White is typically the color that stands for holiness, purity, and all things good and right. This may be the very reason why white, along with brown and black, is one of the most popular dog colors.
Although I believe all dogs are beautiful no matter what color they are, white dog breeds are one of my personal favorites.
I also recommend checking out my article, “10 Jet-Black Dog Breeds (With Pictures),” if you haven’t already.
In this article, however, I will list 18 white dog breeds, going from smallest to largest. There are a lot of dog breeds to discuss, so without further ado, let’s begin!
- 1 Small White Dog Breeds
- 2 Medium-Sized White Dog Breeds
- 3 Kishu Ken
- 4 Large White Dog Breeds
Small White Dog Breeds
The dog breeds in this category are shorter than 13 inches tall and weigh about 18 pounds or less.
Smaller dogs are typically more apartment-friendly than larger ones, but remember, a yard for them to play in would be greatly appreciated.
Coton De Tulear
The Coton de Tulear is a small, family-friendly dog breed. They are only about 9-11 inches when they’re fully grown and weigh less than 16 pounds, so you don’t have to worry about these dogs getting too big.
Overall, they are great family dogs that aren’t very large or aggressive. If you have a small house or an apartment, consider getting the Coton de Tulear! Just remember that they should have regular exercise.
German Spitz (Toy)
The toy German Spitz only gets around 8–12 inches tall and weighs less than 12 pounds when it is fully grown.
Unfortunately, these dogs usually aren’t very good with young children, nor do they act very kindly to other dogs, but if you have older children or live alone, perhaps the German Spitz might be the right dog for you.
Another thing to keep in mind is that these dogs usually don’t respond well to commands, so you may have some problems training your German Spitz, but try to be persistent in their training.
Check out: 15 Beautiful German Dog Breeds
The Maltese is a small dog breed, only getting about 7-9 inches tall and weighing less than 7 pounds!
Do keep in mind, however, that they require daily, gentle brushing and combing if you want to prevent mats and tangles!
Overall, they should be a good choice if you’re looking for a small dog for your apartment.
American Eskimo Dog (Toy)
The toy American Eskimo Dog is a small, white dog breed that is only about 9–12 inches tall and weighs around 6–10 pounds.
Affectionate with the family, these dogs are quite active and should have enough exercise and plenty of mental challenges.
These dogs do shed almost constantly, so please keep this in mind if you are planning on adopting a Samoyed. Surprisingly, however, they only require weekly brushes.
The Bichon Frise is about 9.5-11.5 inches tall and weighs 12–18 pounds when it is fully grown.
These dogs are great for the family and are typically healthy dogs, but some health conditions to look out for include allergies, bladder infections, luxating patella, and cataracts.
Overall, they are great dogs if you want a dog that’s friendly and loving and that will love your family!
The Bolognese is a small dog that is around 10-12 inches tall and weighs 6-10 pounds when full-grown.
These dogs are playful, easy-going, and love people.
The Bolognese is prone to “small dog syndrome.” It’s when the dog thinks he (or she) is the “leader of the pack” to humans, and the dog may get a bit pushy. However, they are still great dogs and if you are looking for a playful and easy-going dog, perhaps the Bolognese is for you.
The Volpino Italiano (aka Cane de Quirinale) gets about 10.5-12 inches in length and weighs anywhere from 8-16 pounds when fully grown.
Surprisingly, even though this dog was born and bred in Italy, he’s a relative of the German Spitz which, of course, originates from Germany.
There are many master painters during the 16th to 19th century that depicted this dog, such as Michelangelo (1400s–1500s) and Andrea Landini (1800s).
In the 18th century, they were typically the companions of carters which were known to noisily announce to strangers on the streets.
Did you know Volpino is “little fox” or “fox” in Italian? So the English name of the Volpino Italiano is actually “Italian Little Fox!”
Medium-Sized White Dog Breeds
Medium-sized dog breeds do best with a larger yard, but if you don’t happen to have a yard, these dogs should be walked often.
The dogs in this category will be around 12–22 inches tall and weigh 10–60 pounds when they are full grown.
The Shiba Inu is around 13.5-16.5 inches tall and weighs around 16-23 pounds when it is fully grown.
These are friendly dogs, but they do best with older children who can handle them with care.
Please note, however, that Shibas should never be off-leash or let out-of-doors unsupervised. Unfortunately, these dogs will take any chance they have to escape, and obedience training can not fix that.
Check out: 8 Japanese Dog Breeds (With Pictures)
The Japanese Spitz is a medium-sized dog breed, getting 12–15 inches tall and weighing 10–25 pounds when it is full grown.
These dogs should do well with other dogs, and they are generally healthy dogs.
They do require a weekly brushing, but when they blow (shed) their coat they need daily brushings.
Samoyeds typically live for 12–14 years, but as you know already, dogs can get sick and pass before their expected lifespan. Although it is sad, it’s the brutal truth.
The Samoyeds are fairly healthy, however, and the few health conditions you really should look out for include hip dysplasia, as well as eye and cardiac disorders..
The Samoyed is a great family dog, and if you and your family are looking for a dog, perhaps you should consider getting a Samoyed.
The Kishu Ken is a medium-sized dog breed that is about 19–22 inches tall and weighs anywhere from 30–60 pounds.
These dogs are not only great family dogs, but they’re also admired for their superb prey drive, so they should almost make great hunting dogs!
Luckily, Kishu Kens are generally pretty healthy dogs, but they may suffer from some minor to serious autoimmune conditions like environmental and food allergies, autoimmune thyroiditis, and some other conditions.
Overall, if you’re looking for an energetic family dog, then perhaps the Kishu Ken is for you!
Large White Dog Breeds
Large dogs thrive in a large yard and may require a decently sized home if they are going to be in the house a lot.
The dog breeds in this category will be about 20 inches tall or more and weigh anywhere from 35-130 pounds.
It’s the Siberian Husky, one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, and for good reason!
This dog is not only strong and athletic, but also a great family dog.
These dogs are also pretty healthy. However, Siberian Huskies can suffer from juvenile cataracts.
They require weekly brushings to keep their teeth clean and their nails from growing too long.
If you’re looking for a strong, athletic dog that’s also a good family dog, then consider getting a Siberian Husky.
The Akita Inu is a large dog breed, getting around 24-28 inches tall and weighing 70-130 pounds when full-grown.
Most Akitas should be satisfied with a brisk walk or jog once a day, but it may depend on the individual.
Please note that Akitas can experience bloat, which is a sudden and life-threatening condition.
This is a very serious condition, so learn to recognize the signs! If your dog gets a health condition, take it to the vet immediately.
Did you know that when a child is born in Japan, the home country of the Akita, the family will usually receive a small statue of an Akita, which signifies health, happiness, and a long life?
The Great Pyrenees, the infamously massive dog breed, are about 25–32 inches tall and weigh 85–100 pounds when they are full-grown.
They are great family dogs and will “work hard to keep their flock safe!”
Pyrs are actually not overly active dogs, but they should have moderate exercise to stay fit and healthy.
Please note that the Great Pyrenees Club of America has stressed that all Pyr owners test their dogs for health conditions like elbow and hip dysplasia, eye disorders, luxating patella, and neurological and immune-mediated disorders.
Did you know that they found the remains of the Great Pyrenees in fossil deposits from the Bronze Age (1800–100 B.C.)?
The Yakutian Laika, a Russian dog breed from the Yakutian region of Siberia, is a large dog breed that is 21–23 inches tall and weighs 40–55 pounds when it is full-grown.
Fortunately, this dog breed is pretty hardy, but you should watch out for health conditions like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, bloat, and some eye anomalies.
Polish Tatra Sheepdog
The Polish Tatra is a large, hard-working dog. They are 24–28 inches tall and weigh 80–130 pounds.
These dogs live up to 12 years, but always make sure they are fit and healthy so they can live a long and happy life.
Musculoskeletal problems in Polish Tatra Sheepdogs include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and gastric torsion.
These dogs are also known to be great herders as they are sheepdogs, even though they don’t necessarily look like your average sheepdog.
East Siberian Laika
The East Siberian Laika is a large and sturdy dog breed. These dogs are around 21.5–25 inches tall and weigh 40–50 pounds.
Naturally independent, these dogs can be a bit stubborn, but never stop keeping a hand in leadership and always be sure to refresh their training.
The Slovensky Cuvac is faithful, courageous, and always stands guard to protect his flock.
These dogs are quite large, getting 23-27.5 inches tall and weighing 68-97 pounds when they are full grown.
They should be groomed weekly, and beyond that, they should be bathed at least every 2-3 weeks to help them look their best.
Overall, they are friendly dogs that will protect your family. Just make sure they have obedience training and that he stays healthy and fit.
Want to have a white dog breed mentioned in this article that I missed? Let me know in the comment section below!