The only thing better than cuddling with a dog is cuddling with a fluffy dog. Their soft, downy fur makes them look and feel like real-life Teddy bears. If you're searching for your next pet or just love looking at photos of cute, fluffy dogs, you're in luck because we've assembled a list of the 10 fluffiest dog breeds around. Warning: you'll want to reach through your screen to touch these fur balls.
Pomeranians are small dogs and one of the fluffiest breeds out there. Their coat has two layers: a dense undercoat and longer guard hairs on top. It usually takes Poms a few years to "grow into" their coat, so they get even fluffier with time. In addition to being super floofs, Pomeranians are playful and determined little dogs who have plenty of energy.
Pomeranians weren't always little fluff balls - the breed was originally larger, but was bred down to their current size by England's Queen Victoria.
The fluffy Samoyed has a thick coat for a very good reason; these dogs were bred to pull sleds and herd reindeer, so they need all that fur for warmth. Samoyeds have a double coat that does shed quite a bit, so owners need to be diligent about regular grooming. They're incredibly friendly and devoted dogs, which means lots of hugs.
Are all Samoyeds white? Nope. These fluffy dogs can also come in cream and "biscuit," which is a light yellowish brown, just like a biscuit!
3. Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise might look more curly than fluffy at times, but as soon as you brush out their fur, it puffs right up. Even with their dense double coat, the Bichon is hypoallergenic. That's right; they're incredibly low shedders, which is great news for anyone with dog allergies. Plus, they're playful, smart, and curious. That sounds like a great combination to us!
4. Chow Chow
Chow Chows are known for many things, including their independent personalities, black tongues, and fluffy fur. You might not know this, but Chows can have two types of coats: smooth or rough. Most people are familiar with the rough type, which sticks straight out and has that characteristic fluffy appearance and woolly feel. Smooth Chows have a sleeker look because the hairs lay flat, and it's a bit easier to care for.
Chow Chows are not as affectionate as other breeds, and are known for being aloof, kind of like cats.
5. American Eskimo Dog
Dogs in the Spitz family are known for having puffy hair, and the American Eskimo Dog is one of the fluffiest. Even though they're small, these dogs have a very big personality. The breed makes a great family pet, though they do shed all year long, so you'd better stock up on lint rollers if you bring one home.
Should you shave a fluffy dog during the summer? No, most experts say this can actually make them hotter. When their hair is cut, it reduces the airflow to the skin, which makes it harder for dogs to cool down.
6. Coton de Tulear
"Coton" looks a lot like the word cotton because that's what it means in French. The Coton de Tulear was named after their fluffy white coat, which looks an awful lot like cotton. Their hair even feels as soft as cotton, and if you own one of these eager-to-please dogs, you'll get to run your hands through it a lot. Cotons love cuddling almost as much as you'll love the fact that they don't shed. Nice!
If you're looking for a dog breed that resembles a lion, look no further than the Leonberger. This fluffy dog breed is regal, calm, and has a thick golden mane around their neck. Because Leos are so hairy, many owners need to trim the fur between their toes and on their feet, especially during the winter months when snowballs can form in the fluff.
Even though Leos stand tall and look imposing, they're exceptionally sensitive and loving dogs. Leos need lots of interaction and time with owners to be happy.
You can't get much fluffier than the Keeshond. These medium-sized beauties have a lion-like mane and a curly little tail that sits high on their rump. Keeshonden have loads of soft fur and "blow out" their coat twice a year, which is where their entire undercoat sheds. This breed makes great pets because they were bred as companion dogs, so being your best friend is truly in their blood.
Long-haired dogs usually go through a "teenager" phase where their hair is thin, flat, or just looks downright awkward. This can last anywhere from one to three years, but afterward, they'll be fluffy as ever.
9. Tibetan Mastiff
What's the largest fluffy dog you can own? The Tibetan Mastiff, of course. These enormous dogs originated in the mountains of Tibet, which explains their heavy coat. Tibetan Mastiffs have also retained their watchful nature through the decades and make great guard dogs or independent companion dogs.
The Tibetan Mastiff's original name, "Do-Khyi," means "Tied Dog," which refers to the practice of tying guard dogs outside to stay on watch.
10. Australian Shepherd
The fluffy Aussie is a well-loved breed that's also incredibly fast and intelligent. A feature that makes them look even more puffy than most breeds is their docked tail. If you're searching for a fluffy dog that's athletic enough to join you on hikes or other adventures, the Australian Shepherd might just be the one.
Fluffy Dogs Take Work
Getting a dog with a long, fluffy coat does require work. You'll need to groom your buddy so their hair doesn't get matted or shed all over your home. Plus, you'll need to be careful in warm weather. Many thick-coated dogs originated in cold climates and can easily overheat in the summer months without shade or frequent sips of water. But with the right precautions and care, you can enjoy warm bear hugs from your fluffy dog whenever you like.