When some people hear the word “dog,” they automatically picture a large, fluffy pooch. We love big, hairy dogs, too! That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of our favorite large long-haired dog breeds.
Large Long-Haired Dog Breeds
Old English Sheepdog
In full coat, the Old English Sheepdog is the epitome of the large long-haired breeds. Weighing up to 100 pounds with luscious long locks to boot, it’s no wonder that the Old English was cast as “The Shaggy Dog!”
Despite their name, Old English Sheepdogs were typically used to drive cattle to market. Some shepherds would shear their Sheepdogs once a year and use their fur to make yarn for clothes.
While many people choose to keep them in a short clip, Standard Poodles still qualify as large long-haired dogs. Despite their reputation as “froofy” dogs, Standard Poodles are athletes. They’re also the second-smartest dog breed behind the Border Collie.
The Poodle’s continuously growing curly hair needs plenty of brushing and regular trimming to prevent painful mats from forming.
Male Komondorok (the plural for Komondor) can weigh 100 pounds or more, and the breed is one of only a few who traditionally has corded hair that resembles dreadlocks. Those things combine to make one striking dog!
The Komondor has been bred in Hungary for hundreds of years to protect sheep from predators. The breed can even fight off wolves.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Mostly black with white and tan markings, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a beautiful giant ball of fluff. Females can weigh nearly 100 pounds, and males can come in at 115.
The Bernese was bred as an all-around farm dog with an exceptional talent for pulling carts weighing more than themselves.
Sadly, Bernese Mountain Dogs are prone to a variety of health problems, including a high incidence of cancer, and their average lifespan is only 7-10 years.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Bearded Collie, they look somewhat like a wet, melted Old English Sheepdog. Maxing out at 55 pounds, they’re one of the smallest breeds on our list, but their long flowing hair can’t be ignored.
That long, straight hair requires daily brushing to prevent mats if you want to keep it long. Some people opt for shorter trims on their Beardies to reduce how much brushing they have to do.
The Golden Retriever is America’s third-favorite dog behind the Labrador Retriever and the German Shepherd. Many people will picture a Golden Retriever when you ask them to think of a large fluffy dog.
Goldens are happy-go-lucky and friendly, and they need lots of exercise and attention to keep them happy, healthy, and out of trouble.
Portuguese Water Dog
Before President Obama brought Bo into the White House, many people had never heard of Portuguese Water Dogs, but the breed has been increasing in popularity ever since.
The Portie’s coat comes in curly and wavy varieties in black, brown, and white. Like all long-haired dogs, they need plenty of brushing. That’s especially true for this water-loving breed because water makes mats worse. Try to make sure your Portie is well-brushed before heading for the nearest body of water.
While the Miniature variety is more prevalent in the United States, the Giant Schnauzer makes an excellent long-haired pet, too, in the right family. They are highly trainable, but they need an owner who isn’t a pushover. This breed also needs plenty of socialization as a puppy.
The coat of the Giant Schnauzer should be wiry, which is relatively easy to keep brushed. Watch out for poorly bred Schnauzers with cottony coats, however, which require much more brushing.
Weighing up to 150 pounds, the Newfoundland is one of the largest long-haired dog breeds you’ll find. Despite their size, these are gentle giants who love children. Nana, the dog in Peter Pan, was a Newfoundland.
While Newfies are most commonly black, they also come in a black and white variety known as Landseer. Newfies shed and drool a lot, so they aren’t a good fit for people who like to keep their home super clean at all times.
One of the most famous dogs of the last century is Lassie, a Rough Collie. Weighing up to 75 pounds with a thick coat that’s usually either sable and white or tricolor, this is one gorgeous dog.
Collies were bred to herd sheep, so they have a ton of energy and may nip at children’s heels trying to herd them. They can make excellent pets if they have an outlet for all their energy and get plenty of socialization and training.
Weighing up to 70 pounds, the Airedale is the largest terrier. The Airedale was bred to hunt ducks and rats during the industrial Revolution. Nowadays, they are known as a three-in-one hunting dog who can handle gamebirds, waterfowl, and furred prey.
Their wiry fur is easy to maintain, needing only weekly brushing and occasional stripping or clipping.
A multipurpose dog, the Briard was bred to both herd and protect sheep as well as tackle any other job the French farmers asked of them.
The Briard can weigh up to 100 pounds and has the energy to herd sheep and the courage to fight wolves, so it isn’t right for every family. These dogs need plenty of exercise and do best when they have a job to do.
Their wavy fur comes in many colors and needs frequent brushing.
An elegant sighthound, the Afghan Hound may be the oldest breed of purebred dogs. For thousands of years, they have been status symbols and hunting companions across Asia’s mountain kingdoms.
Afghans can weigh up to 70 pounds, and their lush locks need regular brushing. As long as they have daily opportunities to run, they make devoted family pets.
Black Russian Terrier
The Black Russian Terrier needed long hair to protect it from some of the coldest habitable places on earth, patrolling the Siberian steppes. Tipping the scales at up to 130 pounds, the Black Russian Terrier was designed to be a superdog for the Russian army. They were used to patrol fences and chase down prisoners who attempted to escape.
Around 17 breeds, including the Giant Schnauzer, Rottweiler, Airedale, and Newfoundland, were used to create this breed. With plenty of socialization and training, the BRT makes a wonderful family pet.
While most breed standards call for a maximum weight, the Great Pyrenees standard calls for a minimum weight of 100 pounds for males and 85 pounds for females. These dogs are all white with markings that can be tan, gray, badger, or reddish-brown.
Bred to protect sheep from predators, the Great Pyrenees is a mellow breed that can be a calm companion. They do shed quite a bit, so you might not want dark furniture if you bring a Pyr into your home.
Tibetan Mastiffs are giant dogs weighing up to 150 pounds that have been guarding livestock in the Himalayas for thousands of years. They’re thought to be the original mastiff-type dog that all others are descended from.
The Tibetan Mastiff can use their powerful jaws and massive bulk to cause destruction when they get bored, so you’ll want to make sure yours gets plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
While Goldendoodles are technically a hybrid rather than a purebred dog, their popularity can’t be denied. A cross between the Golden Retriever and the Standard Poodle, Goldendoodles can weigh up to 100 pounds.
Goldendoodle hair is very high maintenance and requires daily brushing and regular trimming. They have a lot of energy and love being around their people, so they’re prone to separation anxiety.