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14 Black and White Dog Breeds (with Pictures)
When you think about old films and photos, you probably imagine them in black and white. If you think about a modern aesthetic, you probably imagine black and white as well. Black and white is both classic and chic, and that aesthetic can extend to dogs as well. Obviously, going out and getting a black and white dog because it suits your aesthetic probably isn’t the most responsible thing to do, but there are many fantastic black and white breeds that are often overlooked for more eye-catching color patterns, like merle and brindle. Black and white dogs are beautiful, and for only two colors, they come in a variety of unique pups. Here are the black and white dog breeds you need to know about!
14 Black and White Dog Breeds
1. Smooth Fox Terrier
These cute dogs have long, narrow snouts and were bred to be compact but fearless hunting dogs. Fox Terriers are mostly white with black, tan, or black and tan markings, so seeing a black and white one isn’t unusual. They are energetic, friendly, and independent. They are considered to be “gentlemanly” dogs, making them a little easier to handle than many terriers. They are just under 16 inches tall, weight up to 18 pounds, and can live up to 15 years.
2. Tibetan Terrier
Tibetan Terriers are affectionate dogs with long, silky coats that touch the ground and hair often flops over their eyes. These dogs are called the “Holy Dog of Tibet” and were bred as watchdogs for monasteries. They were also bred for companionship to the monks living in the monasteries, making them loyal companions. Tibetan Terriers are unique because they were bred to have “snowshoe” feet that allowed them to maneuver in the snow high in the mountains of Tibet. Tibetan Terriers are on the small end of medium-size dogs, standing up to 17 inches tall and weighing up to 30 pounds. They can live to be 16 years old.
3. Japanese Chin
These pint-sized companion dogs come in a variety of colors but are commonly seen in black and white. Often considered to be somewhat cat-like in behavior and personality, the Japanese Chin can be fussy but graceful. They have long coats with especially long hair on their curved tails that falls delicately over the back. These dogs were bred as royal companions and have short, slightly upturned snouts. They are up to 11 inches tall and 11 pounds and can live to be 12 years old.
4. Boston Terrier
One of the most recognizable and classic small dog breeds, the Boston Terrier does have a few colors allowed by the breed standard, but they’re usually black and white. They tend to be friendly but alert to their surroundings. Boston Terriers love being around people and while they enjoy activity, they make great apartment and city dogs due to their moderate energy level and agreeable temperament. Boston Terriers are up to 17 inches tall, up to 25 pounds, and can live up to 13 years.
5. Italian Greyhound
Italian Greyhounds are small sighthounds with a delicate frame and a high-stepping gait. They are cuddly and love people and usually other animals, although their sighthound nature may make them prone to chasing small animals. They are built to be so lean that they usually need a little extra warmth via sweaters and coats in cold weather due to their short coat and lack of body fat. Italian Greyhounds stand up to 15 inches, weigh up to 14 pounds, and can live up to 15 years.
6. Portuguese Water Dog
Gaining popularity in the last decade or so, the Portuguese Water Dog were bred for water retriever work and it may be a fight to keep them out of the water. They have a curly, thick coat that is usually solid black or black and white. They are sometimes groomed with the back half of their body cut short while the front half remains fluffy. Always up for an adventure, these dogs are athletic and need an active lifestyle to burn their energy. They can be almost 2 feet tall, weigh up to 60 pounds, and have a life expectancy of up to 13 years.
7. Border Collie
An instantly recognizable breed, Border Collies are busy dogs that thrive when given a job to do. Border Collies are highly intelligent and are usually spotted keeping a close eye on their owner for commands. They are extremely high energy dogs and when not given enough exercise or a job, they may become nervous or destructive and it’s not uncommon for them to try to herd children and other pets. Border Collies are almost 2 feet in height, weigh up to 55 pounds, and live to be around 15 years old.
8. American Staffordshire Terrier
Often confused with many other bully breeds and mixed breeds, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a highly intelligent dog that aims to please. They are often misunderstood and are strong dogs that require a strong owner and solid training. However, they love learning new things and are muscular and athletic, making them good candidates for many sports. AmStaffs only stand around 15-17 inches in height but can weigh up to 70 pounds, which goes to show how powerfully built they are. They are known to live up to 16 years.
The definitive black and white dog, Dalmatians are unmistakable dogs with white coats and black spots. Bred for guarding coaches, horses, and people, Dalmatians are intelligent and athletic. It’s not uncommon for them to be aloof or distrusting of strangers, but they are very loyal to their people. They are high energy and require regular exercise to prevent behavioral problems. Dalmatians stand around 2 feet tall, weigh up to 70 pounds, and can live to be 13 years old.
A large, powerful dog, Akitas are famous for their endless loyalty and willingness to protect their people. They are fearless and may be distrusting of strangers, making them great watchdogs. They have a thick double coat, sturdy body, and pointed ears. Akitas are not great with other animals and usually should be introduced to them when young to have the best chance of them being agreeable. Akitas can be up to 28 inches tall, weigh up to 130 pounds, and can live to be 13 years old.
11. Great Dane
Not all Great Danes are black and white, but black and white Great Danes have a coat pattern called harlequin. Harlequin Great Danes have a primarily white body with black markings that are almost cow-like. They are usually friendly and are intimidating only in stature, but they are courageous and protective of their home and family. Great Danes can be almost 3 feet tall, weigh 170 pounds, and live up to 10 years.
Black and white Newfoundlands are called “Landseers” and are considered in some areas to be a distinct breed. These dogs are gentle, patient, and are usually very good with children. They are strong but laid back and usually make great family dogs. Their gentle and sweet temperament is considered to be one of the most important parts of the breed standard. Newfoundlands can be up to 28 inches tall, up to 150 pounds, and can live to be 10 years old.
13. Alaskan Malamute
Bred as sled dogs for harsh, arctic conditions, Alaskan Malamutes are strong, powerfully built dogs that are playful and loyal. These dogs are known to be stubborn and may be difficult to train, but that isn’t to say they aren’t intelligent, bright dogs. Alaskan Malamutes have a thick, weatherproof double coat that keeps them safe from all kinds of cold weather conditions and can help insulate them in warm weather, although they are not a good fit for hot areas. These large dogs are around 2 feet tall, up to 85 pounds, and can live up to 14 years.
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14. Siberian Husky
Not to be confused with the more heavily built Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Huskies are lean but strong dogs underneath their thick coat that protects them from harsh weather. They were bred as sled dogs and are high energy dogs that love having a job to do. They should be kept in active households and will do best in areas that don’t get too hot. Siberian Huskies are up to 2 feet in height but only up to 60 pounds, making them significantly more lightweight than the Alaskan Malamute. Siberian Huskies can live to be 14 years old.
Black and white dogs range from some of the smallest to the largest dogs, and from some of the lowest maintenance coats to some of the highest maintenance. Black and white dog breeds all have very unique personalities and looks. Whether you live in a city apartment or a big country farm, there’s a black and white dog to suit your personality and lifestyle.
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Featured Image Credit: Miguel Santiago, Pixabay
Oliver (Ollie) Jones – A zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia with his partner Alex, their dog Pepper, and their cat Steve (who declined to be pictured). Ollie, originally from the USA, holds his master’s degree in wildlife biology and moved to Australia to pursue his career and passion but has found a new love for working online and writing about animals of all types.