Many of us with kids, and probably many of us without kids, are familiar with the epic one-liner from Disney-Pixar’s movie Despicable Me . “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!” Little Agnes screams as she clutches her newly won fluffy unicorn toy.
Why is that line so popular? Because so many of us can relate! What is it about fluffy things that just make us lose it?
Fluffy blankets, fluffy stuffed animals, and yes, fluffy dogs all have the potential to make us scream “it’s so fluffy!”
Let’s be honest. Dogs are already adorable, but add that extra fluffy exterior and we are faced with an unfair level of cuteness overload.
And while there are lots of fluffy dog breeds and mixed breeds to swoon over, we are on a mission to find the fluffiest of them all.
So, get ready to lose it for the fluff because we have compiled a list of 12 fluffy dogs you’ll fall in love with!
“It’s So Fluffy I’m Gonna Die!”
There is just something about fluffy that equals cute.
1. The Long-Haired German Shepherd
The German Shepherd has been a long time family favorite!
Weight: 50 – 90 Pounds
Temperament: Intelligent, Confident, Brave, Loyal
Lifespan: 7 – 10 Years
Common Health Problems: Degenerative myelopathy, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, and bloat.
Pros: German Shepherds are incredibly smart and eager to learn. They make wonderful family pets and do well with children and other animals when properly trained and socialized from an early age.
Cons: German Shepherds can be high maintenance dogs who require consistent training and socialization. They are working dogs who can become bored and destructive if not kept mentally and physically stimulated.
What Else Should You Know About the German Shepherd?
The long-haired German Shepherd is as soft and cuddly as a teddy bear, but there is a reason he is famous for working in law enforcement and in the military. This pooch would lay his life down for yours without a second thought.
The loyal, courageous, confident, and intelligent German Shepherd should be in homes with owners who are familiar with intelligent dogs and who understand the time and effort it will take to keep a German Shepherd dog in particular happy and healthy.
This is a dog who will need lots of consistent training, exercise, and grooming to stay both mentally and physically sound.
And while German Shepherds can and do make wonderful family companions when properly socialized and trained, they can be aloof with strangers and make excellent guard dogs and loyal protectors of those they love.
2. The Chow Chow
Chow Chows are ancient dogs with a dignified nature.
Weight: 45 – 70 Pounds
Temperament: Studious, Intelligent, Loyal, Dignified
Lifespan: 8 – 12 Years
Common Health Problems: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eyelid entropion, allergies, thyroid issues.
Pros: Chow Chow dogs are intelligent and loyal, and very easy to train so long as their trainer uses positive reinforcement methods. Owners of this breed say they are cat-like in their cleanliness and low-maintenance when it comes to grooming and exercise goes.
Cons: The Chow Chow breed can be stubborn and has been known to be aloof at times. And while he is loving with his family, he can be more serious-minded and dignified than some more playful, outgoing owners would like in a family dog.
What Else Should You Know About the Chow Chow?
The Chow Chow as an adorable face and is famous for his unique blue tongue and fluffy fur. This pup is known for being affectionate and loyal while at the same time being serious and dignified.
In spite of his very fluffy coat, the Chow Chow only needs brushing about twice a week and bathing about once a month to keep his skin and coat healthy.
Chow Chow dogs require early socialization and training throughout their lifetime. They do not respond well at all to punishment and aversive training methods and experts recommend using positive reinforcement when training and working with this breed.
And while the Chow Chow does get along well with respectful, gentle children when properly socialized and trained, he will do best in homes with older children or with singles or couples who are more laid back and can allow him room to be his proud, dignified self.
3. The Bichon Frise
The Bichon Frise is a fluffy breed with a royal history.
Origin: The Canary Islands
Weight: 12 – 18 Pounds
Temperament: Funny, Inquisitive, Adoring
Lifespan: 14 – 15 Years
Pros: The Bichon Frise is considered to be hypoallergenic, making him great for those who suffer from allergies. This is a wonderful little dog for all types of families as he has a funny, playful, and fun-loving personality
Cons: Bichon Frise dogs require consistent grooming and attention to keep their coats healthy and mat-free. They can also be vocal.
What Else Should You Know About the Bichon Frise?
Known for their talent in canine comedy, the Bichon Frise is a small dog breed with a big dog personality who is perfect for families of all ages.
And while this breed is known to be vocal and enjoy barking, they are not aggressive and bark mostly out of excitement and to say hello.
These are curious, inquisitive little dogs who need to be watched to ensure they don’t get themselves into trouble when out and about trying to explore.
The Bichon Frise should also be trained and socialized early, although he requires only moderate exercise.
Bichon Frise dogs make wonderful, adaptable companions for both city and suburban life.
4. The Labradoodle
Labradoodles are highly energetic and playful companions.
Type: Crossbreed (Labrador Retriever and Poodle Hybrid)
Weight: 50 – 60 Pounds
Temperament: Friendly, Intelligent, Outgoing, Active
Lifespan: 12 – 15 Years
Common Health Problems: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, von Willebrand’s disease, and bloat.
Pros: Labradoodles are considered one of the most clever dogs in the canine kingdom. They are family-oriented and very outgoing and tend to get along with most everyone they meet.
Cons: Labradoodles can be high energy dogs and require lots of mental and physical stimulation as well as consistent training and socialization to stay happy and healthy. Also, as crossbreeds, their temperament, health, and physical appearance can be left up to chance.
What Else Should You Know About the Labradoodle?
In fact, many of the clients I work with either have or want to have a Labradoodle. But of course, this isn’t the dog for everyone.
Labradoodle dogs are fluffy, cute, and intelligent, but they are also very high-energy and for that reason they can be high-maintenance.
The good news is that, with proper time and commitment, Labradoodle dogs are very trainable and enjoy pleasing their owners. They do well with children and other pets and need plenty of exercise, mental stimulation, and positive reinforcement training throughout their lifetime.
5. The Newfoundland
Newfies are known as “nanny dogs” for their incredible patience and devotion for children.
Weight: 100 – 150 Pounds
Temperament: Gentle, Patient, Loyal, Hard-Working
Lifespan: 9 – 10 Years
Common Health Problems: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cardiac disease, cystinuria, ear infections, and bladder stones.
Pros: Newfoundland dogs are gentle giants with patient temperaments and trainable personalities.
Cons: The Newfoundland is a very large dog who needs early training and socialization to ensure he grows up healthy and happy. He can also be prone to some serious and expensive health issues due to his large size.
What Else Should You Know About the Newfoundland?
The beautiful and show-stopping Newfoundland dog is so famous for his affinity with youngsters that he has been dubbed the “nanny dog”.
This is a breed who is beloved for his incredible temperament. He is described as sweet, patient, loyal, and loving, and makes for a trainable and easy-going companion despite his large size.
He only needs a moderate amount of exercise everyday and will do best in homes where his family is able to be with him often. He may be a large dog, but the Newfie is not meant to live his life outdoors and will be happiest living amongst his human counterparts in a cozy home.
6. The Pomeranian
The Pomeranian is a foxy little dog with a big personality!
Weight: 3 – 7 Pounds
Temperament: Curious, Outgoing, Spunky, Loving, Intelligent
Lifespan: 12 – 16 Years
Common Health Problems:
Pros: Pomeranian dogs are playful and sweet. They make wonderful family dogs for older children and are easy to train and entertaining to teach.
Cons: Poms are big dogs in small bodies and can be prone to yapping and barking. They are also prone to injury if handled too roughly and do best in family homes with older, more respectful children.
What Else Should You Know About the Pomeranian?
The Pomeranian is a fan favorite and has been for years now. Looking strikingly similar to a fox with it’s pointy ears and muzzle, the fluffy Pom is most beloved for his big personality and zest for life.
This little dog is considered a canine comedian and does great in a number of different home environments.
And while the Pomeranian is a good family dog and gets along well with children, he could be prone to injury if handled too roughly so it’s best to supervise him around smaller kiddos.
7. The Samoyed
The stunning Samoyed is a fluffy show stopper.
Weight: 35 – 65 Pounds
Temperament: Friendly, Gentle, Mischievous, and Intelligent.
Lifespan: 12 – 14 Years
Common Health Problems: hip dysplasia, eye issues, cardiac disorders, and dental problems.
Pros: Samoyeds are friendly and adaptable dogs who get along well with others and are adaptable to both home and apartment living. They are trainable dogs who are eager to please their owners.
Cons: This is a breed who is very high-maintenance when it comes to grooming and sheds heavily. Samoyeds also have a high prey drive.
What Else Should You Know About the German Shepherd?
The gorgeous Samoyed, or Smiling Sammy, as he is sometimes known, is famous for his snow white, fluffy coat.
Samoyeds are friendly and outgoing and get along well in families, however these are not good dogs for first time dog owners.
This is a breed who is highly intelligent but can also be stubborn and hard headed. Samoyeds respond best to positive reinforcement training and require lots of time, consistency, and patience from their owners.
These pups will also need a fair amount of exercise, socialization, and training to ensure they are happy, healthy, and well-rounded.
8. The Bernese Mountain Dog
Known for their incredible intelligence and stunning beauty, this fluffy dog is a family favorite!
Weight: 70 – 115 Pounds
Temperament: Happy, Mild-Mannered, Loyal, Sweet
Lifespan: 7 – 10 Years
Common Health Problems: Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cancer, progressive retinal atrophy, blood disorders, bloat, ear infections, and dental disorders.
Pros: Bernese Mountain Dogs are incredibly loyal, loving companions who are known for their good sense of humor, loving disposition, and joy for life.
Cons: This breed is high maintenance with both his physical and mental health. He is best for owners who have experience with working dogs who require a lot of commitment when it comes to their mental and physical stimulation. Due to their intelligence and the close bond they build with their people, Bernese Mountain Dogs can also be prone to anxiety.
What Else Should You Know About the Bernese Mountain Dog?
The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of the most loving and fluffy companions a dog lover can ask for. This is a big breed with an even bigger heart who will love you unconditionally.
This playful, go-with-the-flow, adoring pooch is known for his amazing demeanor and comedic personality.
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a heavy shedder, so this isn’t the best breed for those who suffer with allergies. He will also require lots of grooming and brushing, and needs to be socialized and trained at an early age to help him grow up healthy and happy.
9. The Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Hound is famous for taking up residence at the White House as President Obama’s dog.
Weight: 35 – 60 Pounds
Temperament: Loving, Outgoing, Energetic
Lifespan: 11 – 13 Pounds
Common Health Problems: Ear infection, dental issues, and hip dysplasia.
Pros: The Portuguese Water Dog is eager to please and easy to train. He is great with families of all ages and enjoys children and other household pets.
Cons: This breed is a working dog at heart and requires commitment, time, training, and lots of exercise.
What Else Should You Know About the Portuguese Water Dog?
You may recognize the Portuguese Water Dog from the White House. Bo, former President Barack Obama’s dog, resided there and was captured in a number of photographs playing ball with the president himself on the White House lawns.
Aside from being the famous first dog, the Portuguese Water Dog is also famous for his affectionate personality, his love for his family, and his zest for life.
This is a breed who does well with children of all ages, is eager to please and easy to train, and enjoys learning new tricks.
He is not prone to many serious health issues, although he is highly active and requires plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to keep him from becoming bored, destructive, and anxious.
10. The Australian Shepherd
Did you know that Australian Shepherds actually hail from California?
Weight: 40 – 65 Pounds
Temperament: Intelligent, Outgoing, Active, Work-Oriented
Lifespan: 12 – 15 Years
Common Health Problems: Hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cancer, cataracts, ear infections, dental issues.
Pros: The Aussie is an intelligent herding breed who enjoys being active and can even be trained to help out with household chores!
Cons: An Australian Shepherd who is left under-stimulated and under-exercised can be prone to serious anxiety, stress, and destructive behaviors. Australian Shepherds are recommended for owners who have experience with intelligent and active dogs.
What Else Should You Know About the Austrailain Shepherd?
Beautiful from head to tail, the Australian Shepherd is a sight to see! He has a lovely fluffy coat and can have blue eyes, brown eyes, or even a blue and brown eye!
This unique breed may confuse some with his moniker, but while his name does suggest he comes from Australia, the truth is that the Aussie was perfected in California as a herding dog during the days the wild west.
Known as a cowboy’s best friend, the Austrailin Shepherd is still one of today’s most prominent herding dogs on farms and ranches.
He has an incredible work ethic and is happiest when performing chores for his family.
A prospective owner of an Astrailian Shepherd should be prepared to give this breed lots of time and commitment. This is a dog who needs lots of exercise, consistent training, and daily mental stimulation to keep him from becoming bored and consequently destructive.
11. The Goldendoodle
The Goldendoodle is considered to be one of the top 4 smartest dogs in the world.
Type: Crossbreed (Golden Retriever and Poodle Hybrid)
Origin: North America
Weight: 30 – 45 Pounds
Temperament: Intelligent, Friendly, Loving, Family-Oriented, Active
Lifespan: 10 – 15 Years
Common Health Problems: Hip dysplasia, sebaceous adenitis, subvalvular aortic stenosis, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, glaucoma, and Addisons’s disease.
Cons: Because the Goldendoodle is a crossbreed, many aspects including health, temperament, and physical appearance can be left up to chance and genetics.
What Else Should You Know About the Goldendoodle?
Like the Labradoodle, the Goldendoodle is considered to be one of the most intelligent dogs in the United States. In fact, according to the Goldendoodle Association of America, the Goldendoodle ranks in at number 4 of the top smartest dogs.
A cross between the brainy Golden Retriever and the intelligent and active Poodle, Goldendoodles are adored for their family-friendly nature, incredible wit, and eagerness to please.
However, they can be very active and need lots of early socialization and training throughout their lifetime, as well as plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy.
Goldendoodles also need careful grooming to ensure their coats stay healthy and free of tangles.
12. The American Eskmio
American Eskimos come in three different sizes.
Origin: United States
Weight: Toy – 6 to 12 Pounds, Mini – 10 to 20 pounds, standard – 25 to 35 pounds.
Temperament: Happy, Intelligent, Outgoing, Friendly, Alert
Lifespan: 13 – 15 Years
Common Health Problems: Hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, ear infection, dental issues.
Pros: Eskies are smart, outgoing, and playful. When well socialized and trained, they get along well with other dogs and children. They are quick to learn and enjoy showing off.
Cons: American Eskimo dogs can be jealous of other household pets who are getting too much of your attention. They can also be hard-headed and stubborn, and will require lots of patience and training using positive reinforcement methods like treats and praise.
What Else Should You Know About the American Eskimo?
American Eskimo dogs come in three sizes so they are wonderful for all sorts of families and lifestyles in that aspect.
They are intelligent and love learning new tricks and showing these new tricks off. This is a playful breed who needs lots of exercise and does well with active families who enjoy spending lots of time outdoors.
However, if you want a quiet dog then the American Eskimo may not be right for you. This is a breed who can be an excessive barker. He also sheds heavily and needs consistent brushing to keep his skin and coat healthy.
And while the American Eskimo is loving to his family, he can be standoffish with strangers. For this reason, an American Eskimo should have plenty of early socialization and consistent training throughout his life to keep him well balanced, happy, and at ease in all situations.
Is A Fluffy Dog Breed Right For You?
Fluffy dog breeds are fun to look at, but they aren’t always the easiest to care for.
Are you considering a fluffy dog breed? Who can blame you? Of course, owning a super fluffy dog can be more of a commitment than you realize, even if you’re ready for the loads of shedding that comes with owning many of the fluffy dog breeds on this list.
Aside from lots of hair, you must also deal with lots of grooming. Fluffy dogs can be more prone to mats and need consistent brushing and the right amount of bathing to keep their skin and fur healthy.
Some fluffy dog breeds may even require certain diets to keep their locks glowing while others may be more sensitive to certain weather and extreme climates.
And along with considering the extra maintenance and cost that could come with owning a fluffy dog breed, you should also consider your lifestyle and the dog’s individual needs based on his breed or mix.
Fluffy or not, remember that all dogs need exercise, love, attention, time, and care. Dogs can be expensive and not every breed is right for every family.
Before you base getting a dog off of his looks alone, experts suggest doing some digging into the type of dog you are considering to make sure his temperament and care requirements align with your lifestyle.
So, which fluffy dog did you fall in love with on this list today? Tell us about your favorite fluffy dog breed below in the comments.
Madison Guthrie (also known as Sonny Mackenzi) is a pet care specialist and positive-reinforcement trainer who works most closely with anxious and reactive dogs. Born and raised in Littleton, Colorado, Madison developed a love for animals at an early age and spent most of her childhood outdoors rescuing stray pets and helping to rehabilitate injured wildlife. Along with animals, Madison also developed a love for writing and music. Over the past five years, she has worked to use her passions to help the pets and pet parents in her community build stronger bonds and live happier, healthier lives together. Currently, Madison lives in South Pasadena, California where she owns and operates Miss Madison LLC, a marketing company that focuses on helping privately owned veterinary establishments and pet care companies grow and thrive. She also works as a dog trainer at My Dog Spot, which is an award-winning pet care and training establishment in Pasadena, California.