Every time we see fluffy dogs, it’s so hard to resist the urge to pet them. Not only are they adorable like every other dog, but they just make dog lovers so unexplainably happy. Luckily, there are big fluffy dog breeds and small fluffy dog breeds of all different colors and personalities. It’s true that these dogs will likely need much more grooming than other breeds, but their soft coats definitely make the extra time and effort worth it!
Small Breed Fluffy Dogs:
Small fluffy dog breeds are typically less than 20 pounds, which is perfect because then it’s easy to hold them and cuddle them. Here are some of the fluffiest small breeds out there.
#1 – Pomeranian
Pomeranians are like little walking fluff balls, but they can also be very high-maintenance. They are very outgoing, so they love meeting new people and exploring new places. Despite only weighing between 4 and 7 pounds, they seem to think they are big, tough dogs. They are not afraid of larger dogs. which is why they bark often. Since their coat is extra fluffy, they require daily brushing. However, their coat doesn’t need to be shaved at all.
#2 – Bolognese Dog
The Bolognese is a small dog with a soft, white coat. Their hair is similar to a Poodle or Bichon Frise. They’re very calm and laid-back compared to other small dogs, and they usually weigh between 5 and 9 pounds. Even though they have a lot of hair, the barely shed because they have hair instead of fur. Therefore, their hair grows similarly to a human’s, meaning they need to go to the groomer about every 4 to 8 weeks to maintain a fluffy coat. They should also be brushed daily if possible.
#3 – Coton De Tulear
Like the Bolognese, the Coton De Tulear is another white, fluffy dog. They are very loyal dogs that always want to stay by your side. They are another sweet, calm breed, and they are great at adapting to new situations. Like the Bolognese, they also have hair instead of fur. Regular grooming appointments are essential, and in between grooming appointments, you should bathe and brush a Coton De Tulear often.
#4 – Bichon Frise
Not every Bichon Frise gets the same haircut, but their coat is guaranteed to be soft like a cotton ball. They often get a special breed trim for dog shows, which makes their head and legs look extra fluffy. It’s recommended that they get a full groom every 3 weeks, and they should be brushed daily. While their grooming is very high maintenance, their personality is calm and easygoing. They just want to love their humans as much as possible.
#5 – Pekingese
The Pekingese might not look like a little cotton ball, but their hair is extremely soft and luscious. Their soft coats are usually kept longer, so they need daily brushing to avoid tangles. Additionally, they should go to the groomer every 6 to 8 weeks for a hair trim. As adorable as they are, they are an extremely stubborn breed. They’re less playful and less affectionate than others because they just prefer to do their own thing if possible. They are best for families who are experienced with dogs and don’t have children.
#6 – Toy Poodle
Not only is the Toy Poodle a popular small fluffy dog breed, but any dog that’s mixed with a Toy Poodle is equally soft and fluffy. Toy Poodles are a popular companion dog because of their friendly, lovable personalities. They can also be stubborn with bad habits like barking, but with enough training, they can easily learn how to behave properly. Like the other small dogs on this list, they should be groomed regularly, about every 4 to 8 weeks, and brushed every few days at least.
Medium-Sized Fluffy Dogs:
Medium-sized dogs are not always a consistent size. They’re usually between 20 and 40 pounds, but they can vary in sizes. They’re still great cuddle buddies, but they’re probably a bit too big for your lap.
#1 – American Eskimo Dog
American Eskimo Dogs can weigh anywhere from 18 pounds to 35 pounds. They are white fluff balls, sort of like a larger Pomeranian. They are full of energy and they are very affectionate toward people. Additionally, they are smart, curious dogs, so they need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation toys to keep them entertained. Their coat consists of two layers: a dense undercoat and a more firm top coat. They should not be shaved even in the summer because it could damage their coat. However, they should be brushed daily to prevent matts.
#2 – Shetland Sheepdog
Shetland Sheepdogs, also known as Shelties, have a history of working on farms and herding animals. They usually weigh between 14 and 27 pounds, and they look like a small Rough Collie. Even though they’re smaller, they’re very active. If their role isn’t to herd, they need mental stimulation to prevent bad behaviors. Their coat is similar to the American Eskimo Dog, so it should be brushed as much as possible.
#3 – Keeshond
The Keeshond is an extremely fluffy dog, weighing anywhere from 31 to 40 pounds. Like the other medium-sized fluffy dogs, the Keeshond should be brushed regularly, but they should never be shaved. They are heavy shedders, so their dark-colored fur will likely get all over your house. They are very affectionate, and they will follow their family members everywhere if they can.
Large Breed Fluffy Dogs:
Big fluffy dog breeds are usually over 40 pounds, which is a lot of fluff! There are a lot of fluffy large breeds out there, and they all feel like the softest, fluffiest pillows in the world. Sure, they’ll hog all the space during cuddle time, but these furry dogs are worth it.
#1 – Samoyed
Samoyeds are definitely one of the fluffiest large dog breeds on this list. At 35 to 66 pounds, they are like giant clouds. They are a very cheerful breed that loves to cuddle and play with their humans. They have high energy levels, and if they have strong feelings about anything, they’ll let you know by barking or howling. Trimming a Samoyed’s coat is not recommended, but they do need frequent brushing and bathing to stay clean and healthy.
#2 – Chow Chow
Chow Chows are another big fluffy dog breed that needs to be brushed daily. They typically weigh between 44 and 70 pounds, so that’s a lot of soft fur! Similar to a Samoyed, their soft coat could also be damaged by trimming, so make sure you brush them thoroughly, starting at the base of their hair and working your way up. Even though they look like giant stuffed animals, they’re actually not as cuddly and affectionate as other dogs. They prefer to be more independent, and it takes a while to gain their trust.
#3 – Bearded Collie
Bearded Collies have long, beautiful hair like many humans wish they had. They are a mischievous dog breed that needs plenty of mental and physical exercise to stay entertained. They are active and need a family that can keep up with their needs. Their hair can get matted very easily, so they need to be brushed daily, especially if you want to keep their hair long. Their coats can be shaved, but it looks a bit unusual for this big fluffy dog breed. However, their hair will grow back over time.
#4 – Rough Collie
Rough Collies are the Collies that have long, flowing coats. Their hair will not grow past a certain length, so haircuts are not necessary for them. They are an extremely smart breed, especially when it comes to protecting their loved ones. They love learning new tricks, and they’ll always alert you if they sense danger. To keep their coat as soft as possible, wash them often and brush them at least once a week.
#5 – Old English Sheepdog
These shaggy dogs look old and wise, but they also look like the perfect cuddle buddy. However, they can weigh anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds, so they’re way too big to fit on your lap! They are bred to be a working breed, but they’re perfectly fine in a normal family household too. They’re very loving, smart, and cheerful, so they’re a great companion dog. Even though they are very furry dogs, they shed very little. They can be shaved a few times a year, but it’s not required. If you brush them daily, their long coats should be just fine. However, if you neglect brushing them and they develop dense matts, then that can be harmful for them and they’ll need to be shaved down.
#6 – Eurasier
Not many people are familiar with the Eurasier, but they’re actually one of the fluffiest dogs. They are much calmer than similar breeds, and they can be highly affectionate once they get to know someone. They’re easy to train, and they’re great dogs for families with or without kids. Despite having a thick coat, they’re actually easy to groom. You just need to brush them twice a week to keep their coat soft and to remove any dead hair. They will shed heavily twice a year, so you should brush them more often during those times.
#7 – Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees is not only one of the softest dog breeds, but they’re also one of the largest. They can weigh anywhere from 80 to 120 pounds, and their bodies are covered in thick, white fur. They are a rather stubborn and independent breed, but it’s just because they were bred to guard sheep in the mountains on their own. Because of their fluffy coats, they love being outside regardless of the weather. If you work hard to maintain this breed’s coat, then there is no need to cut it or shave it. They should be brushed thoroughly at least once a week to best maintain their fluff.
#8 – Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan Malamutes are like the fluffy version of a Siberian Husky. Their big, fluffy coats are one of the reasons they love the snow and the outdoors so much. They are very adventurous and love to explore new things, so they can be a handful for an inexperienced family. After all, Alaskan Malamutes weigh anywhere from 70 to 95 pounds. Their fur doesn’t need to be trimmed because it will shed often. Brushing their coats regularly is the best way to better manage their shedding.
#9 – Newfoundland
Newfoundlands are another giant fluffy dog breed weighing 99 to 150 pounds! They have so much thick, black fur that when they sleep on the floor, they look like a fuzzy rug. Despite their large size, they’re extremely gentle. They might drool and shed a lot, but they have big hearts. They don’t need their coats trimmed, but brushing can be a bit of a hassle. Newfoundlands should be bathed at least once a month and they should be brushed thoroughly several times a week. Brush them slowly and move in the direction of their hair growth to best untangle matts.
#10 – Tibetan Mastiff
Like the Newfoundland, the Tibetan Mastiff is huge, weighing 75 to 160 pounds. They are the fluffiest dog in the mastiff family, and they look like furry lions! They were initially bred to guard livestock, but they are also great family members. They’re usually very quiet and gentle, and they love to spend time with their loved ones. However, they can be stubborn with training because they often prefer to do their own thing. Their coat is similar to a Newfoundland’s because it needs to be brushed thoroughly and frequently to avoid matting. They also need to be bathed at least once a month.
#11 – Standard Poodle
Poodles might not have a thick, furry coat like some of the other large breeds, but they are soft as a cloud. Like the Toy Poodle, they can be bred with any other breed to result in an adorable, fluffy dog. People often forget how soft a Poodle’s coat is because of their unusual show grooming styles, but if you let their hair grow naturally, it will become very poofy. Like most of these other fluffy dogs, they need to be groomed weekly, but their hair should also be trimmed about every month or so. If you don’t brush them enough, they can easily get dense matts, which will cause them to have to be shaved. At least their soft coat will grow back though!
Of course, all dogs are fun to pet and cuddle, but these are some extremely fluffy dog breeds! If you don’t mind the extra grooming needs and the hair getting everywhere, big fluffy dog breeds and small fluffy dog breeds can be great companions. However, make sure you always do your research before bringing a dog home. It’s easy to fall for fluffy dogs simply because of their soft coats, but make sure to pay attention to their personality too. Even if you don’t adopt a super fluffy dog, there are still plenty of furry dogs out there that would love for you to pet them.