Often mistaken for stuffed animals, fluffy dog breeds are furry balls of fur on legs. These creatures, which seemingly appear to have been crafted for warming up laps and cuddling, come in all different shapes and sizes. While many of these furry pooches are on the petite size, Mother Nature made sure to equip many medium and large with a fleecy coat.
What makes the coats of these dogs so fluffy? The secret resides in the fact that many of these dogs are blessed with a double coat. Their under coat provides warmth and insulation, while their course top coat protects them from the elements. This type of coat is commonly found in dog breeds with a history of living in colder climates.
Considerations About Fluffy Dog Breeds
All that fluff inevitably comes at a price: more grooming and more shedding. A fluffy coat tends to trap dander and debris, and it’s prone to matting too if it isn’t groomed on a routine basis. It also tends to easily stain and get messy compared to the shorter coat of other dogs. Some dog owners prefer to keep the coat tidy by having it clipped short by a groomer.
Shedding can also be a problem, especially with allergy sufferers. Most fluffy dogs are heavy shedders that “blow their coats” once or twice a year. Perspective owners of fluffy dogs should expect to find stray hairs on carpets, clothing and upholstery and just about everywhere. This is something to keep into consideration before falling in love with a ball of fur. However, there are several exceptions to this rule.
Ten Fluffy Dog Breeds
Small, medium or large? Fluffy dog breeds come in different sizes so they can fit different homes and lifestyles. Fluffy dogs also come with coats of different textures and coat types. Soft, course, smooth, straight, wired and curly are a few examples.
This dog breed is as fluffy as it can get. Its double coat is immaculately white and sticks up in such a way that it creates the characteristic fluffy appearance known for captivating people. The best news is that these fellows require minimal grooming; a twice-a-week brushing will normally do. However, during shedding season it’s not a bad idea to increase the brushing up a notch so to cut down on the amount of white fur left around the home.
Although this foxy-faced breed is small, it descends from the larger sled dogs belonging to the Spitz family. Many describe Poms as small dogs with big attitudes, but above all, they’re popular because of their glorious, thick coats. In order to keep their coat in top shape, Poms require frequent brushing starting from the hair follicles and then out so to remove any hairs from the under coat and prevent mats from forming.
Fluffy coats aren’t always straight; in some cases they’re curly. The poodle is the perfect symbol of a fashionable dog that comes in three different sizes: toy, miniature and standard. Behind this breed’s impressive hairdos and snobbish looks hides a working dog that loves to be with its family. Grooming this dog isn’t for the faint of heart, which is why many owners choose to hire a professional groomer. The great news though is that this is a low-shedding dog that makes a good choice for people with allergies.
As puppies, chows chows resemble cute fluffy teddy bears that are quite difficult to resist. Choosing this breed through should never be a light-hearted decision; chows can be difficult dogs to train because of their stubborn nature. Dog lovers interested in this breed should also keep in mind that chows undergo a very heavy shedding season that requires frequent brushing so to keep lose hair from landing just about anywhere.
The fluffy water-resistant coat of Newfies had a specific purpose: to help protect them from the frigid waters of Newfoundland where these dogs were utilized for retrieving the nets of fishermen. Like other dogs with fluffy coats, these gentle giants can get dirty easily. Expect burrs, leaves and debris stuck to this dog’s fur. Mud will attach to the fur around the paws and feces may stick to the fur around the tail. This breed will moderately shed in the spring and fall.
This pup’s fluffy coat makes him almost resemble a white powder-puff. This breed’s name depicts the breed fairly well; indeed, “bichon” is the French term for “small, long-haired dog.” These pampered pooches make lively companions. The American Kennel Club depicts them as “merry” and “cheerful.” Like the poodle, a bichon won’t shed much which makes him a good choice for people with allergies. However, grooming this breed isn’t something for the cowards.
This breed is gifted with an impressive fluffy coat and a beautifully plumed tail. Males are further gifted with a profuse mane around the neck. Surprisingly, when it comes to grooming needs, the Keeshond is relatively easy to care for. Twice-a week brushings will help collect dead hairs and prevent mats from forming. Shedding though can be profuse when this breed blows its coat.
This beautiful Nordic breed originated from the Samoyed tribes of Siberia. It was used to hunt, pull sledges and herd reindeer. Its long, fluffy coat was also useful for warming up its owners during cold, wintry nights. It is said that this breed’s coat is so fluffy and thick that the skin underneath is barely visible when the hairs are parted. Heavy shedding is a Samoyed’s middle name: owners of this breed report hairs everywhere, but some skillful crafters are able of making warm clothing out of a Samoyed’s “wool.”
Blessed with an unmistakably shaggy coat, the old English sheep dog has a history of herding sheep and shedding lots of hair. This is definitely not a breed for those obsessed with cleanliness. Dirt, mud and debris are easily trapped within the hair. Additionally, this breed can drool a lot. The coat is challenging to maintain. Perspective dog owners should consider setting three to four hours a week aside just for grooming.
Another herding breed, the Shetland sheepdog features a long, furry coat in eye-catching colors. Owners of this breed are often surprised at how much this breed can shed. A good pin brush and a good vacuum are a must with breed especially when it sheds. Males and spayed females will generally shed once a year; whereas, intact females may shed up to twice a year.
The Bottom Line
Shedding, matting and a predisposition to getting dirty are common issues with fluffy dogs. Adopting a dog based on looks alone often turns out being problematic. Conducting thorough research prior to adopting a fluffy dog breed can help prevent the many heart-aches associated with surrendering or re-homing as a result of light-hearted decisions.