The term “man’s best friend” was first used by the King of Prussia, Frederick, in 1789. It is one of the best phrases which describes the millennia-long relationship between humankind and the first domesticated animals – canines.
Through the centuries, dogs have been bred for various reasons and come in different shapes, forms, colors, and sizes.
Some of the most majestic ones are, no doubt, the big white fluffy dog breeds, some of which are reminiscent of cute polar bear cubs.
If you are planning on adding a large-sized white furball to your family, then read on for some tips to keep in mind and the most popular and other not-so-common white and large fluffy dog breeds in the world.
The Most Popular and Less Common Big White Fluffy Dog Breeds
The smiling sled dog from Siberia is the epitome of a large fluffy pup. The size of these beautiful dogs is 19 to 24 inches at the shoulder, and they can weigh 35 to 65 lbs.
Their recognizable thick and fluffy double coats are usually white, but they can also be biscuit or cream-colored.
Samoyeds are adorable-looking and very intelligent pups with cute smiles. The explanation for this never fading smile is that the corners of their mouths are curved upward, which is a way to minimize drooling and the formation of icicles around their mouths.
These smiley dogs have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. They learn quickly and are friendly and kind by nature. Still, they are rather strong working dogs with a lot of energy, so you must be prepared to take your Samoyed pet on long walks, runs, or hikes and play extensively with it.
Naturally, because they were bred to pull sleds in freezing temperatures and deep snow, they prefer living in colder climates.
Unlike its much smaller cousins, the miniature and toy poodle, the Standard Poodle has an average height of 20 inches at the shoulders and weighs about 65 lbs.
The Standard Poodle is a highly intelligent, loyal, and athletic German breed that is among the most popular ones in the world. It comes in different colors, including white.
The Standard Poodle is a preferred pet by many people with allergies and those who don’t like to deal with dog hairs around the house. Even though it is curly and fluffy, it sheds very little. Then again, its beautiful coat does require regular grooming and trimming to prevent it from matting and to keep it looking great and healthy.
Due to it being one of the most popular hypoallergenic breeds, the Poodle has become one of the most commonly used dog breeds for the creation of hybrid breeds, such as the Goldendoodle, the Labradoodle, the Sheepadoodle and all other “doodle” mixed breeds.
The Great Pyrenees
If you are looking for a giant fluffy white pup, then The Great Pyrenees may be the perfect choice for you. It is the largest of all canines in this group and is usually 25-32 inches high and can weigh 85 lbs. for females, 100 lbs., and much more for males.
The dogs from this breed originated in the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain and were used and still are some of the best shepherds and herding dogs who protect the sheep from predators like wolves.
They have very thick and fluffy white double coats but can also come with some red, gray, or tan markings. Their impressive coats are tangle and dirt-resistant, which makes them easy to maintain. However, they do shed a lot, especially during shedding season, so regular brushing can help keep this under control.
As a whole, these fluffy white giants are very friendly, happy, and gentle companion dogs.
These majestic pups generally have a calm demeanor, but they can very quickly jump into action if a threat is detected.
White American Shepherd
This is the newest dog breed on this list and was recognized by the AKC in 1999.
The White American Shepherd looks very similar to the popular German Shepherd Dog, but it has a stunning long white coat.
The height of the dogs from this breed is from 22 to 26 inches, and they weigh from 77 to 85 lbs.
They are better known as running dogs, as they excel in running, herding, swimming, and protecting. This makes the White American shepherd suitable for active owners who enjoy spending time outdoors.
These pups are intelligent and eager to learn and please but can be aloof to strangers.
As with any other large dog breed, consistent and firm training, as well as timely socialization, is essential if you want a well-behaved and well-rounded pet.
This dog breed has a unique look and silky human-like hair which grows constantly and needs to be trimmed, cut, and groomed just like ours. So, you should be prepared for extensive brushing and expenses for professional grooming for your pup.
The Afghan Hounds are usually 25 to 27 inches tall and weigh 50-60 lbs.
They are smart and loyal but can be stubborn and independent, making them quite a handful for an inexperienced dog owner.
Still, with their majestic gait and beautiful white or other silky hair, they are gorgeous dogs that will grab the attention of others at any dog park.
This regal-looking Russian dog breed is among the tallest of all canines. It can be 28 inches or taller at the shoulders and can weigh 75 to 105 lbs.
The Russian Hunting Sighthound, or Russian Wolfhound as it is also known, comes in white, cream, fawn, black, or brindle colors and has a beautiful long and silky coat.
The Borzoi is among the fastest of all canines, and since it was bred as a sighthound, it loves chasing small animals, including smaller pets. The name of the breed translates as “fast” in Russian.
These dogs are highly energetic, protective, and brave but are only suitable for households where there are smaller pets or very young kids if they have been raised together or properly introduced.
This is another big fluffy white dog originating from Siberia in Russia. The Siberian Husky is known for its stunning blue eyes and thick coat, which can sometimes be completely white.
The Chukchi people in Siberia bred the Husky as a hunting and sled dog, but today is among the most popular companion dog breeds in the world.
The Siberian Husky is usually 20-23 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 35 to 60 lbs. so some consider it more of a medium-sized dog.
The Chukchi Dog is an energetic and hardworking pup, which requires a lot of rigorous exercises as well as consistent training and a job to do to be happy. Also, these smart pups are crafty escape masters, so if you have a backyard, make sure that it is adequately fenced.
Its thick white and soft double coat sheds a lot and needs constant brushing and care.
Overall, the dogs from this beautiful northern breed are mischievous, friendly, and playful even with strangers. They are suitable pets for all types of active owners but can be quite independent and are often pretty noisy with their recognizable howls and chirps.
This is the largest of the Spaniels and can reach a height at the shoulder of 18-20 inches and a weight of 85 lbs.
Its standard color is white, and it has a dense coat, sometimes with small orange or lemon-colored markings. They do not require too much coat maintenance, but you will need to regularly clean your dog’s ears and the folds of its head.
The Clumber Spaniel was bred as a powerful bird hunting dog, made for easy pushing through dense cover.
It is a scent dog with strong hunting and tracking instincts outdoors. Indoors though, these pups are easygoing and calm, eager to please, and easy to train.
These pups love playing fetch and swimming, so they will be perfect playmates for your children.
Originally bred in Turkey as a sturdy and reliable livestock flock guardian dog, the Akbash is an impressive large-sized dog with a height of 29 to 33 inches at the withers and a weight of 100-140 lbs. and more.
The name of the breed translates to “white head” in Turkish. It has a long or medium-length coat which is double and white but can have some biscuit color hues.
Its white color was a desired feature because it makes it easy to spot even in the dark, so the shepherd can tell the dog from a dark-colored predator.
It is a rare dog breed in the USA, but if you find one, you can be confident that it will be a smart, alert, and loyal giant pup and an excellent guard for you and your family.
As a large and powerful dog with strong protective instincts, the Akbash needs to be trained and socialized from a very early age by an experienced owner.
When socialized and trained correctly, a dog from this breed can live happily with all kinds of families, including young children.
This is another snow-white colored large dog breed which is pretty rare in the USA. It originates from Hungary, where the Kuvasz was bred as a flock guard and as a royal companion.
It is a powerful, majestic dog that is usually 26 to 30 inches at the shoulders and weighs 70-115 lbs. and more.
The pups from this Hungarian breed are very intelligent and loyal but can be challenging to train and handle by inexperienced or timid owners. They require consistent training and a firm and patient trainer from an early age since these dogs usually mature quite late at the age of three.
It has a thick double snow white coat, which only needs occasional brushing to keep it clean and remove dead hairs.
Ok, so the Golden Retriever technically isn’t white, but it can be light golden in color, which is close to white, and which is why we added it to this list.
The Golden Retriever is the third most popular dog breed in the US, following the Labrador Retriever and the French Bulldog.
Goldens are beautiful and friendly pups that come in different hues of golden color. They originated from Scotland and were originally bred as gun dogs. But today, they are used mostly as guide dogs for the blind, as well as for search and rescue and hunting.
The majority are adopted as loyal and friendly companion dogs by owners of all types.
The Golden Retriever can reach a height at the withers from 21.5 to 24 inches and a weight of 55 to 75 lbs.
Its thick and beautiful lustrous coat can be light, golden, and dark golden colored and sheds a lot, especially during shedding season.
Other Not So Common Large and Fluffy Dog Breeds
If you want to look at other options for choosing the best large-sized fluffy white dog, then you may want to check out the following breeds as well:
- Slovensky Cuvac
- Ukrainian Shepherd Dog
- Maremma Sheepdog
- East Siberian Laika
Things to Keep in Mind Before Adopting a Big White Fluffy Pup
Here are some tips for choosing the best four-legged companion for yourself and your family.
The Pros and Cons of Fluffy White Coats
Before picking a giant white furball as your new pet, take the time to think about the maintenance it will require.
Some long-haired fluffy white dogs shed a lot and require daily brushing or regular trimming and other maintenance, which can take a lot of your time and money.
Other breeds do not shed so much but still need professional grooming.
The more a pup sheds, the more cleaning you will need to do.
If someone in your household has dog allergies, their allergic reactions may be triggered more by some pups that shed or drool a lot. In this case, considering a large hypoallergenic dog might be the right way to go.
Plus, larger dogs usually cost more in the long run when it comes to food, dog beds, leashes, veterinary care, preventative treatments, and others.
So, choose a pup that will meet your expectations for the grooming and cleaning required and one which will not cause discomfort to somebody with allergies or respiratory problems at home.
Keeping Your Big White And Fluffy Pup Clean
It is only natural that white-coated dogs are more prone to becoming stained and dirty than darker-coated ones.
When buying a collar or harness for your four-legged companion, choose a good quality one, which is safe, comfortable, and will not leave unsightly stains on your furbaby’s beautiful coat.
You will also need to find the most suitable dog shampoos and other grooming tools and products in order to keep its coat in a pristine condition.
Your Fluffy White Pup Will Look Bigger
If there are size requirements for pets in your residence or for traveling and other purposes, you may want to choose a less fluffy pup.
White color and the long fluffy coat of your four-legged friend will make it look a lot bigger than it actually is!
On the other hand, if this is an effect you are looking for – to have a pup of an impressive size, then white, large and fluffy is the way to go!
Large-sized white and fluffy dogs can be stunning! But on the other hand, in most cases, they will require more maintenance than other dogs due to their sheer size and the length and color of their coats.
Some of the abovementioned dog breeds are suitable for first-time owners, while others are not.
Certain breeds are better for more active people than others.
Some pups require much more maintenance, grooming, and cleaning than others.
There are probably some suitable large white dogs in an animal shelter near you looking for forever homes, so you may want to check!
Remember all these factors when choosing the best dog as your companion!