Fluffy dog breeds
After a long, hard day, nothing is as comforting as burying your face deep into the fluffy goodness of your faithful companion’s neck. Fluffy dogs are the adult version of teddy bears—capable of dissolving all your worries almost instantaneously.
Fluffy dog breeds are not without drawbacks, however. All that fur means that owners may spend longer chasing tumbleweeds of fur across the floor, and fluffy dogs often need higher grooming budgets than shorter-haired dogs. But, those are small prices to pay to call these comforting pups family.
Here is a list of our favorite fluffy dog breeds, including each breed’s origins and temperament, to help you decide which of these amazing fluff balls will best fit your household.
The extroverted Pomeranian hails from the region once called Pomerania, now known as Germany and Poland. In the 1700s, Pomeranians were white and much larger—today’s Pom tops out at seven pounds, but back in the day, they tipped the scales at closer to 30 pounds. By the end of the 17th century, Poms had grown in popularity while shrinking in size, thanks to Queen Victoria, who favored the breed.
Pomeranians are as lovable as they are fluffy. They are playful and busy, and make a wonderful addition to homes with children. Pomeranians may be shy around strangers, but quickly warm up to become fast friends with everyone. Also, they may be small, but Poms are always ready for an adventure.
Named for the mountains that line the French and Spanish borders, the Great Pyrenees is a big dog with a big history. In the United States, the Great Pyrenees is used as a livestock guardian, the profession the breed has enjoyed for centuries, originally with the Basque shepherds in the Pyrenees Mountains. The breed was also prized by nobility and appointed French court dog in the 17th century.
Great Pyrenees are an intelligent breed. They are gentle and affectionate with their owners, although their guarding heritage makes them protective of their flocks or family when necessary. They have made their own decisions for hundreds of years and tend to be independent thinkers, who may give you a run for your money in the obedience department. Strong leadership is essential for this sometimes stubborn breed.
Hearing the word poodle may conjure up the stereotypical image of a highly coiffed and delicate dog, but in reality, the poodle is anything but dainty. The modern poodle’s ancestors lived in Germany in the 1500s and were water dogs by trade. Their elaborate grooming pattern was meant to protect them in the field as they sprinted through the brush and retrieved waterfowl from frigid lakes.
Any poodle owner can tell you that their pampered pooch is not just another pretty face—poodles are as intelligent as they are beautiful. Among all dog breeds, the poodle is reputed to be one of the most intelligent and long lived breeds. They are lively and friendly, which bodes well for families with children of all ages, but they are simultaneously low-key, so they’re a good fit for single adults of all ages, as well.
The bichon frise, which hails from the 13th century, was a descendant of the water spaniel, who eventually became a treasured pet of the 16th century Royal French courts. The bichon was also a favorite of the Spanish school of painters, including Goya, and is featured in many of their works.
The bichon is a cheerful breed who seems to always be smiling. A bichon can be a great playmate for children, or she can curl up on the couch with her owner to enjoy a Netflix binge. The bichon’s continuously growing hair means she’ll shed less than most breeds, so she packs a big furry punch with little of the dreaded cleanup.
Old English sheepdog
The Old English sheepdog was developed in the 19th century in the western English counties of Devon and Somerset and was chiefly bred for herding sheep and cattle into city markets.
These sheepdogs make wonderful household pets, because they love staying at home, and unlike other shepherding breeds, do not tend to roam or fight. They have a calm demeanor and are quite agile, despite their bulky appearance, and are easily trained as retrievers, as well as herders. Don’t assume that Old English sheepdogs can’t live in warm climates—their furry coat actually insulates against cold and heat.
The largest and oldest of the Arctic sled dogs, the Alaskan malamute is named after the native Innuit tribe, the Mahlemuts. Historically, the malamute has been used as a sled dog and is capable of hauling heavy loads over long distances.
Malamutes are friendly and intelligent, but can also be strong willed, so they need firm training and discipline. Their athleticism makes malamutes excellent companions for backpacking, jogging, and swimming, but it also means that daily exercise is a must.
Grooming fluffy dog breeds
When you own a dog whose fur triples their size, you know that regular grooming will be in order. Grooming involves more than bathing, however. Several grooming techniques can be used on breeds with more than their fair share of hair.
- Clipping — The first image of a poodle that pops into your mind is probably the fancily coiffed specimen sporting puffy cuffs, a bare face, and a fluffy pom pom on the head and tail. But, this look doesn’t happen automatically—it takes the talent of a well-trained groomer to shape the fur into such a work of art. A fluffy dog can be clipped with electric clippers or by hand with scissors, with most styles requiring a combination.
- Cording — Some fluffy breeds, such as the komondor, puli, and bergamasco shepherd, require cording to maintain their signature looks. Cords begin to form naturally between the ages of 6 and 9 months in these breeds, and the owner must help guide these baby tendrils, which start out looking like mats, into cords. The fur will naturally want to cord, so although the cords will need tending until they are long enough to maintain themselves, it’s not as hard as it sounds, and once cords are formed, maintenance is easy. These breeds, whose long dreadlocks make them look like four-legged Rastafarians, need few baths, although the cords act like dry mops and will pick up stray leaves, burrs, and dust bunnies.
- Stripping — The stripping technique is used for pulling out, rather than clipping, the dead outer coat of wire-haired or rough-coated breeds, and can be done by hand or with a stripping tool. Although it sounds painful, most dogs do not seem affected. Stripping allows for a new rough coat to grow in and maintains the wiry look of breeds with rough coats. Stripping is necessary only for breeds with rough or wire-haired coats, such as:
- Wirehaired dachshunds
- German wirehaired pointers
- Terrier breeds
Which fluffy dog should you choose?
Despite needing more maintenance than many breeds, who can resist a ball of fluff? Fluffy dogs make up for their extra care with their cuteness, and each breed has advantages that outweigh their grooming requirements. No matter which lovable dog you gravitate to, be smart and learn more about Trupanion’s dog insurance to keep him protected.