Top 25 Big Fluffy Dog Breeds

By Kevin Myers | 2020 Update

Are you a snuggler? And a dog person too? Then you need a big fluffy dog in your life! Imagine snuggling up to them with your fingers buried in all that floof. Simply put, these fluffy dogs breeds were made for cuddling. Did we tempt you to look for one?

If we did, then you’re going to adore this list of the fluffiest big dogs! Just remember that you’d need to make space for them not just in your canine-loving heart. But these pooches will also require plenty of room on your couch — and life! That’s because these are ginormous creatures. For those of you who lack the space, consider housing a petite yet fluffy breed.

And now, let the fur fly:

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Great Pyrenees

A large and gentle breed that has been around humans as early as in 3000 B.C. Back then, the Great Pyrenees would fulfill their duties as sheep and livestock guarding dogs. An exceptional hearing makes them capable of hearing predators approach over serious distances!

You just have to set your eyes on their big, beautiful white form to fall in love with these creatures. Sticking to their ancestral purpose, a Great Pyrenese will intimidate intruders with more than their impressive bulk. They also have an impressively loud bark. However, we’d recommend you get your fur baby well socialized before you bring them home. After all, you wouldn’t want them to take down any visitors they haven’t met before.

Chow Chow

A Chinese canine breed, Chows are big and muscular. The fluffiness of their coat could rival that of any dog breed easily. Originally, this multipurpose dog would serve its masters in several different ways. Chow chows are great at guarding, for instance. But they are equally good hunters and herders too.

Most importantly, though, they make excellent snuggle pillows. There’s enough fluff for you to lose yourself in if you bring this fantastic companion dog home. Sure, there will be major shedding for you to deal with. Even so, the serious and dignified temperament this pooch displays will make up for that.

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Old English Sheepdog

If there’s to be a list of the fluffiest big dogs, then there’s no way anyone would leave out the Old English Sheepdog. Just look at their adorable form and tell us we’re wrong! Aside from all the fluffiness, these dogs also charm dog owners with their great personality. They have a zest for life that you’d be hard put to ignore. For people who want an energetic and enthusiastic canine companion that also makes a great family pet, the Old English Sheepdog is it.

On the flip side, these dogs bond with their family quite strongly. So, if you leave them at home for extended durations, they can begin to experience anxiety. And even though they suit novice canine keepers, the Old English Sheepdogs need regular exercise — lots of it. Not giving them a chance to tire themselves out makes them more prone to acting out in destructive ways.

Golden Retriever

A very furry breed, the Golden Retriever comes up with so many other reasons for you to spoil them. First off is the fact that their coat is soft, gorgeous, and golden. Secondly, they are very affectionate dogs, which is why you won’t even mind how much they shed. Thirdly, they are huggers, so you can expect to get lost in all that furriness at all times.

In other words, they might be too big to be lapdogs, but that is exactly what a Golden Retriever is. No wonder, they are always high up on the AKC’s list of most popular dog breeds in America.

Tibetan Mastiff

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Consider this shaggy mass that can grow up to weigh even more than 150 pounds and 26 inches tall. Sure, the size can be intimidating to someone who hasn’t ever encountered Tibetan mastiffs. Because they may be gigantic but they are equally huge softies. Do you want a furry baby that will positively smother you with their love? Then get yourself a Tibetan Mastiff.

What’s more, this long-haired breed produces intelligent individuals. They won’t take to intruders warmly. Even so, they will get along well with any other pet pooches inhabiting your home. Besides that, Tibetan Mastiffs are quite gentle with kids.

They have the smarts to think for themselves. So, you won’t make them do what they don’t want to easily. Hence, send them for training, and only adopt one if you aren’t a novice dog owner. Finally, for those occupying the Sun Belt, the weather there won’t be good to Tibetan. Their shagginess provides insulation and is meant for the colder climes.

American Eskimo

The perfect family pooch is affectionate, first of all. They should also be excited for life and enthusiastic, in general. And finally, you’d want a canine that is intelligent enough to protect your home from invasions and such. Guess what, though? The American Eskimo dog ticks all those bring-it-home-immediately boxes!

That said, you’ll be bringing home a very energetic and curious creature. Therefore, provide them with new challenges daily. The said tests should be mentally and physically stimulating. That’s because American Eskimo dogs have a lot of energy to burn and brains to use. When bored, they can engage in destructive behavior.

Finally, get an Eskie if you work from home or are a stay-at-home individual. These Velcro dogs would want to stick around you throughout the day. Think of them as your adorably fluffy but curious shadow. Lavish them with lots of love and cuddles.

Alaskan Malamute

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Want a cuddle buddy that is as large as a Siberian Husky? Then go for an Alaskan Malamute. Be warned that these are beastly canines in terms of size. They can weigh more than a hundred pounds!

Now for the fuzzy part. They don’t always come wrapped in long coats but Alaskan Malamutes do have a double coat. An outer layer of fur is insulated under a much softer fuzzier one. The latter keeps them warm and snuggly in the frigid cold. But more importantly, it makes so much more huggable!

Aside from being good for snuggles, Alaskan Malamutes are also independent creatures. So, they won’t hog your attention. They are energetic and will require plenty of exercise for all the muscle and power they possess. Despite their independence, your Malamute buddy would love to play with you.

Finnish Lapphund

Anyone looking for a cute fuzzball should adopt a Finnish Lapphund. Their name indicates where they are originally from, i.e., Lapland in Finland. Lapphunds are hard workers whose ancestors would herd reindeers!

After retirement, this breed found a home in the bosom of dog lovers. They make incredibly friendly furry companions and bond with family and friends easily. What’s more, they have an innate desire to please the people they bond with and obey them.

Since they’re extremely agile, keep them on their toes with much exercise. Oh, and do train out the strong barking instinct that this breed has.

Australian Shepherd

Aussies or Australian Shepherds are literally ​party animals. They are packed with endless amounts of energy, which is why you would have to provide them with an active lifestyle. Working breed dogs, like the Australian Shepherds, are always up for play and exercise. It means they still have the herding instinct working within. Therefore, rain or shine, you’d need to take your fur baby out for a run. Don’t imagine that you can tire out an Aussie with a long walk, either. Because when bored, they can get really destructive.

Australian Shepherds come sporting quite unique coats. You will find 14 varying colors vying for your attention. There’s also an extra helping of fluff on those multi-hued coats. Sure, all that excess hair means they will shed quite a lot. However, if you get past that flaw, you’ll be able to see what makes the Aussies one of the best big fluffy dog breeds. Even though they cannot stop moving — they are super energetic — you won’t be able to stop grabbing on to them for long hugs.  

Keep up the fluff by brushing your Aussie’s coat every day. And get a lifetime worth of hugs and snuggles.

Samoyed

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Do you require a snuggle bunny? Then the staunch white, long, and thick fur of a Samoyed dog will be perfect for this purpose! They are as fluffy as dogs can get. Additionally, their fur becomes thicker around the neck, creating an honest-to-god leonine mane.

When you look at a Samoyed’s long tail, you will see another attractive little puff of fur. Just work to keep it mat-free. Aside from being their floofy selves, Samoyeds usually don’t weigh more than 50 pounds. So, you won’t have a large canine to brush and take care of, daily.

When it comes to their personality, Samoyeds are very friendly and family-oriented. After they bond with you, they can get separation anxiety if forced to spend too much time apart.

Bernese Mountain Dog

So, these goofballs are big and immensely lovable. A Bernese mountain dog thrives on attention from their family. Naturally, they’d love spending time with you. While they are a working breed, Berners much prefer a calmer lifestyle. They would rather spend their days pleasing their owners.

In addition to being this adorable, Berners are also intelligent and have a love for learning. Thus, they will take to training quickly and easily. Once they’re home, you can even integrate them into the family routine as smoothly.

The only caveat that you might face in adopting a Berner is its massive size. They can amass more than 100 pounds. So, only get one if you have the space they can be comfortable in.

Akita Inu

Any discussion on fluffiest dog breeds would remain incomplete if we didn’t mention the Akita Inu. A highly popular type of canine in Japan, these dogs are now a part of its culture. You’ll even see them being mentioned in Japanese media!

Like Alaskan Malamutes, Akita Inus have double coats. However, they are short-haired dogs. Even so, lying against the dense layer of fur of one will make you feel as if you’re reclining against a soft pillow! So, they have the cuddling part down. Also, they bond with their owners for life.

What could be a problem is that Akitas aren’t small dogs. They may look small in photos but an adult Akita Inu can easily weigh about 130 pounds! Another minor issue is that these pooches are strong-willed enough to be stubborn. To prevent them from overriding your commands, get your Akita into training.

Keeshond

If you’re here for the fluff, go on and say you wouldn’t want these fur balls in your life. Just look at those distinctive spectacles-like markings around their eyes. How cute are the Keeshonds? You can’t, can you? Furthermore, they aren’t as hulking-sized as most of the canines on this list. Thus, you can easily keep one in your apartment.

The Keeshonds became a popular international fixture much later. Before that, you could only see them in their native Dutch habitat around the canal barges. Even today, they remain a sign of pride for Holland as the American Kennel Club mentions.

Siberian Husky

The very lupine-looking Siberian Husky was originally a sled dog. You can see the evidence of its history in the thick coat that covers these dogs. Working in packs, the Huskies would pull sleds for their masters all over the frozen Tundra.

They might have spread around the world today. But the Siberian Husky breed still produces quick-footed dogs. Their coat is perfect for snuggling against. And then there’s that mischievous smile these dogs always seem to wear. Doesn’t it make you want to adopt one immediately?

P.S. The undercoat will go through two big shedding periods annually. Hence, make sure you take a comb to it when that happens.

Lhasa Apso

A hundred years back, if you saw a Lhasa Apso, you experienced good fortune. Not much as changed when it comes to the belief many cultures have about this canine. Just one look will assure any dog lover that the Lhasa is a lucky charm.

If nothing else, their fluffy appearance will melt your heart. Big and floofy, the coat of a Lhasa will require daily brushing. But if that labor of love is too much for you, just take them to the groomers. Cut the hair short but keep the luck!

Leonberger

Should you intend to get a Leonberger pooch, you may have to move to accommodate them! The melyandd burgers are so massive that they can tip the scales just shy of 200 pounds!

But with such a big frame comes an ultra-dense coat. Back when they roamed around in the German wilderness, that coat kept the Leonberger warm. Now, it is perfect for you to snuggle against. It is both lush and soft. Additionally, these are peaceful pooches, sp they won’t run away from daily hugs.

Since they sport a double coat, the Leonbergers will shed heavily during some seasons. But even if you come back looking as if you have sprouted fur, those hugs would be worth the fluff!

Bouvier des Flandres

Counting the best dog breeds that have come out of France means including the Bouvier des Flandres amongst them. There are so many good things that we could tell you about this dog.

For instance, they have a strong personality. Also, they bond and live with their family with intense devotion. They are fantastic as guard dogs too. And if you want to raise herds, they will be by your side, herding your flock.

But that’s not everything that you’re here for. You need fluff in your life and that is another good thing that the Bouvier des Flandres can provide! A soft, curly, and huggable coat that is perfect for cuddling. That’s what these pooches bring home to you.

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

The soft-coated wheaten terrier is an Irish breed. They used to hunt and guard the homes of their masters about 200 years ago. While they share a common ancestor with breeds like the Kerry Blue and Irish Terriers, these fluff bunnies are a separate breed. Although, it wasn’t until 1937 when they received the recognition of being a breed of their own.

What is most unusual about the coat of a wheaten terrier is that it is hypoallergenic! Another unique trait they have is that they are only available in wheaten colored coats. The long, silky tresses, too, make these pooches instantly recognizable from other dogs.

Aside from the fact that you could lose yourself in the softness of their coat, there are other reasons to bring home a wheaten terrier. One would be that they are playful and fun-loving. Another is that their affectionate and responsive nature can charm any dog-lover. Thirdly, these terriers get on fine with other pets and any kids you have in your house.

Briard

Another ancient breed that had the same purpose as many others, i.e., herding. Now, there are many dog breeds that are covered with fur. And then there is the Briard. It would get so cold where they’re from that even their faces required protection. Hence, the facial fur!

However, that only means more fluffiness and softness for you. Add to that, this other fact: these dogs can grow as big and heavy as 75 pounds. In other words, should you want to snuggle, there’s plenty of Briard to do so.

Moreover, these loyal and obedient pooches. Thus, Briards are easily trainable. There is also cleverness, warmth, love, and fearlessness in their genetic mix. Therefore, these pooches are the perfect fluff balls for any canine lover to bring home.

Estrela Mountain Dog

From the Estrela Mountains in Portugal comes the 100-pounder, Estrela Mountain dog. As a companion dog and livestock guardian, this breed has been around for centuries. Both dominant and fierce, the Estrela is perfectly fine as an outside worker. Its thick coat comes with an extra helping of fluff.

And, while, it would be extra comfy snuggling up against the Estrela, remember this. These pooches can dig their heels in when facing a task they don’t want to do. So, only get one if you have experience with such independent-spirited dogs. In short, they’ll need socializing early on in their lives. Making up for their stubborn streak that shows every now and then are their protective instincts. Estrelas make for good guardians.

Cuvac

These canines can count the ancient arctic wolves as their ancestors. They are erstwhile denizens from the freezing mountainous areas in Slovenia. Cuvacs were born to be guard dogs. Survival under such harsh conditions meant they’d need a much fluffy exterior. But it also makes them extra snuggleworthy to their owners today.

Cuvacs who grow up in loving homes will become faithful to their family. They are innately courageous, which means they will guard their loved ones against intruders. Fearless and strong, the Cuvac is also a lively dog.

Catalan Sheepdog

Amongst the Spanish breeds, you will find another shaggy candidate. The Catalan Sheepdog isn’t just shaggy, though. They are also super fluffy. What’s more, their more of a medium-sized dog breed, unlike the other giants you see on our list. Even so, you could end up with a 50-pound Catalan Sheepdog! Hence, ask before you adopt.

Regarding the fluffiness, these pooches shed in two stages. By which we mean, first they will lose the fur on their front half. Then the second half will follow suit. Imagine how silly the Catalans look mid-process. Be prepared for people to ask if you forgot to shave half the body if you’re taking them outside like that!

Borzoi

Incredibly fluffy with sweetness to match is how anyone would describe a Borzoi. They make such great canine companions because of their docile natures. Those who don’t know them well might think of the Borzoi as dumb. But that’s not true at all. They’re quite intelligent and quickly adapt to unusual situations.

In addition to those qualities, the Borzoi are also a quiet type of dog. They are fiercely independent, which doesn’t mean they won’t let you hug those fluffy double coats. The topcoat may be flat but it is curly and wavy enough to enter the fluffy territory.

All that said, keep your combs and brushes ready during fall and spring. Because that’s when the Borzoi shed.

Tornjak

Croatian Shepherd dogs that have become popular because of their skill at guarding livestock, the Tornjak is the last entry on our list of fluffiest big dogs. Their name literally translates into the Croatian word for a sheep pen. They came by it since that’s where they spent most of their times as guard dogs.

The Tornjak has an immensely huggable fluffy coat. It has two layers and protects them during the snowy winter nights their ancestors spent outside. In other words, you can snuggle up to these fur babies for as long as you want to!

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Related Questions

How much do the fluffy breeds shed?

That would depend on the breed more than it would base on the type of their coats. In any case, both short-haired and fluffy dogs will shed. However, some of the former, such as the Labrador Retriever, usually shed more hair than many long-haired varieties, including the Shih-Tzu. You can control how much hair ends up on your carpet — or in your coffee. And you can also limit how much you pay the groomer on each visit. Regular grooming is how you do both.

How can I care for my fur baby’s fluffy coat?

The fluff is present due to the two-layered coats. So, if you want the former to stick around, you must keep the latter in good, healthy condition. With the right tools to tackle the mass of hair and some patience, grooming becomes simpler.

All dog-owners:

  1. Start by gathering those tools. A slicker brush will be great for the removal of matted hair. But it won’t detangle. For that, get a pin brush. Slide it through the double coat. Fluff the coif with a comb to finish the task.
  2. The fluffier the coat, the more serious maintenance it will require. Most pooches on this list will benefit from a daily brushing. That will prevent the hair from becoming matted and it will reduce how much of it ends up on the rug.
  3. Prime locations for annoying mats include behind the ears, on the hind legs, and under the arms. Comb with a slicker brush to remove.
  4. Ask the vet how often to give your pooch a bath. They will also know which shampoo will suit the coat and skin type of your canine. Baths get rid of skin dander and extra hair.
  5. After a bath, take a wide-toothed comb to your furball’s coat. They will come out looking extra fluffy because of it.

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Conclusion

Does your fluffy-dog-love know no bounds? Do you still find them cute when others would think their massive forms to be intimidating? Just like other pooches, these big galoots need to be doted on. Cuddle up with them and hug them as often as you can!

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