Medium Fluffy Dogs
1. American Eskimo
Intelligent, affectionate, and excited for life – the American Eskimo is a perfect family dog.
These are energetic and curious dogs that are seeking new daily challenges, so they need you to give them physical and mental stimulation. With all that energy and brains you don’t want these dogs getting bored, or they may result to destructive behavior.
Furthermore, Eskies are considered “Velcro” dogs, and they’ll be stuck to you for the entire day, following you around the house like a curious shadow. These are not dogs you can leave alone for any long period of time.
While technically a Curly Haired Breed, the Barbet can certainly fall into the ‘fluffy’ category as well.
This is a medium sized breed that is full of love and silliness. Their friendliness combined with intellect means they absolutely excel in training and agility. Their aim is to please their owners.
The Barbet are a working breed, and they need an outlet or a “job” to keep them busy. Otherwise this dog tends to get bored and destructive.
3. Chow Chow
The “floofiest” of all the breeds, the Chow Chow has an unmistakable adorable look.
But these dogs may be anything but cuddly, as they’re known to have a very independent spirit. They’ll often be suspicious of strangers and other animals, and are known to be very protective.
With early training and socialization your Chow Chow will learn to accept children and strangers. But without that early training this dog’s patience will wear thin. Therefore, if you adopt an older Chow Chow it’s recommended for older families and experienced owners / trainers.
4. Finnish Lapphund
These cute fuzzballs are actually a hard working herding breed originating from Lapland, Finland (hence the name).
But the Lapphund has since retired from reindeer herding into a more comfortable lifestyle of being close to family and friends.
These are incredibly friendly companions, and combined with their desire to please they excel in obedience and agility. However, they do require a lot of exercise and have a strong barking instinct, not to mention they can shed an impressive amount of fur.
This dog loves nothing more than to spend time with his family and loved ones.
In fact, the Keeshond is a highly social animal, and cannot be left alone at any time. That will become very apparent as they “Velcro” onto you and follow you everywhere. And that thick coat needs love too, as you’ll assume the roll of a full time brusher to control the heavy amounts of shedding.
Keeshonds can be a mouthy breed, and although they have the best intentions, they do tend to bark and yell frequently.
6. Shetland Sheepdog
”Shelties” have a long history of herding and working with farmers, making them incredibly hard working and fiercely intelligent companions.
It’s no wonder these dogs can always be found in the agility and obedience rings. They also have endless love for their family, and want to please their owners at every turn.
Sheltie herding instincts are still prevalent today, and they’ll have a strong desire to bark and herd whenever the situation presents itself. A lot of exercise and mental stimulation is required to keep them happy and calm.
Big Fluffy Dogs
1. Australian Shepherd
”Aussies” are quite literally party animals. They have seemingly endless amounts of energy, and are always up for a good time.
Their active lifestyle can be attributed to being a working breed, and they still have all their herding instincts.
That means you can’t miss a day of exercise (rain or shine) and a simple walk won’t be enough, these dogs need to run.
There is nothing more destructive than a bored Aussie that didn’t get their run. To get the most fluff out of Aussie coats you’ll need a good brush.
2. Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese are big, silly, and lovable dogs that want to spend all their time with your family.
While still considered a working breed, the Berner is much more adaptable to a calm lifestyle, and eager to please their owners.
Their intelligence mixed with their desire to learn makes them very trainable, and they’ll fit in to your family routine quickly.
The only difficult part of owning a Berner is their size, which often exceeds 100 pounds. Sometimes they just don’t realize just how big they are and their silly behavior leads to accidents, but it’s all in good fun.
3. Bearded Collie
Bearded Collies are known for being quite active, intelligent, and happy! But they can often be a little too smart for their own good, and when bored they’ll go looking for trouble.
Often times this bad behavior can be curbed with a lot of exercise and mental stimulation, this is a working breed after all. In fact, Collies excel at obedience, agility, and rally and a perfect solution for owners to keep up with their canine’s active lifestyle.
4. Bouvier des Flandres
Powerful and fearless, the Bouvier is a true athlete among dogs. They were originally bred as herding and working dogs on farms.
They are big and powerful, sometimes weighing up to 100 pounds, yet they can haul that weight around no problem with their fast legs. Daily exercise is absolutely necessary to keep this big guy content.
Despite their “tough-guy” attitude, they are truly gentle and affectionate creatures with their loved ones and are great with children, but wary of strangers and other dogs.
These are a unique breed originating in Germany, but are slowly gaining popularity.
The Eurasier is described as curious, calm, intelligent, and affectionate. While rarely aggressive, they are quite suspicious of strangers and new dogs – but some early socialization can help curb their shyness.
Eurasier’s are in love with their owners, and their intelligence makes them easy to train. Not to mention they aren’t overly active, so their calm demeanor makes them an excellent family pet. That coat needs some extra love however, since Eurasier’s are heavy-duty shedders.
6. Great Pyrenees
The word “Great” in Great Pyrenees is no exaggeration; not only are these dogs beautiful, strong, and majestic, but are also physically great, standing 30+ inches tall and often exceeding 100 pounds.
Pyrenees were once used in mountains to guard sheep, so they can often be very stubborn and independent (as is their nature). However, they’re also known for their calm demeanor and devotion to family, which can lead to being very protective.
Leonbergers are giant, silly dogs with all sorts of personality, and they’re always looking for the next bit of trouble.
With all that size and energy they can certainly be a handful, and their goofy attitude might test your patience with training. The good news is they make up for it with their hilarious antics and endless affection for their family.
Despite their comedic tendencies Leonbergers are quite intelligent, and with a plenty of training and exercise these dogs can excel in competitions, and become a well trained family companion.
The Alaskan Malamute is a strong working breed often used for sledding, hiking, and backpacking through the rough arctic terrain. They are the very definition of a large fluffy dog.
Because of their tendency to pull, dig, chase, and shed – these dogs are a handful in a family home.
They’re very independent and it takes years of training to overcome their stubbornness. With that being said, this dog isn’t recommended for first time owners.
With great fluff comes great shedding, in which case you may want the best brush to control shedding.
“Newfies” are 150+ pounds of love, and ready to be a big part of your family.
They are extremely loyal, calm, and are often touted as being a “gentle giant”. In fact, the only challenge to owning a Newfoundland is their sheer size, which also contributes to an incredible amount of drooling and shedding.
Given their temperament and strength, these are multi-talented working dogs, and are even used for rescue missions, human therapy, or to haul equipment in harsh terrains.
10. Old English Sheepdog
There’s no mistaking this thick shaggy coat, and just like the name states, this dog was used for herding sheep back in the day.
Although still a working breed, these dogs a quite content to live a more comfortable lifestyle. They’re affectionate, enthusiastic, and fiercely intelligent dogs. Mix all that with a desire to please their owners and you have a dog that’s ready to be your companion for life.
11. Rough Collie
Just like you’d expect from Lassie, Rough Collie’s are loyal, intelligent, and always on the lookout for potential danger. They’re protective, but not aggressive, making them a great family watch dog.
Despite their guarding duty, Rough Collies are quite emotionally sensitive and sometimes shy. You’ll quickly find they’re attuned to your emotions, and respond according to how you’re feeling, which makes them especially good therapy dogs. It goes without saying, Rough Collies win the award for most family friendly dog.
If you’re looking for a big, white, fluffy dog, then look no further.
Samoyed’s are a lovable, happy, and often “talkative” dog breed that will keep you smiling. They’re happiest when with their family, and doesn’t take well to being left alone.
They’re also known to have a high amount of energy, and for always being chatty with an assortment of barks, howls, and grunts.
This can be a problem for some families, as a bored Samoyed will become noisy and destructive. If you can accommodate their active lifestyle and constant need to “talk”, then you’ll find yourself with a lovable companion.
13. Tibetan Mastiff
Weighing up to 175 pounds and standing 30 inches tall, the Tibetan Mastiff is a beast. Unsurprisingly, these Mastiff’s were used for centuries to guard live stock.
Despite appearances, this beast has a huge heart, and can be very fond and cuddly with owners. They’re quiet, patient, and want nothing more than to hang out with their family all day.
Getting a dog this big comes with a few hurdles. Training and socialization from an early age is absolutely essential. You want your mastiff to be comfortable around children, other pets, and strangers. But this breed are known to be very stubborn, and obedience isn’t at the top of their priorities.