Planning to bring home a dog that will turn people’s heads? Well, nothing can beat a dog with a stunning red coat.
There are many gorgeous red dog breeds with coats in eye-catching hues and shades that you can choose from. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the popular red dog breeds.
Red Dog Breeds
1. Irish Terrier
The Irish Terrier with its distinctive bearded look is popular for its mischievous and affectionate temperament and fiery red coat that comes in different shades, like golden red, red wheaten, bright red and fawn.
The breed has a double coat, where the outer coat is coarse and wiry, while the undercoat is finer and softer. Referred to as a hypoallergenic breed, Irish Terriers don’t shed a lot and regular brushing once a week with a bristle brush will keep your pet’s coat clean and healthy.
Occasional stripping by hand is required to maintain the texture and bright color of the coat. Created to be a hunter and guard dog, the Irish Terrier is fearless, alert, energetic and pleasant tempered, making them great companions for active owners.
2. Redbone Coonhound
A medium-sized hound, the Redbone Coonhound has a beautiful, rich, deep red, short, sleek and smooth coat. The short coat of the breed is very easy to groom and requires very little maintenance.
Using a grooming mitt or a shedding tool on the dog’s coat every week ensures minimal shedding and also distributes the skin oils, keeping your pet’s coat shiny and glossy.
The Redbone Coonhound with its muscled body and sleek fur is impressive looking. The breed’s friendly temperament and high energy make them excellent companions for runners, hikers or people who love the outdoors.
3. Shiba Inu
One of the native breeds of Japan, Shiba Inu is a Spitz dog breed. This small-size dog with its pointed ears and red coat has a calm and quiet temperament, making them great pets for homes. Shiba Inu are known for their iconic orange-red-colored coats but can also be found in other colors such as sesame, tan and black.
The breed has a thick double coat—an outer coat that is straight and stiff, while the undercoat is thick and soft. The Shiba Inu sheds moderately all through the year and quite heavily two times a year, when they blow their coat.
In general, the breed is clean and odor-free and is quite easy to groom and maintain. Shiba Inu requires regular brushing, once a week to distribute the oils and remove dead hair. Occasional bathing is sufficient as bathing the dog too often can cause and coat to dry out.
4. Irish Setter
Native to Ireland and originally bred as gundogs, Irish setters are swift, graceful dogs popular for their rich red coat. The breed has a fine, smooth and glossy coat usually found in colors like chestnut or mahogany red.
Regular brushing with a soft bristle brush or pin brush is necessary to keep your Irish Setter’s coat shiny and healthy. You can also use a metal comb with long teeth to remove any mats or tangles. Irish Setters have a sweet and pleasant disposition. These high-energy dogs make great family pets and fun playmates for kids.
5. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Created in Africa as a hunter and guardian dog, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a handsome, red-coated dog breed. In terms of their temperament, Ridgebacks are intelligent and rather independent dogs that are affectionate and gentle with their family members.
This athletic dog comes in varying colors, from deep burnt red to golden wheaten with brown or black muzzles. The dog has an iconic stripe of fur, earning them the ridgeback description.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is generally an odor-free dog with a short, shiny coat that requires minimal brushing and maintenance. A simple wipe with a damp cloth can help to keep your pet clean. The dogs that live mostly indoors shed minimally all through the year, while those who spend most of their time outdoors, shed more heavily.
Bred as scent hounds to hunt small animals like rabbits, badgers, foxes and other tunneling animals. Dachshunds come in a wide range of colors, including deep red. Typically, the breed comes in 3 types of coats—smooth, wire-haired and long-haired and they come in various colors including red, tan, black, chocolate and cream with markings and patterns.
In general, the dachshund is a low-maintenance dog breed. They don’t have a doggy odor and do not need frequent baths. Smooth-coated Dachshunds do well with a simple wipe down or occasional baths; however, the variety with longer hair requires frequent brushing that keeps the hair free of tangles. Occasionally, wirehaired dachshunds may need hand-stripping too.
7. Cocker Spaniel
Renowned for its gorgeous, flowing coat, the Cocker Spaniel comes in various solid or marked colors including red, tan, brown, white, black. The Cocker Spaniel has a long wavy coat on the chest, stomach, legs and ears, while the coat is short on the head and back.
The grooming of the Cocker Spaniel can be quite intensive, time-consuming and an expensive proposition. Since the breed has a long, luxurious coat, it requires daily brushing as the fur can get matted and tangled very quickly.
Nevertheless, a well-groomed Cocker Spaniel is extremely handsome. This gorgeous-looking dog has a pleasant and cheerful temperament to match. They are affectionate, alert and playful, making them wonderful family pets.
Belonging to the Spitz family, the foxy-faced Pomeranian with their fluffy appearance and toy size are extremely cute dogs. The breed has a double-layered poofy coat that comes in different colors like red, brown, tan, orange, sable, cream, blue and black.
The Pom’s double coat consists of an outer coat that is straight, long and shiny, while the undercoat is thick, soft and fluffy. The breed has long hair around the chest and neck forms a frill and the plumed tail lies flat on the back. Use a metal comb or wire slicker brush to brush your Pom two times a week at least.
This helps to distribute the natural oils, keeping the skin and coat shiny, healthy and tangle-free. In terms of temperament, Poms are smart, independent, alert and vivacious dogs. They are energetic, active dogs that love to run and play, making them fun pets.
9. Australian Cattle Dog
Bred as herding dogs on ranches by Australian settlers, Australian Cattle Dogs are still used as herding dogs. Known for their red- or blue-colored mottled or speckled coats, Australian Cattle Dogs are called red heelers or blue heelers on the basis of their coloring. These intelligent and active dogs have a sturdy build, which makes them perfect for any outdoor job.
The Australian Cattle Dog has a double coat, where the undercoat is dense, while the other coat is short, straight and weather resistant. The breed is generally low maintenance and their coat needs to be brushed only once a week, which helps to remove the dirt and distribute the oils, keeping your pet clean and healthy.
While the Australian Cattle Dog does not shed all year round, they blow their coat 1-2 times in a year. Australian Cattle Dogs are very intelligent, smart and are highly energetic. These herding dogs require plenty of physical and mental exercise to keep them happy and healthy.
10. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Bred to lure waterfowl and retrieve them, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are very versatile dogs that are excellent companions for active families. These intelligent dogs are affectionate and always eager to please, making them excellent family pets.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are medium-sized dogs having a gorgeous crimson-colored medium-length coat, which varies from golden to dark rich copper red with white-colored markings. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers have a double coat that is water repellent.
While they are easy to care for, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers shed a lot, blowing their coats two times a year. A weekly brushing routine is needed to remove the dead hair and keep it from getting tangled or matted. Daily brushing may be required during the shedding seasons.