Top 10 Most Popular Black Dog Breeds

Author: Terri Mitchell | Reviewed by: Nancy George | October 30, 2023 | Updated November 1, 2023
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When considering adopting and taking on the responsibilities of a dog, think about the distinct characteristics that would make specific breeds the best fit for the home. Whether a prospective owner is contemplating a small, loyal terrier or a protective and intelligent shepherd, they should be realistic about their lifestyle, daily schedule and living situation before bringing the pet into any home. Also, do not overlook some of the most popular black dog breeds when adopting—you may find one that is your next best friend and lifelong companion.

When you are ready to adopt a dog, consider these top 10 popular black dog breeds.

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1. Black Lab

When it comes to man’s best friend, you will likely find that the Labrador retriever, or black Lab, is a popular choice universally. These pets are lauded for their fierce loyalty and laidback demeanor. They are friendly, smart, and great with children or other pets, typically. While you have your choice of three distinct colors when adopting a Labrador, chocolate brown, yellow or black, the black Lab is perhaps the most popular among dog owners. Black is also the predominant color of Labrador retrievers found in the U.S. and are indisputably the most popular black breed in this country. Black Labs make wonderful family pets.

Black Poodle standing in field

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2. Poodle

Many people are under the misconception that poodles are French, but they actually have an interesting German heritage. Black standard poodles are energetic and very smart. They love the water and are excellent swimmers. Poodles are active, so make sure that you can keep up with them! Poodles are receptive to training, possessing a unique and fun personality, too. They can become bored and enjoy entertainment, interaction and activity.  There are three different sizes of poodles and standards are the largest. You may also choose a toy or miniature black poodle—as well as a wide range of colors, from apricot and white to brown and deep, coal black.

Scottish terrier or Scottie dog in field

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3. Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier, or “Scottie dog,” is a small breed from Scotland. These charming dogs are brave and without fear, despite their diminutive stature. Scotties are known to be diggers, so they enjoy spending time in a yard or greenspace. These dogs are curious and loyal. They do well in homes where they get ample time outdoors exploring and getting plenty of exercise. Remember that Scotties are also inherent hunters, so be wary of adding them to homes with pets like guinea pigs, hamsters or rabbits, as they may chase and could harm these small animals. Scotties are full of personality, which also contributes to them being one of the most popular black dog breeds found.

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4. Schipperke

The Schipperke, or “Little Sheperd,” is a medium-sized dog from Belgium that is fluffy, black and soft. The Schipperke’s unique mane makes them quite distinctive, frequently being used as watchdogs and guard dogs due to their bravery and courageousness. These dogs are loyal and protective family dogs, too, forging a strong bond with their handler or owner. Schipperke puppies are smart and adapt well to training. You often see this breed at work, but they are also a very popular breed chosen to be a family pet.

Black Great Dane

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5. Great Dane

Great Danes may be intimidating to some prospective pet owners at first, due to their sheer size, but they are known as the gentle giants of the dog kingdom. They are peaceful and friendly dogs, often used as service, therapy or emotional support animals. These dogs have a regal appearance, though they may be a bit clumsy as puppies. The Great Dane hails from Germany and has a history of hunting dangerous and large prey, so they are a brave breed, too. Today’s Great Dane is peaceful and mellow, getting along well with kids and other animals, making them an excellent choice for a family pet in the right living situation. Great Danes are big, so they take up some space and eat quite a bit—keep this in mind when adopting.

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6. Belgian Shepherd

The Belgian shepherd, or “Groenendael,” is an intelligent and active breed that is quick to learn and easy to train. Historically, the Groenendael was used in Belgium as a herding dog, but more recently you find them serving as service dogs, police dogs or search and rescue dogs. This breed also has been used in the military during wartime for a variety of roles and tasks. Their coat is long, straight and black, and some traits that make this a popular breed include their intelligence, loyalty and their overall appearance. The sheer beauty of this breed’s coat is reason enough for many to adopt a Belgian shepherd.

Yorkshire terrier puppy

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7. Yorkshire Terrier

Who doesn’t love an adorable Yorkie? The Yorkshire terrier has personality to spare and will make loving, peaceful pets for many. The Yorkie is a toy breed and the dog’s lineage determines whether they will have long, silky hair or a short, hypo-allergenic coat. Yorkies are smart, quick to learn and loyal to their humans. Many choose this breed for their pint-size, which may be why the American Kennel Club has ranked the Yorkshire terrier the 6th most popular dog breed in the U.S. Some Yorkies are not black in color, but may be tan, brown or white, and it may take up to three years for their final coloring to manifest.


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8. Rottweiler

Want a dog that will protect your home and family? A Rottweiler might be a good choice. Rottweilers make loyal pets that are good natured and hard workers. This black breed hails from Germany, originally working on farms to herd livestock and haul heavy loads. Today’s Rottweiler is often found working as search and rescue dogs, in law enforcement or as service animals. When you adopt a Rottweiler, you are bringing home a devoted, brave and attentive addition to your family. All these characteristics make the Rottweiler one of the most popular black dog breeds in the U.S., and across the world, too.

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9. Newfoundland

Newfoundland dogs are working dogs that were historically utilized on the water in Canada. “Newfies” are big, fluffy, black dogs that are loving, peaceful and calm. Newfoundland dogs are excellent swimmers, due to their legacy, and are very loyal pets to their humans. Newfies are strong, often aiding humans in many different work roles, whether pulling nets for fishermen or hauling wood and timber in the woods. Newfies are noted for their calm demeanor despite their large size.

Doberman Pinscher in field

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10. Doberman Pinscher

Dobermans are from Germany and have been used as guard dogs for years. This black breed is strong and stubborn, very intelligent and energetic, too. They are happiest and most content when working, and originally were bred for the protection and security of their namesake, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. You will find Doberman pinschers in browns and tans, but primarily black. These dogs are strong and brave, but could become bored so keep this in mind when considering the best pet for your lifestyle.

Do any of these popular breeds sound like a good fit for your home? Always consider adoption first before buying, and if you are buying a dog from a breeder, make sure they are a reputable one.

About the Author

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Terri Mitchell

Terri Mitchell is a freelance content writer from North Carolina who brings years of research, experience, and passion in animal-assisted therapy to her work. A former Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Terri believes in the power of pets and has seen first-hand the therapeutic advantages of animals with her two dogs, Peppercorn and Mr. Bean.[...] Author Details

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