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Top 20 Dogs That Look Like Polar Bears (With Pictures)

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By Emma Braby

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Many fluffy white dogs look exactly like polar bears. Although they don’t weigh anywhere near as much as a polar bear (up to 1,450 pounds of fat and fur), they share a similar white fluffy exterior. And you’ve got a much better chance of getting a friendly cuddle, too!

If you’re here because you want to see pictures of doggy polar bears, or you’re researching your soon-to-be polar bear family addition, you have come to the right place. So, without any further ado, let us introduce you to 20 dogs that look like polar bears.

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The 20 Dogs That Look Like Polar Bears

1. American Eskimo

American Eskimo Dog lying on grass
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The American Eskimo weighs only 9 to 15 pounds, so think: the cuddly toy version of a polar bear. He is playful and perky and loves nothing more than to play ball all day long. He is very intelligent and can outsmart his owner easily. He’ll keep you on your toes, and there’ll never be a dull moment with him around.

2. Samoyed

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The Samoyed is the American Eskimo’s big brother. He weighs 35 to 65 pounds and most of that is his out-of-this-world fluffy coat. The corners of his mouth turn upwards, which prevents him from drooling. So, if you hate doggy drool but love big dogs, he could be your saving grace. He is friendly and gentle and makes a great family pet for younger families.

3. Chow Chow

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The Chow Chow has many coat colors. When he sports the cream coat, this little floofer could easily be mistaken for a polar bear, especially when he sticks his tongue out. The Chow Chow is one of two dog breeds that has a blue tongue similar to the bluey-black tongue of the polar bear. He is a challenging dog who is very protective, so you need to be an experienced dog owner.

4. Great Pyrenees

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The Great Pyrenees is a giant dog breed that lives on the snowy mountaintops of the Pyrenees. He is used to protecting flocks of sheep against wolves, so it could be an even match if he came head-to-head with a polar bear. He is very patient, calm, and despite his enormous size, he makes a great canine sibling for young children.

5. Pomeranian

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The Pomeranian is the smallest dog on this list, weighing only 3 to 7 pounds, and half of that is his coat. When he sports the white jacket, he looks like a little polar bear cub. Bold, lively, and curious best describes this little pocket rocket. You will need to match his energy; otherwise, he will quickly become bored and naughty.

6. Berger Blanc Suisse

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Also known as the White Swiss Shepherd Dog or the Snowy Shepherd, he is a graceful and majestic pooch. He is a separate breed from the White Shepherd and the white German Shepherd, and he is quite rare in America. Very friendly and affectionate, he makes a fantastic cuddle buddy on a cold evening.

7. Siberian Husky

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The all-white Siberian Husky is a stunning pooch and known as the canine king of the ice. Made to pull heavily laden sleds over long icy distances, you should know that the white Husky needs a high amount of exercise. He is a mischievous and outgoing dog who loves to be the soul of the party.

8. Akbash Dog

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The Akbash dog originates from Turkey, used to guard his master’s flocks. A courageous dog who would never back down in the face of danger, he looks like a polar bear and is just as ferocious as one when he needs to be. He is not very tolerant of children and enjoys his own company, making him a suitable companion for those who prefer less needy dogs.

9. Poodle

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The standard-sized Poodle, when not given the pompon haircut, has seriously curly and voluptuous hair that makes him look much bigger than he is. He is seriously smart and energetic, not the typical lapdog that everyone thinks he is.

10. German Shepherd

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The German Shepherd comes in many more colors than his typical black and tan coat, and on rare occasions, he sports the all-white coat. The German Shepherd is one of the most loyal dogs around and would do anything to please his master. Very intelligent, active, and powerful, this guy needs plenty of mental and physical stimulation.

11. Japanese Spitz

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This little guy looks a lot like the American Eskimo listed above, just a bit bigger. He is also playful and smart, and so white that he could easily camouflage himself in the snow. Full of life and love for his family, he is a doggy delight. He would prefer to live with an active family hiking up mountains and getting up to all sorts of mischief.

12. Slovensky Cuvac

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A rare dog breed in America, he hails from the Tatra mountains of Slovakia. According to tradition, he was bred to have a bright white coat so that his master could distinguish him from large predators in the night. He is a fearless flock keeper who could easily be mistaken for a polar bear with his gleaming shaggy coat.

13. South Russian Ovcharka

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Also known as the Russian Sheepdog, this guy has a thick and wooly coat that will keep him warm in the coldest of climates. Don’t let his cute polar bear jacket fool you – he is immensely protective of his family and estate and is used as a guard dog in Russia. He is easy to care for and very independent, and he will probably choose to snooze by your feet rather than on the sofa with you.

14. Alabai

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The Alabai is also known as the Central Asian Shepherd Dog, and he is humongous. He is as big as a tiger but with a beautiful cream coat. He is another ancient breed used to guard his livestock against wolves and other predators. He is independent but loyal, and needs a large yard to roam.

15. Maremma Sheepdog

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This Italian livestock guard dog is one of the fluffiest on the list, but his favorite game is to chase and fight bears, so don’t pick a fight with this guy. Unlike other livestock protectors, he loves to spend time with his family, cuddling up to them after a hard day’s work. He loves to keep his humans warm with his polar bear coat.

16. Hokkaido

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This Japanese pooch has the thickest and longest coat of all the Japanese breeds, and he looks strikingly stunning when he sports the white polar bear jacket. He is a medium-sized dog who is solidly built and has heaps of stamina. He is a dedicated doggy who would do anything to please his master. His curly tail is his most distinctive feature.

17. Kishu Ken

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The Kishu Ken is another Japanese dog who is very similar to the Hokkaido, but he is much leaner and wild looking. He looks a lot like a white wolf with a thick, curled tail. The Kishu Ken is very calm in the family home, remaining alert for intruders or danger. He loves to get involved with the family fun and feels anxious without his humans around.

18. Bolognese

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No, we are not talking about the spaghetti dish, although his coat does look a little noodly. Weighing between 5 to 9 pounds, this toy dog resembles a tiny polar bear cub. He is an easy-going dude who would happily laze on the windowsill, watching the world go by.

19. Newfoundland

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The Newfoundland rarely sports a solid beige coat, but when he does, he looks almost identical to a polar bear. The Newfoundland is one of the biggest dogs in the canine kingdom, and you could easily get lost in his thick shaggy coat. He is sweet and devoted, and one of the friendliest dogs around.

20. Komondor

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What does a polar bear with dreadlocks look like? This guy, the Komondor dog. He is large and powerful and covered from head to toe in white cords. His distinctive coat needs a lot of washing to keep him looking and smelling fresh, but he loves being spoilt and pampered. He is brave and dignified and loves his family to the moon and back.

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Wrapping Up

So there you have it, all the dogs that could easily be mistaken for a polar bear. Some are cute and small, and some are large and powerful. Some are protective and brave like a polar bear, and some are shy and sweet.

Remember, there is more to a pooch than just his looks, so be sure to research the breed beyond his white exterior. Thankfully, there is something on this list for everyone. Just be sure to tell your neighbors that your new pet polar bear is nothing to be worried about!

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