Chow Chow

Chow Chow (Photo by Alexia on Unsplash)

A dog always cheers you up if you are down. But when they are fluffy, there’s nothing better than burying your face into their fuzzy fur. In life, you’ve probably encountered many fluffy dogs, but may not have known their breed. We have laid out the most fluffy dog breeds for you to call your own. Make sure you don’t mind frequent brushing!

Dog lovers take their bond with their pets very seriously. In fact, a recent study shows six in 10 dog owners would rather snuggle with their dogs over their significant other. Eight in 10  respondents even say that their pets are their number one source of joy. Plus, if you do happen to have a dog on the fluffy side, their snuggles are taken to a whole other level.

The puppy love doesn’t stop there either. Another study reveals that seven in 10 people consider their dogs their best friends. Additionally, out of 2,000 dog owners surveyed, four in five say they pamper their dogs as much as possible. With all the love we have for our furry friends, it’s no wonder they get the royal treatment.

Ready to dive in and explore some of the most fluffy dog breeds? StudyFinds consulted ten expert sources to find the best options if you’re planning to get a new friend with a big personality and the coat to match. If you’re already the proud owner of a fluffy dog, let us know what breed in the comments below!

Bichon running on green grass (Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on Unsplash)

The List: Most Fluffy Dog Breeds, According to Canine Experts

1. Chow Chow

What a fluffball! The Chow Chow is an Arctic dog who is powerful, squarely built, and sturdy. “Chow Chows were bred for several tasks, and their build reflects their ability to herd, pull, and protect. They can have either a rough coat, which is straight and offstanding, or a smooth coat, which is hard and smooth; both coat types have wooly undercoats, providing ample insulation from the cold,” says Pet Finder.

adult orange chow chow
Chow Chow (Photo by Moujib Aghrout on Unsplash)

This may come as a surprise (wink), but Chow Chows aren’t the biggest dogs on this list because of their impressive amount of super-cuddly fur. “One of the oldest dog breeds, Chow Chows originated in China and are known for the immense ‘lion’s-mane’ ruff that goes around their head and shoulders. Chow Chows can have black, gray, brown, white, or red fur. They should be brushed at least twice a week, and the wrinkles in their faces have to be cleaned regularly,” shares greatpetcare.com.

“Chows require brushing a few times weekly. They are also very heavy shedders in the spring and fall when they blow their coats,” informs Martha Stewart.

2. Old English Sheepdog

If you’re looking for a more independent breed, the Old English sheepdogs are intelligent and self-reliant dogs. “They have fantastic humor and appear to relish their owner’s surprise at some of their antics. Some Old English sheepdogs can be guard dogs, despite not generally being thought of as such. They bark loudly, and some of them start to bother people. Dogs who are not mentally or physically challenged enough begin to chew and dig,” states A-Z Animals.

Old English Sheep Dog
Old English Sheep Dog (Photo by Ben Griffiths on Unsplash)

Old English Sheepdogs can grow upwards of 60 to 100 pounds, resulting in a powerful stature. “Old English Sheepdogs have a face that is covered by fur, with an all-around shaggy coat. It’s no secret that the breed’s coat attracts many owners, but be sure that you’re ready for the upkeep. OES require grooming down to the skin, as they are double-coated. It’s recommended that OES are brushed weekly or groomed several times each month,” informs the American Kennel Club.

The Old English Sheepdogs were originally bred as working dogs in southwestern England. They were symbols of wealth when they first arrived in the United States. “William Wade, an industrialist from Pittsburgh, first kept Old English Sheepdogs in the 1880s. Then, within 20 years, five of the 10 richest families in the United States owned, bred, and showed Old English Sheepdogs, including the Vanderbilts and Guggenheims,” says The Spruce Pets 

3. Samoyed

Samoyeds originated in Siberia. No wonder why a thick, warm coat was essential to their survival. “Samoyeds have a similar coat to the Alaskan Malamute—a course and thick outer coat protecting a soft, wooly undercoat. Samoyeds are typically light-colored and also require daily brushing,” says greatpetcare.com.

A Samoyed dog surrounded by yellow flowers
A Samoyed dog surrounded by yellow flowers (Photo by Barcs Tamás on Unsplash)

Samoyeds sports a dense, fluffy undercoat and a heavy, harsher outer coat. “Special grooming needs must be maintained, such as regular brushing. Seasonal shedding occurs, but research has shown several dog allergy sufferers are not affected by this breed’s fluffy coat,” states iheartdogs.com.

The amount of fluff that comes out when you brush a Samoyed during shedding season may chock you. It looks like a second Samoyed slipped into your house. “If you have time for all the dog brushing, you’ll get plenty of rewards because their kind natures are second to none and they’ve even gained the nickname ‘Sammy smile‘ because of their big, happy smiles,” adds Purina.

4. Bichon Frise

If you think of a cotton ball when you see a Bichon, you are not alone. “The Bichon Frise is as close to a cotton ball as anyone will get. Monthly grooming sessions are required for this high-maintenance breed that is considered hypoallergenic,” states iheartdogs.com.

A Bichon Frise laying in the grass
A Bichon Frise laying in the grass (Photo by Matt Briney on Unsplash)

Many describe the Bichon Frise as a happy little troublemaker. They have plenty of personality but are still very gentle and affectionate. “The Bichon makes an excellent companion and family pet. They share a lot of the same characteristics as a toy poodle, with their soft, frizzy coat and toy face,” informs Play Bark Run.

​You can mess around with a couple of different looks on the Bichon. They can be grown out and trimmed in a teddy bear or breed trim to achieve that white fluffy coat. “These tiny goofballs are like small snowmen ready to frolic wherever the two of you may go. Most notably, the Bichon Frise’s head is covered in a comical sphere of fluffy fur; their bodies are also soft and plush and perfect for snuggling,” explains PureWow.

5. Keeshond

Similar to the other fluffy canines on our list of most fluffy dog breeds, the Keeshond is a big ball of fluff that needs daily brushing. “The Keeshond sheds its downy undercoat twice a year. The harsh outer coat puffs away from the skin, giving the Keeshond its fluffy appearance,” says iheartdogs.com.

Keeshond Dog
Keeshond Dog (Photo by RafaelAlex on Pixels)

Besides their adorableness, Keeshonds rarely bite. They are amiable toward both people and other dogs by nature. ”Keeshonds have high standards for affection and would rather be included in the family than left outside alone. Keeshonden can ‘talk’ as well as bark. The alert keeshond barks to warn its owner when a stranger is nearby, but rarely barks excessively. Keeshonden are charming dogs with intelligence and good looks. They are excellent family dogs because of their affectionate and playful nature. The Keeshonden are relatively simple to train in comparison to other northern breeds,” says A-Z Animals.

The Keeshond is a descent from the same stock as breeds like the Pomeranian and Samoyed. “The Keeshond is a well-established breed raised to be family companions as well as watchdogs. These dogs have a long, double coat in striking gray, cream, and black colors,” states Martha Stewart.

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2 Comments

  1. Mary V Smith says:

    Having had Shetland Sheepdogs for over forty years I can attest to their fluffiness.
    My daughter currently has three and the thickness, softness and also silkiness of
    their fur coats is magnificent! They are outstanding in cuddling, a joy to have and hold!

  2. Susan Marbella says:

    ALASKAN MALAMUTE??????? I could brush out a shop I g bagful every day!