7 Brown Dog Breeds With Short Hair


A while ago, I wrote an article about dogs that had red coats with short hair.

Now this post has generate lots of interest from readers who are interested in dog breeds that have brown coats with short hair.

And would you believe it but I have gone and created a list for you.

And not only does each of these dogs come with short and brown hair but they are are also well-known for having a sweet and affectionate disposition as well.

Well, most of the breeds in my list are!

And my list is in size order- starting with the smallest and working your way up to the biggest. 

Some of the most well-known brown dog breeds are included in this list, which begins with the tiniest (the Dachshund) and ends with the biggest (the Great Dane).

The color of the brown dog hair may vary from the darkest (which belongs to a German Shorthaired Pointer) to the lightest (Labrador Retriever).

Here are the breeds that you will learn about from reading this article:

  1. Dachshunds
  2. English Cocker Spaniel
  3.  Labrador Retriever
  4. German Shorthaired Pointer
  5. Boxer
  6. English Mastiff 
  7. Great Dane
  8. Conclusion


Short brown hair is one of many coats colours that Dachshunds have ¹

Dachshunds were bred specifically to hunt badgers- which is where that weird body shape comes from.

What better shape to hunt deep in burrows than a sausage shaped dog?

And they are available in two sizes- mini and standard. 

If you are looking for a brown short haired Dachshund then you have plenty of options with either size.

In terms of shading they can be anything from tan to fawn or even chocolate covered. 

And they can come in one or two “shades” of brown. 

These sausage dogs also come in a long hair variety and a wire haired variety in case you are struggling to find the short haired dog of your dreams! 

English Cocker Spaniel

If you ignore the ears, a common colour for a Cocker’s coat is brown ²

You may know that the Cocker Spaniel is one of the most popular breeds ever but did you know that between 1935 and 1952 that it was the most popular breed in America? 

And once again, this popularity was all down to celebrity.

Firstly because of the film “Lady and the Tramp” and secondly because Richard Nixon owned a Cocker Spaniel. 

And as luck would have it, one of the most common colours is brown.

Most Cocker Spaniels have a coat that is one solid colour but they can also come with a coat of two colours.

And the length of the hair on the coat depends on which part of the body that it is on. 

On the ears and on the back of the legs, the hair is longer than it is on the rest of the body. 

Cockers were originally bred to hunt birds- a breed of bird called Woodcocks to be precise. 

But like any successful breed these dogs have adapted and have even been used recently by the Cuban military to help with narcotics detection. 

 Labrador Retriever

Labradors come with coats in a range of shades of brown ³

The Labrador Retriever is a breed of dog that is medium in size and has a thick, short coat. 

They come in a variety of shades, including chocolate, yellow, black, and silver. 

The skull of the Labrador retriever is large, and it has short ears that hang close to its head. 

However, despite its length and weight, its tail never coils up over its back or onto one of its sides.

This breed was first developed to be used as a gun dog for the purpose of hunting. 

It is renowned for its high level of activity, intelligence, and the ease with which it may be trained.

If you think that a Cocker Spaniel was a popular breed, its popularity is dwarfed by the popularity of a Labrador Retriever.

Part of its success is that they are easy to get along with, flexible, and that they  quickly make friends. 

Additionally, Labradors are devoted to their family and especially children. 

Labradors are also considered therapy dogs because of their calm demeanor, high level of intelligence, and ease of training. 

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointers are one of the most versatile and reliable dogs trained specifically for hunting, and when I said versatile, I meant literally versatile since they could hunt prey both on land and water. 

They are also very fast and strong hunting dogs allowing them to react and maneuver quickly depending on the circumstances.

The fur of the German Shorthaired Pointer typically has a brown and white combination, and their ears are long and hang down straight beside their head. 

Their undercoat is dense and short and includes some stiff guard hairs, which give a GSP the ability to stay warm even on the water.

This makes them the perfect hunting dog given their superior physical attributes and abilities. 

The temperament of this dog depends on his environment or the training he went through, but originally they were bred as family guard dogs as well as powerful hunting dogs.

 They are also rather intelligent, confident, bold, reliable, and resilient.

They are very good with children and they can be very protective of them if they sense any kind of threat. 


The Boxer is a mix of the Old English Bulldog and the Bullenbeisser (an  historic German breed) which originated in Germany. 

The Bullenbeiser was larger than a Boxer and was bred to hunt bears and wild boar.

But in the nineteenth century as these sports dwindled in popularity, the Bullenbeiser was bred with smaller mastiffs to create the Boxer. 

And Boxers were bred to herd cattle not kill bears.

And they have since been trained to work with the Police and military too. 

Boxers have a very short haired coat and most of them are brown in colour.

They come in a light fawn colour of a darker brindle colour.

The height of this breed of dogs ranges from 22 to 25 inches, and their weight is typically between 60 and 70 pounds.

The Boxer dog now holds the position of number seven on the list of the most popular dogs in the United States, a position that’s been held for a total of four straight years. 

It is a breed of dog that is known for having short, sleek hair that is kept close to the body. 

As well as their iconic physical appearance, the personality is also fairly unique to a dog of its size.

These dogs are the class clowns- they are very eager to please and so they are looking for any opportunity to play.

Most of the time this is hilarious but it can be exhausting trying to train a dog that doesn’t want to listen and only wants to perform! 

When with his family, he is trustworthy, but he may be wary of people he hasn’t met before. 

He has a cheerful and outgoing demeanor when he’s playing with other dogs or children, but he can be courageous and resolute when he needs to be.

English Mastiff 

From a dog that was created by interbreeding with a Mastiff to a purebred Mastiff!.

The Alaunt and Molloser breeds, which are the direct ancestors of the English Mastiff, used to reside in the Scottish Highlands. 

These are the sorts of hunting dogs who are eager to engage in a head-to-head battle with a wild lion. 

Or they were hundreds of years ago. 

Thousands of years ago, they were said to have helped repeal the Romans when they invaded Britain- which was over two thousand years ago.

They have been given the responsibility of keeping watch over the castles when it is nighttime since, in the past, the British military trained them to be guard dogs. 

Every night, they let the Mastiffs out onto the grounds to patrol and make sure that nobody sneaks inside.

They are wonderful allies for soldiers to have during the battle; in fact, when Hannibal wanted to cross the Alps, he was accompanied by a regiment of combat veteran Mastiffs. 

They are a superb buddy for military troops.

This breed is highly loving, despite the fact that they might be sensitive; thus, you shouldn’t overdo it whenever you are teaching them, and it should be done as a “game.” 

They are also quite large, with a height ranging from 27.5 to 30 inches, and they live for 6 to 10 years.

Great Dane

The Great Dane is the tallest breed of dog in the world. 

It is a descendant of the ancient hunting dogs that were used throughout the Middle Ages to capture wild animals such as bears and deers, in addition to serving as protectors of nobles.

The Great Dane, which is also a hybrid resulting from the combination of Irish Wolfhounds and Irish Wolfhounds breeds, is considered to be one of the most effective guard dogs throughout the course of history. 

These dogs underwent training to protect high-ranking nobility from potential assassination attempts. 

Examples of such nobility include kings and queens. This breed was once known by its German name, “Englische Dogge;” however, its name was later altered to “Great Dane.”

The Great Dane has a large stature and a muscular, well-formed, and beautifully sculpted physique, which contribute to its royal aspect, which blends raw power and grace. 

It is one of the largest working breeds, but it is distinctive in that its overall build must be so perfectly managed that it never seems awkward, and it must move with a broad range and muscular drive. The Great Dane is a breed of dog that is characterized by a robust build and a running gait.


We hope you enjoyed learning about these seven different brown dog breeds that all have short hair! As you can see, there is a lot of variation among these breeds in terms of size, activity level, and coat type. We hope that this article has helped you to narrow down your search for the perfect furry friend.

Photo Credits

¹ Photo by Rana Sinha on Flickr

² Photo by blogdnd on Flickr

³ Photo by Fernando Gago on Unsplash

James Grayston

My name is James and I love dogs. have owned four Golden Retrievers in the past 15 years. Currently I own two "Goldies"- a five year old and a seven month old. The photo shows me with our youngest when she was about 7 weeks old!