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Do you have a soft spot for large, fluffy dogs? Is white the only color that will suit your pup perfectly? Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up 9 of the best big, fluffy, white dog breeds out there to give you plenty of breeds to start with. No short coats here– these dogs are super fluffy!
So, what are your choices when it comes to large dog breeds that are white and fluffy?
Samoyeds, Great Pyrenees, Kuvasz, Komondors, Slovensky Cuvac, Maremmano-Abruzzese Sheepdogs, Akbash, Tatra Shepherd Dog, White Shepherds, and Berger Blanc Suisse are all large dog breeds that have very fluffy fur, with a mostly all white coat.
Though these dogs may all share a commonality in their appearance and size, they are all different breeds and may have different traits. Let’s dive into each breed and examine its traits, coat, and temperament.
The Samoyed is a medium-sized working dog from the Spitz family. They generally stand between 19-24 inches tall and weigh between 35-65 pounds, making them a good size for a family pet while still being considered a large dog.
Samoyeds are very smart and loyal with a friendly, gentle nature. However, they are also very high-energy and need a lot of attention and exercise. They need an energy outlet such as long walks daily or agility training. They are usually quite sociable, enjoying playing with other dogs and making new friends, but will still need early socialization to bring these traits out.
Samoyeds have a thick, fluffy double coat that usually comes in white, but may also come in biscuit and cream colors. They need daily grooming as well, with lots of brushing to keep their coat in top condition. Despite their incredible fluffiness, their coat is actually hypoallergenic!
Their signature coat is a hallmark of the breed, and the Samoyed is often the breed you think of when you think of “fluffy and white” dogs!
2. Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees is a large, powerful working dog originating from the Pyrenees mountains, which form a natural border between France and Spain. They stand 25-32 inches tall and can weigh up to 85 pounds or more. These large, fluffy dogs are beautiful, but their temperament is much different than the typical family pet breeds.
The Great Pyrenees was bred to protect livestock and deter predators, which makes them intelligent, independent, and patient. They were even given the title The Royal Dog of France by King Louis XIV in the 17th century because of their fearless guarding of the French palaces!
They are known to be gentle and affectionate towards family members, however, they can be aloof and distant from strangers. This breed requires a lot of space and needs regular outdoor time to expel its excess energy, with both mental and physical stimulation to satisfy its needs. Due to their independent nature, Great Pyrenees are not suitable for novice owners.
The Great Pyrenees has a thick, double coat that requires regular brushing to prevent mats, and it sheds a lot during the shedding season. Though their coat is almost exclusively white, they can have grey, tan, or reddish markings. They may also have “badger” markings, or a variation of color usually on their heads and bases of their tails.
If you are looking for a large, fluffy white dog breed and have plenty of space and time for these majestic dogs, the Great Pyrenees is a wonderful choice of breed!
The Kuvasz is a large breed of dog that originated in Hungary. They are part of the Working Group of dogs, and typically stand 26-30 inches tall and weigh 70-115 pounds. The Kuvasz was originally bred as a Livestock Guardian Dog and is still used in that role today.
These dogs are brave, loyal, and intelligent, and make excellent guard dogs. They are very protective of their family, and they bond quickly when given proper socialization and training as puppies. They are known to be independent and stubborn, so a strong and consistent hand is necessary.
They have a thick, double coat that sheds regularly, and always come in solid white. Though not as long as breeds like the Great Pyreenes or Samoyed, the Kuvasz medium-length coat is fluffy and soft, with only weekly grooming needed.
These fluffy white dogs are uncommon in the US, coming in at 177th out of 284 breeds on AKC’s popularity list. Their working dog demeanor paired with their size and strength makes for a breed that needs an experienced owner.
The Komondor is a gorgeous and unique-looking working dog originating from Hungary. Standing between 28-30 inches tall and weighing up to 55 pounds, they are an impressive sight!
Bred as a Livestock Guardian Dog, the Komondor is calm, quiet, and reserved around strangers, but fiercely protective of its family and livestock. Unfortunately, the breed does not usually get along too well with other dogs but does well in multi-pet households with cats and other animals.
Their most distinctive feature, however, is their coat. It is usually corded, though when puppies are young it is still fluffy and needs lots of grooming and brushing. Once their cords start to form, they need an experienced hand to help them form properly. However, once formed, they need minimal retwisting and washing!
Komondor owners may also opt to keep their dog in a short cut if they would like to avoid the cording process, though this requires regular grooming and brushing as the coat like to naturally form cords and tangle. In the video above you can see the difference between corded adult coat and a fluffy puppy coat.
5. Slovensky Cuvac
The Slovensky Cuvac is a large dog breed from Slovakia with a distinct wavy white coat. With a height ranging from 24 to 27 inches, and a weight of between 70 and 100 pounds, this is a powerful, strong, and agile dog.
Originally used as a watchdog for mountain sheep, this breed is strong, courageous, and independent. These dogs are known to be very playful, affectionate, and friendly with their family and kids. They are quite active and need large open spaces to run and exercise. However, they can also be quite stubborn and independent which may be challenging for novice owners and will require a great deal of socialization.
The Slovensky Cuvac has a medium-length coat that is thick and wavy; always white and solid in color. They require regular grooming and shed a lot so frequent brushing and bathing are necessary.
In addition to being a good watchdog, the Slovensky Cuvac is a loyal and loving family companion. They are loving and affectionate towards their family and make great playmates for young kids. If you want an active, protective, and playful dog with a beautiful white, fluffy coat, this may be the breed for you.
6. Maremmano-Abruzzese Sheepdog
The Maremmano-Abruzzese sheepdog is a large, hardworking breed of dog that originated in Italy. It typically stands between 26 and 29 inches tall, and weighs anywhere between 77 and 99 pounds. It has a long, thick, white coat that is rough to the touch. Their coat forms a thick collar around their neck.
This breed is a loyal and brave guard dog, known for being naturally wary towards strangers. They are excellent with their family but may be territorial, given their natural instinct is to protect their territory. This breed also makes an excellent livestock guard dog as they are very protective of their flock and will alert and bark at anything suspicious.
They need a job to do, preferably one that involves protecting something or guarding livestock. These dogs aren’t ideal for the average household pet, but with the right owner and the right job, they can make fantastic family pets. Overall, the Maremmano-Abruzzese sheepdog is a loyal, brave, and hardworking breed of dog that is perfect for experienced owners looking for a versatile guard and protector.
The Akbash, a majestic Livestock Guardian Dog, hails from Turkey and boasts several distinguishing features. A member of the working/herding group, this breed is both independent and loyal. The Akbash stands tall at 29-33 inches and weighs between 100-140 pounds, making them a large and powerful breed.
Renowned for their protective nature, the Akbash is not particularly social, but they are known to develop strong bonds and love their family deeply. They are loyal companions, especially for those who prefer a more reserved canine friend.
The Akbash is an independent, loyal, and protective breed. For this reason, thorough socialization is necessary to ensure they can adapt to various situations and environments. This breed requires a moderate amount of physical activity to stay fit and healthy. A daily walk or playtime is enough to keep them satisfied.
One trait that sets the Akbash apart is their elegant, always-white, double coat. While the coat certainly adds to their appeal, be prepared for a lot of shedding. Regular grooming is essential to keep their fur in optimal condition and minimize the excessive shedding that may occur.
8. Tatra Shepherd Dog
The Tatra Shepherd Dog, sometimes called the Owczarek Podhalanski, is a charming and unique breed that originated in Poland, specifically in the breathtaking Tatra mountain range. These gentle giants make excellent herding dogs, standing tall at 24-28 inches in height and weighing between 80-130 lbs.
The Tatra Shepherd Dog is known for being alert, reserved towards strangers, intelligent, high-energy, and fiercely loyal to their families. Owners should be prepared to invest time in ensuring their Tatra Shepherd Dog gets sufficient exercise, as their high-energy nature and herding instincts require regular physical and mental stimulation. Due to their natural tendency to be wary of strangers, early socialization and obedience training are highly recommended to help them become well-rounded and confident pets.
Their dense double coat is fluffy and will shed quite a bit! Tatras will require weekly brushing at a minimum, sometimes more if their coat is thicker or they are more active than most. Their coat is always pure white, with a fluffy chest and tail.
These dogs can thrive in various environments, but due to their large size and energy levels, they are better suited to homes with spacious yards or living spaces where they can stretch their legs and release energy. Potential owners should note that the Tatra Shepherd Dog is a relatively rare breed in the United States, making them a unique and potentially challenging breed to find.
9. The White Swiss Shepherd
The White Swiss Shepherd traces its origins back to Germany, where it was bred as a herding, police, and watchdog. Boasting a height of 22-26 inches and weighing between 60-90 pounds, these loyal companions come in various shades of white, from a very light cream to a light biscuit. Their short, yet fluffy coat gives them a majestic and eye-catching appearance, making them hard to resist for dog lovers everywhere. Still, their coat is more fluffy than short so they certainly belong on this list instead of our favorite big breeds with short coats!
Although classified under the United Kennel Club (UKC), the White Shepherd is not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a separate breed. Instead, the AKC considers it a color variation of the German Shepherd. The Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognizes the breed as Berger Blanc Suisse, or White Swiss Shepherd.
Bergers were first bred from White Shepherds imported to Switzerland from the US in the 1970s. The dogs were almost exclusively bred within Switzerland, leading to their translated name “White Swiss Shepherd Dog.” However, there are breeders of these white dogs that claim to have been breeding since the 1930s, when white shepherds fell into disfavor in Germany’s working dog force.
Temperament-wise, White Shepherds are known for their loyalty, intelligence, and hardworking nature. They thrive when tasked with jobs such as herding or police work and require regular exercise to prevent boredom and weight gain. It’s essential to provide these dogs with both physical and mental stimulation to ensure a happy and healthy companion.
Their grooming needs are similar to German Shepherds, which include regular brushing to prevent matting and reduce shedding, though they will shed quite a bit! Their double coat lies close to their body, but don’t let it fool you about the amount of fluff these dogs have!
Though a “White Shepherd” may be hard to find in the US, there may be all-white German Shepherds available around you available for adoption. Though rare, the white coat can occur with any German Shepherd pair where both parents carry a recessive gene that can produce white pups.
If you’ve been considering adopting a large, white, fluffy dog, you now have a better idea of the breeds available and the characteristics associated with them. As well as understanding how much care they need, this list can also help identify whether they will fit into your everyday lifestyle or not.
However, these pups are so lovable and cuddly that no matter what breed you choose, when you commit to being a responsible pet parent these furry friends will reward you in ways beyond measure!