13 Most Popular White Dog Breeds (Fluffy, Small, Large and More)

Did you know that over 60 million households keep dogs in the US? Per household, they are the most popular pet in the US by far!

So if you’re looking for white dog breeds, you’re in the right place. In this list, we have collected the 13 most popular white-coated dogs.

They range from small apartment-friendly pets to large independent dogs best kept outside; we have tried to offer something for everyone.

We have prioritized easy-to-care-for and beginner-friendly dogs in our list so most of the dog breeds mentioned below will be suitable for most people.

With that said, let’s get started on our list of the 13 most popular white dog breeds.

1. Samoyed

Samoyed DogThe Samoyed is perhaps the most well-known big white fluffy dog that ever existed!

It was originally bred in Siberia to help hunt and tow sleds. It is a large-sized dog with a thick white double coat. The outer coat is long and fluffy and the guard coat is oily; this helps to keep them warm in sub-freezing conditions.

As working dogs, they are headstrong with boundless energy levels. However, this doesn’t mean they can’t be a loving family pet. With the right owner, they will become a loyal, loving family member.

You should expect your male Samoyed to grow up to 23.5 inches and 60 pounds, with a female growing to 21 inches and 50 pounds.

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2. Maltese

MalteseThe Maltese are one of the most well-known small white dogs. It’s famous for its long, straight, smooth coat and fearless attitude towards larger dogs.

If you’re looking for a low-shedding dog, the Maltese could be for you as their coat rarely sheds.

They are loving toy dogs who have been kept and admired for centuries now. Their temperament towards humans is fantastic; however, they can be aloof towards other dogs.

You should expect a male Maltese to grow up to 9 inches and 7 pounds, with females standing up to 7 inches and weighing less than 7 pounds.

3. Bichon Frise

Bichon FriseWe are now in the realms of the aristocracy. The Bichon Frise was originally bred for French aristocrats, however, during the revolution, they were all but abandoned.

They are known for their immaculate white curly appearance, almost looking like a toy.

You should know that if you intend to keep one you should be prepared to pay out on grooming expenses as they will need regular haircuts.

This dog should not be left alone for any extended period of time though as it becomes very attached to its owners and can become destructive when left. You should expect a male Bichon Frise to grow up to 12 inches and 15 pounds, whereas females should reach 10.5inch and 11 pounds.

4. Pomeranian

PomeranianIt’s small, it’s white and it’s fluffy. Say hello to the Pomeranian.

Like the Bichon Frise mentioned above, we are also dealing with dog royalty here. It is a favorite of royals gone by.

Its foxy face, vibrant personality, and magnificent coat, all have contributed to making Poms one of the most popular toy breeds in the world.

In terms of size, males should reach a maximum of 7 inches and 7 pounds, whereas females should be up to 6 inches and 5 pounds.

You can expect your Pomeranian to live up to around 16 years old.

5. Great Pyrenees

Great PyreneesHere we have one of the largest white dogs around. The Great Pyrenees can weigh in at a whopping 160 pounds and can grow up to 32 inches tall. You should expect females to be not much shorter at 29 inches.

They were originally bred to defend sheep and other livestock on snowy mountaintops, however today they have a softer personality and make attentive home protectors.

With monk-like calm disposition, they can be confused as docile, however, when needed, they leap into action.

Their thick white coat is weatherproof; however, it isn’t solid white and usually is accompanied by various shades of tan or badger.

Although their history is as a working dog, they can now make a loving family member. They are large, intelligent, and headstrong, so whoever is interested in the Great Pyrenees needs to be prepared to give this dog the time they need to appropriately train them.

6. Argentine Dogo

Argentine DogoWithout a doubt, the Argentine Dogo is an intimidating dog to look at. Their large muscular frame and booming bark are enough to send many people running.

However, behind their appearance, is a loving and affectionate dog. In many ways this is a dog of contradictions, ferocious outside, yet loving inside; fearless yet emotional.

It was originally bred in Argentina by Antonio Nores Martínez to hunt big game. Antonio also wanted a dog that would innately protect its owner; the Argentine Dogo does this.

Due to its origins, it is banned or restricted in many countries now so make sure to check local regulations before considering one. Its smooth white coat covers all 100 pounds of muscle and it should reach up to 27 inches tall.

7. Husky

Husky PhotoIs there a more famous winter dog than the Husky? Whilst not a true white dog, we can’t leave this beautiful dog off our list. In fact, their coat comes in all shades including:

  • Red
  • Sable
  • Black
  • Gray

However, nearly all Huskies will have white on at least some part of their body. Like the Akbash Dog, you should be prepared to spend at least two brushing sessions with your Husky each week. Also twice a year they will shed their coat completely so they aren’t ideal for people suffering from allergies.

The Siberian Husky was originally bred to hunt by the Chukchi people. They are very intelligent dogs and also independent. You will need to be their pack leader and earn their respect. Nothing is given from a Husky, it needs to be earned.

If you are thinking about getting a Husky you should make sure you lead an active outdoor lifestyle as they have lots of energy they need to burn off. Without lots of daily exercise, they will become destructive.

Males should grow up to 22 inches and weighs up to 50lbs, with females growing to 20 inches and weighing up to 40 lbs.

8. Akbash Dog

Akbash DogThe Akbash dog was bred back in 300 B.C. in Turkey and was intended to be used as a livestock guardian.

Its temperament, size, and strength all make it an ideal candidate to bond with and watch over flocks as they grazed on Turkish mountains.

If we could use two words to describe this dog it would be suspicious and caring. Remember they were originally bred as working dogs and as a result are highly alert to strangers.

Their coat is white all over except for their head which can sometimes have a shade of biscuit to it. You should be prepared to groom this dog every week and up to three times a week when they are shedding.

Your Akbash should grow to around 33 inches tall and can weigh up to 140 lbs. Females are slightly smaller at 29 inches tall and 120 lbs.

9. Japanese Spitz

Japanese SpitzThe Japanese Spitz is a small but fiery dog. Don’t let their size deceive you; they are a natural guard dog with a personality that far surpasses their physical stature.

Spitz’s need lots of exercise and have lots of energy. You should expect to exercise them for at least 1 hour every day otherwise they can become restless.

They are ideal for people who love the look of the Samoyed but don’t want a large dog. You can expect a male to grow up to 14.5 inches and 15.5lbs with females being 13 inches tall and weighing 13lbs.

If you’re looking for a mid-sized companion dog with a fluffy white coat the Japanese Spitz could be the dog for you.

10. West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White TerrierThe West Highland White Terrier, also known as a Westie, was initially bred to hunt rodents. They are a small, energetic dog with incredible amounts of self-confidence. They are the epitome of a small dog in a big dog’s body!

They have a rugged double white coat which helps keep them warm in their native Scottish highlands.

You can expect your Westie to grow up to 11 inches tall and weigh up to 20 lbs. Females are a touch smaller at 9.5 inches and weighing up to 18 lbs.

They make a great companion however you should be careful with them around children. They have a high prey drive and don’t deal well with rough handling.

11. Dalmatian


Welcome to one of the most recognizable dog breeds in the world.

Since their Hollywood appearance in 101 Dalmatians in 1996 they have captivated both children and adults alike.

Their spotted white and black coat is instantly recognizable.

You can expect a male to grow up to 24 inches and weigh up to 90 lbs; with females growing up to 22 inches and 70 lbs.

They are strong, active dogs who need plenty of exercise and engagement.

12. Havanese

HavaneseInterestingly the Havanese is the only native dog breed of Cuba; they were actually named after the capital city of Cuba, Havana.

It is also a cousin of the Bichon Frise which we mentioned earlier on in this list.

They have a lively personality and love spending time playing with you; this is probably why they are currently seeing a boom in popularity amongst young city dwellers.

They come in a variety of colors including Black and Silver, Red and Fawn. However, they are most well known for their white coat.

13. Chihuahua

ChihuahuaNo list on white dogs would be complete without mentioning the Chihuahua; without a doubt the most famous toy dog around.

They are often described as entertaining, amusing and the soul of the party. Their oversized personality is endearing, however, they are needy and require lots of attention.

Due to their tiny size, they are known to suffer from a variety of ailments, so make sure to research this thoroughly before purchasing one.

Males can grow up to 9 inches tall and weigh a maximum of 6 pounds.


We hope this list of the best 13 white dogs has helped you decided which breed of dog you should get.

We have tried to offer something for everyone.

From a small apartment dog like the Havanese to a strong independent dog like the Husky.

Remember to read our complete dog breeds, to help you better understand each dog and whether they are suitable for you.

About Thomas Woods 222 Articles
Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.


  1. You seemed to have left off the American Eskimo from your list of white dog breeds, which come in three different sizes.

  2. Also, English Pointers are known to have a prominent white base coat with spots of various colors almost similar to the Dalmation.

  3. Hi! Interesting read! However, you didn’t mention the Maltipoo, they’re predominately white, maybe 3 sizes; some are small… like 10 pounds but usually not more than 25 pounds; intelligent, easy to train and potty train! Grooming is almost daily but going to the Groomers is preferable.
    Thanks for letting me share!

  4. I have taken notes. I am interested in a very small white dog. I am 4 feet 11 inches tall, need an obedient dog to live in a small studio, don’t want one who sheds (I saw advertisement saying ghere is one that does not shed). Want a white dog with blue eys and one I can name myself. Am I to treat a dog just like I would a brand new baby? I have allergies and hope I can find a dog without fear of allergies How Much do they cost, what are they fed can you buy snakes for them? I want to take a dog for walks. Dog must not be heavy–6 lbs maybe? I do not have a website. I use an iMac.

  5. I did not see English Bulldog listed, why??? A small to medium short-haired dog, usually mostly white in color.

  6. Hello,
    You left out the cutest little dogs a shih tzu. They come in teacup/small sizes and they are wonderful family pets to have. They get along with children and all sizes of the family. Thanks

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