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14 Small White Dog Breeds (With Pictures)

Adam Mann

By Adam Mann

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There’s just something about a white dog that is incredibly adorable, and when you pair this with a smaller overall size, they only get cuter! And if you want a small white dog, you’re in luck, as there are many breeds for you to pick from.

Whether you just want to see what’s out there or if you’re seriously looking for a future pet, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve highlighted 14 small white dog breeds and even came up with a bit of information for each one for you, just to see if you can find the perfect fit for your home.


The 14 Small White Dog Breeds

1. Bichon Frise

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Origin: Canary Islands
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Height: 9 to 12 inches

The Bichon Frise is a common family dog that gets along with just about everyone, and because they’re “hypoallergenic” (although no dog is completely hypoallergenic), just about anyone can own one, regardless of your pet experience. They can be a bit yappy at times, but with a little training, this is something you should be able to get under control if you have neighbors living in close proximity.

Overall, they’re popular dogs and, of course, they’re small and can be white, which is why they made it onto this list in the first place!

2. Maltese

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Origin: Italy
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Height: 8 to 10 inches

The Maltese is one of the smallest dogs in the world and typically doesn’t weigh more than 7 pounds, but their smaller size does mean you need to be overly careful with them around smaller kids and larger dogs. Just be sure to train both them and the children so no one plays too rough! They can also be a bit stubborn at times, so consistency is crucial when you’re training them.

3. Pomeranian

a white pomeranian dog happily standing outside
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Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 12 to 16 years
Height: 7 to 12 inches

Not every Pomeranian is pure white; in fact, most Pomeranians have at least some brown in them. But while brown might be a color in many Pomeranians, there are some that are pure white, and many have white mixed with brown. They are very vocal pups, though, and because of their smaller size, you need to be careful with them around small kids and larger dogs.

4. Bolognese

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Origin: Italy
Lifespan: 12 to 15 years
Height: 10 to 12 inches

If you want a low-energy and quiet dog, the Bolognese is a wise choice. They’re also super smart and eager to please, so they’re fairly easy to train. They also don’t need the same non-stop attention that many other dogs need, making the Bolognese an ideal choice for someone who doesn’t have all day to dedicate to them.

5. Havanese

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Origin: Cuba
Lifespan: 14 to 16 years
Height: 5 to 11.5 inches

The Havanese can be a yappy breed, but that doesn’t make them any less of a family dog. They get along with everyone and don’t have the highest energy levels, and because of their smaller size, you can typically wear them out without leaving the house. But just because you don’t need to leave the house with them to get their energy levels down doesn’t mean they don’t need walks to properly care for them!

6. Toy Poodle

little white toy poodle dog standing on the lawn
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Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 12 to 16 years
Height: 7 to 10 inches

Poodles come in many sizes and colors, and if you want a small white Poodle, that’s certainly a possibility. They’re also among the most loving, intelligent, and easy-to-care-for dogs in the world. Add in the fact that they’re considered more hypoallergenic than most other breeds and you can see why they’re such a popular choice around the world.

7. Coton de Tulear

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Origin: Madagascar
Lifespan: 14 to 16 years
Height: 9 to 12 inches

The Coton de Tulear is one of the lesser-known dog breeds on our list, but they’re certainly small and white! They also make outstanding pets that get along with just about everyone and want as much love as you’re willing and able to give them. They’re also smart and eager to please, their energy levels aren’t off the charts, and they don’t bark too much. That’s a win-win-win for us!

8. American Eskimo

American Eskimo Dog standing on grass
Image by: Scarlett Images, Shutterstock
Origin: Germany
Lifespan: 13 to 15 years
Height: 9 to 19 inches

The American Eskimo can be a bit larger than many of the dogs on our list, but the toy versions sometimes weigh as little as 6 pounds! Interestingly enough, while “American” is in the name, the truth is that they come from Germany. They’re good with kids, but you do need to provide them with a little extra socialization if you have other dogs at home.

9. Japanese Spitz

Japanese Spitz
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Origin: Japan
Lifespan: 10 to 16 years
Height: 10 to 16 inches

Sometimes, the Japanese Spitz can weigh up to 25 pounds, but they can also be as small as 10 pounds. They’re typically great with kids and other dogs, and they’re among the most intelligent dogs on our list. However, they do have an independent streak that you need to be aware of, which can make training difficult at times.

10. French Bulldog

French Bulldog and Pug mix puppy looking at the camera
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Origin: France
Lifespan: 10 to 12 years
Height: 11 to 13 inches

The French Bulldog comes in all sorts of sizes, but there are miniature varieties that certainly qualify for our list. They’re good with kids and other pets, and they’ll take all the attention you have to give them. They also don’t bark very often, so if you live in close quarters with other people, like an apartment, they might be just what you’re looking for. However, as brachycephalic dogs, you do have to be aware of their health issues.

11. Puli

White Hungarian Puli dog with dreadlocks
Image by: Sue Thatcher, Shutterstock
Origin: Hungary
Lifespan: 12 to 16 years
Height: 14 to 18 inches

The Puli is another lesser-known dog breed, and they barely make this list because they tend to be small to medium-sized. But if you have an undersized Puli, they more than qualify, and they can either be black, silver, or white. They have a unique appearance for sure, so once you see them, you won’t mistake them for something else again!

12. Chinese Crested

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Origin: Mexico
Lifespan: 13 to 15 years
Height: 9 to 13 inches

The Chinese Crested comes in various different colors, and white is certainly one of those options. However, it is worth noting that much of their body is hairless, so unless you have an albino Chinese Crested, they will have other colors in them. Not only that, but they’re another misnamed dog breed because while “Chinese” is in the name, they actually get their roots from Mexico.

13. Miniature Bull Terrier

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Origin: England
Lifespan: 10 to 14 years
Height: 10 to 14 inches

If you want a unique-looking dog with some white and some other colors too, a Miniature Bull Terrier might be just what you’re looking for. They do come with mixed coats, though, so you might not always get one that is completely white. They also need a little extra socialization around kids and other dogs, so keep this in mind when getting one.

14. Chihuahua

White chihuahua dog playing on the green grass
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Origin: Mexico
Lifespan: 12 to 20 years
Height: 6 to 9 inches

The Chihuahua might be the smallest dog on our list, but they probably have the biggest personalities. They generally don’t get along with kids unless you socialize them often and from a young age, and they’re not always the best with other dogs, either.

On top of that, they can be stubborn, but they love attention. Finally, they are noisy, so if you live close to other people, their barking could turn into a problem.

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In Conclusion

Now that you know a little more about some small white dog breeds in the world, all that’s left is for you to decide if one of them is right for you. But keep in mind that not every dog on our list is completely white, so you will need to be a little more selective if you want to ensure you get an all-white one!

Featured Image Credit: KA_Richer5171321, Shutterstock

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