Types of Small White Dog Breeds

Types of Small White Dog Breeds

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Small white dog breeds are some of the most loveable little dogs we can adopt into the family. Their small stature means many see them simply as lapdogs, but this is not the case. They need training and care just like any dog to reach their full potential as companions. They can be very intelligent and will from very close bonds with the right family. Some of the most popular small little white dogs include the Bolognese, Bichon Frise, Maltese, Toy Poodle, West Highland White Terrier and more.

At AnimalWised, we share 15 types of small white dog breeds with photos so you can have a better idea of diversity in these animals. Whether looking for a fluffy small white dog, one with long hair or even one which can be considered hypoallergenic, you just find you want to adopt one into your home.

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  1. Adopting small white dog breeds
  2. Bolognese
  3. Bichon Frise
  4. Maltese
  5. Toy Poodle
  6. Cotón de Tulear
  7. Pomeranian
  8. West Highland White Terrier
  9. Chihuahua
  10. Jack Russell Terrier
  11. Miniature Schnauzer
  12. Other small white dog breeds
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Adopting small white dog breeds

These types of small dogs with white fur are by far some of the most elegant and amazing breeds. In addition, little dogs are often the most wonderfully cute and affectionate animals. For both aesthetics and practical reasons, it is understandable you may be thinking of adopting a small white dog.

It’s important to remember that white coats on dogs require different care than coats of other colors. This is especially relevant when these coats are a little longer. If you already have one or are looking to adopt a white fluffy dog breed, here are some of our tips you can take into consideration when caring for their coat:

  • Don’t bathe these dogs too much. Small white fluffy dog breeds require a wash only once or twice a month. If your white dog gets dirty regularly, opt for brushing, dry shampoo or wipes for dogs.

  • Clean the parts that get dirty more easily with a cloth or a brush to avoid over-bathing your dog. Dogs have natural oils present in their skin which promote hair growth and offer skin protection. Over-bathing a dog can result in dry skin and irritation.

  • Use shampoos and conditioners specific for dogs with white hair. These can be found at your local pet store.

One of the biggest mistakes guardians make when adopting any of these small white dog breeds is to assume they do not need much education and training. Small dogs can be some of the most intelligent breeds. If we do not stimulate them physically and mentally, they can develop health and behavioral problems which seriously affect their well-being.

For more about washing dogs, we recommend reading our article on how often do dogs need baths?


The Bolognese is an Italian dog breed, characterized by being a docile, calm, sociable and affectionate. The Bolognese is a small white dog breed with long ears and a long cost which doesn't shed much. They have small features and measure up to 11" in height with a weight of maximum 11 lb.

The Bolognese dog is a perfect dog breed for apartments and children. They are easy to train and incredibly cute to look at.

For more, you’ll love our article where we discuss the top 5 dog breeds that don’t shed hair.

Types of Small White Dog Breeds - Bolognese

Bichon Frise

Joy is one thing that comes to mind when we think of the lovely Bichon Frise dog breed. Originally from Belgium and France, this dog generally does not exceed a weight and height the same as the Bolognese. As you can see in the photo, the Bichon Frise dog breed has long, thin and curly white hair which will look fluffy after bathing.

Playful and vivacious, this dog breed loves exercise. They also love to relax with their families. Bichon Frise dogs are incredibly sensitive and require constant attention and coat care.

For more about this dog breed, we recommend taking a look at our breed file where we tell you everything you need to know before adopting a Bichon Frise.

Types of Small White Dog Breeds - Bichon Frise


The Maltese is a toy-sized white dog breed, ideal for small spaces such as apartments. This type of small dog requires constant attention. If they are left alone for too long, they can suffer from both stress and anxiety. They are incredibly affectionate dogs, but are not well suited to playing actively with children.

The Maltese usually weighs between 6-8 lb and measures about 10" at the withers. Did you know that the Maltese dog breed is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world?

Have you just adopted a Maltese dog? If so, you can’t miss our article where we list our top Maltese dog names: male and female.

Types of Small White Dog Breeds - Maltese

Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is of German, French and Russian origin. This is the smallest variety of the poodle, weighing up to approximately 10 lb. Despite their small size, this dog breed stands out for being incredibly intelligent, obedient and loyal. In addition, Toy Poodles have a charming and affectionate character that make them an ideal family dog.

Toy poodles have dense, soft, curly and woolly hair, which can vary from white, black, cream, reddish, gray or chocolate in color. The Poodle in the photo below has white hair. If you have a Poodle, we recommend reading our article where we discuss the most common health issues for Poodles.

Types of Small White Dog Breeds - Toy Poodle

Cotón de Tulear

Originally from Madagascar, the Coton de Tulear stands out for being a loving, sweet, intelligent and active small white dog breed. In addition, this cute little dog loves attention and affection. Weighing between 7 and 13 lb with a height of 12" at the withers, their tiny body is longer than it is tall.

As seen in the photo, their graceful elongated ears and alert expression characteristics of this funny little dog can be hidden by their soft cotton fur which makes them very fluffy. Long, smooth and fine, a Cotón de Tulear's hair can appear white, black, gray or lemon in color. For more about this dog breeds and other hypoallergenic dogs, read our article where we list the 10 hypoallergenic dog breeds for allergic families.

Types of Small White Dog Breeds - Cotón de Tulear


The white Pomeranian is a tiny Spitz-type dog breed of German and Polish origin. The white Pomeranian is a very noble and affectionate dog breed. The Pomeranian is an ideal dog breed for small apartments and families with children. Generally, this dog breed doesn’t exceed 7.7 lb and 10" in height.

Pomeranian dog breeds are sweet, sociable, playful, intelligent, faithful and, sometimes, noisy. Their silky and fine coat requires regular combing. As seen in the photo, it can puff up to make them one of the fluffiest white dog breeds. Pomeranians can vary in colors, including white, black, cinnamon, gray or chocolate.

Types of Small White Dog Breeds - Pomeranian

West Highland White Terrier

West highland white terrier dogs stand out for their short legs and ears and beautiful long white coat. Of Scottish origin, this dog breed reaches an average weight of 13-22 lb and 11" in height at the withers. While not a large dog breed, they are bigger than some of the small white dogs on this list.

West Highland White terriers are incredibly affectionate and sociable, making them perfect dogs for small apartments with children. In addition, this passive and intelligent dog is always alert, making them an excellent watchdog.

Types of Small White Dog Breeds - West Highland White Terrier


We continue our list of types of small white dog breeds with small white dog breeds with short fur. When it comes to these short hair small white dog breeds, they require more attention when it comes to cleaning their tear ducts and mouth. There are some tricks and tips we can offer to remove spots on a dog’s tear ducts. We recommend using a damp cloth when cleaning these areas. In addition, you should always use shampoos and/or soap sensitive for dogs.

The Chihuahua, known for also being the smallest dog in the world, stands out for being a sociable and intelligent animal. Chihuahuas are ideal dog breeds for small apartments and families. They can be restless, noisy, nervous, brave, affectionate and territorial in character. In addition, Chihuahuas hold the record for having the longest canine life expectancy of up to 20 years.

Chihuahuas do not exceed a weight of 606 lb and come in two varieties: long-haired Chihuahuas or short-haired Chihuahuas. Chihuahuas can also come in a great diversity of colors, including white, black, cream, gold and chocolate. If you love Chihuahuas, you’ll love our list of 10 things you didn’t know about Chihuahuas.

Types of Small White Dog Breeds - Chihuahua

Jack Russell Terrier

Vivacious and cheerful, the Jack Russell Terrier is a small and energetic dog breed. Jack Russell Terriers were commonly used in the past for fox hunting. Although they can adapt to all types of spaces, they do require sufficient play time and walks.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Jack Russell Terrier dogs usually weigh between 11 and 17 lb and do not generally exceed 13" in height at the withers. The Jack Russell has short, smooth and hard hair which can come in white, black or tan colors.

Types of Small White Dog Breeds - Jack Russell Terrier

Miniature Schnauzer

The last on our list of types of small white dog breed is the Miniature Schnauzer. They are of German origin and is commonly defined as a brave and active dog. In addition, miniature Schnauzers, weighing between 9 to 17 lb, are very curious, intelligent and noisy. This dog breed requires long daily walks to avoid stress, anxiety and destructiveness.

Miniature Schnauzer’s have thick and hard hair, which can be white, silver or salt and pepper in color. Have you just adopted a white Miniature Schnauzer? If so, you’ll love our article full of cute and fun names for Schnauzer dogs.

Types of Small White Dog Breeds - Miniature Schnauzer

Other small white dog breeds

Now we have seen some of the most popular small white dog breeds with photos, you may want to know some more. These small little white dogs aren't always white and can present with a variety of coat colors. However, they are known to have the genes which give them white hairs. They include:

  • Italian Greyhound
  • Shih Tzu
  • Papillon
  • Pekingese
  • Lhasa Apso

Here is our list of small white dogs which you may want to consider for adoption. If you do, you will need to know everything you can about how to best care for them. Learn about a common issue in types of small white dog breeds with our article on small dog constipation symptoms and treatment.

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I like them dog is my favorite pet in the world .And it's so cute I want to purchase small white fluffy dog
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It's a Pomeranian!
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