If you are after a dog breed that has a solid white coat and blue eyes, then I have good news and bad news for you.
The good news is that your search is over because there is only one dog breed that combines these two qualities.
The bad news is that unless you were after a Husky, you will be disappointed.
Any other breed of dog that has blue eyes will only have a coat that is partly white.
And to be clear, in compiling my list I am basing it on the breed standards created by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
This list of white dog breeds with blue eyes is far smaller than the gallery of photos that Google Images will spit out in their search results.
You see, it is easy to see why blue eyes are so attractive in dogs because they are a thing of beauty…
But in the wrong breed of dog blue eyes can also cause blindness and deafness.
Which is why the regulations around dog breeds are so tight.
And so, I have split my list of fourteen breeds of white dogs with blue eyes into three sections.
The first two sections only contain dog breeds where blue eyes are allowable.
- Dog breeds with solid white dogs where blue eyes are allowed
- Dog breeds with a partly white coat with blue eyes
- Dog breeds with a solid white coat where blue eyes are “forbidden”
[A] Dog breeds with solid white dogs where blue eyes are allowed
If you’re looking for a white dog, a Siberian Husky is your best bet, not just because it’s such a splendid animal, but also because it is one of the very few blue-eyed dogs with a full snow-white coat. Purely white Siberian Huskies are a rare find, as most dogs of this breed have black, silver or gray markings on their medium-length coat.
A Siberian Husky can be quite a handful, as he’s very energetic and not quite as easy to train, at least not by first-time pet parents. A full grown male reaches up to 23 inches (58 cm) in height and weighs between 35 and 60 lbs (15- 27 kg).
[B] Dog breeds with a partly white coat with blue eyes
2.Harlequin Great Dane
You’d be forgiven to mistake a Harlequin Great Dane for a Dalmatian, as both breeds have a white-based coat with large black patches. The white-based short shiny coat is described by the AKC as harlequin, and it is possible to find puppies with very few black markings. A Great Dane is a giant among dogs, an adult male being up to 31 in (78 cm) tall and weighing around 180 lbs (82 kg). The record for this breed was established by a dog named Zeus, who was 44 in (111.8cm) at the shoulder. Despite the impressive size, Great Danes are very affectionate with their owners. No wonder the ‘gentle giant’ is extremely popular among pet owners.
Shelties come from the Shetland Islands off Scotland and belong to the herding dogs group. These dogs have a double coat, a short warm undercoat and a long silky one with rough hairs on the outside. Their coats come in many colors, sable, bi-colored (black and white) or tricolor (white, black and tan). Shetland Sheepdogs with modified merle coats are lighter in color and can all have blue eyes. Males are up to 16 in (41 cm) and can weigh up to 24 lbs (11 kg). Shelties are very protective, some find them too protective due to their herding instinct, but are very gentle and are great as therapy dogs.
4.Old English Sheepdog
Famous for their shaggy coats, Old English Sheepdogs are known as mellow and gentle furballs. These dogs are predominantly gray, grizzle or blue with white markings . In some cases, an OES can be almost completely white, although this is not the standard color for this breed, as recognized by the AKC. The outer coat is long and wavy, including on the head and neck. An adult male measures 22 in (55 cm) in height and weighs up to 100 lbs (45 kg), and although it has a distinctive bear-shuffle gait, this is a dog that requires plenty of exercise. OES are known for excessive drooling and heavy shedding, but that’s to be expected with such a big coat.
5.Cardigan Welsh Corgi (merle)
Cardigan Welsh Corgis can be easily recognized by their short legs and sturdy bodies. They were bred to be low to the ground to be able to nip at the cattles’ ankles without the risk of being hit. They have a medium-length coat that can be a combination of two colors, red, brindle, blue merle or black. Most have white paws, white markings on the head and even a full white collar. Due to their short legs, Corgis rarely grow more than 10 inches tall and weigh around 38 lbs (17 kg). Good training and early socialization are a must with this breed, as Corgis tend to be a bit stubborn.
6.Miniature American Shepherd
This compact cutie is an all-American herding dog, originally from California, and has all the qualities you might want in a dog, looks, brains, agility and an eagerness to please that makes him easy to train. MAS come in a variety of colors black, blue merle, red, and red merle, with white markings especially on the head and collar. The coat is medium-length with longer feathery hair on the legs. The hair can be either straight or wavy. An adult male is up to 18 inches (45 cm) and 40 pounds (18 kg).
7.Catahoula Leopard Dog
A beautiful animal with tell-tale leopard spots that give him his name, the Catahoula is of American descent. The roots of this breed can be traced back to Louisiana and their name Catahoula comes from the Choctaw tribe language and means ‘sacred lake’. Their short-haired coats come in many colors, black, blue, white merle, brindle, red or chocolate. Besides the spots, some have tan or white markings. They are medium-large dogs, up to 24 in (60 cm) and 95 lbs (43 kg). A Catahoula is a versatile dog, he can be used for hunting as well as for herding, while also being a very affectionate companion.
Also known as the Long-Haired Collie, this type of dog is very resilient and can be very vocal when he wants to make himself heard. As their name says, these dogs have a long rough coat, although the AKC and the Canadian Kennel Club consider the smooth-coated Collie to be a variant of the same breed. Rough Collies can be sable and white, blue merle, tricolor (black-based coat) and even white, for most of the body except for the head which is usually tricolor. Males range between 22 and 25 inches (55.8 to 66 cm) in height and 44–75 lbs (20–34 kg) in weight.
Border Collies are double-coated dogs with a smooth, rough or semi-rough top coat and a silky undercoat. Dogs of this breed can be solid coloured (although this is rare), bicolored or tricolored, with the base color being black, white, blue merle, red merle, blue, brindle or orange.
Male Collies reach up to 22 inches (56 cm) in height and weigh around 6 – 9 lbs (14 – 20 kg).
Border Collies are considered the most intelligent dogs and require plenty of physical and mental stimulation. When they get bored, their behaviour will suffer.
10. Australian Shepherd
Aussies are medium-sized, sturdy and elegant. They’re closely related to Border Collies, with whom they share a strong herding instinct.
The typical colors for an Australian Shepherd are solid black, solid red, blue merle, and red merle, although most dogs of this breed have white collars and paws. Most Aussies have straight hair, but you might also find one with curly hair. A full-grown Australian Shepherd weighs 40–70 lb (18–32 kg) and can be up to 23 in (58 cm) tall.
Aussies are very good at sports and will gladly play frisbee with you, but they can also be trained as service dogs, search and rescue or therapy dogs.
[C] Dog breeds with a solid white coat where blue eyes are “forbidden”
11.White Swiss Shepherd
Similar in temperament with the German Shepherd, a White Swiss Shepherd is very loyal and energetic, always up for a good chase. In fact, the White Swiss Shepherd, also known as the Berger Blanc, was bred from the German Shepherd and to this day it is not recognized by the AKC as a breed in its own right. The white dog is medium-length and its hair is a bit on the wavy side.
A male White Swiss Shepherd weighs between 66–88 lbs (30–40 kg) and can reach 24–26 inches (60 – 66 cm) at the shoulder.
This type of dog can be a bit deceptive to the eye as its dense outer coat appears to be pure white, although it is actually tinged with silver. While the outer coat is coarse and long, the undercoat is soft and keeps the dog warm. These dogs needed a warm coat as they originate from Siberia where they were used as herding dogs by the Samoyedic people of Northern Russia. Samoyeds are medium-sized dogs, weighing between 44–66 lb (20–30 kg) and reaching 8.3–9.3 in (21–23.5 cm) in height.
13.Coton de Tulear.
The Royal dog of Madagascar, Coton de Tulear is a small merry-go-lucky pooch with great hair. The long white hair is soft as cotton, hence his name. Not all dogs of this breed are purely white and many are bicolored (black and white) or even tricolored. Also, although most Coton de Tulear dogs have smooth silky hairs, some have curly hairs.
Adopting a Coton de Tulear is like getting your personal entertainer, as these dogs love to play and perform tricks, such as walking on their hind legs. Males of this breed grow up to 9.8 to 11.8 in (25 to 30 cm) and weigh around 13 to 18 lb (6 to 8 kg).
Quite a big boy and no wonder since the Dogo Argentino was specifically bred for big game hunting and counts the Great Dane among his ancestors. Dogo Aregntinos have a short white coat, although some may exhibit black spots.
An adult male is 24- 27 in (60–68 cm) tall and weighs 88–99 lb (40–45 kg). Nowadays, these dogs are employed as service dogs or search and rescue dogs. As pets, they’re excellent as guard dogs, although with their family they are extremely playful and always part of the action.
15.American Eskimo dog
They are members of the Spitz family of German origin, but rebranded themselves as American Eskimo during WWI when there was a strong anti-German sentiment in the US. These dogs have a soft white coat, with long silky hair. They come in various sizes, with the toy version 9–12 in (22 – 30 cm) and 5–10 lbs (2.2–4.5 kg) and the standard one up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall and 40 lbs (18 kg). Originally bred as guard dogs, they’re also great as circus performers, as they are among the most obedient dogs, smart and eager to please.