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Fluffy Dog Breeds

Great Dogs with Thick, Fluffy Coats

By Sora Wondra. June 11, 2013 | See Comments

Fluffy Dog Breeds

Fluffy fur is fun to brush, pet, and cuddle with, but can mean more dog grooming sessions as well. Find out about some fluffy dog breeds and their brushing needs.

Sometimes it's good to be fluffy! These fluffy dog breeds all have thick double-coats which make them extra-fluffy. Fluffy fur can be straight or curly but on these dogs it tends to stick out, giving the appearance of being bigger than they actually are.

This group includes petite dogs, like the Pomeranian, but there are also several giant breeds with a very fleecy coat.

What makes the fur so fluffy is a double-coat with one coat of coarse fur that sticks straight out. Some pet parents prefer to keep fluffy fur short because it can be prone to matting or take a long time to dry after a bath. Dander and debris can also get stuck between coats. Some of these dogs (but not all) are also heavy shedders, who must shed old or damaged fur to grow new fluffy fur. If you love fluffy dogs, make sure you have the time to groom them and keep them looking their best!

American Eskimo Dog

This beautiful dog has a double white coat: a soft and plush undercoat with a thicker outer coat which sticks up to create the fluffy appearance. These friendly, loving dogs are very smart and require minimal grooming, only bi-weekly brushing with a firm bristle brush. They are not heavy shedders but will need daily brushing while shedding to keep piles of white fur off your furniture.




Pomeranian

Pomeranians (pictured above) are tiny, toy-sized balls of fur. Loyal and eager to please, Pomeranians require more work in training and grooming. They require frequent grooming because they are constant shedders (although the undercoat is only shed once a year). Their coat should be thoroughly brushed, brushing from the hair folicicles and then up (or out) from the dog. Start from the head so that the fur falls back into place.



Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus may not always look fluffy when their coat is allowed to grow long, but when their fur is kept short their double-coat is very fluffy. Keeping fur short makes it much easier to groom Shih Tzus, who are very low shedders. While the short fluffy coat is easy to care for, Shih Tzus can be difficult to housebreak and also have a tendency toward Small Dog Syndrome – feeling and acting like the alpha of the family if not trained early and well.

 

Poodle

Not all fluffy dogs have straight fur! Poodles have a thick curly fur and come in all sizes to fit all homes and lifestyles. Because they shed very little, their fur must be clipped every six to eight weeks and they need frequent baths to keep clean. You may want to choose one these popular poodle haircut styles.




Bearded Collie

“Beardies” get their name because of the long hair on their faces which is often a different color, looking like a beard. These medium-sized herding dogs are cheerful and make a great family pet, but they need daily exercise and brushing. Their shaggy and waterproof double-coat is prone to matting, so some pet parents prefer to have them clipped short every two months.




Chow Chow

Because of a mound of fur behind the head, Chow Chows look like lions, and sometimes can act more like cats than dogs. These arctic dogs can be very difficult to train unless their pet parent is firmly acting as pack leader. If training is passive, they will become stubborn, protective, and sometimes aggressive. Their thick, fluffy coat can be coarse or smooth, and they have a very heavy shedding season, so they require frequent brushing.



Keeshond

Keeshonds have mixed gray, black, and cream colorings, and an extra-fluffy tail. Another northern dog, Keeshonds are great with children and only need to be brushed twice to three times a week. Use a stiff bristle brush to first brush with the grain, then life the hair with a comb against the grain, and put it back in place.




Great Pyrenees

These big white dogs have a thick, weather-resistant double-coat that has made them excellent mountain sheepdogs. Great Pyrenees can be very protective and independent, not always the most obedient of dogs, but always a good watchdog, barking whenever there might be danger. These dogs shed year round, but more heavily when shedding their undercoat, and require at least weekly brushing.



Bernese Mountain Dog

These Swiss dogs are tri-colored with a mostly black body and patches of white and brown on the face, chest, and feet. Their silky double-coat requires daily to weekly brushing, and they also have a heavy shedding season. Unlike some other working dogs, Bernese are very calm and confident, but not overly dominant, so they are great for families looking for a big dog with a gentle personality.



Newfoundland

Newfoundlands use their thick, fluffy double-coat to swim in icy waters. These dogs are also gentle, devoted dogs, but will protect a family under extreme situations, usually blocking an intruder rather than biting. Their coat requires brushing with a hard brush, but “Newfies” should avoid baths, which strip away the natural oils in their fur.



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