Dog Breeds Dog Fun

34 White Dog Breeds – The Guide to Small, Fluffy and Large White Dogs

Written by Richard Jeng

They say white is the color of positivity, innocence and goodness. All these qualities describe dogs all too well. In fact, it’s exactly why white (along with black and brown) is one of the most popular dog colors.

Given how common the color white is among dogs, you can bet there are plenty of white dog breeds to choose from. They come in all types of variations: fluffy, small or big!

With that said, we’ve gathered 34 gorgeous white dogs to choose from. Did we miss one that deserves to be on the list? Let us know in the comments section below.

RECOMMENDED: 34 Beautiful Black Dog Breeds

White Fluffy Dogs

Some like there dogs with a smooth coat. Others prefer the wirehaired coat for a rougher feel. Personally, I like my dogs white and fluffy. Here are all the best and most popular white fluffy dog breeds:

1. Bichon Frise

Highlights: Playful, Spirited, Inquisitive

Bichon Frise is hypoallergenic, cute and friendly.

The Bichon Frise is a small fluffy white dog breed that’s been a big favorite among dog owners. Few dogs can match their lively personalities and charm. 

They can be a little mischievous and comical at times, but it’s definitely worth the entertainment they bring into your life. For this reason, they’ve been called the world’s “great personality dogs.”

Bichons have some of the highest adaptive intelligence among dogs. Not only do they play nice with other dogs, but they’re the perfect playmates for children.

RECOMMENDED: 24 Charming French Dog Breeds

2. Maltese

Highlights: Calm, Cheerful, Elegant

Malteses are smart because they have high instinctive and adaptive intelligence.

The Maltese is an ancient dog breed that’s been around before the Bible was even completed. For thousands of years, they’ve been by the side of royalty and aristocrats.

With their long, fluffy coats in a majestic white hue, it’s easy to see why they’re famous for their appearances. And as a result, they frequently win dog shows. 

The Maltese dog is a fantastic toy companion for all types of people. They stroll around with an air of confidence, but retain the playful nature that make them so lovable.

3. Havanese

Highlights: Sociable, Amusing, Smart

The Cuban Havanese is both adorable and hypoallergenic.

The Havanese is indeed one of the fluffiest white dog breeds you can find. As the only dog breed to originate from Cuba, the Havanese is the ultimate “feel-good” dog.

What makes these dogs special is their friendly demeanor. Spend an afternoon with a Havanese and it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to resist their charm. They can make friends with anyone.

Though they’re not always solid white, there are some that can be. These popular teddy-bear dogs have exploded in American popularity and it’s easy to see why.

4. Samoyed

Highlights: Calm, Affectionate, Versatile

The Samoyed (and the Miniature Samoyed) may be the single fluffiest white dog in the dogdom. These working dogs are powerful and energetic, but most importantly, kind and sweet dogs.

Because the corners of their mouth are naturally pointed upwards, they look like they’re smiling all the time. It’s why they’ve been nicknamed, “Smiley.”

Though smart and obedient, the Samoyed demands a lot of attention. They give a lot of love to the family and expect the same reciprocated back.

5. Great Pyrenees

Highlights: Intelligent, Patient, Dependable

A great working dog from the mountainous regions of France and Spain, the Great Pyrenees is a large powerful dog with a thick white coat. They’re as friendly and calm as they look.

When it comes to protecting the pack, they’re some of the best. It’s in their instincts, as they were bred to protect sheep from wild wolves in the mountaintops. 

With children, the Great Pyrenees is a fantastic companion. Sometimes they’re called nanny dogs because they’re such reliable dogs to own.

6. Coton de Tulear

Highlights: Alluring, Bright, Carefree

The Coton De Tulear is friendly and low shedding.

The Coton de Tulear is the only dog breed to originate from Madagascar, the island off the South African coast. For this reason, they’ve been called the “Royal Dog of Madagascar.”

These dogs have an attractive carefree and spirited personality. They’re always cheerful and optimistic, making them excellent companions for children.

Though they’re one of the smallest dogs, they’re robust and sturdy. With the proper care and attention, they’ll have very little health problems.

7. Pekingese

Highlights: Dignified, Loving, Elegant

The Pekingese are viewed as dumb dog breeds after been spoiled by royalty for hundreds of years.

The Pekingese is nothing short of a regal dog breed. For hundreds of years, they were revered in ancient China and sat in the lap of luxury. 

Though they’ve come a long way from their old aristocratic days, they still retain an air of nobility. It’s probably why they’re stubborn dogs – they didn’t need to obey all these commands!

Still, there are few things to dislike about the Pekingese. Once you bring one into the family, the Pekingese will love you unconditionally

RECOMMENDED: 10 Popular Chinese Dog Breeds

8. Bolognese

Highlights: Nonchalant, Playful, Loyal

This small dog breed is perhaps the most famous dog to originate from Italy. They’re known for their calm and sweet disposition, but have a people-pleasing attitude that owners love. 

When it comes to loyalty, there are few small dogs that can match that of a Bolognese. Not only only are they devoted dogs, but have a temperament that meshes well with easy-going owners.

These dogs are prone to anxiety, including separation anxiety. Make sure they get the obedience training and socialization needed early on.

9. Pomeranian

Highlights: Curious, Spirited, Energetic

Though Pomeranians usually come in brown, a white Pomeranian is truly a wonderful sight to see. Since they were first bred hundreds of years ago, they’ve been very popular dogs.

Thanks to their bright and amusing personalities, Pomeranians were present among royal families and lower-class citizens. They’re ultra adaptable and intelligent dogs that fit any situation. 

Pick up a Pomeranian and see why so many families approve of this dog. Bonus points if you manage to find a white fluffy one.

10. Kuvasz

Highlights: Courageous, Kind, Devoted

The majestic Kuvasz is a (very) large dog breed that’s solid white. Having been bred in higher mountains of Hungary, they have a dense double coat that’s very fluffy. Fun fact: Their thick coats are odorless.

Finding a diligent working dog breed that’s as massive as the Kuvasz is pretty impressive. It’s why they were appointed to be the guardians of flocks for Hungarian kings. 

Not only are they sweet white dogs, but profoundly devoted and a gorgeous dog you won’t be able to take your eyes off.

11. Japanese Spitz

Highlights: Devoted, Jolly, Comical

The Japanese Spitz is a companion dog originating from Japan.

Though the Japanese Spitz is not officially recognized by the AKC, they are a Foundation Stock Service (FSS) breed. These dogs are very playful by nature and love to play.

There’s nothing they love more than to entertain and make you smile. Whatever it may be, they’re up for it – making them somewhat adventurous dogs too!

Physical exercise is appreciated by the Japanese Spitz, but they’ll be just as content relaxing on their favorite human’s lap. 

RECOMMENDED: 13 Fascinating Dogs of Japan

12. Akbash Dog

Highlights: Independent, Vigilant, Brave

The Akbash is a Turkish dog breed that was bred as far back as 750 to 300 B.C. These massive dogs weigh up to 140 pounds and were used as the livestock ultimate guardian dogs.

They were bred to be alert, protective and independent dogs that can make quick decisions while protecting the flock. As a result, Akbash dogs have some of the highest instinctive and adaptive intelligence among dogs.

These dogs are not recognized by the AKC and are relatively rare. Despite this, they’re some of the fluffiest big white dogs you can find.

13. Siberian Husky

Highlights: Mischievous, Energetic, Sociable

Siberian Huskies comes in a thick, dense coat to protect them from the harsh cold climate of the regions in which they pull sleds. Though they’re not solid white, they’re mostly white.

These dogs are known for their high endurance and seemingly endless amount of energy. So if you bring one home, you better be ready to spend a lot of time exercising your dog.

Overall, Huskies are friendly and love to play. They do go on stubborn streaks, so obedience training can be a little patience and requires patience.

14. Lhasa Apso

Highlights: Optimistic, Intelligent, Fun-loving

The Lhasa Apso is one of the most ancient dog breeds – about two thousand years old! Despite originating from Tibet, Lhasa Apsos are not the only dogs to come from the small region. There’s the Tibetan Mastiff and Spaniel. 

For most of their history, they’ve served as guard dogs in monasteries in the Tibetan Himalayas. With that said, they’re alert and cautious dogs, as with most excellent watchdogs. 

They may be wary of strangers because their instincts tell them to be. However, they’re a joy to be around once you get to know them.

15. Borzoi

Highlights: Friendly, Dignified, Loyal

The Borzoi is a hound dog that’s known for their quick speeds. Capable of achieving 40 miles per hour speeds, the Borzoi runs in a graceful manner.

When they get a chance to catch their breath, they’re surprisingly calm and docile dogs. They may have a skinny frame, but they’re sneaky powerful and athletic

Although agreeable dogs, they aren’t the best when it comes to obedience training. They’ve been unfairly labeled “dumb,” but they’re just stubborn.

16. Poodle

Highlights: Intelligent, Proud, Affectionate

The origins and history of the Poodle can be traced back thousands of years.

The Standard, Miniature and Toy Poodle are all white fluffy dogs that are highly intelligent. In fact, the Poodle is the second smartest dog breed according to canine psychologist, Stanley Coren. 

They come in all sorts of color variations, such as black and apricot. However, white Poodles are the most popular and iconic

Because they were bred to retrieve game from bodies of water, Poodles developed a coat that protected their vital organs in the coldness of the water. 

RECOMMENDED: 31 Most Adorable Poodle Mixes

17. American Eskimo Dog

Highlights: Playful, Cheerful, Alert

The American Eskimo Dog comes in two size variations: standard and miniature. Both of which, are extremely friendly dogs with a white fluffy coat.

They’re smart dogs with a clever mind. In fact, they’re the epitome of beauty and brains when it comes to dog breeds. Because they’re vigilant dogs, they can be wary around strangers.

Take some time to get to know an American Eskimo dog and you’ll be happy you did. They’re some of the most affectionate dog breeds around. 

18. Afghan Hound

Highlights: Regal, Loving, Independent

The Afghan Hound is ranked 10th dumbest dog breed because of its unwillingness to obey and learn.

The Afghan Hound is a beautiful dog with a long and fluffy coat. They come with a black coat, but also with a creamish white. As you may have guessed, they originated from Afghanistan but have been gaining popularity worldwide.

In their home country, they were the dogs of aristocrats. It’s probably the reason why they’re such proud, dignified and loyal dogs. On the other side, Afghan Hounds have a silly and amusing side to them. 

They’re quite independent and stubborn dogs, making them pretty difficult to deal with for obedience training. You’ll need a lot of patience.

19. Clumber Spaniel

Highlights: Noble, Calm, Humorous

The Clumber Spaniel is a hunting companion that’s different than other hunting dogs. For the most part, they’re very docile and mellow. However, they’re still highly skilled hunters.

They were bred to flush out game, such as birds, for the hunters to capture. For many years, this was their main job for royalty, such as King George V.

Thanks to their fluffy white coat, expect heavy shedding and time committed to grooming these dogs. But in my opinion, they’re totally worth it.

20. Polish Tatra Sheepdog

Highlights: Calm, Alert, Brave

The Polish Tatra Sheepdog was originally bred in the Tatra Peaks (mountains) of Poland, hence the name. Today, they’re one of the rarest dog breeds in existence.

These dogs, as given by their name, were livestock guardians to Hungarian farmers. Though they can weigh up to a massive 130 pounds, they’re actually friendly and gentle dogs.

Because of their high dog IQ, they protect using strategies instead of outright attacking. They’ll only exhibit aggressive behavior if they have to, even when guarding.

21. Maremma Sheepdog

Highlights: Friendly, Dependable, Loyal

The Maremma Sheepdog is an Italian dog breed that’s similar to the Kuvasz or the Tatra Sheepdog. Likewise, they’re also flock guardians and thrive at this job.

Because of their loyal and dignified personalities, Maremmas make some of the best guard dogs for families. They aren’t big on barking, meaning they’re a great option for owners living in apartments.

In order to gain the respect and submission from these dogs, you’ll need to be firm, confident and establish pack dominance early on. If properly done, they’re some of the best guard dogs.

22. Slovensky Cuvac

Highlights: Brave, Vigilant, Loyal

Bred out of Slovakia, the Slovensky Cuvac is one of the most faithful and loyal dog breeds you can find. They love their families and will do anything to protect them.

Weighing up to 100 pounds, they’re able to deter ominous threats, such as wolves and bears. The reason why they’re only bred in a white coat is to differentiate them from wild animals in Slovakia. 

To withstand the harsh cold climates of Slovakia, they were bred with a thick coat. Needless to say, these dogs don’t do well anywhere that’s warm.

23. East Siberian Laika

Highlights: Courageous, Protective, Energetic

The East Siberian Laika is a Russian dog breed used as a versatile multi-purpose dog. They serve a lot of jobs, but mainly as hunting companions for game of all sizes.

Similar to their cousin, the Siberian Husky, the Laika also pulled sleds. These dogs also had amazing stamina, but differ from the Husky because they’re much more territorial.

Though they come in a variety of colors, a white Laika is certainly the most strikingly beautiful. If not properly trained, they could show aggression to people and dogs on his or her property. They’re not recommended for novice dog owners or trainers.

Small White Dog Breeds

Small dog breeds are big dogs that come in small packages. For the most part, they’ll weigh less than 25 pounds and shorter than 16 inches to the shoulder.

Not every small dog breed is fluffy. So, here are the small white dogs that lack the fluffy coats, but not the beautiful personalities or elegant white hue. 

24. West Highland White Terrier

Highlights: Loyal, Cheerful, Humorous

The West Highland White Terrier, often referred to as the “Westie,” is an adorable white dog that embodies the spirit of all terrier dogs. They’re lively, confident and playful.

Bred to be underground ratters, the Westie is a surprisingly sturdy and tough dog. Their coats are a little rough and they aren’t the fluffiest of dogs. 

Among the small terriers, the Westie is one of the most popular and it’s easy to see why they’re still growing in popularity. 

25. French bulldog

Highlights: Adaptable, Intelligent, Fun-loving

Creamed color Frenchies are probably the rarest colors for this breed.

Frenchies have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. According to the AKC, they’re consistently in the top 5 for most popular dog breeds. 

French Bulldogs come in so many colors and coat variations, but the white is the most attractive in my opinion. Check out the 8 beautiful colors of Frenchies here.

Known for their large bat-like ears and stable temperaments, Frenchies are some of the most adaptable dogs in the world. No wonder they’re so hard to resist among owners in America.

26. Puli

Highlights: Devoted, Intelligent, Agile

The Puli is not a dog breed you see every day. Despite their white coats, they have unique dreadlocks that simply cannot be mistaken. Because of their coat, they’ve been called the “mop dogs.”

They’re actually great herders with a lot of power. Thanks to their undying loyalty, they thrive best when they’re working side by side with their humans. 

But don’t let their appearance fool you, Puli dogs are surprisingly agile and athletic, landing them the reputation of being the “acrobat dog of the world.” 

Highlights: Lively, Loving, Sweet

Not all Chinese Crested dogs are solid white. Some are black, but mosh have spotted pink skin with highlights of white. It’s relatively uncommon to find a solid white one. 

They get their names because of their amazing hairdo – the “crested” spiky and stylish fur that sits atop their heads. These dogs come in two variations.

The “powderpuff” Crested has long silky hair covering the body. On the other hand, the hairless only has hair on their heads, ears, chins, legs and tails.

28. Chihuahua

Highlights: Courageous, Bold, Charming

The Chihuahua is the national symbol of Mexico (more Mexican dogs here). They’re truly small dogs with big personalities. Despite their small stature, they will guard and protect – or at least try.

Chihuahuas aren’t just famous for Taco Bell commercials. These little purse dogs have a lot of history dating back to the pre-Columbian kingdoms of Mexico.

Although people claim Chihuahuas aren’t intelligent dogs, I’d argue that they’re much more intelligent than people give them credit for. See why here.

RECOMMENDED: 25 Crazy Chihuahua Mixes

29. Bedlington Terrier

Highlights: Loyal, Delightful, Playful

Within the Terrier Group, the Bedlington Terrier is one of the most graceful and elegant breed. Furthermore, they’re probably the most versatile too.

Though they were originally bred to help with mining, they do so much more today. Bedlingtons are effective watchdogs, capable athletes and desirable companions.

In appearance, they’re one of the most unique dog breeds. The rugged white coat and loosely hung ears make them stand out among all the breeds in this world.

Big White Dogs

Big dogs are what the people in this world love. It’s not a coincidence that almost all the most popular dog breeds are big dogs. With that said, we’ll actually be grouping medium and large dog breeds together for this list.

This means that any dog that’s considerably bigger than a small dog breed will be included. Here are the best big white dog breeds:

30. Dogo Argentino

Highlights: Courageous, Affectionate, Modest

The Dogo Argentino is a massive white dog breed developed in Argentina. Despite their “dangerous” reputation, they’re rather friendly and optimistic dogs.

These dogs are equipped with powerful legs and extraordinary athletic abilities. In other words, they can be explosive dogs and make great deterrent dogs.

Dogo Argentinos are alert by nature, meaning that they’re excellent guard dogs too. However, they were originally bred to help take down large game (boars and pumas).

31. White American Shepherd

Highlights: Confident, Alert, Eager

The White Shepherd is a relatively new breed, only recently recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1999. They are essentially German Shepherds, but with a stunning white coat.

As with most shepherds, they’re excellent at herding and protecting. Both of which, are driven by their strong work ethics and high-energy levels. Swimming, fetch and running exercises work best with these dogs.

Though they have an affectionate side, they can be wary of unfamiliar people. In fact, it’s in their instincts to be alert with strangers.

RECOMMENDED: 31 Gorgeous German Shepherd Mixes

32. Komondor

Highlights: Courageous, Proud, Devoted

The Komondor is a truly powerful big white dog from Hungary. Their main job was to protect and guard the livestock of Hungarian farmers.

They have an interesting coat similar to that of the Puli – but less like dreadlocks and more like white chords of hair. For this reason, they’re one of the most recognizable dogs in the world.

Because of their independent nature, they can be difficult to train. These dogs are reserved for only the most experienced and confident dog owners.

33. Central Asian Shepherd Dog

Highlights: Independent, Brave, Confident

Quiet and proud, the Central Asian Shepherd is a truly courageous shepherd with high territorial instincts. Though their origins aren’t clear, we know that they served as fearless guardians for centuries.

With an intense devotion to the pack, the Central Asian Shepherd will take down the largest of predators or die trying. There is no stopping these massive beasts.

It’s speculated that these dogs were not strategically bred, rather evolved from natural selection over the course of 4 thousand years. Today, they’re mainly seen anywhere between China to Afghanistan.

34. Rajapalayam Dog

Highlights: Affectionate, Intelligent, Alert

The Rajapalayam is a royalty dog found among aristocrats in Southern India.

Also known as the Poligar Hound, the Rajapalayam Dog is an Indian sighthound bred to accompany the aristocrats and royalty of Southern India.

They’re outstanding hunting dogs used to help take down the fierce wild boars. Despite being a sighthound, they were also trained to be scent hounds, making them ultra versatile.

Rajapalayam dogs thrive best with one owner, and not necessarily with a big family. They’re very wary of strangers and can become hostile towards them. So, socialization is key for these dogs.

RECOMMENDED: 15 Exotic Indian Dog Breeds

Did we miss any white dog breeds on our list? Whether they’re large, small or fluffy white dogs, let us know in the comments section below!

Posts you may like:

About the author

Richard Jeng

Richard has been raising dogs his whole life, including a Poodle, Pomeranian, Corgi and Australian Shepherd. He's always working with animal shelters and dog rescues because of his passion for all dogs. Fun fact: his all time favorite breed is the German Shepherd. Read More.

Leave a Comment