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15 Fluffy Dog Breeds: Big & Small Breeds (With Pictures)

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on May 1, 2024 by Dogster Team

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15 Fluffy Dog Breeds: Big & Small Breeds (With Pictures)

Dogs come in all sizes, temperaments, and trainability, but it seems that dogs with fluffy, thick coats tend to be more in demand. From hypoallergenic, hair-type coats and ultra-dense, double-layered fur, fluffy dogs are adorable. That being said, just because a dog is fluffy, that doesn’t mean they enjoy cuddling. It’s important to research any potential breeds to make sure they’re a good fit, regardless of the fluff. No matter the reason, if you’re looking into fluffy dog breeds, here are the 15 fluffiest (and cutest!) big and small dog breeds:

The 15 Popular Fluffy Dog Breeds:

1. Bichon Frise

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Image Credit: Vladimir Nenezic, Shutterstock
Height 9–11 inches
Weight 7–12 pounds
Hypoallergenic YES
Temperament Cheerful, sensitive, spirited
Energy High

Bichon Frise dogs are famous for their very fluffy coats, which grow out long like human hair and require frequent grooming. Although weighing less than 15 pounds, Bichons are highly energetic and athletic for their size.

2. Chow-Chow

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Image Credit: VKarlov, Shutterstock
Height 18–22 inches
Weight 45–72 pounds
Hypoallergenic NO
Temperament Aloof, reserved, dignified
Energy Low to Moderate

Don’t be fooled by the Chow Chow’s fluffy coat. These dogs prefer to sit next to their owners, not snuggle with them. These fierce, imposing dogs are very protective and need to be socialized early, but they’re not social by nature and are often aloof with newcomers.

3. Coton de Tulear

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Image Credit: JacLou DL, Pixabay
Height 9–12 inches
Weight 7.7–13 pounds
Hypoallergenic YES
Temperament Affectionate, loyal, intelligent
Energy Moderate to High

With similarities to Bichons and Maltese dogs, Coton de Tulear dogs have white, fluffy coats that are hypoallergenic and grow like human hair. They’re the official dog of Madagascar and named after the city of Tulear.

4. American Eskimo Dog

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Height (Toy) 9–12 inches; (Miniature) 12–15 inches; (Standard) 15–19 inches
Weight 6–10 pounds; 10–20 pounds; 18–35 pounds
Hypoallergenic NO
Temperament Active, lively, intelligent
Energy High

American Eskimo Dogs are friendly dogs that love to be active. They are known for their fluffy, double-layered coats. These fun, spirited dogs enjoy being outdoors and can make great hiking companions, but their fluffy, light-colored coats stain easily without consistent grooming.

5. Old English Sheepdog

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Image Credit: Svetlana Valoueva, Shutterstock
Height 20–24 inches
Weight 60–100 pounds
Hypoallergenic NO
Temperament Cheerful, social, intelligent
Energy  Moderate to High

 Old English Sheepdogs have distinctive shaggy, fluffy coats that can be difficult to maintain since their fur can trap all sorts of debris from outside. These dogs have great temperaments and moderate energy levels, but they can be stubborn with timid owners.

6. Pomeranian

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Height 7–12 inches
Weight 3–7 pounds
Hypoallergenic NO
Temperament Extroverted, strong-willed, alert
Energy High

Naturally athletic and relentlessly alert, Pomeranians are famous for their vocalization when strangers arrive. They’re also popular for their fluffy, double-layered coats, thick “mane” around their necks, and for their plumed Spitz tails.

7. Schapendoes

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Height 16–20 inches
Weight 26–55 pounds
Hypoallergenic NO
Temperament Focused, affectionate, friendly
Energy Moderate to High

Schapendoes dogs may not be a well-known breed, but they’re steadily growing in popularity due to their even-tempered personalities. Their fluffy, shaggy double-layered coats are soft to the touch, but they require a lot of grooming to prevent matting.

8. Tibetan Mastiff

Image Credit: Tatyana Kuznetsova, Shutterstock
Height  24–28 inches
Weight 75–150 pounds
Hypoallergenic NO
Temperament Confident, serious, watchful
Energy Moderate

Tibetan Mastiffs have thick, fluffy coats that give them a bear-like appearance, especially since they weigh around 100 pounds on average. Large and in charge, these massive dogs are affectionate with their owners and reserved with outsiders.

9. Shih Tzu

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Image Credit: Yarnawee Nipatarangkoon, Shutterstock
Height 7.9–11 inches
Weight 8.8–16 pounds
Hypoallergenic YES
Temperament Lively, independent, clever
Energy Moderate

Shih Tzus are famous for their long, flowing coats, but they can be trimmed down into a fluffier and more manageable length. Shih Tzus are popular for their loyalty and affection, historically bred solely for royalty in Tibet.

10. Keeshond

Image Credit: Alexas_fotos, Pixabay
Height 17–18 inches
Weight 31–40 pounds
Hypoallergenic NO
Temperament Alert, playful, vocal
Energy Moderate to high

Similar in coat type to Pomeranians, Keeshonds have very fluffy, thick double-layered coats and plumed tails. They’re natural watchdogs and love to bark at anything near their property, so training them to stop barking is essential for apartment living.

11. Poodle

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Image Credit: Anna Bondarenko, Shutterstock
Height 7–10 inches (toy), 10–15 inches (miniature), 15+ inches (standard)
Weight  4–6 pounds (toy), 10–15 pounds (miniature), 40–60 pounds (standard)
Hypoallergenic YES
Temperament Intelligent, loyal, agile
Energy Moderate to high

Regardless of the size variation, Poodles have soft, fluffy coats that range in tightness of the curls and need to be groomed regularly. Known for their reliability as service dogs as well as their athleticism, Poodles are extremely loyal to their families.

12. Maltese

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Height 8–10 inches
Weight 6.6–8.8 pounds
Hypoallergenic YES
Temperament Easygoing, clever, playful
Energy Moderate

Long, flowing coats and bright personalities are the trademarks of Maltese dogs, though their coats can be trimmed down for a fluffier, shorter style. Despite the breed’s name, Maltese dogs have no known history with the island of Malta; it’s just suspected to be where they come from, although their exact origins are unknown.

13. Bernese Mountain Dog

Image Credit: Nicole Denker, Pixabay
Height 23–28 inches
Weight  79–110 pounds
Hypoallergenic NO
Temperament Good-natured, affectionate, intelligent
Energy Moderate

Watchful and faithful to their families, Bernese Mountain Dogs are good family pets for those that have enough living space and time for their large size. These mountain-bred working dogs have soft, double-layered coats that need regular grooming.

14. Bolognese Dog

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Height 10–12 inches
Weight 5.5–8.8 pounds
Hypoallergenic YES
Temperament Cheerful, calm, loyal
Energy Low to Moderate

Related to Bichons and with similar coats, Bolognese dogs have fluffy coats that are hypoallergenic and woollike in texture.  Bolognese dogs are excellent companion dogs and have relatively calm temperaments, great for apartment living.

15. Newfoundland

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Image Credit: inside4, Pixabay
Height 25–29 inches
Weight 99–150 pounds
Hypoallergenic NO
Temperament Gentle, intelligent, friendly
Energy High

Newfoundland dogs are big dogs with huge, thick coats, most commonly in black, which help insulate their bodies as they swim in icy waters. ‘Newfies,’ as they’re called, are great family pets, but they need plenty of exercise and a place to swim to be content.

Final Thoughts

That completes our list of fluffy dog breeds. Did you see one that you might like to bring into your home? If so, make sure to research them well beforehand, as there is a lot more that goes into choosing a dog than just a cute appearance.

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