14 Black And White Dog Breeds With Short Hair

Dalmatians are not the only black and white
short haired dogs! ¹

The most famous black and white breed of dog has to be the Dalmatian, regardless of whether you are thinking of long haired or short haired dogs.

The film “101 Dalmatians” which as originally released in 1961 and then updated and released in 1996 has been watched by many of us, the world over.

In today’s post, I feature a list of fourteen black and white dog breeds that have short hair. I start off with the list’s megastar, the Dalmatian before introducing you to other lesser known breeds.

So without further ado, let’s meet our own Pongo or Perdita!

[1] Dalmatian

Dalmatians are the most famous black and white
dog breed in the world ²

Probably one of the most well known breeds in the entire world because of their Hollywood success, Dalmatians are definitely one of the most eye-catching and proud dogs one could possibly have.

Dalmatians grow to about 19-24 inches and weigh around 45-70 pounds.

They stand tall and proud with their black and white spots and are known to be a very smart breed. Because of their innate intellect and versatility, Dalmatians are given jobs that are far more colorful than their black and white spots.

From being dogs of the nobles to being partners of modern day firemen, Dalmatians are a breed for all seasons.

Their unique personality tells us that when it comes to having a Dalmatian as a dog, things are far from simply being black and white. 

[2] Great Dane

Black and white Great Danes are called
Harlequins ³

Great Danes are most well known for their size. They typically grow to about 32 inches and can weigh from 100-120 pounds.

This breed of dog is known to tower over most other breeds and sometimes even human beings when they stand upright.

Though what their size suggests is different from their actual personalities. Great Danes are considered to be gentle giants. They are known to be playful and affectionate, especially with children.

When you think Great Dane, think of the famous Scooby Doo. Friendly, playful, sometimes goofy but always courageous when the situation calls for it. 

[3] Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are nicknamed
“American Gentleman.” ⁴

Boston Terriers are considered to be small, compact and bright companions. They grow to about 15 inches and usually weigh around 12-25 pounds.

Their friendly and affectionate personality makes them a perfect choice for a family dog. Boston terriers are very energetic and need a lot of exercise.

They are very playful at home and they love physical activities.

Their black and white markings mimic the look of a tuxedo, earning them the title of “The American Gentleman.” Taking into account their general demeanour as a friendly and bright dog, the title is well earned on all levels. 

[4] Ariegeois

This short video shows how Ariegeois use their noses…

Definitely one of the most difficult dog breed names to pronounce, the Ariegeois is a breed of dog that was created in Ariege, Southern France.

The breed is the product of the crossing of french breeds like Grand Bleu de Gascogne and Grand Gascon-Saintongeois.

They were bred for the specific purpose of hunting and are known to have a great sense of smell to help them during the hunt.

The breed has at times come close to extinction during their long history because of cross breeding. However, people managed to increase their population by strictly breeding only Ariegeois with each other.

The Ariegeois breed may be hard to pronounce or say so if you decide to get one as a pet, we suggest naming it with a simple, easy to say name. Name it Jimmy. Or something like that. You get it. 

[5] Miniature Bull Terrier

This video starts just as a tri colour Mini Bull Terrier is shown…

Miniature Bull Terriers are basically Bull Terriers. Just smaller. They grow to about 10-14 inches and weigh 18-28 pounds.

Their normal colouring is a solid white or a coat that is white with other colours.

Although they do come with a black and white coat, this is quite rare- as is trying to get a photo of a Mini with this colouring!

Miniature Bull Terriers are small but are very strong for their size. They also have the fearless qualities of a Terrier. They are known to be an energetic and upbeat breed.

Miniature Bull Terriers are also quite the little troublemakers. They always find themselves in situations that calls for a little bit of mischief on their end.

That’s not to say that they don’t make for good pets. In fact, I’m sure some owners think that a little bit of mischief keeps things interesting. 

[6] Jack Russell

This Jack Russell is used to being
photographed! ⁵

Another breed of dog with the burning qualities of a Terrier, the Jack Russel is a dog that is known to be very energetic with an urge to keep moving.

One thing that is evident in the breed is their strong sense to hunt. This causes them to explore and wander into unfamiliar places.

Training is a must for this breed. Their hunting urges make them hard to keep under control, often considering other animals or children in their vicinity as prey.

So, it’s safe to say that this breed is simply not for everyone and that there are a lot of things to think about if you’re considering getting one as a family dog. 

[7] French Bulldog

This French Bulldog has beautiful colouring ⁸

Definitely in our list of favorite dog breeds, the French Bulldog is simply a cute, lovable and playful breed of dog.

Sporting the facial features of a regular Bulldog, French Bulldogs are smaller and more compact than their big brother.

They usually grow to about 11-13 inches and weigh around 20-28 pounds. They are considered to be affectionate, bright and playful.

They have all the qualities that make a great family pet in the house.

So, it really is no wonder why the French Bulldog is one of the most popular dog breeds in the entire world. 

[8] Canaan Dog

Canaans have a Border Collie look to them ⁶

One of the most interesting about the Canaan Dog breed is probably its biblical history. The dog breed is believed and speculated to be the dog breed written in the Bible.

Known to be the national dog of Israel, the Canaan Dog has had a lot of history and was said to have almost been driven close to extinction due to rabies extermination in the region.

But putting their insane history aside, Canaan Dogs are known to be clever, confident and alert. They usually have a lot of energy so they make for good pets to owners who like to take part in a lot of physical activities. 

[9] Catahoula Leopard Dog

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is the only dog to have come out of the state of Louisiana. It can grow to 22-24 inches and have a weight that ranges around 50-95 pounds. The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a medium sized dog that is known to have a wide range of variety when it comes to appearance. They are known to be a breed that is very loyal and protective and will not hesitate to defend themselves or their owners when attacked. Their loyal and gentle nature make them great companions and pets to any household looking to have them.

[10] Bluetick Coonhound

The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed that is well known for being friendly, obedient and energetic. They grow to about 22-27 inches and weigh around 55-80 pounds. Bred to be hunting dogs, Bluetick Coonhounds are fast, strong and intelligent. They have a strong sense of smell that often leads them to explore unknown places and get to know unknown strangers. While Bluetick Coonhounds have the qualities of a hunter, they make for great companions and pets because of their innate friendly and mindful nature. 

[11] Pointer

The Pointer Dog is definitely one of the most popular breeds of dogs when it comes to sport. Pointer Dogs were bred for the specific purpose of pointing to small game like birds or rabbits. This made them very popular over the centuries. They stand around 28 inches and can weigh around 55-75 pounds. They are known to be loyal, energetic and have a heightened sense of smell. They are also easily trained and can make for a good pet in any household. Safe to say that when it comes to Pointer dogs, we can’t just point to one specific reason to get one. 

[12] Karelian Bear Dog

Karelian Bear Dogs are hunter dogs. This breed is popular for big game hunters. They grow to about 19-24 inches and weigh 44-50 pounds. Karelian Bear Dogs are known to be loyal, hardworking and intelligent. They are able to use their barks to lead their owners to potential prey. They have qualities that are perfect for a big game hunting dog. They are courageous and confident and are not afraid to stalk and trail other animals. Definitely one breed of dog you should consider if you’re into hunting in the great outdoors. 

[13] Rat Terrier

A Rat Terrier also has a smudge of tan on its
face ⁷

The Rat Terrier is a dog breed known for hunting small pests and rats. Rat Terriers are smart and energetic pets that grow to around 10-18 inches with a weight that ranges from 10-25 pounds.

Much like other “hunter” dog breeds, the Rat Terrier benefits alot from active physical activities and exercise.

They are a breed that is easily trained, smart and very loyal as companions.

This makes them a good choice for anyone considering getting a pet and an in-house rat exterminator all in one. Sounds like a good deal. 

[14] Teddy Roosevelt

Named after, you know, Teddy Roosevelt, the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier is known to be a very playful and intelligent breed. They average about 8-15 inches in height and weigh around 8-25 pounds only. They are lively and affectionate companions and are perfect for families. Like the Rat Terrier, they were also bred to keep home free of rats. And much like Rat Terriers again, there is much more to this breed than just being rat hunters. They are fun, loving and gentle. Teddy Roosevelt Terriers are perfect for any household wanting a cute family dog.

Photo Credits

¹ Photo by Justin Veenema on Unsplash

² Photo by Bianka Csenki on Unsplash

³ Photo by Jean on Flickr

⁴ Photo by Taylor Corcoran on Unsplash

⁵ Photo by Steven Hromnak on Flickr

⁶ Photo by cayenne2006 on Flickr

⁷ Photo by John Liu on Flickr

⁸ Photo by Elia Burelli on Unsplash

James Grayston

My name is James and I love dogs. have owned four Golden Retrievers in the past 15 years. Currently I own two "Goldies"- a five year old and a seven month old. The photo shows me with our youngest when she was about 7 weeks old!