Pet names based on color:
If your cat or dog has white fur, you might want to give it a name especially suited to a white pet. What do you think of the names in the following list?
- Frozen Fur
- Gwendolyn (Celtic word for "White")
- Snow White
Clean white fur is beautiful to look at. Havanese, Maltese and Poodle dogs are especially charming - you can’t help but cuddle them! Of course, white fur can also be a lot of work as muck and dirt are much easier to see. Especially on paws and faces.
White dogs are more likely to have poor hearing or even suffer from deafness and other hereditary disorders. Thankfully, breeds such as the Poodle, Maltese, Havanese and some terriers are exempt from this rule.
• Dog breeds with white fur:
St. Bernard (partly)
Bernese Mountain Dog (partly)
West Highland White Terrier
• Cat breeds with white fur:
Norwegian Forest Cat
Birds with white feathers? Well, we’ve made things difficult for ourselves here. There are some white birds, such as cockatoos, pelicans, seagulls, swans and doves. But these aren’t pets. The cockatiel has some white feathers.
“White horses are actually gray”. Hold on. That’s not completely right. Gray horses aren’t really ever one color; they have spots and circles here and there. So they can be split up into further classifications, like “dapple gray” and “flea-bitten gray”. A gray horse is never white from birth, not even Lipizzans. They turn white over time.
Did You Know?
Animals that are not normally white might be albino. They have white fur, white skin, barbs or scales and bright red eyes. Albinism is a genetic disorder that prevents pigment from building up. Find out more in our article on albino animals.
Meaning of the Color White
White stands for purity, cleanliness, lightness and daintiness. But only because our western culture has defined it in this way. In other cultures (e.g. Asia), white may be a color of death and mourning. So it’s all a matter of perspective.