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10 White Dog Breeds: Big, Small & Fluffy (With Pictures)

Written by: Oliver Jones

Last Updated on April 11, 2024 by Dogster Team

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10 White Dog Breeds: Big, Small & Fluffy (With Pictures)

While all dogs are adorable in their own ways, white pups have something that makes them so compellingly irresistible. When most people think about white breeds, they picture tiny, fluffy dogs such as the Chihuahua and Maltese. However, white dog breeds come in all shapes and sizes. They can be fluffy, small, massive, and everything in between. The following are 10 of the most popular white dog breeds today.

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The Top 10 White Dog Breeds

1. Samoyed

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The Samoyed is a large, white, and fluffy dog that looks like an overgrown Pomeranian. Despite looking like a munchkin, the Samoyed is an incredibly strong-willed dog with boundless energy levels. Therefore, you will be disappointed if you are expecting a couch potato.

Samoyeds were bred to hunt and tow sleds in the harsh Siberian wilderness. Their long and fluffy outer coat is for keeping them warm in subzero conditions, not for aesthetic purposes. Since the Samoyed was bred to be a working dog, they are happiest when working or exercising and aren’t suitable for apartment dwellers. However, with the right owner, Samoyeds make excellent family pets.

Nonetheless, you should know that Samoyeds are expensive and require adequate training.


2. Pomeranian

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As one of the fluffiest white canines, the Pomeranian can melt even the coldest of hearts. Along with their vibrant personalities, it is no wonder that Pomeranians are arguably the most popular toy dog breed in the world and one of the most popular white pups.

A Pom never stops being cute, and they only weigh around 7 pounds as an adult. They also have an impressive lifespan, living up to 16 years.


3. Bichon Frise

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The Bichon Frise does not look like a real dog. Their fluffy, snow-white coat and round black eyes make them look more like a stuffed animal. Unsurprisingly, the Bichon Frise was bred as a toy dog for French aristocrats.

Another reason for their immense popularity, besides their cute appearance, is their cheerful and affectionate temperament. However, they are prone to mischief. Therefore, ensure that you train your Bichon Frise properly to keep destructive habits in check. They also do not like being left alone due to how deeply attached they become to their owners.

The Bichon Frise’s attractive coat must be regularly groomed, and they need a haircut every month.


4. Great Pyrenees

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Standing up to 32 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds, the Great Pyrenees is among the largest white dog breeds around. This beautiful dog was bred to defend livestock against wolf attacks and other predators on snowy mountaintops. They make excellent pets and guard dogs. Despite their willingness to jump into action, the Great Pyrenees is typically calm and docile.


5. Maltese

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The Maltese is an excellent fit for those looking for a hypoallergenic white toy dog since their long, straight, smooth coat rarely sheds.

Like most tiny dogs, the Maltese is unbelievably sassy and fearless. They’ll try to exert dominance over every other animal in their household. Nonetheless, these little cuties have a fantastic temperament toward their humans.


6. Dogo Argentino

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Contrary to popular opinion, a white coat does not automatically make a dog cute and cuddly, and the Dogo Argentino proves that. Also known as the Argentinian Mastiff, the Dogo Argentino is a 100-plus-pound, heavily muscled canine. This powerful breed was created to hunt big game and fight off mountain lions and other predators.

The Dogo Argentino is ferocious but loyal and loving to their owner. They require a strong, dominant, and experienced handler. Therefore, they’re not suitable for first-time pet parents since they can be difficult to control.


7. Japanese Spitz

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The Japanese Spitz is another white fluffy dog. Despite weighing a maximum of 13 pounds when fully grown, they act like they’re much larger. The Japanese Spitz’s fiery personality can be controlled, but they’re better suited to experienced owners.

Because of their energetic nature, you’ll need to provide plenty of exercise to prevent destructive behaviors. However, they make excellent companions.


8. Akbash

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The Akbash is one of the oldest breeds in the world, and some sources state that their history dates as far back as 300 B.C. The Akbash is native to Turkey and was bred to guard livestock. Like other guard dogs, the Akbash is loving and loyal to their family while being aloof or suspicious of strangers.

You should also know that the Akbash is a strong-willed dog, making them difficult to train. Therefore, we would not recommend one for first-time dog owners. Stubborn dogs are difficult to train, but an experienced owner shouldn’t have any problems with the Akbash.


9. Havanese

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The Havanese are the only breed native to Cuba and are named after Cuba’s capital city, Havana. While the Havanese is renowned for their fluffy, white coat, it comes in various colors, including red and fawn, and black and silver.

The Havanese has a lively personality, and they’re ideal for active families and single owners.


10. Chihuahua

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Our list could not be complete without mentioning the sassiest canine on the planet: the Chihuahua. While Chihuahuas come in various colors, the white Chihuahua is arguably the most popular.  With their lively personality, the Chihuahua is the life of the party wherever they go. Even though this small breed requires lots of attention, they make a great pet for first-time owners.

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Summary

If you like white dogs, you will likely find the ideal breed from our list. Was it a fluffy white dog that tickled your fancy? Or did you fall in love with a tiny white dog? Every dog we discussed can make an excellent pet, but some breeds are more suitable for experienced owners. However, even first-time owners should train their dogs or take them to obedience classes.

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