After thinking long and hard about your next dog, you have narrowed down your options a bit and decided to get a big dog with long hair which is white.
You want to own a polar bear, right?!
And so in this post, I write about 13 large breeds of dogs with long, white hair.
But what do I mean by big?
Well in terms of height my list ranges from a 24 inch Standard Poodle to a 32 inch tall and 150 lb Irish Wolfhound, with a great variety of breeds in between.
And in terms of long hair, my selection ranges from a Standard Poodle to a Komondor- which is also called a mop dog!
What you will learn from this article:
- Pros and Cons of Big Dogs
- Pros and cons of long hair
- White Swiss Shepherd
- Standard Poodle
- Great Pyrenees
- Siberian Husky
- Irish Wolfhound
- Maremma Sheepdog
- Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog
- Slovensky Cuvac
Pros and Cons of Big Dogs
Since you are interested in big dogs, let me start off with the advantages of them.
And to try and keep this lists as short and focused as possible, I will stick to the most important three pros.
- Big dogs are quieter and calmer
- Big dogs are more physically robust and tougher
- They are easier to train
And now for the disadvantages.
- They cost more to feed
- Harder to keep clean
- They live shorter lives
Pros and cons of long hair
And now we can turn our attention to the pros and cons of long hair!
First, the pros.
- Long hair gives dogs a fluffier and cuter look: they look amazing!
- They provide a softer cuddle.
And now the cons..
- A long haired dog will shed more and generally smell more.
- They will need to be groomed very often.
- They take far longer to clean and dry!
Now that we have looked at some of the pros and cons of large dogs, it is time to introduce you to the first dog breed in my list.
White Swiss Shepherd
The White Swiss Shepherd is a breed of dogs that started from Switzerland and has the same origins as the German Shepherd.
Its snow white fur makes it an easy favorite for owners who like dogs that are medium sized, well-built and elegant.
They usually go to around 24-26 inches and are very medium in weight.
They are known to be smart, playful, energetic and attentive.
They make excellent watchdogs that are perfect for families looking for a sweet yet protective dog for their house.
The Kuvasz breed of dogs are known to be loyal and fearless creatures.
They have white fur and are known to be Hungary’s guardian breed for royalty.
They grow to over 30 inches and weigh around 100-115 pounds.
Their large build makes them elegant work dogs. Kuvasz are smart majestic creatures fit for royalty.
They make great dogs for families with kids as they are gentle and protective at the same time. Their elegant appearance makes them irresistible to pet and go crazy over.
In this humble writer’s opinion, the Kuvasz is definitely one of the best-looking dog breeds there is. They are simply a breed with absolutely zero bad angles. Picture Perfect 24/7.
Poodles are probably most well known to be dogs of the wealthy.
Whether it be in cartoons, movies and other forms of pop culture, Poodles are always depicted to be the proud breed of aristocrats and royalty.
And it’s very fitting too as they really do look like royalty dogs with their unique coat of hair.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see a poodle wearing a little poodle crown that has the word “Princess” engraved on it.
Admit it, that would be extremely adorable.
They are known to be very intelligent and easily trainable.
They grow to about more than a foot tall and can weigh 40-70 pounds depending on the gender.
Their trademark appearance of puffy fur makes it fun for owners to style the way their poodle looks.
They are active and energetic dogs that crave for attention from their owners.
Poodles are definitely a classic when it comes to dog breed.
The Great Pyrenees is a large dog breed that sports long white fur and can live up to 10-12 years.
They can grow up to 32 inches and can weigh over 100 pounds.
They are a strong dog breed that was bred to prevent wolves from attacking sheep farms.
Great Pyrenees dogs are also known to be intelligent and mellow.
Their large size is complemented by their calm demeanor, making them insanely adorable and utterly irresistible.
This also earned them the nickname “the big dog of the mountains.”
A very fitting nickname for a dog of great strength and endurance.
They can be great companions to any family looking for a gentle giant for their home.
Definitely one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, the Siberian Husky garnered great attention due to them being very similar in appearance as actual wolves.
Siberian Huskies are sometimes considered to be the “boy next door” breed of dogs.
And everyone gets why, they are just simply cool like that.
Initially bred to pull sleds across icy paths, Siberian Huskies are both resistant to the cold due to their thick fur and very energetic.
They often need a lot of exercise on a daily basis and love any kind of physical activity.
They love human companionship are easily trained when given the right amount of attention.
The Siberian Husky is definitely on the top list for “Coolest Looking Dogs” and is an easy favorite for any sane dog lover.
The Komondor is a dog breed that is known for their long straight fur coat.
Their most distinctive quality proves to be the biggest challenge for owners.
The Komondor’s fur match the appearance of actual chords and lengthens over time.
This requires a lot of maintenance and upkeep from the owner to keep the Komondor’s coat neat and clean.
They are also considered to be large dogs that can weigh a little under 100 pounds.
They are very loyal to their human companions and are known to be somewhat a clingy breed.
Though for a breed as elegant as the Komondor, owners are sure to not mind a little cling.
This fantastic breed also appears in three more of my lists:
The Irish Wolfhound is a hound dog breed originating from Ireland.
It was bred for the purpose of hunting game and for protection against wolves.
Grey is the most recognised colour of a Wolfhound, but you will sometimes see a White coated dog.
They can also come with Black, Brindle or Red coats.
Their coats are made up of long hair, with a very rough or untidy look to it.
To me it makes an Irish Wolfhound looks a bit bewildered…
They are often shown in literature because of their size and mastery over hunting game. They grow to about 32 inches and weigh from 120-155 pounds.
Irish Wolfhounds are known to be an insanely strong and fast breed. God knows this little author doesn’t want to be chased down or hunted by one.
This makes it perfect for owners who love to hunt or love to spend a lot of time doing outdoor activities.
Also considered as a dog for the rich and royalty, the Borzoi is a proud and dignified breed that both elegant and functional at the same time.
Solid white Borzois are quite hard to come by- they are more common with white coats with dark patches.
Other coat colours that Borzois have include Brindle and Cream.
They have a lovely silky coat which sometimes can be flat or have a slight curl to it.
Originally bred to be hunters, the Borzoi rely on eye sight to track and run after game.
They are an athletic breed and are very energetic creatures.
This makes the Borzoi a perfect mix between elegance and function.
If you’re looking to own a Borzoi, training is very much needed in the early stages because of their tendency to be independent.
Needless to say, that owning a Borzoi will definitely be an infinitely fun experience for any kind of owner.
The Maremma Sheepdog is a breed of dogs that are bred to guard livestock in Central Italy.
It has a thick white coat of fur and grows to about 26-29 inches.
It’s size, strength and agility make it a good choice to be an effective guardian of livestock against wild wolves.
The Maremma Sheepdog, while courageous, are considered to be very friendly and well balanced when it comes to general temperament.
Like other guardian dogs, they are very protective of their territory and owners making them a perfect companion for a family looking for fluffy cuddles and a little bit of protection at the same time.
Probably one of the shaggiest breeds of dogs you will ever see, the Briard is a breed of dog that is intelligent and sociable with strangers.
They grow to about 22-27 inches and can weigh around 70-100 pounds.
They are known to be extremely affectionate to people around them which makes them great as family dogs. Briards are easily trainable and are very smart as a breed.
They may need a certain amount of attention but with a dog as adorable and as affectionate as a Briard, that really won’t be a problem for anyone.
Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog
The Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog probably has one of the most complicated breed names there is.
They are another breed of dogs that were used as guardians of livestock in, you guessed it, Romania.
They sport a long coat of hair which can require frequent grooming to maintain.
They are considered to be loyal, smart and very protective.
They love to be around people all the time and want constant care and attention.
Again, not that hard to give to a dog as adorable as that.
It only goes to show how much the Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog can love its family and companions.
The Slovensky Cuvac has a very cool history in that the breed originated from Arctic wolves.
Another breed of guard dogs for livestock, the Slovensky Cuvac has a solid build and constitution. They grow to around 25-28 inches and can weigh to a little under 100 pounds.
They wear a thick and rich white coat of hair that allow them to survive in the harsh conditions of the Slovakian Mountains.
Their coat isn’t only for the cold but also for the looks.
The Slovensky Cuvac is definitely one of the most elegant breeds there.
They proudly stand tall and are fearless companions fit for any adventurous owner.
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