There’s something about dogs that are all one color, with their monochrome appearance making them look so pure, majestic and regal. And when they’re large in stature, they command even more attention, no matter what color they are. If you’ve ever seen a big white fluffy dog, you know how all that white fluff contrasts their dark eyes and draws you in. If you’ve fallen in love with the charming looks of a big white fluffy dog, here are some breeds you might want to consider adding to your family.
Although not all standard poodles are white, they’re definitely worth mentioning in the “big, white fluffy dog” category. While there are also toy and miniature poodles, the standard poodle typically weighs an average of 65 lbs. and reaches an average height of 20 inches at the shoulders. Their curly coat requires regular grooming to prevent it from getting matted, but they don’t shed, which is a bonus. Poodles are smart, affectionate and loyal to their owners. The lack of shedding combined with their personalities make them popular choices for mixed breeds. If you ever see a dog breed with “doodle” at the end of the name, it is mixed with a poodle. Examples include goldendoodles, labradoodles and sheep-a-doodles.
Samoyeds aren’t too large in body size, but all their fur can make them look bigger than they really are. They originated in Siberia where they were used for hunting and pulling heavy loads through the cold snowy conditions. Although they’re good-looking dogs, all that fur requires regular grooming and brushing, and they shed a lot. If you can handle all the fur and all their energy, a Samoyed can be an affectionate, smart pet.
The Great Pyrenees
Great Pyrenees are very large dogs that average a height of 30 inches at the shoulder and average weight of 100 lbs. Like the Samoyed, their long shaggy coats make them look even bigger. They’re accustomed to being alone as they were bred to watch after sheep. They have a very calm nature, but that calm can disappear as soon as they’re tasked with protecting their family. Nonetheless, they make good family dogs that don’t require too much attention, with the exception of grooming. Great Pyrenees need regular brushing to cut down on some of the shedding.
The largest in the spaniel family is the Clumber Spaniel, weighing an average of 85 lbs. and 18-20 inches in height at the shoulders. They look a lot like a Labrador retriever in the face, but their body is more stocky and their legs are shorter. They also have a similar nature to the Labrador retriever: laid back, smart and affectionate. Their long, wiry coat needs regular brushing, at least weekly, to keep shedding under control.
The Kuvasz looks a lot like a Clumber Spaniel but much bigger, tipping the scales at an average of 110 lbs. They were originally used in Hungary to protect livestock from wolves. Their stark white coat helped farmers distinguish them from predators. Kuvasz are brave dogs and loyal to their families, but they can be difficult to train, despite their intelligence. They are not suited for small apartments and yards, and instead need lots of space to roam in order to avoid becoming bored and destructive. They could benefit from a daily run or long walk.
Afghan Hounds get their namesake from Afghanistan where they were bred to hunt large prey. They were able to do this due to their ability to run at high speeds for extended distances. Their size is only large in regard to their height as they can reach 28 inches at the shoulder. Yet they weigh only an average of 60 lbs., which is at the lower end of the scale in the large dog category. Their coat is long and silky and commonly white, although some Afghans have a brown coat or mixed colors. Afghans make loyal, affectionate and goofy pets for the right people who are willing to provide them with lots of mental stimulation and exercise.
With its long white coat that cords on its own, the Komondor has a very unique look. With the way their long cords hang over their face, you’d never expect them to be watchdogs. But they were originally used to guard sheep, and their white shaggy coat helped them blend right in. As for size, they average 110 lbs. and about 28 inches in height at the shoulders. They make affectionate family dogs and don’t require too much exercise. But they are highly protective of their families, so they need lots of socialization as puppies so they don’t perceive strangers as threats.
Slovensky Cuvacs are also breeds that were bred to guard livestock and have maintained their guarding tendencies throughout their existence. Their fluffy coat sheds quite a bit, but they don’t require too much in regard to grooming. At an average of 24 inches in height at the shoulders and weighing about 100 lbs., their large stature matches their bravery. They’re also very protective of their families. Slovensky Cuvacs do best in a large home with a large yard to roam in. Give them some chickens or goats to protect, and they’ll be even happier.
Ukrainian Shepherd Dog
The Ukrainian Shepherd dog is the epitome of “white fluffy dog,” and they can look as charming as they are intimidating. They can reach an average of 24 inches in height at the shoulders and weigh over 100 lbs. Their size combined with their dominant personalities makes Ukranian Shepherds a better match for experienced dog owners than inexperienced owners. They need someone who is at least as dominant as they are and someone who will provide them with socialization at a young age.
The Maremma Sheepdog is sometimes called the Maremmano-Abruzzese Sheepdog and is indigenous to Italy. They are similar to other big fluffy herding dogs in size, averaging 100 lbs. One thing that makes the Maremma Sheepdog stand out is its affectionate nature. While other dogs are also affectionate, the Maremma likes to show it more, and will likely want to lean up against you to show its affection. They can make good pets, but only if they have a job to do and a large yard to do it in. Without something that challenges their intelligence, they can be destructive in nature, just like many large dogs.
If you’re interested in adding a large fluffy dog to your life, know that they have more needs than the basic lap dog. Most were bred as herding dogs and will be happiest if they have a job to do. If you have the room for them, can keep them mentally stimulated and can socialize them at a young age, any of these big, fluffy white dogs can be a good match for your lifestyle.