16 Big White Dog Breeds

  • October 9th, 2017
  • Breeds
  • Matt

Big white dog breeds are adorable. Although their fur may not be ideal for darker clothing, and they require more grooming than a normal dog breed. For the most part, these white dog breeds shed twice a year and require regular brushing to maintain shedding and deter matting. Here is a list of common big white dog breeds. 


Samoyed - white dog breed

The Samoyed is a happy, good-natured dog breed that was originally bred for hunting, packing, and herding for Siberia’s Samoyede people. This nomadic breed has a thick white double layer coat with a unique triangular fluffy tail. Samoyeds topcoat or outer layer act as guard hairs which are coarse and long. The top layer is meant for protecting the underlayer and keeping the dog clean and dry. The undercoat is more of a soft short fur which keeps the dog warm.

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees - Big White Dog Breed

A protector of herds and flocks, the Great Pyrenees is a North American dog breed with a thick white coat. They usually range from 100 to 130 pounds and are a well reserved, but fearless dog. The popularity of the Great Pyrenees has declined in recent years, although they are a loyal, strong-willed dog.

The Pyrenees is a seasonal shedder with a thick, dense undercoat to keep them dry in cold winters. They require seasonal grooming, which requires more attention in the spring and fall.

Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound - White Dog Breed

The Afghan Hound boasts a unique silky coat, making them one of the flashiest dog breeds on this list. They’re a tall, slender dog breed, with unique features which give them a model-like appearance. Afghan Hounds are found to be someone comical and goofy in nature.

As stated above, their fur is a silky thick texture that can come in many colors including white, which allows them to be included in the big white dog breed list. Depending on how spectacular you want their coat to be, grooming may take some work. It’s recommended to bathe the hound weekly to help keep their glamorous coat healthy and shiny.

American Eskimo

The American Eskimo breed is on the smaller side of white dog breeds. This breed belongs to the Spitz family, and have a fox-like appearance with a thick fluffy white coat. They come in 3 different sizes, ranging from toy to standard size, and are often confused with the Samoyed. The American Eskimo is a companion breed, which is great for families and being an overall cheerful breed.

They require quite a bit of grooming, as their white coats can easily mat or get dirty. They also shed year round, with a blowout about twice a year. If you brush your Eskimo twice a week they should be set. Bathing regularly is not recommended, as it washes away natural oils and will dry out their skin.

Clumber Spaniel

Clumber Spaniel - Big White Dog Breed

The Clumber Spaniel was once used for retrieving and hunting and is still a great gundog to this day. This big white dog breed spends a lot of its day lying around, although it’s an energetic, somewhat goofy dog breed. They are determined and focused when put in a retrieving atmosphere.

As far as coats and grooming for the Clumber Spaniel, it’s recommended to have a regular brushing schedule. The long underbelly fur is easily dirtied and matted if not treated properly, so brushing on a regular basis and using oils to help untangle their fur is suggested.


Kuvasz - big white dog breed

The Kuvasz dog breed is a herding and guarding dog originating from Hungary. These big white dogs are family oriented because of their protective nature. The Kuvasz needs quite a bit of room to dwell and may bark at unannounced bystanders, so they may not be best suited for apartment or city lifestyle.

Their fur is a thick white double coated coat. Because of this, they need to be brushed multiple times a week and shed quite regularly, specifically in fall and spring. The coat does repel dirty and water naturally so they don’t need regular baths.

Overall the dog is a great companion that is willing to put its life on the line for its family.

Akbash Dog

Turkish Akbash white dog breed

The Akbash Dog breed is similar to the Kuvasz. Originally from the Turkish region, they were bred for protecting flocks and livestock. They are a very large dog breed, ranging from 100 to 140 lbs, and are also a fairly protective dog breed. Although they are protective, they’re known for being calm and nonhostile, but they are suspicious of unknown noises and people.

Akbash Dog’s have a medium length fur coat which is double coated and sheds fairly often. They require brushing around once a week to maintain a quality coat and only bathe when dirty.

American White Shepherd

WhiteShepherd - white dog breed

The American White Shepherd is very similar in appearance to the German Shepherd except for its bright white coat. Just like the German Shepherd, they are a smart dog breed that’s obedient and are always looking to learn. They are very self-confident, eager and alert.

Their white fur coat does shed pretty regularly and requires frequent brushing. Just like many dogs on this list, bathing them on a regular basis is frowned upon as it washes away important oils and irritates the skin.

Argentine Dogo

Argentine Dogo - White Dog Breed

Also known as the Argentine Mastiff, the Dogo Argentino is a large white dog breed that was bred for big game hunting. They are a big, powerful breed which is accompanied by intelligence and an energetic nature. Argentine Dogo’s may not be the most suiting for a first dog breed but make a great, loyal companion. It’s important to do your homework before jumping into a Dogo Argentino, as they require experienced training.

The grooming for the Argentine Mastiff is fairly easy because of its short coat. A bath every 2 to 3 months and semi-regular brushing is all it takes to keep their fur healthy.

Hokkaido Dog

hokkaido - big white dog breed

The Hokkaido Dog is a prideful dog breed coming from Japan. They are known for being brave and having a strong ability to withstand the cold.  Because of their ability to adapt well,  they are a great all-around dog breed, used as a family pet and as a hunter. Hokkaido’s are great with children, as they are gentle and adaptable, which makes them easy to train.

The grooming is fairly easy for the Hokkaido Dog. They have a fluffy short white coat, that needs regular brushing and quarterly bathing.

Maremma Sheepdog

Maremma Sheepdog big white dog breed

The Maremma Sheepdog is an Italian dog breed known for guarding livestock and other small animals. They come with a heavy white coat and is a hardy large dog breed. The breed is a very loyal dog breed and a good guard dog but may not be the best family dog. They are not aggressive but must have the proper socialization.

Their white fur is dense and requires frequent brushing. Regular brushing is essential to keep shedding controlled and matting to a minimum.

Slovensky Cuvac

cuvac white dog breed

Slovensky Cuvac joins the list as another big white dog breed. Just like many of the breeds on this list, the Cuvac was originally bred for livestock and flock protection. This dog breed has a strong structure with a shaggy white coat. They are naturally watchful and protective and thrive in family situations.

Regular brushing helps keep the coat healthy and clean. They shed annually and have a thick double coat which requires quite a bit of care in the spring.


Tornjak - big white dog breed

This mountain sheepdog is a native to Bosnia and is also called the Croatian Sheepdog. The Tornjak is also a great family dog, which was originally bred for livestock. They are fearless and intelligent and are ready to throw down their life for its family. The breed are extremely loyal and a great dog breed.

The Tornjak has a long outer coat with a dense undercoat. Regular bathing isn’t necessary although brushing is.

South Russian Ovcharka

SRO, the South Russian Ovcharka is a large sheepdog, with a thick dense white coat. They are not a very demanding breed, although need an owner who can assert themselves. The Russian Ovcharka is a great guard dog, and are a great balanced dog for the family.

The South Russian Ovcharka has a lot of furs, both in their outer and inner coat. This means they require very frequent brushing to keep their fur from getting tangled or matted.

Abruzzese Mastiff

Abruzze Mastiff - Big White Dog Breed

The Abruzzese Mastiff, or in Italian ‘Mastino Abruzzese’, is very similar to the Maremma dog breed. This dog breed is very courageous and was bred for protection and defending. They are still known for being a great dog for herd and flock protection.

Their grooming is almost identical to the Maremma dog, with a very thick hair that needs to be brushed quite frequently, and sheds a lot.

Polish Tatra Sheepdog

Polish Strata Sheepdog

Just like every other big white dog breed on this list, the Polish Tatra Sheepdog is a great guard of large herds of sheep or flocks. Tatra’s are an independent dog breed but they form strong bonds with families. The breed is not always active, but require quite a bit of exercise, so it’s important they get outside often.


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