The 7 Fluffiest Dog Breeds, According to Experts
These are the perfect pups for anyone looking for a poofy pet.
From their snouts to their tails, there are plenty of things we find adorable about dogs. Some are svelte and skinny. Others have rolls on rolls of skin. But sometimes, a canine's coat can make them look too fuzzy to resist a pet or a cuddle. If lovable balls of fur are your thing, we spoke to the experts about which dog breeds are the fluffiest around. Read on to see which ones made the cut—and if one might make a perfectly permed addition to your family.
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With a noble mane around its head and a thick coat from torso to tail, experts say one type of dog is well known for its fur.
"Chow Chows are an ancient breed originating in China," says Georgina Ushi Phillips, DVM, advising veterinarian and writer for NotABully.org. "These fluffy pups served a wide range of roles covering everything from hunting and guarding to pulling sleds, and even war dogs in some cases."
"Their fluffy double coat isn't the only distinctive trait these dogs have: They're also known for their unique blue-black tongue," she adds.
Most fluffy dog breeds tend to become household names as a popular adoption option based on their adorable appearance alone. But experts say the Briard is one lesser-known type with a poofy coat that ranks among the best in the canine kingdom.
"With a life span of 10 to 15 years, this intelligent, energetic dog requires an abundance of exercise," says Travis Brorsen, a pet expert for Animal Planet, celebrity dog trainer, host of My Big Fat Pet Makeover, and judge on the Discovery Plus series The Dog Games. "They became popular during World War I when they were used to search for wounded soldiers. Unfortunately, this also contributed to their rarity."
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Looking for a smaller companion with an adorably poofy coat? Experts say one well-known breed fits the bill.
"While some Pomeranians may look like miniature Chow Chows, these little dogs originate from Central Europe, where they were bred to be lap dogs," says Phillips. "Poms (as they're often called) also have a double coat which helps give them their super fluffy look."
Families in the market for a fluff ball may want to consider a Newfoundland—especially if they're a fan of larger dogs. Experts say this breed can make an easy and adorable addition to the household.
"Newfies may be big, but they're a gentle, patient breed. In fact, they're often considered a 'nanny' breed since they're so great with children," Daniel Caughill, a canine expert and co-founder of The Dog Tale, tells Best Life. "They may have a white, black, gray, or brown coat, which is usually thick, long, and very fluffy."
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With an adorably droopy face surrounded by plenty of fur, it can be easy to forget that the Tibetan Mastiff is quite a large breed. But experts say this pup's burly build helps promote their poofy appearance.
"Tibetan Mastiffs are a large and powerful breed that easily weighs more than 100 pounds," says Phillips. "Another fluffy breed that can draw its origins to ancient China—like the Chow Chow—the double coat of the Tibetan Mastiff and their large size makes them appear extremely fluffy!"
Old English Sheepdog
Some fluffy dog breeds become well-known for their happy demeanor or laid-back attitudes. But there are a select few that can claim to have been immortalized in film.
"Disney's 1959 comedy wasn't titled The Shaggy Dog for no reason!" says Brorsen. "The old English Sheepdog's double coat keeps them cool in the heat and warm in the cold, making them perfect for environments with changing climates. If a loving personality is what you're looking for, you've met your match."
They can also become a readily obedient addition to the family. "Sheepdogs are a member of the herding group, which means they're smart, adaptable, and hardworking," explains Caughill. "They love to have a job to do, which means it's important to keep them busy to keep them out of trouble. But this work ethic also makes them highly trainable, so they're great for families."
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Many of the dogs on this list may have a "big hair, don't care" kind of outlook on life. But experts say one breed in particular is as affectionate as it is fluffy.
"The Samoyed is a dependable, family-loving dog that can be easier to train than some," says Brorsen. "But don't let this white beauty fool you: They get attached very easily and don't generally like to be left alone for long periods."
Just make sure you know what you're signing up for regarding this breed's grooming requirements. "Its opulent double coat requires daily maintenance," Brorsen cautions. "For anyone that wants one, we in the business say… 'shed happens!'"