Top 10 Small White Dog Breeds

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There is no denying that small dogs tend to be incredibly cute, and this cuteness just gets better when they become white balls of fur.

Do be aware, though, that size is no indicator of temperament, as some small dogs can be just as grumpy as large dogs. In addition, some smaller dogs are actually hunting dogs, so it is a good idea that if you get a terrier, for example, that you make sure that it has a full range of activities to do.

In no particular order, here are the top white small-dog breeds:



Contrary to their popular image, they are intelligent and love to hunt. In fact, they are actually meant for hunting in water. In addition, the poodle has been bred into three different sizes, and in many different colors.

West Highland White Terrier


These dogs are playful, coordinated, and can be moody. They possess a proud stance, and have a strong body structure. They were originally bred to hunt mice, otters, and foxes.

Chinese Crested Dog

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This dog breed is one of a few hairless breeds in the whole world. The breed is known for cleanliness, and is gentle, loving, and affectionate. They make perfect indoor family dogs. White is not their only color, but yes, they look good with white fur.

Bichon Frise

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This breed looks compact, and has a sturdy medium-bone structure. They have dense white coats that make them look like little powder puffs with legs. They tend to have a confident, happy air about them.

Volpino Italiano


These are practically small-size spitzes, though very compact and square in body structure. They make up for that with a long coat of fur.

Japanese Spitz

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Spitzes are world-famous for their pristine white coats, and they add to the effect by having cheerful, sophisticated personalities. They usually have a dignified air that is emphasized by the high tail that is curled over the back.



These are technically cousins of the Japanese Spitz, originating from the German spitz breed. They are short and compact dogs with an active personality. They essentially have to coats, the thick overall coat, and a soft coat underneath. They are alert, intelligent, and lively. They are also known to be very curious.



Maltese terriers are known for their head-to-foot long, silky, and white hair. They are gentle and affectionate dogs, but can also be energetic companions.

Sealyham Terriers

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Dogs from this breed are known to have “beards,” and are known for their beautiful coats. They are hunting dogs that have been known to chase otters and foxes. They are known for their outstanding physical strength, and are determined and patient dogs.



Chihuahuas are probably the smallest in general size, but they have large-dog instincts, and have the same hunting temperament as terriers. There are long-haired and short-haired Chihuahuas. They are very alert, graceful, and fast-moving dogs. The common joke about them thinking they are a few sizes bigger can be explained by their leftover terrier, and probably herding-dog traits.


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