11 Small Black and White Dog Breeds

11 Small Black and White Dog Breeds

Last Updated: August 18, 2023

In this article you will know the answer to the query “11 Small Black and White Dog Breeds“.

Is a small dog on your wish list? This may be your first dog or you’re looking to expand your pack.

No matter what your situation is this post will provide you with information on 11 small black and white dog breeds.

11 Small Black and White Dog Breeds

A Chihuahua stands 8 inches tall and weighs 6 pounds while a Tibetan Terrier stands 17 inches tall and weighs 30 pounds.

There is only one criterion for the coat aside from that: it must be black and white.

Prior to going through these breeds one by one lets briefly talk about how dogs’ coats are colored.

Black and white dogs

For dogs with more than one color in their coats there is no limit to the combinations of colors.

However despite the great diversity dogs’ coats are only colored by two pigments.

It is quite a complicated subject that I am simplifying.

A black pigment called eumelanin and a red pigment called phaeomelanin.

The greater the amount of melanin in a pigment the darker the result- imagine a Newfoundland dog that is jet black or a Red Setter that is dark red.

Each pigment contains different amounts of melanin caused by different genes.

Accordingly eumelanin can appear black blue or grey depending on the genes involved.

Genes determine whether pheomelanin appears as a bright red color or as a tan color.

It is white when there is no pigment added to the dogs hair.

Thus black and white dogs have coats made up of individual hairs that contain a mixture of eumelanin (which has not been modified by any genes) and hair without any pigment whatsoever.

I will now go through my list of the reasons why dogs have black and white coats now that I have explained how they get these coats.

Boston Terrier

Anyone in need of a bit of excitement in their life will enjoy the company of a Boston Terrier. Over a century ago the Boston Terrier was bred as a fighting dog but now they are characterized by their curiosity and kindness. They have a distinct ‘tuxedo’ coating consisting of black and white patches. As a result of these markings the Boston Terrier is known as the ‘American Gentleman’. 

While the Boston Terriers black and white ‘tuxedo’ markings are usually black and white they can also be seal and white (seal refers to brown color). Additionally they can be brindle or white (brindle being a spotted coat). 

Its small size and compact size make the Boston Terrier an ideal city dog. Their height is 15 – 17 inches and their weight is 12 – 25 pounds. The lifespan of this little furry companion is approximately 11 – 13 years. Puppies of this size require plenty of exercises! They will become your best friends if you give them lots of time to play. 

The Boston Terrier is quite a well-known breed. In fact Boston University has a Boston Terrier as its mascot.

Japanese Chin

In addition to being charming and loving the Japanese Chin is also known for its aristocratic disposition. They were popular among the ancient Japanese royalty. Their floppy ears squashed faces and silly behavior make the Japanese Chin a great companion. As it only requires about 20 minutes of exercise per day it is a great pet for the city or indoors. 

As a result of British breeders crossing Japanese Chins with King Charles Spaniels Japanese Chins became popular. In addition to black and white the Japanese Chins black can also come in red lemon orange sable black and white with tan points or even brindle.

Chins typically weigh between 4 and 12 pounds and have a height from 8 to 11 inches. Their lifespan ranges between 10 and 12 years.

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terriers have a long history of serving as loyal and sensitive guard dogs for ancient Buddhist monasteries. Today these dogs are considered extremely affectionate sensitive and intelligent. These dogs are perfect for teaching tricks!

Dogs of this breed have a beautiful shiny double coat that hangs down their bodies. They were bred to have “show shoe” feet in order to navigate the snowy mountainous terrain in Tibet. As a result of their origins as mountain dogs they are also very energetic and love walking. 

Among the small breeds of medium-sized dogs Tibetan Terriers are among the most popular. They should grow between 14 and 17 inches tall and weigh 18 to 30 pounds. With an average life expectancy of 15 – 16 years Tibetan Terriers are also among the longest living dogs. 

Miniature Bull Terrier

An adorable black and white Miniature Bull Terrier opens this video!

In addition to its smart play style playful antics and energetic nature the Miniature Bull Terrier is also known for its funny antics. In addition to being loyal to their owners they also possess the fiery personality that all terriers possess.

The robust characteristics of these dogs are almost identical to those of their bigger cousins the Bull Terriers. The mini will however stand only 10 – 14 inches tall in comparison to the Bull Terriers 22 inches. Due to their muscular nature Miniature Bull Terriers will also weigh 18 – 28 pounds. Bull Terriers usually live between 11 and 13 years. 

 There are many colors other than black and white that are available for miniature bull terriers. The following colors are available: full white tri-color (black white brown) fawn and white brindle and white red and white and white and black brindle. The Miniature Bull Terrier regardless of its color will always have its distinctive gait flat face and cute button eyes.

Alaskan Klee Kai

Alaskan Klee Kai dogs are almost exactly like their bigger cousins except they come in a miniature version. Alaskan Klee Kais are known to be extremely energetic vocal and happy dogs. Their energetic personalities and playful nature make them a joy to have around. So if you get one they require at least 20 – 40 minutes of exercise and playtime each day in a large fenced yard. 

Klee Kais are a relatively new breed of dog having been bred to be a companion-sized Alaskan Husky during the 1970s and 1980s. Alaskan Klee Kais will range in weight from 12 – 18 pounds and in height from 13 – 17 inches. The average lifespan of Alaskan Klee Kais is around 15 years. 

Although Alaskan Klee Kais are predominantly black and white they can also be white gray and white or red and white. The possibilities are endless!

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are known for their gorgeous long coats adorable faces and bright personalities. Cocker Spaniels are among the most beloved dog breeds in the world. Originating from hunting woodcocks the Cocker Spaniel is an ancient breed dating back to the 1700s. Its popularity skyrocketed after the Second World War. Dogs of this breed are so popular that they have been featured in many movies such as Lady in Lady and the Tramp.

Cocker Spaniels come in different colors if their black and white coat does not please you. There are blacks blue roans orange roans black and tans orange and whites liver roans lemon and whites liver and whites tri-colors among others. 

While they are small dogs measuring 14 – 15 inches high and 20 – 30 pounds in weight Cocker Spaniels are very playful and love to exercise. A Cocker Spaniel can easily keep up with any type of exercise. They are great companions for kids and even athletes.  

The life expectancy of a Cocker Spaniel is 14 – 16 years. 


An upbeat and friendly tiny dog breed is then called the Then. It gets its name from its large wing-shaped ears which give it the meaning of butterfly. The coat of a papillon is long elegant and causes less tangling than that of other breeds. Dogs love to sit in their owners’ laps just as much as they love to exercise so pay attention to them and take them for walks often. 

Do not be fooled by their delicate nature as Papillons are very adaptive dogs. Both city apartments and large country estates can be home to papillons. Since they are small they are easy to transport and can easily fit into an airplane carrier. This way you would not have to worry about your dog getting stuck in the cargo hold. 

Papillons are small dogs that are often classified as lap dogs as described above. Males and females will weigh between 9 and 10 pounds and they will be no taller than 10 inches. Their lifespan ranges between 12 and 15 years. 

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus are well-known lap dogs characterized by their long flowing coats that require good grooming. You will not be disappointed if you devote time and effort to grooming this pretty little breed. Originally from Tibet this dog breed is an ancient breed dating back to the 7th century. During the 7th century they served as companion dogs for Chinese emperors. Their personality and resemblance to their aristocratic ancestors are unchanged today. 

There are nine to sixteen pounds of weight and eight to eleven inches of height in these tiny dogs. A life expectancy is eleven to fourteen years. 

Shih Tzus were bred to be a companion dogs so they require a moderate amount of exercise. It is advisable to let these dogs exercise for no more than 20 minutes a day.

Rat Terrier

 Working-class British migrants bred the Rat Terrier to hunt what its name implies: rats. Likewise they were bred for speed so they make excellent rabbit and squirrel hunters. 

Regardless of whether you’re looking for a small dog or a lovable companion the Rat Terrier is a great choice. You should provide your Rat Terrier with plenty of space to run and exercise due to their hunting nature. 

Rat Terriers should grow to be 10 – 13 inches tall and weigh 10 – 25 pounds with a lifespan of 12 – 18 years under proper care and nutrition.  

Rat Terriers have a black and white coat but they can also come in many different colors: white tricolor white and chocolate fawn and white and blue and white.


A Chihuahua is a sassy dog breed with a huge personality and is one of the most popular lap dog breeds in history. The breed originated in Mexico as a national symbol. Chihuahuas have been featured in movies such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Chihuahuas are graceful and energetic dogs with a small round “apple-like” head. 

The size and ability to transport these dogs make them excellent city pets. Their height should be between 5 and 8 inches and their weight should not exceed 6 pounds. They should live between 14 and 16 years. In spite of this they are vocal and playful creatures so make sure you exercise them daily. 

Among Chihuahua breeds brown or tan are the most popular colors. There are also black white fawn cream and gold options. 

Miniature Schnauzer

Small and friendly the Miniature Schnauzer is a smart loyal and friendly dog that is easy to train. The miniature schnauzer is most well known for its beautiful coat and the long “beard” that adorns its petite face. Additionally they have bushy eyebrows that give them almost human facial expressions. They can be used as a watchdog if necessary and are very family-oriented. Ensure they are not cooped up all day as they need a moderate amount of exercise.

An average miniature Schnauzer lives between 12 and 15 years. As long as they do not have any major health problems they may exceed this lifespan. The animals are also likely to be between 12 and 14 inches high and 11 – 20 pounds in weight. 

There are many colors you can choose from including black white salt and pepper black and silver and more. The most common colors are black and white. 

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