9 Big Black Long Haired Dog Breeds

Big black long haired dogs come in all shapes…²

Have you just been out for a walk and seen a big black bear?

Has that got you thinking about your next dog?

“Wouldn’t it be great to have a dog that looks like a black bear?”

Well in this article I will introduce you to nine big black long haired dogs breeds.

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But before we dive into that list, let’s take a look at a couple of important things to think about owning a large breed dog with lots of hair….

Pros and cons of owning a big dog

When it comes to describing the advantages and disadvantages of dog ownership, it may become a bit muddled because one person’s pro is another person’s con.

But to me, there are two clear benefits to owning a larger dog.

Firstly, larger dogs tend to be cheaper than small dogs.

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Secondly, is that big dogs are a more obvious guard dog than smaller ones.

There are some factors of big ownership that could be either a pro and con.

And the biggest one that I can think of is that big dogs tend to need more exercise than smaller dogs.

In terms of some of the drawbacks of owning a larger breed, there are four:

  1. More expensive to feed
  2. More mess
  3. Harder to clean
  4. Harder to dry!

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And now that we have taken a fleeting look at some of the major things to think about when owning a larger breed of dog, let’s move on and consider long hair…

Pros and cons of owning a dog with long hair

Having had a quick brainstorm for the most important things to consider about dogs with long hair, some of them are the same as the factors described above.

And those are that long haired dogs are harder to clean, harder to dry and they make more mess than a short haired dog.

The one advantage of owning a long haired dog is that they tend to look cuter and more cuddly than a short haired dog.

But they do come with a few disadvantages and I can think of two:

  1. More grooming
  2. Create more “dog” smell

One you have considered all of these different factors involved in owning a dog, it is time to move on and describe these nine big black haired dog breeds. 

[1] Newfoundland

This Newfoundland looks like a cuddly bear. ²

The Newfoundland is a large, heavily coated working dog breed native to Newfoundland, Canada. Newfoundlands have a muscular build with thick double coats and webbed feet, dogs of this breed are known for their giant size, immense strength, intelligence and loyalty. 

They grow up to 28 inches at the shoulder and weigh about 100 to 150 pounds. Newfoundlands are powerful working dogs of heavy bone, they are natural swimmers and were once used by Canadian fishermen. 

These dogs have flat and coarse coats which are usually black, brown, or grey but can also be white-and-black. Despite being on the list of the world’s largest dogs, Newfoundlands are very loyal dogs, and they make excellent pets for families with kids. 

These dogs are known to be natural babysitters due to their patience, they are sweet-tempered with a soft expression and calm disposition. As good swimmers, Newfoundlands make excellent water rescue dogs. 

[2] Long haired German Shepherd

Look how beautiful this Shepherd’s tail is ³

One of the most popular dogs in the world, German Shepherds are medium to large-sized dogs known for their intelligence and loyalty. The major difference between long-haired GSDs and standard GSDs is the long fur of the former. 

Standard German Shepherds usually have medium to short coats and the long-haired dogs are much rarer because the gene for long hair is recessive. Unlike their short-haired siblings with thick double coats, long-haired German Shepherds have single coat with long fur, this is considered a “genetic defect” and therefore they are not recognized by the American Kennel Club. 

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Long-haired GSDs will stand as tall as 26 inches at the withers and weigh between 50 and 70 pounds. These dogs usually have black masks and coat colour varies between black and tan or rusty red, there are also all-black GSDs and all-white, silvery, blue or liver varieties which are rare. 

German Shepherds are known to be very intelligent and highly trainable dogs, they make good family companions and excellent guard dogs. These dogs are very obedient and have been extensively used by the police and military.

[3] Black Russian Terrier

The BRT has a thick curly coat ⁴

Although they are called terriers, the Black Russian Terriers are actually not true terriers.

This dog was bred in the former USSR and used as a working dog by the military. The Blackies are a rare dog breed, and unlike many large dog breeds they are slow to mature. 

They have thick double coats, with hard and dense outer coats which are usually pure black but sometimes with a sprinkle of grey hairs. Blackies are very intelligent and obedient, they are easy to train and have no problem responding to commands. 

These dogs make excellent family pets and companions, they are usually very active, energetic and love to play outdoors. Adult Blackies can stand as tall as 30 inches at the shoulders and weigh from 110 to a little over 130 pounds. 

[4] Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese has wonderful long black hair- with
some white and tan! ⁵

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a heavy Swiss working dog breed known for its distinctive tricolour coat; black, white and tan. 

Yes, I know that this list is all about dogs with black coats but I couldn’t help myself sneak this dog in!

These dogs were originally used for herding, but today they are known to be very affectionate companions and good guard dogs. 

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These dogs thrive in cold weather, thanks to their very thick coat and long fur which is almost completely black but has a white chest enveloped in rusty red or tan markings. The white and tan colours appear mostly around the chest areas and some parts of the face. 

A Berner (as they are sometimes called) can grow to about 28 inches tall and weigh from 80 to 120 pounds. The females are a bit smaller and will grow as tall as 23-26 inches and usually weigh no more than 100 pounds. 

The Bernese are very intelligent, they are gentle with kids and non-threatening to strangers. Hillary Duff, an American actress and songwriter, had a devoted Berner who lived for 10 years. 

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[5] Afghan Hound

An Afghan Hound and an Irish Wolfhound.
Is there a breed of dog with longer hair? ⁶

Formerly called Tazi, the Afghan hound is an ancient dog bred in Afghanistan for hunting large prey in deserts and mountains, this dog is popular for its long, silky coat, and elegant build. 

The Afghan hound has a long head and narrow muzzle with long ears that are covered with long hair. The entire body of this dog, head, shoulders, back, legs, are covered with long flowing hair like human hair, it has a regal appearance and a majestic pose. 

The Afghan hound will grow to about 25 to 27 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh between 50 and 60 pounds. The long fur of these dogs are mostly black, black-and-tan, brindle, blue, cream or white. 

True to their nature as hunting dogs, Afghan hounds are independent, strong-willed and self-confident, they make very good companions and bond well with their humans, however they need proper training and socialization. 

[6] Irish Wolfhound

A young Irish Wolfhound called Molly ⁷

On average, Irish Wolfhounds are the tallest dog breed in the world. These large dogs were originally bred for hunting large prey such as boar, deer and wolves, they were also used in war to drag men off their horses and chariots. 

Dogs of this breed have the body structure of greyhounds but are stockier and bigger. They have long legs, deep-chested narrow bodies with slender waists. The average height of an Irish Wolfhound is taller than the Great Dane; they can grow up 36 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh at least 120 pounds. 

While standing on their hind legs, Irish Wolfhound can tower up to 7 feet tall, taller than most humans. These dogs may be large, but they are non-threatening and absolutely sweet to everyone. They make loving companions, great family pets, and they’re gentle with kids. 

Despite their enormous size, Irish Wolfhounds don’t make good guard dogs because they are not suspicious of strangers, they may be great hunting dogs capable of killing large animals, but they are not aggressive to humans. 

[7] Borzoi

A black haired Borzoi is loitering in the
background ⁸

The Borzoi is a large Russia sighthound originally bred for coursing and hunting rabbits, foxes and wolves in small groups of about three. They later became popular as a companion for royalty across continental Europe. 

Dogs of this breed are as elegant as the greyhound, they have relatively narrow bodies with long and slender legs, deep chest and tapered waist with a narrow head. The Borzois elegance is evident in their graceful pose and every stride, they can stand as tall as 28 inches at the withers and tip the scales at 105 pounds. 

As hunting dogs, Borzois were bred to be very fast and strong enough to chase down a prey. These dogs have silky, flat and wavy coats that come in virtually any colour, but are most commonly seen with completely black coats. Some come in yellow-and-white, or completely white coats. 

You will also find Borzois with red-and-white coat, black-and-white coat, white-and-brown coat, or white-and-grey coat, these dogs come in many different colour combinations. Borzois are known for their cat-like independence and stubborn nature, they are strong-willed but with proper training they make affectionate family dogs.

[8] Tibetan Mastiff

As the name suggests, the Tibetan Mastiff was bred in Tibet and used for guarding livestock and property. This dog breed dates far back to over 3,000 years ago and is currently one of the oldest dogs in the world. 

Tibetan Mastiffs are easy-going, good-natured and loyal to their families but will be aloof to strangers. TMs have powerful and muscular bodies with broad heads and V-shaped ears, they have double coats with long outer fur that comes in a variety of colours and patterns. 

They come in solid black, black-and-tan, bluish-grey, different shades of red including deep-red, golden or very pale red — sometimes these dogs come with white markings. 

From the paws to the withers, the Tibetan Mastiffs measure about 26 inches and weigh over 100 pounds. TMs make good companions and show dogs, they enjoy family life and stay loyal to their humans. 

[9] Giant Schnauzer

A Schnauzer’s coat is long and “scruffy” ⁹

The Giant Schnauzer is a German working dog used for driving cattle and guarding property. These dogs are very intelligent and courageous, they have an imposing appearance, stoic and muscular build but are actually very playful and sweet. 

Giant Schnauzer are the biggest of the three Schnauzer breeds, they stand as tall as 27.5 inches at the shoulders and weigh up to 95 pounds. The Giant Schnauzer has a double coat which is usually solid black but sometimes it can be pepper-and-salt. 

These dogs make great companions but need very serious training and lots of exercise, they are very energetic and will always need to channel this energy into some meaningful activities. 

This is a dog breed with a big personality and their playfulness and high-spirits may be challenging to a first-time dog parent. 

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