Looking for the perfect white dog breed for your family? There are many different types of white pups out there, and it can be hard to figure out which breed is the perfect fit. Breed selection is something that every dog buyer should consider when picking out a pup. Genetics plays a part when dogs are given a fluffy white coat, and all breeds are professionally bred with certain traits in mind.
It’s not just as easy as picking out pups that have a white coat. The color may be your prerequisite for your next family dog, but there are many different breeds, dog sizes, and coat types to consider before picking your next pup.
We’ve tried to make your life a little easier by showcasing a comprehensive list of our 31 favorites that will blend in with the snow every winter. Let’s take a look at each white dog breed below and what you can expect if you decide to take one home sometime soon.
Big White Dog Breeds
In this section, we cover the larger white dog breeds. We’ve broken each breed out by size and coat length. There are 19 different large dog breeds that produce pups with white coats. Some of them are fluffy coats, some of them are long coats and some of them are shorter coats.
One thing is for certain, a bigger dog means more shedding. If you intend to bring home a big white pup, make sure you plan in advance and get the right tools to de-shed your dog and keep shedding to a minimum. You’ll want to de-shed at least once per week. This is especially true if you bring home a white dog breed that has long hair or fluffy hair.
The larger short-haired dogs will need to be groomed less frequently. You can get away with de-shedding dogs in this category twice per month. If you do decide one of these pups is for you, you’ll find yourself stopping to talk about your dog every time you head to the dog park.
Large & Fluffy
These breeds are what we’d call “large and fluffy” white coated dogs. These pups have longer hair than short-haired dogs, but they are “fluffier” in nature. This list isn’t meant to be all-inclusive, but it’s a good representation of the more popular white-coated pups in each category.
Most of these larger & fluffier dogs will get to be north of 50 pounds when fully grown, so make sure you have plenty of space in your home & yard. On top of de-shedding frequently, you’ll want to bathe regularly and keep a lint roller on hand. A white & fluffy dog doesn’t mix well with darker shades of clothes. Let’s jump in and look at these fluffy furballs.
The Samoyed is from Northwestern Siberia and was originally bred to hunt, haul sleds and herd livestock. This pup is truly a jack of all trades, that can serve multiple purposes. He’s usually kept happiest when he’s given a job to do that he can perform routinely.
This pup can be strong-willed at times, so it will require someone that’s either owned a dog before or knows how to train with a firm yet loving hand. Grooming requirements are high for this breed, so regular bathing and grooming will be needed.
The Kuvasz is a larger breed that was created specifically for guarding flocks. This larger dog hails from Hungary and sports a shaggier white coat. This dog is from the Molosser family, which is the same family as English Mastiffs and other large breeds.
This pup can get large, and males are typically over 100 pounds. This is not a great dog for first time owners, as they can be headstrong and a challenge to train. Grooming requirements are high, so be prepared brush them on a daily basis.
Standard poodles are one of the first dogs many people think of when thinking of a pup with an all-white coat! Poodles are one of the top dog breeds in the United States, ranked at 7 out of 10 by the AKC. Poodles are great for first-time owners, as they are one of the most obedient and intelligent breeds.
They are friendly with strangers and other family pets if socialized from puppyhood. They are also one of the most popular purebreds to combine with other breeds in the “designer dog” phenomenon that’s taken off in the last decade. Poodles will require regular grooming to keep shedding down.
The Great Pyrenees is a livestock guardian. Similar to the Kuvasz, this dog can be a challenge to train. They are headstrong and require a firm hand. Great Pyrenees are fantastic family dogs and good with children.
They are also from the Molosser family, which means these dogs will get quite large as they grow. It’s not uncommon for male dogs of this breed to clear 150 pounds when they are fully developed. Their coats are thick, fluffy and can get long, so you’ll need to groom them on a daily basis.
Berger Blank Suisse
The Berger Blanc Suisse, also known as the White Swiss Shepherd is an intelligent shepherd that was bred for both show and work. They are often confused with White German Shepherds, which they are not. Berger Blanc Suisse dogs are extremely intelligent pups, and they are extremely loyal to their family.
This breed should be socialized early, and because of their intelligence, you should not train harshly. They learn easily and are great in obedience, agility, coursing or other working activities. They are great family dogs provided you put in the time to ensure they bond with your lifestyle.
The German Shepherd Dog is the second most popular dog in the United States, only behind the Labrador. GSD’s have a recessive trait that can cause their coat to turn white. There is a significant controversy with the coat of this breed, and some GSD breeders do not recognize it as an actual GSD.
This breed has had several associations started to promote and dedicate themselves to the preservation of the white coat of the GSD. GSD’s can have long hair, short hair or have some fluff in either coat length. The GSD is an American favorite and with good reason.
Another breed believed to have been derived from the Molosser is the Akbash dog. The Akbash is calm and aware, and not shy or aggressive. This dog was built to shepherd it’s flock, even though it came from a long line of larger dogs.
It’s not uncommon for a male of this breed to clear 140 pounds. The Akbash is not commonly brought in as a family pet, primarily due to their stubbornness and difficulty to train. They are independent and need a firm pack leader. Consistency is key when learning to train this breed.
The Siberian Laika is part of the Spitz family of dogs, which includes the Pomeranian and the American Eskimo Dog. This pup is probably more of a medium-sized dog, but with the thick fur, they can look larger than they are.
The Laika is usually used for hunting, and it’s energy levels match their prey drive. They are alert dogs and will bark at strangers. They are not typically aggressive dogs towards humans but they may be less apt to embrace other pets. Early socialization is key.
The Hokkaido is a Japanese dog that has a thick double coat. This breed is highly intelligent and was bred for bear hunting, meaning they have an active prey drive. It’s part of the Japanese Spitz family, that covers a number of other breeds.
They need to be socialized at an early age so they do not become overprotective of their family. They are from the same line of dogs as the Akita or the Shiba Inu, and they are rare in the United States.
Did you know the Siberian Husky can have an all-white coat? This working breed was relied on for sledding, which means if you don’t keep them busy, they will often times find activities that will keep themselves busy around your house. They are highly intelligent and independent, and they are affectionate with just about everyone.
Because they were bred for their independence, they are difficult to train and we do not recommend them for first-time dog owners. They are often confused with other canines like wolves or compared to Alaskan Malamutes. If you can handle their personalities, they can turn out to be great family dogs.
Large & Short Haired
The next group of white dog breeds we will look at are pups that fall into the “large” category, but their coats are usually shorter. These dogs do not have long or fluffy coats, which means that grooming will be less challenging. While some of them can be a challenge to train, grooming is less of a problem.
These pups may have a shorter coat but they are big! Some of these pups can also get into the 100 pound plus range when it comes to their size. You’ll need to make sure you are prepared to handle what comes with a dog of this size when you decide to bring one home. This is especially true if the pup you adopt has both a high energy level as well as being big in size.
The American Bulldog is often mistaken for other breeds, including the American Pitbull Terrier and the Dogo Argentino. There are actually multiple types of American Bulldogs, including the “Bully” and the “Standard” type.
These dogs were bred for baiting and are extremely active. They’ll need to be supervised and should not be left alone for long periods of time, or they will find ways to keep themselves busy. They can also be suspicious and territorial with strangers.
The Dogo Argentino is another Molosser dog and is often compared to or mixed up with the American Pitbull Terrier. They are commonly called the Argentinian Mastiff. These pups were bred for hunting, and are fierce protectors of their family.
They have a high prey drive and can be difficult to train. These pups can get large, as the bigger males can clear 100 pounds. With the right mix of training and patience, they can be awesome family dogs.
American Pitbull Terrier
The American Pitbull Terrier is not an AKC recognized dog breed. APBT history is complex, and many of the bull breeds are very misunderstood. The APBT was bred for baiting, meaning they are extremely active dogs. You will need a decent sized yard and an outlet for your APBT if you plan on keeping them busy. Pitbulls can also have short white coats and may have a few spots.
This is not a breed for beginners. If trained properly, they can be extremely loyal and devoted family dogs. They shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time and can become destructive. Because of their popularity, American Pit Bulls are often mixed with other breeds.
American Saffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier is similar to the APBT, and they actually come from the same breeding lines. The Staffy is what the AKC recognizes as an actual breed, and many breeders will argue that they are wholly different than the APBT.
These pups are also considered Molosser dogs and will get quite large. Males can grow to over 80 pounds. They can also have beautiful short white-haired coats. As with other terrier-type dogs, they should not be left alone for long periods of time.
Large & Long Haired
There’s a few dogs that carry longer white coats, and are larger in stature. These pups will be sure to bring frequent trips to the groomer, and you’ll want to make sure you de-shed them regularly. As with all dog breeds on this list, these canines also have their own personalities and temperaments.
Depending on the size yard, and size of your home, you may or may not be equipped to properly deal with both the size and hair of these pups. With that being said, grooming regularly can help keep shedding down and make life much easier. While these pups are dark clothing’s worst enemy, they still may be a great fit for your family.
The Komondor looks like a mop! This breed may look interesting, but this white dog breed comes with some heavy responsibilities. The Komondor was bred to guard livestock, and they are highly protective of their family.
Originally from Hungary, these pups require extensive socialization and training. They can be aggressive towards other dogs but are usually accepting of other animals. If you plan to own one, grooming will become a daily task.
Salukis are hounds, and they are an independent breed. These pups look like a mix between a greyhound and a golden retriever but don’t let that fool you. They are extremely independent and are known for ignoring commands coming from their masters.
Like greyhounds and whippets, this pup loves nothing more than to curl up on his dog bed for a lazy nap. They have a high prey drive, which means unless well trained, you should not let them off leash outdoors.
These pups are often referred to as English Cream Retrievers. They are not a separate breed, but rather the lightest shade of Golden Retriever coat. The Golden Retriever (no matter the coat color) is one of the most popular dogs in America due to their calm temperament and easy-going attitude.
They love everyone and can be great family pets if trained appropriately. They train easily and are extremely sensitive dogs, making them perfect for first-time dog owners. There are few dogs better suited for people that haven’t learned how to train a dog before.
Small White Dog Breeds
Next we will look at a number of smaller white dog breeds. These pups also come in fluffy coats, longer coats, or shorter coats. Below are 14 different breeds of smaller dogs that may make a great family companion for your home depending on your exercise requirements and grooming capabilities.
Some of the more popular dogs in this list include the Pomeranian, the Eskie, the Maltese and the white Chihuahua. Because they are smaller than some of our larger dogs on this list, they will shed slightly less, but you’ll still need to keep the lint rollers handy because let’s face it… white hair is white hair.
Small & Fluffy
Looking for a tiny little puffball? These pups are small and fluffy, meaning they are all typically less than 40 pounds when fully grown. Some of the pups below may also fall into the “toy” category, meaning they are under 20 pounds when fully grown. These pups have longer and fluffier coats, meaning grooming will need to be at minimum a weekly occurrence (if not daily).
American Eskimo Dog
The American Eskimo dog (also called an “Eskie”) is a member of the Spitz family, similar to the Pomeranian. These dogs are on the smaller side, usually ranging from 15 to 30 pounds (both male and female).
These pups are active and lively, so you’ll need to make sure you can keep them entertained, or they will find ways to keep themselves entertained. They are outgoing and friendly dogs that love to be with people.
Pomeranians are part of the Spitz family, and these little fuzzballs are one of the most popular small breeds in the United States. These little pups are cute and spirited, and are extremely loyal to their families.
They are independent and will require consistency with training. They are in the same family as the Alaskan Malamute, although the Malamute is far larger. These pups like to bark, so be prepared for noise at the door. They make wonderful family pets, but they also come with a higher price tag.
Thie Bichon Frise is a small white fluffy dog. They can sometimes have a yellowish appearance as well. These little pups are extremely friendly and love just about everyone. They are intelligent and make great family companions.
They do bark, so plan accordingly if you live in an apartment and your neighbors don’t like noise. This breed doesn’t shed much, making them a great pick for people with allergies. They do get nervous when their master is gone, so be prepared to deal with separation anxiety if you adopt this breed.
The Japanese Spitz is a small to medium white & fluffy coated dog. They are companion dogs and do well with just about everyone. This is a double-coated dog, which sheds a lot, so you’ll want to stay on top of grooming every day.
This breed is pretty adaptable. They can manage in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised but also do well with lots of room to run. They do want to spend time with their family, so if you are looking for a cuddle buddy, the Japanese Spitz might be the perfect fit.
Pekingese pups are fluffy coated small dogs that are extremely independent. They come in a variety of colors, including white. Once a favorite of Chinese royalty, these pups are intelligent and make great watchdogs. They like to bark, so training will be required to curb the urge to speak.
These pups are extremely stubborn as well, so you’ll need to make sure you are both patient and firm during training. Socialization can also be an issue, so introduce to other family pets at an early age.
The Bolognese is a small little furball that has a long or short but fluffy coat. This breed is mischevious and highly intelligent. They like to play games and will definitely look to you to provide their entertainment.
They thrive on being with their family, so if you plan to leave them unattended for longer periods of time, they will not do well. These pups have a tendency to suffer from separation anxiety, so they will need a strong pack leader to show them how to behave.
Small & Short Haired
Looking for a small white dog without the fluff? Let’s look at some of our favorite pups that have white coats but don’t have the long hair. These dogs will make life easier on you from a grooming perspective, as most are only moderate shedders. We still recommend bathing regularly with hypoallergenic shampoos, as many of these breeds have more sensitive skin.
These pups range from extremely active, to less active but we’d always recommend having the right energy outlets for your dog. Size and coat don’t matter when socializing and training your pup. Let’s take a look at our favorite white coated dogs with shorter hair.
The Chihuahua is one of America’s favorite toy breed dogs. They are fiesty and have an attitude. You’ll need to start training and socializing at an early age with this breed. They are known to be extremely vocal and aren’t always the best when it comes to behaving with other dogs.
It’s not common for Chihuahuas to have all white coats, driving up the puppy costs for these unique pups. They can make great family dogs, and love to make your lap their favorite place to relax. Because of their popularity, they are also commonly crossed with other breeds.
Bull Terriers are one of the most unique looking dogs on this list. Originally established as a fighting dog, these pups have been bred most recently as stout family companions. This dog is active, so you’ll need to have a yard or proper energy outlet for your pup.
He’s independent and will need someone that can consistently reinforce training. They are not always friendly with other dogs, making early socialization a priority. As with most terrier breeds, he shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time.
French Bulldogs are small and bat-eared looking pups. They have lots of energy and are extremely intelligent. These pups will typically weigh less than 20 pounds and are often confused with other dog breeds, like the Boston Terrier.
They are extremely intelligent and react well to positive reinforcement training. Frenchies will love their family and wants to spend their time cuddled up with their favorite people. They can be territorial of their family as well, making proper socialization a priority at an early age.
Small & Long Haired
Want a small white pup and don’t mind having a long yet lustrous coat? The following five white dog breeds may be exactly what you are looking for. These pups will need more attention to daily and weekly grooming, but they each have long and beautiful white hair.
The brushing requirements will have the same frequency as larger dogs with white hair, but you’ll deal with less hair overall because let’s face it – you have less dog to deal with. The long-haired dogs below can make great family companions. Each breed has a different personality and training requirements, so let’s dive in and look at each type of dog.
The Havanese has long silky white hair, and can sometimes lean towards a yellowish color if not groomed frequently. This dog needs to be around humans, so it’s not an ideal breed if you spend long periods of time away from home.
This breed is active, and loves to train for activities like agility and flyball. The Havanese can also become anxious if left alone for long periods of time. That personality is also what makes it a great family dog, especially with children.
The Cavachon is a mixed breed dog that’s a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. These dogs can have an all-white coat, and their hair is longer than a regular Bichon Frise.
These dogs have lower energy requirements making them a good pick if you have a smaller house, yard or even an apartment. They are highly trainable and do prefer to be near their family at all times. They can suffer from separation anxiety as well.
The Maltese are a toy breed, that has long silky white hair. These dogs are sweet and intelligent and love attention. They prefer to be with their family at all times, and can also suffer from separation anxiety if they are not with their family.
They like to bark, so training them what’s appropriate will be paramount. Maltese can also become destructive if they are left alone for too long, so take that into account if you have a job that will keep you away all day.
West Highland Terrier
The West Highland Terrier is a small long-haired white dog that has been bred in most recent years as a family companion. These dogs get along with everyone, strangers and children included. Shedding is an issue, so you’ll need to make sure regular grooming is a part of your routine.
This breed also does very well in multiple dog households and prefers to be in a pack setting. This dog breed is extremely intelligent and highly trainable. It’s an excellent breed for first-time dog owners. They do not require a firm hand, and can actually shut down if trained too assertively.
The Lhasa Apso is an intelligent dog that originates from Tibet. They are companion dogs that are extremely protective. If you decide to adopt this breed into a multi-pet household, make sure you socialize early.
Even with proper socialization, they will still be on guard around strangers and other unknown animals. He’s independent and training can be a challenge if you are a first-time dog owner. Their long coat is stunning, but you’ll need to keep on top of grooming regularly.
Now that you’ve seen 31 different fluffy white dogs, hopefully you are a bit closer in finding which breed would be a perfect fit for your family! Don’t forget to find the perfect white dog name for your snowy coated pup! Each breed carries with it certain characteristics and traits that they are known for. One thing is certain, most white dog breed owners don’t care as much about the fur because they each have one thing in common; A need for a lint roller.
While this list isn’t all inclusive, it should put you on the right path to find your next pup. Remember, if you pick a fluffier pup, Grooming will become more of an issue, and you’ll likely want to save some money by sticking with some DIY grooming tips. If there’s a breed you feel we’ve missed, please drop a line in the comments section!
August 29, 2022 at 3:04 pm
i love dogs and cats i think their breeds are beautiful.
August 26, 2022 at 5:03 pm
Incorrect photo on West Highland White Terrier -- that is not a Westie
August 29, 2022 at 11:21 am
Dee you're correct we fixed/updated that photo to be a Westie!