Love running your hands across the back of a furry dog or cuddling with a big teddy-like one every night? You might be a fan of big dogs. But have you thought of getting a white, glossy, regal-looking one?
You have a range of choices when it comes to big white dogs, but no matter which one you get, you’ll have a cute, gorgeous, and cuddly furry buddy that you can show off on Instagram and curl up with every so often.
But which giant white dog breed would be perfect for you? The ones that are friendly and have low maintenance or those that need special care? Keep reading to know your answers and more!
15 Big White Dog Breeds
|Ranking||Name||Height||Weight||Life Span||Breed Size||Temperament||Origin|
|1||Samoyed||19 - 23.5 inches||35 - 65 lbs||12 - 14 years||Medium||Friendly, Playful, Adaptable||Russia|
|2||The Great Pyrenees||25 - 32 inches||85 - 100+ lbs||10 - 12 years||Large||Patient, Calm, Protective||France, Spain|
|3||Golden Retriever||21.5 - 4 inches||55 - 75 lbs||10 - 12 years||Medium||Intelligent, Loyal, Affectionate||Kingdom|
|4||Afghan Hound||25 - 27 inches||50 - 60 lbs||12 - 18 years||Medium||Independent, Energetic, Aloof||Afghanistan|
|5||Siberian Husky||20 - 23.5 inches||35 - 60 lbs||12 - 14 years||Medium||Mischievous, Outgoing, Alert||Siberia|
|6||Bull Terriers||21 - 22 inches||50 - 70 lbs||12 - 13 years||Medium||Playful, Independent, Mischievous||England|
|7||Dogo Argentino||24 - 26.5 inches||80 - 100 lbs||9 - 15 years||Large||Loyal, Watchful, Courageous||Argentina|
|8||Kuvasz||26 - 30 inches||70 - 115 lbs||10 - 12 years||Large||Intelligent, Affectionate, Fearless||Hungary|
|9||Borzoi||26 - 28+ inches||60 - 105 lbs||9 - 14 years||Medium to Large||Athletic, Independent, Gentle||Russia|
|10||Komondor||25.5 - 27.5+ inches||80 - 110+ lbs||10 - 12 years||Large||Brave, Affectionate, Protective||Hungary|
|11||Alaskan Malamute||23 - 25 inches||75 - 85 pounds||10 - 14 years||Medium to Large||Playful, Friendly, Loyal||Siberia|
|12||Slovensky Cuvac||23 - 27.5 inches||68 - 97 lbs||11 - 13 years||Medium to Large||Affectionate, Watchful, Courageous||Slovakia|
|13||Hokkaido||18 - 20 inches||44 - 66 lbs||12 - 15 years||Medium||Affectionate, Protective, Dignified||Japan|
|14||White Swiss Shepherd||20.8 - 25.9 inches||55 - 88 lbs||10 - 12 years||Medium to Large||Alert, Intelligent, Lively||Switzerland|
|15||Akbash||27.1 - 33.8 inches||90 - 140 lbs||10 - 12 years||Large||Intelligent, Brave, Loyal||Turkey|
The Samoyed is a giant white dog breed that originated in Siberia. And because it originated in such a cold location, it has a thick furry coat. So if you’re a fan of soft and furry pets, this is the one for you. Also, if you live in a cold city or town, you’d want a dog with a thick coat, just like the one a Samoyed has.
Samoyeds are extremely sweet and cuddly. They bond pretty well with people, so in no time, you’ll have your entire family fawning over yours. You’ll also need to take proper care of them, grooming and brushing them almost every day.
Despite being friendly, Samoyeds are agile and athletic. In Siberia and neighboring regions, they pull sleighs, and do other such work. So if you get a furry Samoyed for yourself, you’ll have to make sure you take it out to walk and play with it regularly. These dogs need exercise, and you can’t keep them healthy without giving them plenty of it.
2. The Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees is probably the largest of all dogs on this list. These are among the best large white dog breeds you can have as your dear buddy. It’s furry and gentle, and very friendly too. If you have kids or babies, this one is a great dog to buy.
The Great Pyrenees is pretty adaptable. It’ll take no time adapting to a domestic environment, especially if you get one as a puppy. But you’ll have to go slightly out of your way to take care of them. The Pyrenees have a thick coat, which means they aren’t great at living in warm climates. If you live in such a region and plan on getting to the Pyrenees, you’ll have to make sure it stays in an air-conditioned environment most of the time.
This woofer is also very athletic, so you need to get plenty of exercise. Moreover, it also sheds plenty, which can be a problem if you like a spotless home. But you won’t have to brush it as often, which is a gift if you have a busy schedule and no help taking care of your dog.
3. Golden Retriever
It’s a common misconception that Golden retrievers come only in one color: Golden or yellowish-brown. Some dogs of this breed can have a whitish appearance, and since they are large already, that makes them one of the perfect choices for you. And if you’re a dog lover, you might have heard of a white golden retriever too.
Golden Retrievers are highly popular and very adaptable. They take well to almost all domestic environments and aren’t too high maintenance. And if you’re looking to spend minimal time training your pet, you’ve hit the jackpot with this dog breed.
While retrievers are really too athletic or active, they need exercise to stay healthy. Take them out to play or just for a long walk every day. They are also good at swimming, so that’s another activity you can try with yours. Either way, they’ll be happy and fine.
4. Afghan Hound
Truly one of the most beautiful big white dog breeds, the Afghan Hound is a great choice for people not minding spending time on their dog’s maintenance. It has a glossy white mane and long fur.
It has a very posh personality. Sometimes, it has a great clowney nature, and you can spend hours playing with it. But while it may not be very friendly with others, it will surely adapt well to you soon.
As mentioned before, you’ll have to pay special attention to its grooming and care. It has long hair, and you’ll need to brush and shampoo it often to keep it healthy. Moreover, you’ll also need to take it out frequently and ensure it gets a good amount of exercise.
5. Siberian Husky
While Siberian Huskies aren’t always simply white, they have a mix of white fur with greyish/black portions. Many times, you can even find a purely white husky. And add this gorgeous fur to their striking eyes, and you have yourself a real stunning pet.
This woofer is great with babies and has a big fur that often makes it appear bulkier than its actual frame. They are very energetic, which means you’ll have your hands full with them all the time. You will need to give them something to play with and take them outside very often, or you’ll have a hyperactive and bored husky at home.
While these adorable babies are a must-have for a furry and friendly dog fan, you must keep in mind that they shed quite a lot. If you’re allergic or just like to keep your living space clean, you might want to decide against getting a husky. But if that isn’t a problem, getting this caring and loving dog is an excellent idea.
6. Bull Terriers
One of the distinct characteristics of Bull Terriers is their egg-shaped head. They are big-boned, robust, and walk with powerful strides.
Coming to their personality, these dogs can be affectionate, playful, comical, and mischievous. They are also watchful by nature and are devoted to their human family. They can, though, sometimes get stubborn.
Grooming-wise they are low-maintenance pets. They have a short and smooth coat that does not shed much. It should be enough to brush their coat once a week with a soft bristle brush. Another plus point is minimal drooling.
Bull Terriers are an energetic breed. They will need moderate exercise daily, along with activities that fulfill their mental stimulation needs.
This breed does not do well with other dogs. They may not be a good fit for a multi-pet home. Interactions with children, like always with any dog, should be monitored.
7. Dogo Argentino
Dogo Argentino was recognized by the AKC recently in 2020. The breed was initially bred for the purpose of big-game hunting.
These dogs are big, muscular, brave, and look incredibly strong. But do not get fooled by their physical characteristics. These dogs are affectionate, playful, and cheerful. They are also extremely vigilant by nature and highly adaptable.
Dogo Argentinos have short and smooth coats but can shed a lot. Their nails can also grow quickly, so you need to keep up with a regular nail-trimming routine.
They are one of the most energetic dog breeds. So, they will require a good amount of exercise and play daily. This may include walks, swims, hikes, indoor and outdoor games, and interactive puzzles.
They are also highly trainable, so you can use this as an opportunity to bond with the pet and teach it new tricks.
Dogo Argentino is suitable for families with time to look after the pet and meet its physical and mental stimulation needs. As it is a large dog breed, a big house with a backyard would be ideal accommodation.
If you are looking for a big white dog breed, Kuvasz is a snowy-white, majestic-looking breed that will not disappoint. Owing to the breed’s height and weight range, these dogs can be incredibly massive.
These strong and imposing dogs were bred to be royal guard dogs and later on were used to guard livestock. But as these dogs are highly affectionate, watchful, protective, intelligent, and loyal, they also make for good house pets.
These dogs have a thick doubt coat of medium length. They do shed a decent level. Brushing their coats once a week should be enough.
Kuvasz falls under the category of a working dog. So, exercise and other engaging activities should be a part of their daily routine.
As the breed is independent, training them can be a challenge. They are intelligent and eager to please, but you need to be creative with your training techniques, or the dogs can get bored. This breed is more suited to experienced pet owners. If you are a first-time dog owner, please consider another white dog breed on this list.
Borzois’ with their slender and tall bodies, and thick silky coats, are a picture of elegance and grace when they are fully striding at 35 to 40 miles per hour.
The breed was earlier known as the Russian Wolfhound because it was used for wolf hunting and other game like fox and boar. Other than white, they are available in different colors like black, brindle, cream, gold, and red.
These dogs can be affectionate toward their human family. They are gentle and well-mannered. But they are also independent, calm, and regally dignified. They can also be stubborn.
So, training Borzois’ can be a challenge on its own. According to AKC, training these dogs will require patience, consistency, and humor.
It would be best to keep the dog on a leash when out for walks. They tend to chase anything that moves. If you have a backyard, ensure it is securely fenced off so the dog cannot get out.
The distinguishing characteristic of the Komondor is its white, long, corded coat. The breed is known by other names like the Hungarian sheepdog or the ‘mop dog’ owing to its appearance.
This heavy-bone, deep-chested, muscled, and strong breed was initially bred to guard livestock and other property. It could be why Komondoroks are highly watchful and protective by nature.
Affectionate, fearless, loyal, independent, and calm are some other characteristics that best define this breed.
A Komondor can be a high-maintenance breed. Their unique corded coat comes with special care instructions. The coat is never brushed but washed regularly. If the coat starts clumping, it has to be separated and cleaned.
This will need a good dose of daily walking, running, and agile training to keep healthy. Also, they do not do well in the company of strange dogs running around, so it would be ideal if you had a big yard, adequately fenced off, where the dog could freely run.
11. Alaskan Malamute
An Alaskan Malamute can be recognized by its plumed tail, erect ears, and well-furred body. Originally from Siberia, these dogs were bred for hauling heavy weights as sled dogs. They were also used for hunting seals and scaring away polar bears in the arctic region.
These dogs have thick double coats and furry tails. They are known to cover their faces with their tails when the weather gets extremely cold. Their luscious coat needs constant upkeep. According to AKC, Malamutes must be brushed daily with a pin brush and metal comb.
These dogs are playful, affectionate, and confident. They are also protective by nature. They also get along decently with children. But owing to their big size, one should monitor all interactions with kids.
Malamutes have tremendous endurance. So it would help if you kept them busy with exercises and other engaging activities. Switch up the daily exercise routines with activities like hiking, swimming, agility, and obedience training.
These dogs can have a mind of their own but are also loyal and devoted. So training them will require patience and consistency from your end.
Alaskan Malamutes are suited for families with large homes who stay in cold climates and have the time and resources to play and look after the dog.
12. Slovensky Cuvac
This dog breed is closely related to the Hungarian Kuvasz mentioned above and is a descendant of the Arctic wolves. These dogs are only bred in the color white.
Their thick double coat has helped them survive the harsh climatic conditions of the Slovakian mountains. Physically these dogs stand tall, muscular, and strong-boned.
Their appearance can often get imposing. These dogs were initially bred to guard livestock. As these dogs are extremely protective, they were used to ward off animal intruders like bears and wolves.
In terms of grooming, brushing their thick coat weekly and the occasional bath should be enough to keep them clean. Cut their nails routinely, or they can quickly grow, split and crack.
They will need exercise in the form of several walks during the day. You can switch up the routine with hikes, swims, and agility training.
These dogs are extremely affectionate and good with children and other dogs. If you want to add a Slovensky Cuvac to your family, ensure you have plenty of space for it to run around, time, resources, and experience of looking after pets.
This strong-built, fluffy white dog breed originates from Japan. The breed is famous in its native country but is rare outside Japan. It is known by various other names like Hokkaidog, Seta, and Ainu-ken.
These dogs have thicker and longer coats than their Japanese counterparts. They shed their undercoat about twice a year. During this time, you must brush their coat and get rid of dead fur.
Hokkaidos’ can be highly affectionate with their human family. They are good with children and other dogs and are also watchful. But they need to be socialized and trained, or they can get wary of strangers.
These dogs are eager to please. So, use this trait to your advantage and keep up with consistent training.
They are a high-energy breed, so exercise and activities that keep them mentally stimulated are necessary. If you neglect their exercise needs, they can easily get bored, hyperactive, and develop destructive habits in the long run.
So, like some other dogs on this list, a Hokkaido can be a good family dog, but you need to commit time, energy, and patience for its upkeep.
14. White Swiss Shepherd
This breed is a descendant of the North American White Shepherds, which were imported to Switzerland.
These dogs are intelligent, affectionate, lively, and alert. They tend to be friendlier towards strangers and other dogs than their German Shepherd counterparts. But this comes with consistent training.
They can also get attached to one individual in the house if that person looks after the dog’s exercise, food, and upkeep.
Their white coat comes in two varieties – medium and long. Weekly brushing is required to maintain coat quality.
Swiss Shepherds are energetic. Their typical exercise routine may look like a 2-hour walk.
This breed is suited for experienced dog owners. They can be vocal about their feelings and need plenty of space to roam and laze around. Instead of an apartment, a countryside home would be ideal accommodation.
The word akbas literally means ‘white head.’ It is a traditional Turkish dog breed. It was bred to guard livestock. Interestingly, the lineage of these guard dogs can be traced back to 750 to 3000 B.C.
Akbashs can grow to be tall and big. Because of their size and appearance, they may look intimidating. But they can make for good family pets. They are intelligent, loyal, calm, and affectionate companions.
These dogs can be pretty laid back. Their exercise needs are moderate. A 20 to 30-minute daily walk should suffice. They are also independent, so you do not have to worry about them being attention-seekers.
This can, though, go the other way, and they can become stubborn. So even if moderate, ensure you spend time bonding and training them.
One downside of their watchful nature is that they can bark, sometimes a lot. They may sound an alarm even if the one entering the house is someone you know.
Things to Consider When Looking for a White Large Dog Breed
Being a pet parent is as much of a privilege as it is a responsibility. Before bringing a dog home, you should understand its diet, exercise, grooming, and health needs.
You need to be practical about aspects like time, living area, cost, and effort you can invest. This way, you can choose the best dog breed that best suits your requirements and to which you can provide a good quality of life.
Here are some things to consider when looking for a large white dog breed.
When you are buying a dog solely for its color, you need to be careful of the breeders you deal with.
For example, dog breeds like the White Swiss Shepherd, Komondor, Kuvasz, and Slovensky Cuvac are only bred in white color.
On the other hand, you have dog breeds that are available in several different colors apart from white. So, if there is an increased demand for a white dog, the breeder may breed dogs for the color disregarding health issues.
It is ok to look for a snowy white dog but ensure that color is common among the dog breed.
Large dogs need space. You cannot cram them up in apartments. They may not be able to move freely. They may bump into furniture, objects, and other house decor items, increasing the chances of injury.
If you have children at home, large dogs may unintentionally hurt them while moving about. Also, there is the problem of shedding and drooling.
So, if you want to bring home a large dog, ensure you have plenty of space for them to move around freely. A fenced-off backyard would be ideal to meet their exercise needs.
When it comes to large dogs, they are prone to several health conditions. According to PetMD, large dogs are susceptible to hip dysplasia, arthritis, bloating, Wobbler syndrome, and hypothyroidism, among others.
Some conditions may be treatable, while others can be progressive and can only be managed.
It is not a given that your large dog will develop a joint condition, but you need to be prepared for the possibility of it happening.
Progressive conditions may require lifelong medication, therapies, and lifestyle changes. This means you will spend considerable time, effort, and money on your pet. Therefore, you need to be ready for such an eventuality.
4. Exercise and Diet
One should consider these two factors regardless of the dog’s breed and size. Different breeds have varying exercise requirements. Some may require a 30-minute walk which can easily fit into your busy schedule.
Others may require a 2-hour walk which may not be feasible for you. And when dogs with high physical and mental needs are neglected, they can get hyperactive and destructive.
Similarly, in terms of diet, large dogs require a good amount of high-quality protein and fats in their diet.
Your dog could develop behavioral problems or health issues if these needs are not met. If required, talk to a vet before making your final decision.
Other Big White Dog Breeds to Consider
The above list was curated to get you started with exploring the world of white dog breeds. The list is not exhaustive, but it will help you get started on finding the right pet for your home.
Here are some other white dog breeds that may make a good addition to your family:
- Clumber Spaniel
- Labrador Retriever
- White German Shepherd
- American Bulldog
- Finnish Lapphund
- Standard Poodle
- Old English Sheepdog
- Standard American Eskimo
- Great Dane
- Lhasa Apso
These 15 big white dog breeds are great options, and you can get the one you find most suitable for your personality. So go today and get yourself a little pup that’ll turn into your giant furry pal in no time!
Elena Gherman is a highly skilled and knowledgeable animal care expert. At the start of her career, she gained practical expertise with multiple animals. In addition to that, she works as a DVM veterinary editor for Joy Pet Products, which focuses on offering reliable information on pet health and wellbeing. She meticulously reviews each piece of writing before it is published to make sure pet owners get the most precise and updated information possible.