremely large standing at least 26 in (66 cm) at their shoulders and weighing 90 to 150 lbs (40 – 68 kg). The females are about 24 in (60 cm) tall and weigh between 70 and 120 pounds (31-55kg).

Tibetan Mastiffs are considered excellent character judges so you should trust their instincts if they dislike someone.

7. Bloodhound

When they are tan with black patches on their muzzle and ears bloodhounds seem very judgemental. It is important not to judge them by their appearance. Apart from being stubborn and needing good obedience training they’re gentle and affectionate with humans. The wrinkled skin on their necks serves a purpose – they catch stray scent particles as Bloodhounds are excellent scenting dogs and can follow a trail for days.

Belgian hounds descend from those that guarded the grounds of Saint-Hubert Abbey which is why they are still known as ‘Chien de Saint-Hubert’ in French. Although bloodhounds used to come in a variety of colors centuries ago todays dogs are mostly black and tan due to modern breeding techniques.

Females grow up to 23 -26 in (58 -66 cm) in height and weigh 88 -106 lb (40 -48kg) while males grow up to 25 – 28 in (64-72 cm) in height and weigh 101-119 lb (46-54 kg).

8. Gordon Setter

‘Brains beauty and birds sense’ is a phrase frequently used to describe Gordon setters. As a non-hunter you would not have many opportunities to test their hunting instincts but Gordon Setter owners will tell you that the dogs possess both brains and beauty.

If they need to work they will but otherwise they’re very playful dogs. In addition they are very protective making them an excellent choice for a family with young children.

You should be aware that these black and tan beauties grow quite big. An adult male can reach a height of 24 to 27 inches (61 to 69 cm) while an adult female can reach 23 to 26 inches (58 to 66 cm). An adult male weighs 55 – 80 pounds (25 – 36 kilograms) and a female weighs 45 – 70 pounds (20 – 32 kilograms).

9. Bullmastiff

These dogs look like a cross between Bulldogs and Mastiffs so they are ideal as protection dogs. Dogs of this species have a tan or fawn coat and many have black markings especially on their heads and legs. Bullmastiffs are excellent family guardians. Despite its intimidating appearance it has a gentle heart and is very affectionate towards family members. However it is less affectionate towards strangers. In order to avoid your Bullmastiff jumping up and pinning a new visitor to the ground make sure to introduce the visitor to your pet properly.

Adult males stand 25–27 inches (64–69 cm) tall and weigh 110–130 pounds (50–59 kg). Bullmastiff females grow up to 26 inches (61 cm) in height and weigh 100 to 120 pounds (45 to 54 kg).

10. Hovawart

Having something to do is the thing a Hovawart dog loves most. This breed of dog is very active and alert so he needs a task to keep him busy; he will guard your house with a passion. The deep-throat barking of a Hovawart as well as its general appearance will send an intruder running. Hobarts can have a black or blond coat but the most common color is black and tan.

At the withers male Hovawarts reach a height of 25 – 29 inches (63 – 73 cm) while females range from 23 – 26 inches (58 – 65 cm). As a general rule female Hovawarts are smaller than males and weigh between 66 -110 lb (30 – 50 kg).

 11. Otterhound

 Otterhounds are somewhat difficult to find. You would be extremely lucky if you were able to acquire one because it is one of the worlds most endangered dog breeds. The breed is of British origin originally developed to hunt otters a sport he was so good at that he almost wiped out the otter population in England.

Otterhounds measure approximately 27 inches (68 cm) tall and weigh about 115 pounds (52 kg). A female grows up to 24 inches (61 cm) tall and weighs about 80 pounds (36 kg).

Its an independent breed but with a little training you’ll have a great guard dog and a playful child companion. Otterhounds can have a completely black coat but they are more commonly tan and black with medium-length wavy hair.

If you want to read more about dog breeds read here: Dog Breeds Updates.

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