There are a number of breeds that come in white. Labs, golden retrievers, and Chihuahuas all have variations that range from the completely white coat to the more common yellow or cream variety. But some breeds are almost exclusively white.

If you’re thinking of adding a white dog to your family, here are the most common breeds you’ll find. Each has their own unique personality and set of needs, so be sure to do your research before bringing one home! If you want to narrow down your choice, you can also check out our articles about small white dog breeds, large or big white dog breeds and fluffy white dog breeds.

Gallery of the Cutest White Dog Breeds:

Samoyeds, Bichon Frise, Maltese, Kuvasz, Kuvasz, and even white Golden Retrievers are some of the most popular white dog breeds. Check out this gallery for cute white dog pics, or scroll down to read our list of the most popular white dog breeds.

Dog Breeds with All-White Dogs:

White Golden Retrievers / Labrador Retrievers

Weight: 65-75 pounds. Key traits: friendly, intelligent, affectionate, and vivacious

Most retrievers are beige, brown, or black, but you will also occasionally see white-coated retrievers (white or off-white). There is no breed that’s as sweet as the golden retriever. This dog breed is known for its gentleness, friendliness, and loyalty to the family.

Samoyed

Weight: 35-65 pounds. Key traits: friendly, affectionate, and social

If you’re looking for a loving dog breed, the Samoyed is a great choice. It’s known for being one of the most enthusiastic dogs when it comes to showing affection towards people. It will never say no to a cuddle! And how could you resist a cuddle with this little white fluff ball?

This popular breed is usually everything that the words “friendly” and “huggable” imply. The Samoyed is happy in both cold, snowy weather and under the scorching sun of warmer regions because its thick coat protects it from heat as well as cold.

White Husky

Weight: 35-60 pounds. Key traits: active, devoted

The Siberian Husky is a loving family companion who needs plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy. He’s good with children, but can be a handful to housebreak. His fur ranges in color from black and white to pure white.

White Bulldogs

Weight: 60-120 pounds. Key traits: friendly, affectionate, patient

Bulldogs are fun-loving and gentle with children. They make charming watchdogs because they bark little and love everybody. White bulldogs are a rare color variant of the American Pit Bull Terrier. There is no character difference between white American terriers and bulldogs, and the colored ones. White Bulldogs are often preferred for aesthetic purposes.


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Bolognese

Weight: 8-14 pounds. Key traits: affectionate, intelligent

The Bolognese is a small white dog breed that needs lots of exercise. This breed is not well-known outside of Europe, but their pure white coats are eye-catching.

Maremma Sheepdog

Weight: 70-195 pounds. Key traits: brave, reliable

The Maremma Sheepdog is a breed of guardian dog who needs lots of exercises and loves to play. He can be wary or suspicious of strangers. The pure white coat of the Maremma Sheepdog is one of his most appealing characteristics.

American Eskimo

Weight: 25-35 pounds. Key traits: affectionate, playful, alert

The American Eskimo is a breed of companion dog who enjoys playing with children and other dogs. His pure white coats are striking in appearance and considered a major attribute of the breed.

American Eskimo puppy:

Pomeranian

Weight: 4-8 pounds. Key traits: active, loyal, playful

If you love the look of cute fluffy white dogs, you will love the Pomeranian! A well-trained and socialized Pomeranian makes a good family pet. Their fur coats can be red, orange, brown-white, or mostly white.

Bichon Frise

Weight: 12-18 pounds. Key traits: gentle and friendly

Bichon Frises are one of the most popular toy breeds in America. And it’s not hard to see why when you look at this little puppy face!

bichon frise

Maltese

Weight: 4-7 pounds. Key traits: friendly, lively

The Maltese dog makes a delightful house dog for city or country dwellers alike. He is an entertaining companion who enjoys playing games and getting into mischief with you. His fluffy little white coat is virtually carefree, requiring only occasional weekly brushing to keep it clean (about twice a week).

West Highland Terrier

Weight: 12-22 pounds. Key traits: friendly, lively, affectionate

Westies are spunky and lovable dogs who like to be the center of attention. These dogs are good for people with little experience in dog care because they adapt well to new situations. Their white coats need combing and brushing several times a week to prevent tangles.

Great Pyrenees

Weight: 80-120 pounds. Key traits: friendly, patient, devoted to family.

A large dog with a long white coat, the Great Pyrenees was developed in France’s mountainous regions as a livestock guardian and watchdog. He is calm and very good with children, but like any dog, young ones should always be supervised when around. His white coat is very fluffy and needs to be brushed often.

Havanese

Weight: 10-16 pounds. Key traits: affectionate, playful, intelligent

The Havanese has a long coat which comes in a variety of colors, but the most sought after is pure white. People love havanese dogs because they are highly intelligent, kind, and playful.

Puli (White or Black)

Weight: 22-33 pounds. Key traits: dreadlocks!

Puli dogs are very unusual and will definitely get noticed. Their white coats are made of dreadlocks, and you can easily understand why they are called the “mop dogs.” The Puli is an active breed and very social. Most of these dogs are white or black.

Pekingese

Weight: 7-14 pounds. Key traits: affectionate, playful

The Pekingese is a small dog who needs lots of companionship. His thick coat is usually pure white. However, this breed is not the most hypoallergenic of dogs because of his thick fur.

White Chihuahua

Weight: 4-6 pounds. Key traits: Friendly, lively, devoted

Chihuahuas are proud and intelligent dogs who bond closely with their people. They get along well with kids, but don’t always tolerate being handled roughly.

Coton De Tulear

Weight: 8-13 pounds. Key traits: friendly, lively

The Coton De Tulear is an affectionate family dog who has a playful, clownish side to him as well. He thrives on human companionship and loves to be a lap dog.

coton de tulear white dog

White Bull Terrier

Weight: 50-85 pounds. Key traits: friendly, fearless, playful

The Bull Terrier is a loyal and protective dog who makes a great family companion for active people. This breed is good with kids, but requires early socialization to prevent aggression toward other dogs.

Silkese

Weight: 4-7 pounds. Key traits: friendly, outgoing

This affectionate little dog is gentle with children and loves to play. The Silkese is a toy breed which is the result from crossing Silky Terriers with Malteses, which is where he gets his unusual name.

Kuvasz

Weight: 90-115 pounds. Key traits: gentle, devoted

The Kuvasz was developed in Hungary as a livestock guardian dog who is both sweet-tempered and focused on protecting his family and flock. He can make a fine watchdog. His fluffy white coat presents some challenges for dog caretakers, but the work is worth it.

Dogo Argentino

Weight: 90-120 pounds. Key traits: friendly, loyal, strong-willed, territorial

The Dogo Argentino is a highly intelligent dog who can be aggressive towards other animals unless properly trained. He’s fine with older children (over age seven), but not with infants or toddlers (due to his size and exuberance). Because they tend to be territorial, they can also be excellent protectors for your family.

Poodles

Weight: 6 pounds (toy poodles) to 70 pounds. Key traits: friendly, intelligent, easygoing

Poodles come in three sizes–Toy, Miniature and Standard (the one shown here), and can be white or multicolored. This breed is people-oriented and loves playing with children and other dogs.

Sealyham terrier

Weight: 18-20 pounds. Key traits: friendly, bright, lively

The Sealyham Terrier is an active dog who needs plenty of exercise. He’s fine with children, but can be headstrong and independent-minded–so he may not be the right dog for inexperienced owners.

Yakutian Laika

Weight: 50-66 pounds. Key traits : friendly, active, devoted

The Yakutian Laika is an excellent hunting dog who needs lots of exercise to stay healthy and happy. He’s good with other dogs and family members, but should be supervised around strangers. His coat can be pure white and golden-white.

Hokkaido

Weight: 44-66 pounds. Key traits: affectionate, devoted

The Hokkaido is a compact and sturdy dog who needs lots of exercise. He’s playful and smart, but can be difficult to housebreak. Hokkaido’s coats can be orange, brown-white, or mostly white.

Japanese Spitz

Weight: 11-20 pounds. Key traits: cheerful, active

The Japanese Spitz is a small dog who needs plenty of exercise and loves to play. If you love the look of cute fluffy white dogs, you will love the Japanese Spitz! Here is an adorable puggy picture of a Japanese Spitz:

And the adult version looks just as cute:

Slovensky Cuvac

Weight: 70-100 pounds. Key traits: eager to please, affectionate, devoted

The Slovensky Cuvac is a versatile working dog who makes a lively and loving family companion. He’s good with children, but should be supervised around strangers. The Slovensky Cuvac’s coat can be white, black, black, and tan or grayish.

Volpino Italiano

Weight: 9-14 pounds. Key traits: affectionate, playful

The Volpino Italiano is a small dog who needs plenty of exercise. He’s good with children, but can be timid or suspicious around strangers. The Volpino Italiano’s pure white coat is one of his best attributes.

Cockapoo

Weight: 12-24 pounds. Key traits: lively, intelligent

The Cockapoo is an eager-to-please, friendly, and playful dog who loves being in the middle of family activities. His coat can be white or white with a mix of other color such as black or brown.

Kishu Ken

Weight: 30-60 pounds. Key traits : friendly, loyal, playful.

The Kishu Ken is a breed of hunting dog who requires lots of exercise and loves to play. This breed is not well-known outside of Japan, but their white coats are eye-catching. Certainly a breed to consider if you are looking for a white dog breed.

Akita

Weight: 80-110 pounds. Character traits: intelligent, strong-willed

Another dog native to Japan, the Akita is a breed of companion dog who enjoys playing with children and other dogs. He can have a variety of colors in his coat, including pure white.

Old English Sheepdog

Weight: 60-100 pounds. Key traits : affectionate, intelligent

The Old English Sheepdog is a breed of herding dog who needs plenty of exercise and usually requires a large play area. His pure white coats are striking in appearance. However, his thick coats can be a challenge to groom.

Central Asian Shepherd

Weight: 90-170 pounds. Key traits: independent, self-confident, devoted, intelligent

The Central Asian Shepherd is a breed of guardian dog who needs lots of companionship and exercise to be happy. His thick coat is usually pure white with dark points. This breed has a lot of love to give in return for companionship and exercise.

Basset Griffon Vendeen

Weight: 40-55 pounds. Key traits: friendly, affectionate

The Basset Griffon Vendeen is a scent hound who makes a lively and loving family companion. He’s good with children, but can be timid when teased.

Canaan Dog (White)

Weight: 45-55 pounds. Key traits: brave, loyal, intelligent.

The Canaan dog is an ancient breed of working dog who enjoys spending time outdoors. His coat is usually black and white, but can also be brown or pure white.

White American Bulldog

Weight: 60-100 pounds. Key traits: active, friendly, intelligent, protective

The American Bulldog is a medium-sized dog breed who enjoys spending time with children and other dogs. This breed needs plenty of exercise and loves to play. His coat is usually white, brindle, or a combination of both.

White with Colors… and a Lot of Cuteness

Australian Shepherds

Papillon

Cavalier King Charles

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Japanese Chin

French Spaniel

Border Collie Sheepdog

Miniature American Shepherd

Brittany Spaniel

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Is Getting a White Dog Breed a Good Idea?

White dogs are generally considered attractive by the majority of people. However, most white dog breeds have drawbacks that you should be aware of.

Most white dog breeds have skin and eye problems that can be expensive to treat. Many white dog breeds also have a lot of fur which requires regular maintenance to avoid shedding around the house.

In addition to being a striking color, white dogs can be very difficult to keep clean. Owners of white dogs should not bathe their pets too often, instead washing them when they get noticeably dirty.

White coats also show signs of wear and tear more easily than dark or multicolored coats do. White fur tends to turn yellow over time. Dogs with light brown, gray or beige fur are less likely to show their age than dogs with white coats.

The greatest disadvantage of a white dog breed is that it requires extra maintenance to keep its coat looking great. Most people would consider this drawback to be minor, but it should not be overlooked.

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  • Dr. Winnie earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. She is a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs.

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