25 Spectacular Black And White Dog Breeds with Pictures

25+ Spectacular Black And White Dog Breeds

Black and White Dog Breeds

“Black and white can transform any scene into something magical.” – Rob Sheppard

There is an inexplicable charm to black and white dog breeds, and thankfully in the kingdom of dogs, there is a variety of B&W dogs that come in different sizes, coats, and temperaments.

Even if you are fond of calico or tri- colored dogs, it’s impossible for a devoted dog person not to fall for the B&W canines that we have listed in this article.

Let’s see if our claim stands up.

1. Dalmatian

There is no doubt that Dalmatians are one of the most beautiful and exquisite dogs around. Dals are popular because of their unique white coat sprinkled with black spots.

Originating from the historical region Dalmatia of present-day Croatia, these dogs are thought to be the progeny of certain breeds of pointers and spotted Great Danes.

When Dalmatians are born, their coat is plain white, and within ten days, their first spots start to appear. However, they are in lighter shades in the beginning. The spots continue to develop until the puppy is around 18 months old. After the dog is fully developed, the size of the spots grows, usually to 2 – 6 cm, giving them their signature look.

These dogs can have short and long coats, though long-haired Dalmatians are rare. If you are interested in knowing how long-haired Dalmatians came into being, we got you covered. Read it all about long-haired Dalmatians here

An interesting fact about Dalmatians is that the breed rose to extreme popularity after the movie Dalmatian 101.

2. Border Collie

There is no doubt that Dalmatians are one of the most beautiful and exquisite dogs around. Dals are popular because of their unique white coat sprinkled with black spots.

Originating from the historical region Dalmatia of present-day Croatia, these dogs are thought to be the progeny of certain breeds of pointers and spotted Great Danes.

When Dalmatians are born, their coat is plain white, and within ten days, their first spots start to appear. However, they are in lighter shades in the beginning. The spots continue to develop until the puppy is around 18 months old. After the dog is fully developed, the size of the spots grows, usually to 2 – 6 cm, giving them their signature look.

These dogs can have short and long coats, though long-haired Dalmatians are rare. If you are interested in knowing how long-haired Dalmatians came into being, we got you covered. Read it all about long-haired Dalmatians here

Ranking 1st in the list of most intelligent dogs and 35th most popular dog breed in the US, Border Collies are bi-colored black and white coated dogs. Developed under the conducive environment of a border country between Scotland and England, these dogs fall in the herding dog group. Their leadership qualities and smart moves make them one of the best herders in the dog world.

As they are smart, meaning that they are highly trainable, these dogs have excelled at a number of performance activities, such as sheepherding, agility, obedience, flyball, freestyle, Frisbee, and dog-dancing. Border Collies can also be easily trained to do search and rescue work.

Their remarkable instincts, high trainability, and desire to please their owners often put them at the top of the list for serious competitors in dog competitions.

3. Smooth Fox Terrier

Known as the ‘gentleman of the terrier world,’ Smooth Fox Terriers are lively, spunky, and gay terriers with a devil-may-care attitude.

Developed especially for Britain’s traditional foxhunts, these dogs stand out because of their unique V-shaped, flat, and moderately narrow-headed skull that gradually decreases in width to the eyes.

Though the exact origin of the Smooth Fox Terrier is still unknown, it’s believed that the breed entered the show ring during the mid-19th century. Initially, the breed was confused with Wire Fox Terrier, and therefore, they weren’t given a distinction. Later on, in 1885, the American Kennel Club recognized them as a separate breed.

Talking about the characteristics of the Smooth Fox Terriers, they are energetic and active dogs, so they enjoy doing exercise as much as they can if given enough space.

4. Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is a super adorable toy companion having an itsy-bitsy snout, punch face and silky, lustrous, and profuse coat that comes in two colors. These dogs belong to the list of one of the most innocent black and white dog breeds.

Thanks to their quiet demeanor and fastidious and independent nature, Japanese Chins are described as a distinctly ‘feline’ breed. Though they are independent, they love to be around their favorite human all the time. They thrive on affection and in the company of their people. These dogs do well in apartments and easily adapt to any living situation.

This beautiful black and white dog breed has a very interesting yet complicated history. While most believe that the Japanese Chin breed originated in China, it is reported that the Chinese Emperor gave a pair of these sweethearts to the Japanese Emperor.

Decades later, in the 1600s, Portuguese sailors presented Princess Catherine of Braganza with these dogs as a gift, after which they became popular in Europe. In 1853, Admiral Commodore Perry gifted Queen Victoria a pair of Chin after he came back from his voyage to Japan. In the aftermath of World War I and the Japanese earthquakes, the numbers of Japanese Chin dropped dramatically.

5. Boston Terrier

‘The American Gentleman’ is ranked as the 21st most popular dog breed in the US. Boston Terriers are one of the best small watchdogs as well.

These dogs are recognized by their short face, domed head, tuxedo jacket-patterned coat, compact body, and round eyes.

The best thing about these black and white dogs is that though they are devoted buddies that prefer company, they don’t get separation anxiety even if they are home alone for four to eight hours. This quality makes them best for dog lovers with busy schedules.  However, the owner has to house train them; else if they haven’t learned to hold their bladder, it may lead to certain messy situations.

6. Portuguese Water Dog

Cao de Agua or Portuguese Water Dogs are curly-haired goofballs that have served fishermen for decades. Their water-resistance coat and strong limbs allow them to wade through water as easily as ducks do.

An interesting thing about these black and white dogs is the way early farmers groomed their hair. The Portie can be groomed in two styles:

a. The Retriever Clip

An inch of length is clipped or trimmed off the coat over the entire body.

b. The Lion Clip

In this style, the coat on the hindquarters, mid-body, and the muzzle is clipped down to the skin.

7. American Staffordshire Terrier

Weighing around 50 to 70 lbs. and standing tall between 18 to 19 inches, American Staffordshire Terriers are the real bros. Always standing by their owner’s side, they are never afraid of an opponent of any size. All they care about is how to protect their master, and with their bite force of 250 to 300 PSI, they can easily manage to do so.

Don Campbell, president of the American Staffordshire Terrier Club of Victoria, says “the breed is not human-aggressive. It’s a very people-orientated breed. If it’s a well-bred American Staffordshire terrier it’s so out of character. It’s a dog I trust. They’re loyal dogs, they’re very people-orientated dogs. They just want to please people.”

8. Akita

Among the list of black and white dog breeds, Akitas are one of the most dangerous ones. The Akita Inu has a scissor-like jaw that makes it bite extremely powerful, and no one can open his jaw until the dog decides to let go by himself. Adding to this strong grip, they have a huge size which makes them potentially dangerous dogs.

Though they are often said to be aggressive, they are cuddly and pretty loyal to their owners and those who mean the most to them. 

Currently, there are no pure White and Black Akita coats available, but there are Akita coats with silver and black overlays.

9. Alaskan Malamute

People are often seen asking why Alaskan Malamutes are dangerous? Actually, they are high-energy dogs that were developed for cold and harsh environments and were utilized for sled-pulling. Now, when people try to keep these good-looking black and white dogs in apartments, they get really bored and try to release their energy through scratching, barking, and chewing things. Therefore, there is nothing to worry about if you want to have an Alaskan Malamute. Just make sure that you are giving them enough time.

On average, they require a minimum of two hours of vigorous physical activity or exercise every day. If you are a hiking enthusiast, this buddy is going to be the best companion.

9. Siberian Husky

Honestly, whenever there is a discussion about the best black and white dog breeds, it’s impossible that you don’t hear the name Siberian Huskies.

Other than their black and white fur, what adds to their beauty is their eye color. Either they have blue and brown eyes, or they can have two different eye colors at the same time as well.

Research shows the following percentages regarding the eye color of huskies.

Husky Eye ColorPercentage
Blue40%
Brown40%
Green5%
Bi-eyed10%
Parti5%

10. Harlequin Great Dane

Harlequin is a pattern seen on Great Danes. This pattern appears because of the complex interaction of the Merle and Harlequin genes on black pigment. Because of this crossing, the coat of Great Dane displays a pattern of irregular black spots on a white background. This pattern gives them a unique appearance, making them quite rare. This is why they are costly, with their prices ranging between $1000 to upwards of $2500.

12. Old English Sheepdog

Developed as a drover’s companion that has the strength to bear the climate of the English countryside, the Old English Sheepdog (OES) stands at the position of 72nd most popular dog breed in the US.

Old English Sheepdog has a dense double coat that makes him instantly recognizable but makes them a heavy shedder as well. Therefore, grooming them can be a little hectic as your OES will require daily brushing to remove dead hair, tangles, and mats. Also, they have the habit of drooling, so much so that the coat around their mouths turns yellow. Get yourself ready if you fall for this breed!

13. Tibetan Terrier

Their enchanting long hair can fetch prices of more than $2000, a price that does justice to their cost. Even though these dogs have profuse coats, Tibetan Terriers do not shed fur as the Old English Sheepdog do.  Rather, they lose hair in a similar way to humans.

Tibetan Terriers are huge fur balls having a history that goes back centuries old and are long associated with the Buddhist monasteries.

These saint dogs are gentle and loving towards everyone. But, they do get aggressive when teased and provoked. If you are nice to them, they’d let you comb your hair through their fur.

14. Black And White Pomeranian

There are seven identified alleles or genes that determine a dog’s coat color and patterning. Due to the many different factors and hidden genes, it can be hard to predict the Pomeranian dog’s color.

Not only do they come in many different colors, their adult coats are often different due to color changes.

15. Black and White Puli

The Puli is an ancient dog breed believed to have existed 6,000 years ago or more.

These dogs have a profuse, weather-resistant coat that blankets all parts of their body. The outer coat is curly, wavy, and soft—but not silky and satiny. Their undercoat is cozy and wooly.

As the dog grows, its hair will form cords that clump together easily if allowed to develop naturally. These cords are thick and vary in length. The coats are either flat or round.

When the Puli reaches his adult age, the coat becomes quite long, almost reaching to the ground.

However, with such a profuse coat, there’d be a lot of grooming and cleaning required.

16. Borzoi

Borzois, officially recognized as a dog breed by the AKC in 1891, are lovely and affectionate towards the people they love, without being overbearing toward strangers. 

Like most sighthounds, the Borzoi breed is very sensitive, making them good family dogs but not good protection dogs. Though they are alert, sharp, and focused, do remember that they were bred for hunting and chasing, not for protection. 

The best thing about this dog is its self-cleaning habit. That makes this breed an easygoing breed that doesn’t require high maintenance.

17. Australian Cattle Dog

Talking about the black and white dog breeds, the Australian Cattle Dogs are not exactly black and white; rather, there are markings on their coat that give them a monochromatic look. The texture of their coat is smooth, having a double coat with a short, dense undercoat. Also, their outer coat is water-resistant.

But their exquisitely patterned black and white coat is not their only trait. Instead, what got them to the position of the 55th most popular dog breed in the US is their agility, strength, power, and endurance.

18. French Bulldog

Standing at the position of 4th most popular dog in the US, French Bulldog or Bouledogue français is the companion and non-sporting dog that love to goof around the house all the time. Because of its small size and laziness, this dog has become the apple-of-the-eye for apartment dwellers having busy schedules.

A funny rumor about Frenchies is that these little fellas fart often. However, that’s not a funny thing, it can be a red signal of stomach disorder. This happens when there is a change in diet, indigestion, ate something he shouldn’t have, or gulped down the food too quickly that took the air in his stomach.

To prevent such issues, you need to give him a diet that is vet-approved and specifically designed for French Bulldogs.

19. Chihuahua

Though black and white color of Chihuahuas isn’t recognized as a standard color by the AKC, they are still accepted.

There are plenty of best things about Chihuahuas. They are goofy, tiny, adorable, spunky, and possessive. Interestingly, though these dogs are tiny, they rank 5th on the list of the most aggressive dogs.

If you want to adopt a Chihuahua, buy them some toys to chew and enjoy the beauty of their black and white coats while they are biting their toys.

20. Pointer Dog

Having a similar appearance to that of Dalmatian dogs, Pointer dogs are by far the most exquisitely patterned black and white dogs. Their sheen coat has white color as a base with several black spots. The ears of these dogs are black, whereas there are several black patches of varying sizes that cover their whole bodies.

They capture the attention of dog lovers not only because of their looks but also their speed, muscles, power, and dash.

The only problem with this breed is that as they are bred to follow their own instincts, they can be hard to train when they are adults. Therefore, adopt a Pointer when he is a puppy and train him for obedience and socialization as soon as possible.

21. Rat Terrier

Developed for farming and hunting, Rat Terriers have an average height of 10 to 18 inches and a weight of 10 to 25 lbs.

The unique thing about these black and white dogs is their ears—V-shaped, moderately pointed at the tip, erected or semi-erected.

Talking about their adaptability, these dogs make good family dogs. They are incredibly perceptive and can quickly identify any change in their master’s moods.

22. Papillon

Also known as Paps, Papillons are cute and charming black and white dogs having ears like that of a butterfly with open wings.

These dogs have a fine, satiny, flowing, straight coat that is not prone to matting and tangling but should be combed and brushed regularly. However, if you want to avoid brushing, give them a short haircut. That said, we won’t recommend you to completely shave Paps as it will make your dog vulnerable to external weather conditions, parasites, viruses, dust accumulation, dandruff, etc.

23. Shih Tzu

Luckily, the divas of the dog world come in black and white coats.

Having a lifespan of 10 to 16 years, Shih Tzus are hypoallergenic dogs with dense, long coats. They are titled as ‘divas’ because of their silky hair and their regal demeanor.

Standing at the position of the 20th most popular dog breed in the world, Shih Tzus are all-rounders in the category of companion dogs. They have moderate energy levels and are congenial towards other pets and people. They are not noisy buddies and can easily live in an apartment.

24. English Setter

Categorized as the sporting dog, English Setters have a black and white spotted furry coat, which makes them a good replacement for long-haired Dalmatians. They have a flat coat that feathers around their tummy, neck, and tail.

These dogs are expensive and may cost you more than $1000. The reason behind such is the whooping cost is their rarity. Secondly, they are high in demand because of their merle coats. And thirdly, they are smart sporting dogs and perform their duty in the best way possible.

What Breed of Dog is Black and White?

There is a variety of black and white dog breeds available in different sizes. Check out the following tables to know more.

a. Small Black and White Dog Breeds

BreedHeight (Inches)
Bolognese Dog11–12
Spanish Water Dog17–20
Coton de Tulear10–12
French Bulldog11–13
Japanese Chin8–11
Tibetan Terrier14–15
Cardigan Welsh Corgi 10–13
Rat Terrier13–18
Alaskan Klee Kai15-17
Papillon8–11
Shih Tzu8–11
Smooth Fox Terrier14–16
Boston Terrier15–17
Chihuahua6–10

b. Medium Black and White Dog Breeds

BreedHeight
Ariegeois20–23
Bearded Collie21–22
Border Collie 19–22
Canan Dog20–24
Australian Cattle Dog18–20
English Springer Spaniel 19–22
Dalmatian23–24
Portuguese Water Dog20–22

c. What Are the Big Black and White Dogs?

BreedHeight
Akita24 to 28
Alaskan Malamute 24–26
Alaskan Husky24–26
Bernese Mountain Dog25–28
Borzoi25–28
Pointer Dog24–27.6
Newfoundland Dog27–29
French White and Black Hound26–28

d. Hypoallergenic Black and White Dog Breeds

  • Bolognese dog
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Tibetan Terrier
  • Shih Tzu
  • Portuguese Water Dog

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