Fluffiest Dog Breeds – Perfect For Snuggling!

Looking for a dog breed that you can snuggle and cuddle with? Look no further!

These furry friends come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common – they are absolutely adorable.

The most fluffy dog breeds to cuddle are the Bichon Frise, the Coton de Tulear, the Havanese, the Maltese, and the Toy Poodle. All of these breeds have hair that is soft to the touch and will be sure to make your cuddling experience a pleasant one.

If you’re looking for a new furry friend, or just want to learn more about some of the fluffiest dog breeds around, read on.

43. Golden Retriever

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It is not a coincidence that Golden Retrievers are on top of this list, which technically earned them a gold medal. These medium-sized dogs covered in a shiny coat of gold fluffy fur, from which their name is derived, are cuddly and friendly creatures.

These dogs are one of the most popular dog breeds in America and for the right reasons. If you meet one, it will be love at first sight.

42. Pomeranian

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The smallest of the spitz breed, the Pomeranians were a result of breeding down the large arctic sled dogs. Because of their regal aura and elegance, they became pets of famous names in history including Queen Victoria and Mozart. 

These toy dogs with smiling foxy faces are a favorite family pet because of their attention-loving demeanor towards the members. Their fluffy double coat that comes in different colors attracts pet owners for cuddles.

41. Cairn Terrier

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The Cairns is one of the several terrier breeds that are known today. These fearless earth dogs enjoy digging and exploring. They’ve been around for centuries guarding farms in Scotland.

Cairns are double-coated with a hard and weather-resistant outer coat made to withstand harsh conditions and a soft, close furry undercoat. But don’t let their hard coats dissuade you because they are one of the most loyal and emotionally intelligent dogs that love to cuddle.

40. Coton de Tulear

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The Coton de Tulear is another aristocratic favorite in the town of Tulear, Madagascar where it got its name. These happy-go-lucky dogs were living in isolation to be maintained as purebreds until their discovery in the 1960s by French tourists. 

These fancy-looking dogs are covered in soft and supple fur which feels like cotton to the touch.

39. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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Terriers are known as excellent farm dogs who are dependable when it comes to guarding livestock. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is Ireland’s one of three famous resident dog breeds.

This terrier in particular is covered in a soft, silky coat in wheaten color, hence the name.

What also sets the Coated Wheaten Terriers apart from the others is the abundant single coat falling forward to shade the eyes adding to their cuddliness.

38. Miniature Poodle

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The poodle is France’s national dog but did you know this breed is actually from Germany? The breed’s name was derived from the German word “pudelin” which means splashing in the water.

Poodles were excellent retrievers before they transitioned into becoming elegant lapdogs of French nobles. The size of the Miniature Poodles, which is around 10-15 inches in height, distinguishes it from the other types. Their medium body size is perfect to cuddle with.

37. Toy Poodle

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The Toy Poodle shares the same history as the Miniature Poodle above. But the story of this specific dog breed only began in the early 20th century. These fur babies were the result of breeding down the standard poodle in America. 

Toy Poodles cutely stand at only 10 inches in height, but do not let their size fool you. These pooches are great companion dogs who know how to work their way by cuddling.

36. Standard Poodle

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Breeding down the Standard Poodle gave birth to the Miniature and Toy poodles. Because of the crisp, curly coat that protected these dogs from different weather elements, they were once trained to be retriever dogs.

The peculiar way of grooming a Standard Poodle’s coat resulted in the creation of the pompons on their legs, hips, and tails. These tufts of hair have a protective and aesthetic feature that made this breed look more cuddly.

35. Maltese

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The Maltese dog breed has a rich history just like how it looks. Their first discovery dates way back to the 5th century B.C. when they were used as a status symbol and fashion statement. Owning one means you are either of the noble origin or a member of the aristocrats.

These ancient toy dogs are covered in foot-long silky, white hair. Malteses are gentle-mannered and affectionate making these pooches a satisfactory cuddling companion, although they may tend to bark a lot.

34. Bolognese

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The Bolognese dog breed was originally from Bologna, Italy, and has been around for a long time before becoming popular in England. Because of its easy-going nature, it was the breed of choice among wealthy people. 

The Bolognese dogs almost went extinct because they were made exclusive only to the rich. Thanks to one breeder, this pooch that is covered in a pure white, fluffy coat was restored to popularity for us to enjoy cuddling.

33. Affenpinscher

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The Affenpinscher, which means “monkey dog”, is another German native dog that was originally bred to be trained and employed like terriers. They were excellent farm rat hunters but were eventually promoted indoors to exterminate pests. 

This made humans realize how intelligent this breed is, almost acting like a human. Their dense hair on their coat plus the hair on their faces that forms the monkey-like expression makes them look fluffy to be cuddled.

32. Lhasa Apso

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The thousand-year-old Lhasa Apsos were once isolated in the Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan Mountains. They were known to be associated with the Dalai Lama and were touted as a protector in Tibetan folklore.

These pristine-looking dogs are distinguished by their floor-length, dense, double coat that is perfectly parted in the middle complementing their charming nature. Their hair is not woolly or silky in texture but is just the right mix for cuddling.

31. Keeshond

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Keeshonds are versatile dogs from the Netherlands with a humbling history. Before becoming family pets, they served as guard dogs on Dutch vessels and as symbols of the 18th-century Dutch Patriots Party.

The Keeshond is an attractive dog because of the dramatic coloration of its very thick and fluffy coat that covers its entire body. A unique characteristic of this breed is the “spectacles” on their muzzles which make them look cuddly.

30. Tibetan Terriers

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The Tibetan Terriers are not actually part of the terrier group of dogs. They are more related to their smaller cousins, the Lhasa Apsos. And like the latter, they are an ancient breed from Tibet.

These older-than-civilization dogs are favorite companions of monks in Buddhist Monasteries and are also associated with the Dalai Lama. Tibetan Terriers’ hallmark trait is their profuse fluffy double coat which is wooly underneath but soft to touch on top.

29. Japanese Spitz

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The Japanese Spitz is a result of the crossbreeding of various dog breeds when it was brought over to Japan. These fluffy dogs love to be cuddled because it is in their nature to make their human families happy.

Japanese Spitzs are happy dogs who always have a smile on their faces. What makes them more irresistible is their pure white double coat that is straight and on top but soft, and dense under.

28. Pyrenean Mastiff

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The Pyrenean Mastiff from Spain has been estimated to be around since 3000 years ago. This dog is related to other livestock guardian breeds, the Spanish Mastiff and Pyrenean Mountain dog

These guardian dogs are quite rare and limited only to Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia. But once you meet one, you will love their calm and gentle behavior. And their large bodies covered with thick coats are perfect for cuddling.

27. Shih Tzu

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The Shih Tzus are believed to be the product of crossbreeding the Lhasa Apso and Pekingese dog breeds. They were very popular among Chinese royalties before that they were once bred only within the Chinese Palace.

After their discovery in the 1930s, these toy dogs became popular too in the United Kingdom because of their affectionate and mischievous nature. Pet owners love cuddling them because of their luxurious, dense, and flowing double-coated coats.

26. Komondor

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The Komondorok, the plural word for Komondor, have been regarded as excellent guard dogs for flocks of sheep. Because of their confident, independent, and tough attitude that ward off wolves, they are hailed as the King of Hungarian flock dogs.

Another unique but cute characteristic of the Komondorok is their unusual heavy coat made of white cords that cover their huge size. It protects them from weather conditions and predators but also makes them cuddly.

25. Eurasier

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The Eurasier dog breed is named as such because of its mixed heritage from a Chow Chow, Wolfspitz, and a Samoyed that have both European and Asian traits. 

Julius Wipfel decided to create this breed because of his need for an intelligent, sociable, family-oriented, and friendly pet. True enough, this dog breed is indeed all of those traits which pet owners love because they are clingy dogs. Plus their thick coats make them huggable.

24. Yorkshire Terrier

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The Yorkshire terrier is another terrier dog on this list. It can be considered as the successor of the now-extinct Scottish terrier that was brought to the north English country by Scotland locals. 

As part of the terrier group, they initially worked as rodent hunters. But soon they transitioned into becoming fashionable fluffy lapdogs of English women in Victorian times. Their floor-length, silky coat is so inviting for anyone’s hands to cuddle.

23. Rough Collies

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The Rough Collies were launched into stardom after winning the heart of Queen Victoria. Her extended stays in the Scottish Highlands led her to develop an enthusiasm for these dogs. 

Later on, these pooches will become the main characters in many British novels which made them pop culture icons of fluffiness. They boast of an impressively showy coat that is soft and smooth to the touch. This makes them a sweet cuddle buddy.

22. Kuvasz

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Kuvaszok are large Hungarian dogs that, because of their size, courage and patience, were employed as livestock guardians to take on other animal predators. Soon, these dogs became famous and were recruited as companions of Hungarian nobles and royalty, including King Matthias I.

The white double coat of the Kuvasz is made of medium-coarse hair on top with a soft layer undercoat. Their hair flows smoothly over their bodies making them look fluffy enough to cuddle.

21. Bearded Collies

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Bearded Collies are one of the favorite herding dog breeds of Scotland shepherds because of their independent and hardworking nature. By the 1800s, they became popular breeds and joined the Scottish show circuit as entertainers.

But Bearded Collies are not just for show, these outdoorsy dogs with fluffy shaggy double coats are made for cuddling too. Plus they have this bright inquiring expression on their faces that makes them look so adorable and irresistible.

20. Bernese Mountain Dog

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The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of the four mountain dog breeds that are guarding farmyards in Switzerland’s Bern region. They are the ones in charge of driving cattle vital for dairy production before mechanized farming was introduced.

Despite their large size, the Bernese Mountain Dogs are sweet and affectionate. They get attached easily and love to be hugged. You can’t help but hug them back because of their thick, silky moderately long coats.

19. Shetland Sheepdog

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Shelties, or Shetland Sheepdogs, were once inhabitants of the northernmost point of the United Kingdom. As their name implies, they are bred and trained to be sheep, ponies, and poultry herders. 

Shelties are actually direct relatives of the Collies but they were bred to be smaller to save on food. They have fluffy double coats, with the outer coat consisting of long, straight hair while the undercoat is short and dense.

18. Old English Sheepdog

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Also known as the Bobtail, Old English Sheepdogs are one of the most iconic dogs in England. But they are not exactly English nor Sheepdogs. The breed is a mixture of Scotch and Russian and they drove cattle, not sheep.

Regardless of what they are and aren’t the Old English Sheepdogs are still cuddly because of their profuse, shaggy, and good texture coats. Their fluffiness combined with their gait resembles to a bear.

17. Australian Shepherd

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The Australian Shepherd is the descendant of the herder dog breed of choice among shepherds, the Pyrenean Shepherd. They were a result of crossbreeding with Collies.

Australian Shepherds earned the nickname cowboy dogs because they became a part of the cowboy culture when they arrived in the United States. They were immediately recruited because of their exuberant but cuddly nature. Their thick coat made of straight hair of medium texture is a bonus.

16. Bouvier des Flandres

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The Bouvier des Flandres, which is cowherd of Flanders in English, is the only surviving Bouvier breed left. Originally from Belgium, these dogs initially worked as cattle herders but eventually learned to be guardians, watchdogs, and cart-pullers to earn their keep. 

Although these dogs have a powerful build, the Bouvier des Flandres are actually affectionate. They look fluffy and cuddly because of their double coat made of tousled outer hair with a fine soft undercoat.

15. Finnish Lapphund

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The Finnish Lapphund was developed by the Sami ethnic group who were inhabiting the Lapland region, north of the Arctic Circle. These dogs were used for hunting and herding stubborn reindeers, which otherwise are very unruly and destructive.

Although it may seem impossible to meet these dogs in person, Finnish Lapphunds are still on this list for being fluffy and cuddly. Their coat is thick and profuse to protect them from the cold climate.

14. Leonberger

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The Leonberger is a German breed developed by mixing Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands to serve as pets for European royalties. The long list of famous aristocrats this dog has served as a companion made this breed famous. 

The Leonbergers have large and muscular bodies that were used to pull carts before they became household pets. But they have a gentle and cuddly demeanor that makes you want to pet their thick but soft body coat.

13. Tibetan Mastiff

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Although a few dogs in this list have been labeled as ancient, the Tibetan Mastiff may actually be older than all of them. Nobody knows how long this dog breed has been around because it has been living in isolation in the Himalayas. 

One thing that we do know is that Tibetan Mastiff, despite its size, is mellow and sweet to its owners but territorial to strangers making it the perfect guardian dog.

12. American Eskimo

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The American Eskimos descended from the German Spitz line of farm dogs brought by Germans when they immigrated to the United States. 

The American Eskimo is described as beautiful, due to its dense but fluffy sparkling white coat and smiling face, and smart because it’s a fast learner. Because of those traits, these dogs became a part of the traveling circus industry before settling down as the cuddly household pets they are today.

11. Great Pyrenees

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As mountain dogs, the Pyrenees were employed by shepherds to herd sheep and deter other animal predators. These dogs are known for their extreme and unyielding patience because they can guard the livestock flock for days, uninterrupted.

Their calm and kind nature make the Pyrenees ideal pets that anyone can cuddle with just fine. They are also so fluffy because of their double coat made of long straight hair with a wooly texture.

10. Siberian Husky

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The Siberian Huskies’ northeastern heritage is reflected by their distinct physical traits such as their well-furred coat, erect ears, and sickle-shaped tail. The Chukchi people originally bred these dogs to function as a team of sled dogs.

This made the Siberian Huskies a popular breed as they began winning sled races back in the olden days. But today, they are adorable fluffy pets with smooth, soft but dense double coats that are lovely to cuddle with.

9. Havanese

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Looking at the Havanese, you may think that this cute breed is a mixture of other cute breeds. The two ancestors of this pooch are the Bichon Frise and Maltese breeds.

These cute toy dogs were status symbols for the elites in Cuba. And when immigrants introduced this breed in the US, it became an instant hit. Their tiny cuddly frame covered in curly silky coats makes them a perfect fluff ball of joy.

8. Bichon Frise

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The Bichon Frises were known as the dogs associated with the noblemen and members of the royal court. But after the French Revolution, these dogs were almost lost to existence.

Thankfully, the Bichon Frise dog breed was saved by dog lovers for us to enjoy their cuddliness today. Just by looking at them, you can already feel their plush and velvety coat. They get along easily with other dogs as well as humans of any age.

7. Alaskan Malamute

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The Alaskan Malamutes were once used as sled dogs just like its close relative the Siberian Huskies. They have been around for 4,000 years so they have mastered the art of being a playful and friendly dogs.

Alaskan Malamutes are all about the pack, they get attached to their family members and will cling as much as they can. They are so cuddly because of their fluffy and thick dense wooly coat.

6. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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When you think about herding dogs, big dogs naturally come to mind. But you will be surprised to know the Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs were trained to do just that before they became household pets. 

These short-legged Corgis love to be in the company of family because they are just natural cuddlers. Even Queen Elizabeth II owns a dozen of these adorable cuties because they are just fluffy, loyal, and loving pets.

5. Newfoundland

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The Newfoundlands have shared a long and meaningful history with humans. Because they know how to swim and are strong enough to pull on the weight of a grown man, they have been trained to rescue drowning victims. 

Their big build and sweet nature make these dogs lovely to hold when you need a hug. They are also known to be affectionate to kids making them trusted nannies who can look after the children.

4. Chow Chow

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Another dog breed that made it today since 200 B.C is the Chow Chow. This Chinese dog has been recorded since the Han Dynasty as a Chinese noble companion and hunter. 

These dogs may look like they have a scowling and an uninterested expression with their deep-set almond-shaped eyes. But they are far from snobbish as they are loyal and sociable. Their signature lion-mane ruff around their shoulder makes them look adorably fluffy.

3. Samoyed

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Looking at the smiling faces of Samoyeds today, you would have never guessed how hard they had to work to survive before. These dogs were once employed as sled dogs, and guard dogs. and hunters in a freezing town in Siberia many years ago. 

When the Samoyeds were brought to England, they finally had a good life as famous show dogs. Their thick fluffy white coat plus their attention-seeking behavior make Samoyeds a very good cuddler.

2. Papillon

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Papillons are favorite lap warmers of noblewomen in the royal courts of Europe. Even Marie Antoinette owned one whom she adored very much. This elegant toy dog can be easily identified because of its beautiful butterfly-like ears.

A Papillon’s coat is made of abundant, long, and straight hair and they do not have an undercoat. But the lack of undercoat is made up for by the silky texture of their hair making them just as cuddly.

1. Pekingese

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This sophisticated dog is one of the breeds that were highly favored by Chinese emperors and royalties in the past. The Pekingese are compact dogs that have a refined appearance because of their long, coarse-textured, straight outer coat over a thick, soft undercoat. 

Because their coat forms a conspicuous mane on the neck area, they were once referred to as lion dogs. But these pups are far from lions with their affectionate, cuddly nature.

Related Questions

What Dog Breeds Have The Softest Fur? 

The Golden Retrievers, Pomeranians, and Samoyeds are the dog breeds known to have the softest fur. Their velvety and silky fur texture made them popular dog breeds among pet lovers. But the Pekingese, Papillon, and Cairn Terriers also grow out soft fur that is perfect for cuddling just the same.

What Dogs Stay Small And Fluffy? 

The Toy Poodles, Pomeranians, and Maltese are dogs that stay small and fluffy throughout. They are the breeds of choice for those who want to get a dog that is relatively easier to handle. But Havanese, Bichon Frise, and Corgi are also dog breed choices that fit this criterion.

How Do I Make My Dog Fluffy? 

Maintaining the optimum condition of your dog’s coat is the ultimate goal of pet grooming. There are simple ways to do it. Regular hair brushing with an appropriate pet comb, bathing with shampoos containing pet-friendly ingredients, and getting an occasional haircut and trimming all contribute to the fluffiness of your dog.

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