Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, from enormous Irish Wolfhounds and St. Bernards to tiny chihuahuas. Every dog person tends to have their own preferred breed, but if there’s a type of pet most people can agree is cute, it’s a fluffy one.
When it comes to fluffy dogs, maintaining their cute fur can come at a high price. Fluffy coats require the most maintenance to prevent painful knots and tangles, while trips to a professional groomer can become very costly.
However, the expense of caring for a fluffy pooch is worth it. So here are some of the fluffiest, most adorable dogs out there.
Samoyeds were originally bred to herd reindeer and haul sleds, providing company to northwestern Siberia’s Samoyede people. These working dogs have think, white, double-layer coats to keep them warm in sub-zero temperatures. They’re generally friendly and playful, too.
These dogs originate from northern China and are fiercely devoted to and protective of their families. Easily recognisable by their thick coats, wrinkles and brachycephalic or flat faces, the Chow’s tongue and mouth tissue are also a dark blue-black colour.
Old English Sheepdogs
As the name suggests, old English sheepdogs were originally a type of herding dog. Now, however, these dogs are more accustomed to lounging 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 due to their size.
One of the world’s most popular toy dog breeds, these pups are tiny, smiley and extremely fluffy. They have luxurious double coats and fox-like faces, making them an irresistible companion to many.
Pyrenean mountain dogs
Pyrenean mountain dogs were bred to be left alone and guard sheep in mountain valleys, so they are independent and alert. However, these giants are known for their calm and relaxed manner and make excellent family pets. Despite their fluffiness, these dogs don’t matt so they are easier to care for than other fluffy breeds.
These dogs originate from Tibet and are tiny but majestic. Lhasa apsos are less than a foot high at the shoulder but are hardy and recognisable by their long, floor-length coat that hangs either side of the body.
The affenpinscher, also known as the Monkey Dog, is small but bursting with energy and makes an entertaining pet. Like most terriers, these dogs were bred to hunt vermin like rats and mice in 17th and 18th century Europe. Friendly but excitable, these terriers love adventure.
The ultimate fancy dog, Maltese pups are a brilliant white and covered in long, silky hair. But don’t let their elegant appearance fool you—these tiny dogs are hardy, fearless and agile, although a little stubborn.
Bred to be close companions to Chinese royalty, these dogs bond very closely with their owners, making them loving house pets. In Ancient China, the smallest and fiercest Pekingese were kept in the royals’ sleeves and used as miniature guard dogs. These days, they’re happy with a moderate walk a day and a relax on the sofa.
These giant dogs were used as a working dog to pull nets for fisherman and carry wood from the forest. They are strong swimmers and are friendly and gentle, if a little messy.
Bernese Mountain Dogs
The Bernese mountain dog is a large dog with a tri-colored coat bred to herd cattle, guard livestock and haul equipment in the Swiss Alps. These large, loveable dogs require frequent brushing and grooming and are patient with children, making them ideal family pets.
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 gentle and love hanging out with their owners.
The Shih tzu—or “lion dog”—is a toy dog breed originating from Tibet, but there’s nothing fierce about these tiny pets. Happy to curl up on a lap after a walk, these dogs are affectionate yet lively and cheerful.
The papillon is easily spotted thanks to its large, wing-shaped ears that give the breed its name – as “papillon” means butterfly in French. These dogs are agile and love learning new tricks, making them an entertaining pet.
West Highland Terriers
Affectionately known as the “Westie,” these little dogs hail from Scotland where they were bred to catch rats and mice on farms. These cheerful, alert and friendly dogs have a white double coat of fur which fills out around their faces, making them easily recognisable. Although they are affectionate and hardy, these dogs can be stubborn too – and have a natural instinct to dig and chase.