So you’ve decided you want to add a dog to your family? That’s great! But that decision comes with a million other little choices, including what breed you want to get. If you’re family wants a pup that resembles a little ball of fluff, consider one of these small white dog breeds. From the friendly Bichon to the spunky miniature bull terrier, these little dogs have plenty of love and affection to give.
Many of these small white dogs are intelligent, get along well with kids, and — for the clean freaks in the mix — don’t shed too much. Some of these small white dog breeds also have tons of energy, so they’re perfect pets for an active family with kids who like to run around in the yard.
But before you bring your new best friend into the fold, make sure you pick up some fun dog toys, sun protection for your pup, and of course, some dog food. And you’ll also want to think about a name for your new dog, whether you want something feminine, funny, or totally unique.
When you think about a “small white dog,” the Bichon Frise is probably one of the first breeds that comes to mind. They might weigh less than 13 pounds, but they’ve got more than enough personality to go around. According to the American Kennel Club, these dogs tend to be very friendly and affectionate, and they get along well with both children and other dogs.
According to the American Kennel Club, Pomeranians have been called the “ideal companion,” and who could disagree with that? These little dogs are smart, energetic and easy to train, making them wonderful family pets.
These fluffy dogs are the smallest members of the poodle family. According to the American Kennel Club, these little dogs are full of energy: they love swimming and running around the yard, making them a good fit for an active family.
These gorgeous dogs with their thick white coats were originally bred for hunting and sledding in Siberia, according to Samoyed Savvy. But even if you’re not trekking through the frozen tundra, these sweet, loyal watchdogs will be happy to be by your side.
As the name implies, these sweet white dogs originally came from Havana, Cuba. They tend to be fairly quiet, but they need lots of love and companionship to be happy, according to VetStreet. They don’t shed very much, but they do require daily brushing.
These playful dogs, with their distinctive rumpled faces and big bat-like ears, are the perfect companion. They’re especially perfect for city dwellers since they don’t require as much exercise as other breeds, according to the American Kennel Club.
These dogs with a regal-sounding breed name are lively and lovable. The Coton de Tulear pup is as happy running around in the yard as they are snuggling up with you on the couch for a lazy afternoon. According to VetStreet, the Coton de Tulears are typically easy to house train and get along well with children.
The Bolognese (yes, spelled just like the sauce) is an intensely loyal and devoted dog. Though these dogs tend to be less active than some, the Bolognese require lots of companionship and don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time, according to the American Kennel Club.
There’s no dog quite as unique as the Puli, with its signature cords that can look a little bit like dreadlocks. These Hungarian dogs are generally loyal and remarkably agile, according to the American Kennel Club.
These dogs tend to be mostly soft and hairless, so you don’t need to worry about them shedding all over the house. According to the American Kennel Club, the Chinese Crested only weigh 8 to 12 pounds and are very affectionate.
These cheerful, active dogs can come in many colors, including white. VetStreet notes that Miniature Bull Terriers get along well with other dogs their own size (or bigger) and they can be great playmates for kids, though they’re a bit too rambunctious for toddlers.
Who could resist such a sweet face? These smart and watchful dogs tend to be loyal and protective of their family (but they’re typically not aggressive). Miniature American Eskimos are “also capable of learning many tasks, tricks, and disciplines, including agility, obedience, and search and rescue,” according to the Continental Kennel Club.
The Maltese is known to have big, bold personalities, according to VetStreet. They’re playful, charming, and love cuddling with their owners. But they might be best-suited to a home without small children, as they’re a bit too delicate for roughhousing with little ones and can snap if provoked.
These regal-looking dogs have not only a gorgeous coat, but a winning personality. The Japanese Spitz is full of energy and love, but don’t require as much exercise as larger breeds do, according to Pet Guide. Japanese Spitzes are eager to please and want to be part of the action, making them a good fit for a family.
These little dogs come in all colors, including white or light tan. Chihuahuas are known to have big personalities and love snuggling up on their owner’s lap, according to the American Kennel Club. They can have long or short coats, and tend to weigh no more than six pounds.