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All dog breeds are distinguished by their size, shape, and color. While it is true that every dog has their own beauty, some people find orange-colored dogs to be more stunning and elegant.
In canine terms, orange fur is called red, gold, ginger, or yellow. Their fur may also come in different shades of orange – from light, peachy-orange to a deep, rusty color.
For this post, we listed the 21 orange dog breeds that may possibly be your next canine companion.
1. Australian Terrier
Small but full of personality, the Australian terrier is a lively dog with fun-loving nature.
Originally used to hunt down snakes and rodents, Australian Terriers are now popular as household pets, but they also make excellent dog sports competitors.
On average, this breed stands at 10 to 11 inches tall, with weight ranging from 14 to 16 pounds. Australian Terriers have a shaggy coat with a rough texture. Beneath it is a smooth undercoat. Aside from red, these dogs may also come in blue and sandy.
Australian Shepherds are minimal shedders which makes them easy to groom. Every week, they need to be brushed at least once and bathing should only be done when they get really dirty.
2. Basset Fauve de Bretagne
Hailing from France is a dog that is small yet very hardworking and sturdy.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne are quick-moving scent hounds that excel in hunting, but they’re also a great choice as household pets, even to homes with children and other pets.
These dogs are small to medium in size, with most dogs standing at around 12 to 15 inches at the shoulder, with weight ranging from 25 to 35 pounds.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne have thick, coarse, and wiry coats.
They are low-maintenance dogs, needing only weekly brushes to keep their hair clean and tidy. These ginger dogs come in various colors, including wheaten, red wheaten, and fawn.
3. Belgian Malinois
A dog known for being intelligent, agile, and hardworking, the Belgian Malinois is often used for police and military work.
Not a good choice for novice and first-time dog owners, these dogs need a high level of physical and mental stimulation.
Considered as a medium-sized breed, the Belgian Malinois has an average height of 22 to 28 inches, with weight ranging from 55 to 75 pounds.
The standard colors of Belgian Malinois are mahogany, red, red sable, fawn, and fawn sable, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). They also have black masks as their markings.
Despite not being full orange in color, Brittany is a dog with bright orange patches which makes them strikingly beautiful. Their bright, expressive eyes and big ears add to their incredible appearance.
On average, Brittanys stand at 17.5 to 20.5 inches, with weight ranging from 30 to 40 pounds.
Bred to be gundogs, Brittanys are highly energetic dogs that need plenty of exercise. They excel in various dog sports, including agility and dock diving. Moreover, they also make great buddies for hiking, hunting, and running.
A cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle, Cavapoos are known to be sweet, friendly, and easygoing dogs who will do well with all the members of the family, including children and elders.
Depending on what variety of Poodle is used, Cavapoos’ size will vary from small to medium. On average, this breed stands at 9 to 14 inches, with weight ranging from 7 to 26 pounds.
Cavapoos come in many different colors, including chestnut, black, white, tri-color, cream, phantom, apricot, sable, and red sable.
6. Chow Chow
A big dog with a teddy bear-like appearance, Chow Chows are dignified dogs with bright, golden-orange fur.
Provided that they are well-trained and socialized early, Chow Chows are obedient dogs who can be wary of strangers.
This breed weighs between 45 to 70 pounds, with height ranging from 17 to 20 inches.
Despite being big and muscular, Chow Chows do not require much exercise. They are mellow dogs who will be satisfied with daily walks.
7. Cocker Spaniel
Known for their cheerful personality, Cocker Spaniels are popular household companions who thrive in pleasing their owners.
They love to cuddle with their family on lazy days, but also enjoy playing with younger family members in the yard.
Male Cocker Spaniels stand at 15 inches, while females are slightly smaller at 14 inches. Both genders weigh around 24 to 28 pounds.
These dogs have thick, and sometimes wavy hair that may come in various colors, including black, brown, red, and light cream. They may also be parti-colored.
8. Dogue De Bordeaux (DdB)
Also known as the French Mastiff, this breed is gentle, loving, and affectionate to their family – a total opposite of their large and muscular look.
Despite being calm to their family, these dogs are vigilant and alert, and are not afraid to protect their family in case of dangerous situations.
On average, DdBs stand at 23 to 27 inches, with weight around 99 pounds. DdBs have short and soft coats that may appear in various colors, including fawn, rich red, and mahogany.
9. Galgo Espanol
Also known as the Spanish Greyhound, this breed is scarce outside Europe. Large, slender, and elegant, Galgo Espanols are most often confused with Greyhounds. Quick and agile, this breed is a great choice for active owners.
Galgo Espanol weighs around 50 to 60 pounds, with height ranging from 23.5 to 27.5 inches.
These dogs have smooth or wiry coats that come in a wide variety of colors, including red, black, white, cinnamon, golden, yellow, beige, and white with colored patches.
10. Golden Retriever
A popular family dog, Golden Retrievers are known for their soft and silky orange coat. While they can be athletic, Golden Retrievers are the happiest when spending time with their family.
Golden Retrievers have an average height of 21.5 to 24 inches, with weight ranging from 55 to 75 pounds. These dogs have dense double coats that shed heavily twice a year.
11. Irish Setter
One of the most striking ginger dog breeds, Irish Setters have shiny, deep-toned orange coats that make people turn their heads whenever these dogs walk at the park.
Aside from their impressive appearance, these dogs also make great family companions.
Male Irish Setters have an average height of 27 inches at the shoulder, while females are slightly short at 25 inches. Males weigh around 70 pounds, while females are lighter at 60 pounds.
A cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle, Labradoodles are affectionate, friendly, and excellent watch dogs.
While they do excel at being household pets, these dogs are extremely friendly which means that they should not be used as guard dogs.
On average, Labradoodles stand at 21 to 24 inches, with weight ranging from 45 to 65.
Aside from gold, Labradoodles may also be apricot, black, red, café, cream, caramel, chalk, chocolate, silver, parchment, and blue. Parti-colored coats are also common.
A huge dog with an equally huge personality, Leonbergers are patient, calm and affectionate dogs.
While they were bred to guard, these dogs are quite welcoming of strangers. They are intelligent, hardworking dogs who thrive when given a job to do.
Leonbergers stand at 25.5 to 31.5 inches, with weight around 90 to 170 pounds. Generally, these dogs have multi-colored coats that may be red, orange, black, brown, and tan.
14. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Strong and agile, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a dog breed that boasts a stunning white-and-orange coat, although the majority of their fur is orange.
They may be stubborn at first, so patience and consistency are needed when training these dogs.
These dogs are smaller than other retriever breeds, weighing about 35 to 50 pounds, with height ranging from 17 to 21 inches.
15. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Despite having short legs, Corgis are courageous, quick, athletic dogs who were originally bred to herd cattle. At home, they are alert dogs with a deep tone of voice that makes them excellent watchdogs.
On average, Corgis stand between 10 to 12 inches, with weight not exceeding 30 pounds.
Corgis have double coats that shed year-round, but more heavily twice a year. They come in various colors, including red, black, sable, fawn, and tri-colored. It is also common for them to have white markings.
Tiny yet feisty, Pomeranians are known for their vibrant attitude. While they may come in various colors, the most common color of these dogs is orange and ombre.
Pomeranians are compact dogs, with height ranging from 6 to 7 inches, and weight that varies from 3 to 7 pounds.
Despite being small, Pomeranians are effective watchdogs. They are alert dogs who will bark when someone is approaching your home.
17. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Originally used to guard properties and help hunters in flushing out game, Rhodesian Ridgebacks are known for their fur along the spine that develops in the opposite direction, hence their name.
These dogs are quick-moving and they also have high endurance, making them an excellent choice for athletic events.
On average, Rhodesian Ridgebacks stand around 24 to 27 inches, with weight ranging from 65 to 90 pounds.
The standard colors of this breed that are accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) are wheaten, light wheaten, and red wheaten.
18. Shiba Inu
One of Japan’s most famous dog breeds, Shiba Inu has a fox-like face that adds to its already overflowing charisma.
Originally bred to hunt, these dogs are good-natured, but they can be stubborn and independent as well.
Male Shiba Inus stand between 14.5 to 16.5 inches, and weigh around 23 pounds. Meanwhile, females are smaller and lighter at 13.5 to 15.5 inches, with weight about 17 pounds.
While the Shiba Inu’s coat is mostly orange, it fades into creamy white around the snout, chest, and neck.
19. Tibetan Mastiff
Bred to be guard dogs, Tibetan Mastiffs tend to develop strong bonds with their owners.
However, these dogs tend to be overprotective and territorial. Therefore, training and early socialization is important for them to grow into well-behaved dogs.
These dogs are large to giant in size, with height ranging from 24 to 26 inches, and a weight of 100 to 170 pounds.
Tibetan Mastiffs may come in different colors, including red gold, blue, black, and brown. Some may also have tan markings.
Also referred to as Tosa Inu, or Tosa Ken, Tosa is a Japanese dog that is often used for dog fighting. Since they were trained to fight quietly, they earned the nickname “sumo dogs.”
Since they can be dangerous, these dogs are banned in some countries. However, with proper training, Tosas are calm dogs.
The Tosa weighs 90 to 170 pounds, and stands at 20 to 24 inches.
Tosa is commonly seen in various shades of red, but they may also be fawn, yellow, apricot, black and tan, and brindle.
Social, eager to please, and hardworking, Vizsla is a gundog with a lean body that is covered in a shiny, orange coat.
This breed thrives in their human’s attention. Without it, they can be destructive.
Vizsla stands at 21 to 24 inches, and weighs about 44 to 60 pounds.
It’s understandable that orange-coated dogs can be more appealing to you aesthetically, but it is also important to know the dog’s temperament before adopting one to ensure that they will fit into your lifestyle.
Moreover, having an orange coat is different from skin color discoloration. If you have a dog that seems to have hyperpigmented skin, seek immediate help from your veterinarian.