Spotted dogs are one of the most popular types of dog — and with good reason. There’s something so cute and unique about their individual markings. The combination of colors, the pattern, and the breed all make them so special. Some have small or big spots and some have little specks on a more dominant coat color.
Whichever spotted dog breed is your favorite, it’s important to think about a few other things before getting any dog. Not just their markings and color. Their exercise needs, temperament, and training requirements are all much more important than if they are a dog breed with freckles or not!
So, what are some examples of spotted dogs?
Of course they had to be first! Ever since Disney introduced these black and white spotted dogs onto our screens, humans have had a particular love for these pups.
Dalmatians are fun-loving, extremely playful, and have a lot of energy. They make great pets and are fiercely loyal to their human companions. Due to their high energy levels, they need a fair bit of exercising and a good amount of space for them to play in. They’re not recommended for first-time dog owners as they can be a bit stubborn and need training to keep their energy levels under control.
These beautiful, bouncy spotted dogs are a firm family favorite. They come in all different colors from black and white to gray and tan and can be a spotted mixture of all of them.
They’re incredibly intelligent working dogs, which means they need at least an hour of exercise and mental games a day. They’ve got high energy levels and love to play with children and adults alike. Their beautiful spotted coats may look nice but Border Collies are big shedders, so keep the brush and vacuum cleaner close!
These royal spotted dogs are so cute — just look at those little legs! Corgis are very trainable and love to be part of a family. They respond well to rewards and love to please their humans. When they’re young they have high energy levels, but as they get a bit older they’re more than happy to sit on the sofa and watch a bit of television.
Their coats can be long-haired or shorter and a mixture of many different colors including, black, tan, red, brown, gray, and white. Spots are most common on blue merle coats. Just like Border Collies, Corgis are year-round shedders and need regular grooming.
This is one of the best dog breeds with spots for any family. They’re a hunting breed with a medium to long coat length that is normally white with brown or black spots. English Setters are also big shedders, so grooming and brushing are essential if you want to keep your furniture and clothes fuzz-free.
They naturally have a high prey-drive, so you’ll need to train them well from a young age. They have high energy levels and need daily vigorous exercise.
These enormous, gentle giants can be impressive black and white spotted dogs. Their fur is short and doesn’t shed too much (not like other spotted dogs!). Spots are most common on white or merle Great Danes.
They can be quite stubborn pups, so consistent training when young is a must. Due to them being so big, they’re not recommended for first-time dog owners.
English Springer Spaniel
These spotted Spaniels are easily recognizable by their adorably fluffy, long ears. English Springer Spaniels are most commonly white with large and small black or brown spots. They quite often look like they have freckles on their nose!
These medium-sized dogs make wonderful pets. Originally hunting dogs, they need a lot of exercise and have a lot of energy. Because their fur is medium length, they need a lot of grooming and brushing to avoid tangles and mats.
Cocker Spaniels have a beautiful, feathered coat that comes in an array of colors. Reddish-brown, black, gold and brown are all possibilities. Just like other spotted Spaniels, it’s common for them to have a mixture of colors as well as spots that look like freckles.
They’re a wonderful spotty dog breed for families with children or older relatives and are incredibly loyal. They love to be around people and play. Because they’re so keen, they can occasionally be a little clingy. Just like other Spaniels, they need regular grooming to keep their fur looking its best!
Australian Shepherds are a gorgeous spotted breed. They’re very intelligent and love to be put to work (whether that’s catching their favorite ball or rounding up a herd of sheep)! As they’re working dogs, they need a lot of exercise and entertainment but make great family pets if you can keep up with them!
These are a very fluffy spotted breed of dog and they come in many different colors. When it comes to spots, the most common are blue merle, red merle, black, brown, and white. Or sometimes a mixture! They have beautiful coats but regular brushing and grooming is a must.
Australian Cattle Dog
As their name might suggest, these pooches are hard-working dogs, bred to herd cattle. They’re strong, athletic, and need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Australian Cattle dogs are strong-willed and can have a bit of a nip — meaning they need firm training and leadership. They’re friendly with young children and other pets if they’ve been brought up together with a strong owner.
Their spotting combinations can be white and tan or black with white speckles. They shed quite a lot too, so brushing is a good idea with these dogs!
Known for their unique and recognizable coat, these black and white spotted dogs actually get their name from their dark and speckled fur. They have wonderfully long ears and a coat that can have black, white, and tan little spots.
They’re very energetic, meaning they need space to roam and plenty of walks. Being hunting dogs, they also have a high prey-drive — so keep an eye on them when you’re out! These spotty dogs aren’t recommended for first-timers as they can be pretty stubborn to train and have a mind of their own!
Despite their looks and size, these amazingly fluffy pups are wonderfully gentle and good-natured. They have thick and heavy fur which is normally white with big (shock!) gray, black or brown spots. Their fur is perfect for keeping them warm in colder climates.
Pyrenean Mastiffs are a guardian breed, originally bred to protect sheep from wolves and thieves, so these spotty dogs can make wonderful family pets. They protect their humans, are friendly, and only use their dominant size when there’s really a threat. Watch out for their drool though!
Sometimes called Brittany Spaniels, these pups are more like Pointers or Setters than spotted Spaniels. They’re sensitive, intelligent, and make great family pets — if you can keep up with their need for exercise and high energy levels! They’re loyal to their family unless there’s a bird around and then they’re easily distracted!
Their hair is midlength, and normally white with orange or liver spots. They shed a lot just before summer, so brushing in these months is important!
Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terriers are really popular, small spotted dogs that are incredibly clever. They’re great at learning new tricks and are constantly aware of their surroundings. Because of their hunting genes, they can be a little feisty, so early socialization and training are a must. They need a lot of exercise and ball games and can become a bit rowdy if left alone too long.
Their coats are normally white, with large tan or black spots across the head and body. With correct training, these spotted dogs can make wonderful household pets.
For one of the smallest breeds of dogs, Chihuahuas have one of the biggest personalities. There are different types of Chihuahuas, and some of them can have spots and freckles. They can be chocolate, cream, tan, white and black and have a mixture of colored spots.
These fashionable pups can be really sassy, so despite their size, early training is needed. Chihuahua’s are loud and protective, making them good watchdogs.
Catahoula Leopard Dog
As its name suggests the Catahoula Leopard is a particularly impressive spotted breed of dog. They are first and foremost a working dog and need at least one hour of intense running exercise a day. A lack of exercise will result in a frustrated and overly excited dog that could turn destructive.
Catahoulas can have an array of different colorings, from white with black spots to black with gray spots. They’re very striking dogs that are muscular and quite often have two different colored eyes.
All of these dog breeds can make great companions when trained and exercised well. Do you have a favorite spotted dog? Let us know in the comments!
I’m Charlotte, a content and copywriter from the North of England and currently living in Berlin. Animals have always been a huge part of my life, so writing about dogs is a total pleasure! I love all kinds of dogs and their cheeky personalities, but I’d have to say Weimaraners are my favourite!