What are some of the fluffiest dogs in the world? If you are a dog lover considering a floof of your very own, you’ll need to set your expectations accordingly. As beautiful as they made be, the fluffiest dog breeds shed — a lot.
According to the American Kennel Club, grooming is a huge priority for dogs with double coats and fluffy coats. These dogs require a lot of hair maintenance and daily brushing in order to prevent matting and control shedding. Make some room in your budget for the groomers, because your floofer is going to be a regular customer.
What the Fluff?
So, what are the fluffy dog breeds and serial shedders of the world? Below are some of the absolute poofiest, fluffiest, hairiest dogs breeds out there.
Note: If you have your heart set on getting one of these breeds, please consider their characteristics and exercise needs. Many of these breeds are working dogs, herding dogs, or guard dogs for ranches and farms. Breeds like Samoyeds and sheepdogs are not suited for small apartments or hot and humid climates. These are not city dogs.
The Fluffiest Dog Breeds in the World
Let’s start with the ultimate land cloud: the Samoyed. With a white coat that resembles fresh snowfall, Samoyeds were bred to withstand some of the coldest temperatures in the world — as low as -60 degrees Fahrenheit! As such, they are not suited for hot climates.
With a coat that resembles a lion’s mane, Chow Chows have a double coat that requires regular grooming in order to prevent tangles and matting. While they can be very affectionate, some Chows can be rather aloof and not be down for regular cuddles or snuggle sessions.
Bichon Frises are very small and make good family dogs. Known as a “personality” breed, these dogs are friends to all. They are good for pet parents with allergies as they are (semi) hypoallergenic as they do not shed as often as other fluffy breeds.
Similar to a Pomeranian, the larger Keeshond is a popular and affectionate family pet. Brushing these dogs are least once a week will control excess shedding.
These tiny lap dogs have double coats that require regular brushing. Poms may be small, but they have big personalities!
Old English Sheepdog
Old English Sheepdogs (OES) are classic shaggy dogs with thick coats and fur that cover their entire face. Regular brushing past the outer coat down to the undercoat and skin is especially important for these herders. Prospective dog owners should be prepared to commit to regular grooming and upkeep.
Newfies are gentle giants with LOTS of drool and affection. They are known to be great with people, children, and other dogs. These working dogs are known for being patient ‘nanny’ dogs that keep an eye on kids. Newfs are some of the best dogs for families.
These dogs shed a lot and are vigilant watchdogs. Originally from Tibet for guarding livestock and property, they require a lot of mental stimulation and need a job to do. These are not city dogs.
The Great Pyrenees is a large, tall, and confident dog breed meant to protect livestock. They are not suitable for city living.
American Eskimo (Eskies) are some of the cutest puppies but are very high-energy dogs. These dogs are not suitable for city or suburban life unless they have plenty of mental stimulation, attention, and care. According to AKC Eskies are “…incredibly intelligent and can develop social problems if not given a job or cared for properly.
The list of fluffiest dogs in the world doesn’t stop there! The list of popular dog breeds with heaps of fur continues.
Here are some ferociously furry honorable mentions:
- Shetland Sheepdog
- Lhasa apso
- Bernese Mountain dogs
- Siberian Husky
- Bearded Collie
- Shih Tzu
Bring on the hair
Remember that some of these dog breeds are not good for suburbia or cities. Bear this in mind as you consider what dog breed to get. Makes sure you have the time, space, and commitment to care for your next fluffy friend.