Nothing quite beats snuggling up to a warm, fluffy pup after a long day of work. Dogs with oversized fluffy coats are stunning and are some of the most unique dog breeds in the canine family.
Although fluffy dog breeds tend to shed more and require more grooming, these dogs come with some of the biggest and best personalities around. It may surprise you that some of the fluffiest dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and some may even be hypoallergenic.
Below, let’s take a closer look at our list of some of the best fluffy dog breeds, both big and small.
The Samoyed quickly comes to mind when it comes to the ultimate fluffy dog. This beautiful dog has a thick, stark white, wooly coat that helps protect this dog even in the coldest weather. The Samoyed features a trademark “Sammy smile” with a cute, upturned mouth. Although the smile is endearing, upturned corners help prevent drooling, which can quickly form icicles in the cold winter weather. The Samoyed is loving and affectionate but can be challenging to train. Expect a Samoyed to test its boundaries, routinely, with an inexperienced owner. But, with a consistent and loving owner, it is possible to teach this dog basic obedience.
2. Alaskan Malamute
Weighing between 70 and 85 pounds, the Alaskan Malamute is a large breed and super fluffy dog. Their thick double coat is designed to keep this dog well protected, even in the harshest winter weather. The Malamute was bred to be the iconic sled dog, but many people choose to keep this beautiful dog as a pet. The Malamute is happy to spend the day working and isn’t one to take to traditional obedience training. After a long day of work, the fluffy Malamute is pleased to curl up next to its owner and can be pretty affectionate with family.
3. Bichon Frise
For an extra fluffy, small breed dog, the Bichon Frise makes a perfect family member. This little dog is active and personable, always playing the role of the comedic clown. Eager to get a laugh, the Bichon Frise will perform silly antics with its big and bold personality. This small dog stands just under a foot tall at the shoulder and has a wooly, thick double coat in stark white. The Bichon Frise needs little exercise and is happy with a short walk each day. Their enormous confidence and friendly personality make them the ideal city or apartment dog.
4. Bearded Collie
This medium-size dog features a shaggy double coat designed to keep the dog protected in all weather conditions. Bred in Scotland, the Bearded Collie was designed to be a hard-working farm dog, able to herd flocks of sheep. This loving dog is an affectionate family member and is always friendly and interested in a fun game. The Bearded Collie is intelligent and is easily trained in traditional obedience and basic commands. This dog breed does particularly well when paired with other dogs or animal members, making it the perfect social butterfly family member.
5. Chow Chow
The Chow Chow is an ancient dog breed that originated in China. This dog has a highly fluffy coat, complete with a thick “lion’s mane” of fur around its neck. Although it is incredibly loyal and affectionate with family, this dog can be aloof toward strangers. The Chow Chow comes in several colors: cinnamon, tan, cream, red, or black. Aside from its incredible coat, this dog’s defining trademark feature is its blue or black tongue. The Chow Chow is a very clean dog, and owners often report very little “dog” smell in the home. This dog is incredibly intelligent and is easy to housetrain.
The Newfoundland is an ideal choice for those looking for a loyal, athletic, and loving fluffy companion. This giant-breed dog can weigh over 100 pounds and stand up to 28 inches at the shoulder. The dog’s fluffy double coat comes in various colors, including solid black, solid brown, black and white, or brown and white. The Newfoundland is exceptionally athletic and does well at sporting competitions such as swimming and drafting. This dog is affectionate and loves to be a part of the family. Although the Newfoundland needs some exercise, it is happier to be working throughout the day than chasing a ball or frisbee.
The Pomeranian is a small breed dog that packs a big personality. This little fluff-ball is intelligent and active and can even be taught to work as a service dog. The Pomeranian is happy with moderate exercise, like a short walk or game of tug-of-war, so it is well suited for apartment life. This little dog can also be an incredible watchdog with its loud and sharp bark. The Pomeranian can be a perfect dog for a family with older children who understand the difference between a toy and a toy-sized dog.
The Keeshond may be the perfect option for those looking for a medium-sized dog full of fluff. This dog is long-lived, reaching about 15 years, and is usually around 40 pounds. Their dark brown or black coat is extra fluffy, and their face features a trademark “spectacle” pattern making them look like they’re wearing glasses! The Keeshond is extremely loyal and attached to its owner but can be a bit mouthy and loud at times.
9. Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog is the typical fluffy dog with its thick double coat and iconic shaggy dog appearance. Their coat is a double coat, consisting of a weatherproof coarse exterior coat and a soft and downy interior fur coat. This large dog needs plenty of room to roam and enough mental stimulation to prevent boredom from sinking in. Be prepared for plenty of grooming if you adopt an Old English Sheepdog. Many Old English Sheepdogs will have blue eyes, or one brown and one blue eye.
10. Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees is a mellow dog most of the time, but it certainly knows how to spring into action if they sense a member of their flock or herd is threatened. This breed has beautiful, snowy white fur in a thick double coat, guaranteed to keep this pup warm in any weather conditions. The Great Pyrenees is a giant dog breed, with many dogs topping 100 pounds. Although many people are proud Great Pyrenees owners, this dog can be quite aloof toward strangers.
11. Tibetan Mastiff
Tipping the scales when it comes to fluffy dogs, the Tibetan Mastiff is large and in charge. This dog has a quiet confidence and is extremely intelligent. The Tibetian Mastiff was bred to be a guard dog and responds well to traditional obedience training. While this dog certainly needs exercise, it does better with a steady job that keeps it both physically and mentally engaged. Be prepared for plenty of intensive grooming with this dog’s thick double coat. Expect a heavy shedding season twice a year as the dog “blows” its old coat in preparation for a new, healthy coat.
12. American Eskimo
The American Eskimo has three size options in the breed, allowing owners to choose between a standard, miniature, and toy size dog. Size options can range from a dog that is 19 inches at the shoulder or just 9 inches. This little dog is alert and active and can be a great companion that brings pounds of fluffy fur. The dog is usually solid white, although sometimes some biscuit color markings are standard in the breed. American Eskimos like to be part of the family and involved in day-to-day activities. Neglect can cause behavior concerns to arise.
13. Bernese Mountain Dog
This dog is quickly growing in popularity due to its amazing personality and incredible fluffy fur coat. The Bernese Mountain Dog is a giant breed dog, with many dogs weighing over 100 pounds. This dog is intelligent and affectionate and enjoys spending time with family. Although the dog certainly needs exercise, the Bernese Mountain Dog is happy to find a job to do, working throughout the day. The dog is marked by its trademark mask, featuring white and black coloration around its face. If you like the look of a Bernese Mountain Dog, but don’t necessarily want the fur flying about your house, consider adopting a Swiss Mountain Dog instead.
While fluffy dogs are lovely, they certainly are not for everyone, especially people who suffer from pet allergies. A Sheepadoodle may be the ultimate way of finding a fluffy dog suitable for allergy sufferers. The Sheepadoodle blends a Standard Poodle with an Old English Sheepdog to create a wonderfully intelligent, affectionate, and fluffy dog. This dog is active and loves to play, making it the perfect family pet. It is important to note that while many Sheepadoodles are hypoallergenic, not every Sheepadoodle will inherit the hypoallergenic coat from the Poodle. Although some dogs may shed less or produce less dander in the home, no dog will be 100% hypoallergenic.