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Top 17 Red Dogs to Welcome to the Family

Top 17 Red Dogs to Welcome to the Family

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Discover some of the most beautiful pups out there with our top red dog breeds. From chestnut shades to rust and rich mahogany, here are the best companions with head-turning bright furs.

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels come in many handsome shades from light cream to black. And if you love red dogs, you’re in luck. Gorgeous red hues are also common in the Spaniel family. As long as you’ve got a trusted groomer you can visit regularly and can reserve a few minutes for daily brushing, you can be sure the reddish member of the family will look good all the time.


This little fellow is an amazing companion and one of the most beautiful red dog breeds out there. Dachshunds come in many colour variations, including two-shade coats. But it’s the red-hue representatives that will turn heads on the daily walk. They are known for their minimal shedding, but this doesn’t mean your dog grooming schedule will be completely free. The long-haired Dachshunds will need you to groom them a few times a week to avoid tangling.

Irish Setter

This elegant gundog breed has many shades of red to choose from. Irish Setters are famous for their rich chestnut and mahogany coats. Their silky and straight hair looks perfect for a commercial, but that’s because owners know that a brush every couple of days keeps the coat shiny and tangle-free.


One of the most beloved red dog breeds is the Hungarian Vizsla. The rusty hues that adorn their coat make them hard to miss no matter where they are. One reason to love these dogs even more is that they are also quite low maintenance. A weekly brush will do!

Golden Retriever

Loved all over the world and with looks that are instantly recognisable, the Golden Retriever needs no introduction. Although this pup’s name has ‘golden’ in it, there are reddish variations similar to copper out there too. But no matter the colour, be prepared to groom their dense fur regularly. In return, you’ll get a loyal and loving companion ready to be best friends forever with their owner.

Shiba Inu

The foxy-looking Shiba Inu comes in a fiery orange-red colour, perfect for Instagram-ready pictures. So, if you want a red dog in your life, these pups are worth considering. They are friendly, active and very neat. In fact, the Shiba Inu dogs are oftentimes compared to cats when it comes to their self-cleaning rituals. Give them a hand with a weekly brushing to remove loose or dead hair.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

These dogs come in many different colours, including red wheaten. Their short and shiny coat is made distinctive by a ridge of hair on the back – their signature look. The Rhodesian Ridgeback’s coat is low-maintenance, so grooming should be easy for owners. The shorthaired coat can be groomed using a rubber-grooming mitt a couple of times a week.


The dense and curly coat is the crowning glory for every Poodle in the world. They come in a variety of colours, including red. Luckily, they don’t shed, but you do need the contact details of a professional groomer as their world-famous coat requires diligent maintenance. Regular combing and brushing at home are also necessary – a small price to pay for such a gorgeous companion.


These little guys come with a big personality and a thick coat. And if you’re a fan of red dog breeds, the Pomeranians are the miniature foxes you’ll love instantly.

They will need a schedule for daily grooming, but you should also aim to get them fully groomed twice a week, to prevent matting and keep them healthy. The coat can be easily damaged by harsh brushes so a wide toothed comb is ideal.


These powerful and striking dogs come in many colours, including red-fawn. So, if you’re dreaming of owning a fabulous red dog, the mighty Akita might be the perfect match. But keep in mind that they do tend to shed a lot. They are quite good at self-grooming, but owners should still keep a regular grooming schedule two or three times a week.

Labrador Retriever

Another large dog breed that makes a wonderful companion, the Labrador Retriever, comes in fox-red shades too. Although this colour is usually considered a variation of their signature yellow colour. Be prepared for a lot of shedding with a good vacuum cleaner and a solid brush you can use daily when moulting begins.

Australian Shepherd

The athletic Australian Shepherds are affectionate, friendly and love to be part of the family. Plus, they come in red shades too! But there are a few more things you should know about their coat other than the numerous lovely colours: they boast a weather-resistant undercoat, their luxurious fur is medium in length and they require a brush only two or three times a week to keep their good looks intact.


The Bullmastiff is known for its muscular looks. But you should know that some of these pups are also proud members of the gorgeous red dog’s family. Bullmastiffs don’t require much coat maintenance and going over their fur with a grooming mitt every once in a while, to remove any dead or loose hair will keep their coat looking its best.


Glossy coats perfect for endless petting and a love for play are what makes Basenji dogs one of the most amazing breeds. They come in many different colours, including a distinctive red and white combination that will surely draw attention on the daily walk.

Basenji dogs usually do most of their own grooming. All you have to do is wipe them down with a glove once a week to remove loose hairs.

Miniature Pinscher

You might know the elegant Miniature Pinscher as a black dog through and through. But they also come in fabulous red and rust shades. This fearless fellow seems even more fiery in a red coat. Luckily, the Miniature Pinscher’s fur is very low maintenance no matter the shade. Little more than a brush through once a fortnight will do. However, these little pups do shed, so more frequent dog grooming during those times will help you contain the dead hair.

Norfolk Terrier

The smallest of the terriers comes in all shades of red. So, if you must have a red dog breed in your life, check out the cheerful Norfolk Terrier. Give them a good brush through twice a week and don’t forget that their coat will also need to be hand plucked twice a year.

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

The ‘Toller’ comes with a signature look including a thick, water-repellent coat and a glorious waving tail. And if you love bright colours on your dog, this amazing companion boasts a shade range that goes from light orange to deep red. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever needs to be brushed a couple of times a week.

Make sure the breed of pooch, that you choose to share your home with, is suitable for your lifestyle. Don’t forget that as well as looks, you will need to consider factors such as exercise requirements and temperament.

Next, check out other beautiful furry companions, including the elegant white dogs and the truly stunning black dog breeds.