The 15 Fluffiest Dog Breeds

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, from giant Irish Wolfhounds and St. Bernard to tiny Chihuahuas. Every dog ​​person tends to have their own preferred breed, but if there is any type of pet, most people can agree that it’s cute, it’s a fluffy one.

When it comes to fluffy dogs, taking care of their cute fur can come at a steep price. Fluffy coats require the most grooming to avoid painful knots and tangles, while trips to a professional dog groomer can be costly.

However, the effort involved in caring for a fluffy pooch is well worth it. Here are some of the fluffiest, most adorable dogs out there.

Samoyed

Samoyed were originally bred to herd reindeer and pull sleds to keep Samoyed company in northwest Siberia. These working dogs have white, double-layered fur to keep them warm in sub-zero temperatures. They are generally friendly and playful.

A Samoyed is seen during the Dog Lovers Show at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park on November 7, 2014 in Sydney, Australia
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Chow chows

These dogs come from northern China and are very devoted to and protect their families. Easily recognized by their thick fur, wrinkles, and brachycephalic or flat faces, the Chow’s tongue and mouth tissues are also dark blue-black.

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A Chow Chow dog at the Indian National Kennel Club’s Championship Dog Show in Ahmedabad, West Indies on January 5, 2020.
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Old English Sheepdogs

As the name suggests, Old English Sheepdogs were originally a type of herding dog. Now, however, these dogs are more used to hanging around and relaxing with their owners. According to the American Kennel Club, these gentle giants move “with a bear-like shuffle,” but still require a lot of exercise because of their size.

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An Old English Sheepdog nicknamed Elsa competes in the Herding group in Crufts
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Pomerania

One of the most popular toy dog ​​breeds in the world, these puppies are tiny, smiling, and extremely fluffy. They have luxurious double coats and fox-like faces, which makes them an irresistible companion for many.

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A Pomeranian who was seen at the Mudgee Show Society Inc. dog show in Mudgee, Australia on March 2nd, 2019.
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Pyrenees Mountain Dogs

Pyrenean Mountain Dogs were bred to be left alone and to guard sheep in mountain valleys so they would be independent and alert. However, these giants are known for their calm and relaxed demeanor and make great pets. Despite their fluffiness, these dogs don’t mattify and are therefore easier to care for than other fluffy breeds.

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Three Pyrenees Mountain Dogs, also known as the Great Pyrenees
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Lhasa apsos

Hailing from Tibet, these dogs are tiny but majestic. Lhasa apsos are less than 30 cm tall at the shoulder, but sturdy and can be recognized by their long, floor-length fur that hangs on either side of the body.

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A Lhasa Apso dog at the NEC Arena on March 10th 2018 in Birmingham, England. Llhasa Apsos have an average lifespan of 14.
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Affenpinscher

The Affenpinscher, also known as the monkey dog, is small but full of energy and a fun pet. Like most terriers, these dogs were bred in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries to hunt down vermin such as rats and mice. Friendly but excitable, these terriers love adventure.

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An Affenpinscher seen at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 12, 2013 in Madison Square Garden in New York.
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Maltese

The ultimate posh dog, Maltese puppies are bright white and covered in long, silky hair. But don’t let their sleek looks fool you – these little dogs are sturdy, fearless, and agile, if a little stubborn.

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A Maltese at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 10, 2014 in New York City.
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Pekinese

Bred to be close companions of the Chinese royalty, these dogs are very closely related to their owners, which makes them loving pets. In ancient China, the smallest and wildest Pekingese were kept in the sleeves of the royals and used as miniature guard dogs. Nowadays, they enjoy a moderate stroll during the day and relaxing on the sofa.

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A Pekingese pictured at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England on March 10, 2018.
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Newfoundland

These giant dogs were used as working dogs to pull fishing nets and carry wood from the forest. They are strong swimmers and are kind and gentle, if a little messy.

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A Newfoundland dog pictured at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England on March 8th 2018.
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Bernese Mountain Dogs

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large tri-colored dog that is bred to herd cattle, guard livestock, and transport equipment in the Swiss Alps. These large, lovable dogs require frequent brushing and grooming, and are patient with children, which makes them ideal family pets.

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A Bernese Mountain Dog out for a walk in Clevedon, England on March 2, 2016.
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Leonberger

The Leonberger is an extremely fluffy giant of German origin. They can weigh as much as an adult human and stand up to 31 inches at the shoulder, making them one of the largest dog breeds in the world. Despite their stature, they are meek and love to hang out with their owners.

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A Leonberger sleeps on the floor on the third day of Crufts 2016 on March 12, 2016
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Shih tzus

The Shih Tzu – or “lion dog” – is a breed of toy dog ​​native to Tibet, but there is nothing wild about these tiny pets. These dogs, who like to curl up on one lap after a walk, are affectionate but lively and cheerful.

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A pair of Shih Tzu dogs at the NEC on March 8th, 2014 in Birmingham, England
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Butterflies

The Papillon is easy to spot thanks to its large, wing-shaped ears that give the breed its name – because “papillon” means butterfly in French. These dogs are agile and enjoy learning new tricks, which makes them a fun pet.

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A Papillon from Belgium poses at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England in the United Kingdom on March 10, 2019.
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West Highland Terrier

Affectionately known as “Westie”, these little dogs are from Scotland, where they were bred to catch rats and mice on farms. These happy, attentive, and friendly dogs have a double white coat that fills in around their faces, making them easily recognizable. While loving and sturdy, these dogs can also be stubborn – and have a natural instinct for digging and hunting.

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A West Highland White Terrier at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 15, 2011
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