White dog breeds are perceived to be of a certain status --
their purity of coat gives them an undeniable elegance. As with
all beautiful things, though, they can sometimes require a
little extra work.
A lack of pigmentation causes fur to become white, and
light-colored eyes in dogs comes from the same essential
deficiency. Color cells and hearing cells can originate from
the same stem cells, so white dogs of all sizes can sometimes
develop hearing loss. A dog’s whiteness is not a cause of deafness, per se, but it
may be an indication of what’s to come. Before adopting, it’s recommended that you test
a dog’s hearing. Responsible breeders will exclude deaf dogs
from the breeding pool.
And if your white dog does turn out to be deaf? Don’t worry.
Some extra care is required, but
loads of people manage without feeling burdened. A little extra
arm waving to get a dog’s attention never hurt anyone!
Small White Dog Breeds
A favorite among retirees and apartment-dwellers, the Maltese
is a loving, medium-energy pet. Because their white fur is so
silky, they’re prone to sunburn, especially along parts in
their fur or around the ears. Although Maltese dogs are small,
they can have great big personalities, and should not be overly
babied. Maltese dogs can be stubborn, but with the right
boundaries established, they make excellent and well-behaved
Poms come in a variety of colors, including white. Among the
fluffiest of all dogs, a
Pomeranian’s fur can be as wide and tall is the dog is long,
giving them a round ball-like appearance. White Pomeranians
have been likened to cotton balls and dandelion pollen. They’re
sweet in temperament, and tend to bond very quickly with their
people, and with other pets in the house.
Other small white dogs include:
The Bichon Frise, the Miniature Poodle, the Shih
American Eskimo Dog, the Chihuahua,
Medium Sized White Dog Breeds
Willful, but loving and very trainable, the Akita originated in
Japan. Some more recent Akitas have a black mask, but the
original breed was solid white. Their fur is short and coarse,
and requires lots of regular grooming. Akitas make great guard
dogs, but must have devoted families to help keep them
Huskies may come in several colors, but are especially striking
in all white (especially when they have light eyes). They’re
lovable, friendly, high-energy dogs. They make a great family
pet, as long as they get plenty of exercise. Just be careful --
Huskies originate in frigid climates, and were bred as sled
dogs. They shouldn’t be allowed to overheat.
This Hungarian sheepdog looks like the most elegant mop you
could ever hope to see. They have a distinctive rope-like fur
that looks like dred locks, and requires no brushing.
Professional grooming is recommended to separate and trim the
ropes. Komondors require strong leadership and early
socialization. With this care, they can be excellent family
Other mid-sized dogs that can be all white include:
The American White Shepherd, Bull
Samoyed, and more.
Large White Dog Breeds
The Dogo, also called the Argentine Mastiff, can weigh up to
100 pounds. They were bred to be companion and hunting dogs,
and still make great hunters. They tend to be lovable with
children and other pets, and make an all around great pet.
Remember their size: despite being loving and intelligent, they
are a powerful breed, and should be trained appropriately.
Among the largest breeds out there, Kuvasz males can weigh
upwards of 100 pounds. These dogs were bred to guard livestock
in Hungary, and so have strong territorial instincts. These
traits can also make the Kuvasz a bit strong headed. Speciality
training is recommended if you wish to make them a docile house
pet, or if they’ll be interacting with children.
Other large white dog breeds include:
Pyrenees, the Rajapalyam (one of the few breeds that
originated in India), and the
The five small white dog breeds and why everyone loves them
In this article, we discuss small white balls of canine that
families find adorable and want to pet the most. Be it the
miniature bull terrier or the loveable Bichon; these dogs have
a lot of love and affection to give. Read on below, to learn
about small white dog breeds that you could bring home and
raise to be part of your family -
Pomeranians are small, bite-sized, and adorable. They are
also incredibly easy to train, perceptive, and energetic.
Often, called the "ideal companion" - these dogs can live for
as long as 16 years, providing their fun and playful
companionship. Pomeranians don't exceed 7inches or 7 pounds,
even at full growth.
Maltese – You
wouldn't find a spunkier dog than a Maltese. Small in
stature, these dogs don't let their size dictate their
attitude. They will confront a larger dog with just as
aggressive as they would, a smaller dog. Also, these dogs
shed very little, which make them a perfect choice for busy
pet parents. While affectionate to their humans, these dogs
may sometimes be rather aloof to others of their kind.
Bichon Frise –
Weighing less than 13 pounds, these dogs have a vibrant
personality. They are friendly, affectionate, and social with
humans as well as other dogs. So, if you want a second dog
added to your family, the Bichon Frise should be your dog
breed of choice.
Samoyed – The Samoyed was originally bred to hunt
and tow sledges in Siberia. Today, they are happy to guard
around your house and spend their endless energy playing with
you. Samoyad dogs are loving and loyal and make for
incredibly reliable pets.
Havanese – The
only native dog breed of Cuba, named after the Cuban capital
city of Havana. They are friendly and vivacious and love
playing with their pet parents. Although they can come in
several coats, the white coat is most preferred.
Additionally, the Havanese too, is not much of a shedder, and
so, you don't have to fret about cleaning its hair from your
apartment at regular intervals. They do, need a daily brush
The Pomeranian, Maltese, Bichon Frise, Miniature Samoyad and
Havanese are small white dog breeds that are equally loyal and
lovable. They have abundant energy, despite their size; they
are easy to train and intelligent. You won’t have a dull moment
with these dogs around the house! Thought big breed dogs are
the only dogs that could guard your house? Think again. Some
small white dog breeds, like the miniature Samoyad, were bred
to be hunters and can intimidate an intruder into your home as
well as any big dog could.
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