What are the most colorful dog breeds, anyway? Many breeds are known for their signature color, of course, from golden retrievers to black Labs. These 11 dogs boast some truly unique coats, however! Though beauty is often in the eye of the beholder, it’s pretty clear that these eye-pleasing dog breeds stand out from the pack. From super-sleek stripes to spots and stand-out hues, these dogs boast some of the most striking colors in the canine kingdom.
11 Colorful Dog Breeds
- Catahoula Leopard Dog
- Blue Nose Pitbulls
- Harlequin Great Dane
- Treeing Tennessee Brindle
- Cardigan Welsh Crogi
- Liver-ticked German Shorthaired Pointer
- Irish Red Setter
- Merle Australian Shepherd
- Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
- Alaskan Malamute
- Panda German Shepherd
Catahoula Leopard Dog
Named the State Dog of Louisiana in 1979, the Catahoula Lepoard Dog’s coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Sporting everything from solid colors, to brindle, leopard spots, and patchwork, their fur is a truly unique characteristic of the breed.
Blue Nose Pitbulls
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Pitbulls make lovable and loyal companions. These blue pitbulls (or blue nose pitbulls) are no different. And with gorgeous coats ranging from light gray-blue shades to a dark charcoal color, they’re a dazzling addition to your family!
Harlequin Great Dane
Everyone loves a Great Dane. Distinguished, elegant, and super-sweet, these gentle giants are the 15th most popular breed (according to the American Kennel Club) for a reason! The “harlequin” version have a uniquely stunning look, with a beautiful patchwork pattern that makes them stand out from the crowd. They prove that colorful dog breeds can actually be…black and white.
Treeing Tennessee Brindle
Brindle is beautiful, and this affectionate and laid-back breed knows how to rock the look! Lanky and sweet, the Treeing Tennessee Brindle is a great family dog and loves to explore outdoors.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Corgis are always the cutest, but the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is especially adorable with its various shades of red, sable, and brindle. The blue merle pups (marbled black and gray) with tan or brindle points are especially popular, which isn’t surprising—look at that beautiful combo! And unlike their Pembroke buddies, Cardigan Welsh Corgis have tails.
Liver-ticked German Shorthaired Pointer
These intelligent, high-energy pups have thick, water-repellent fur that can feature some super-distinctive color combinations. The liver-ticked GSP has an especially beautiful coat that keeps it looking classy.
Irish Red Setter
Any list of colorful dog breeds should include the iconic setter. The rich red color of the Irish setter really sets this dog apart from other breeds. Sweet-natured and friendly, these flashy Fidos have straight, glossy coats that flow elegantly when they make a run for it—probably chasing birds!
Merle Australian Shepherd
Australian shepherds are industrious yet gregarious dogs who make great companions for active families. Boasting coats that come in black, blue merle, red merle and red—often with white markings—their luxurious locks are also soft and cuddle-friendly.
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
The striking tri-colored coat of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog gives this heavy boned (and muscle-y!) pup an extra-dignified appearance. Faithful and kind, this dog is not only beautiful, but has a charming personality that’ll capture the heart of everyone in the family.
They aren’t exactly one of the most colorful dog breeds—but they boast a truly unique coat. Unusual face markings are the distinguishing feature of the Alaskan Malamute. Generally consisting of a pointed cap over the head and a face that’s mostly white, the bold contrast of black and white—plus their thick, bushy tail—makes this breed look doggone dignified!
Panda German Shepherd
Panda German shepherds are 35% white (on the face/head, chest, feet, legs, and tip of the tail) with the remainder of their coat colored black and tan. The super-rare coloring gives this four-legged friend a unique look that make the confident, courageous shepherd even more enchanting.
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