If there’s one thing I love doing with my dog – it’s giving him a big bear hug. What better pet to do this with than a large fluffy dog? The bigger and the fluffier, the better. But what are the best fluffy dog breeds that you can cuddle with or embrace in a hug?
There’s a ton of fluffy dog breeds in the canine kingdom, ranging from all sizes and shapes. But in my opinion, the best fluffy dogs are the biggest. And in this case, there are only a handful of dog breeds that make the cut.
From the Slovensky Cuvac to the Samoyed and Tornjak, we’ve found plenty of large fluff balls that you’ve probably never heard of (but really need to!). Read on to discover the next big dog breed you’ll want to bring home to cuddle with you and your family.
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Table of Contents
- 1. Great Pyrenees
- 2. Chow Chow
- 3. Golden Retriever
- 4. Bernese Mountain Dog
- 5. Alaskan Malamute
- 6. Newfoundland
- 7. Samoyed
- 8. Bouvier des Flandres
- 9. Eurasier
- 10. Tibetan Mastiff
- 11. Rough Collie
- 12. Leonberger
- 13. Old English Sheepdog
- 14. Kuvasz
- 15. Bearded Collie
- 16. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- 17. Standard Poodle
- 18. Australian Shepherd
- 19. Giant Schnauzer
- 20. Elo Dog (Eloschaboro)
- 21. Catalan Sheepdog
- 22. Akita Inu
- 23. Belgian Sheepdog
- 24. Borzoi
- 25. Tornjak
- 26. Briard
- 27. Caucasian Shepherd
- 28. Estrela Mountain Dog
- 29. Siberian Husky
- 30. Hovawart
- 31. Cuvac
1. Great Pyrenees
Highlights: Patient, Docile, Intelligent
The Great Pyrenees is nothing short of “great.” Coming from the Pyrenees Mountain range wedged between Spain and France, the Great Pyrenees depends on its fluffy coat for warmth. They have a thick large coat that makes them ultra-soft and huggable.
Despite their large stature (weighing upwards of 100 pounds), they are relatively gentle and calm dogs. Though they’re excellent working dogs, the Pyrenees will always enjoy a cuddle and hug every now and then.
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2. Chow Chow
Highlights: Proud, Independent, Cheerful
The Chinese Chow is a big muscular dog with a coat that rivals the fluffiest of all dog breeds. They’ve been around since ancient China and were bred to be the ultimate multi purpose dog. They can guard, hunt and even herd if needed.
But if you’re looking for a fantastic companion dog with enough fluff to cuddle with – they can be that for you too. It’s worth noting that they’re very serious and dignified dog breeds. And with all the fluff, expect to experience some major shedding.
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3. Golden Retriever
Highlights: Affectionate, Loyal, Smart
There’s a lot to love about the Golden Retriever – including their fluffy golden coat. There’s a reason why this dog breed is consistently the third most popular breed in America. And while they are notorious shedders, the hassle is worth the fluff.
Because they’re such affectionate dogs, Golden Retriever will enjoy a nice big hug. As such, owners describe them as giant lap dogs. So if you’re serious about bringing home a big fluffy dog breed, then the Golden Retriever is an obvious choice.
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4. Bernese Mountain Dog
Highlights: Sweet, Calm, Powerful
The Bernese Mountain Dog is definitely a big fluffy dog. In fact, they may be the breed that suits this category best. Like with most mountain dogs, the Bernese needs a thick fluffy coat to stay warm in the high altitudes of the mountainous regions.
Not all big fluffy breeds are great dogs to hug. However, because of the Berner’s good nature and docile demeanor, they’ll enjoy nothing more than to be embraced by their owners. They’re some of the best dogs with children too!
5. Alaskan Malamute
Highlights: Playful, Energetic, Loyal
The Alaskan Malamute may have a relatively short coat. However, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t big and fluffy. This powerful yet energetic spitz type dog originated from the wilderness of Alaska, where temperatures reach below freezing.
Though they may be a great dog to give a hug, it’ll be difficult trying to get them to stay still for one. It’s because Alaskan Malamutes love to play and have a ton of energy. They were bred to be heavy workers so maybe your best chance is to tire them out first!
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Highlights: Patient, Good-natured, Loyal
The Newfoundland is more like a massive fluffy dog. Weighing upwards of 150 pounds in some cases, the Newfoundland is surprisingly patient and sweet. Like some of the other breeds, the Newfoundland does very well with kids – often called ultimate nanny dogs.
Though Newfoundlands are great working dogs, they can also have a calm side. Plus, they are not big barkers, making them some of the best large apartment dogs. If your kids are looking for a highly huggable dog, take a long hard look at the Newfoundland.
Highlights: Adaptable, Affectionate, Calm
The Samoyed is the ultimate big fluffy white dog. These dogs come with an elegant solid white double coat that’s both thick and fluffy. They’re not as big as the Great Pyrenees, but coming in at roughly 50 pounds make them large dog breeds.
Sammies do shed quite a bit. However, they don’t produce a lot of dander (allergens) from the coats, thus making them somewhat hypoallergenic dogs. And while Samoyeds can have calm personalities, the tireless worker in them comes out when necessary.
8. Bouvier des Flandres
Highlights: Loyal, Brave, Strong-willed
There’s a lot of great things about the Bouvier des Flandres other than their fluffy coats. In fact, they’re one of the sweetest dog breeds to originate from France. With their strong personality and unwavering devotion, the Bouvier is a dignified companion.
Though they may have a curly coat, the fluff is still comparable to the best. When you’re done cuddling with them, they can make fantastic guardians of your home. Plus, they’re some of the best herders and are frequently used in farms all around France.
Highlights: Confident, Gentle, Social
Weighing between 40 and 70 pounds, the Eurasier is a borderline medium or large dog breed. Their thick medium-length coat comes in a variety of different colors – so you’ll certainly have a lot of options to choose from.
The best thing about these dogs is they’re completely loving and loyal to their family and are 100% people-oriented dogs. Eurasiers tend to be very reliable dogs who are always confident yet calm. It’s why they’re such amazing guard dogs!
10. Tibetan Mastiff
Highlights: Courageous, Confident, Reserved
The Tibetan Mastiff can be a truly frightening dog. Even so, they’re one of the fluffiest big dogs in the dogdom thanks to their lion-like mane. With such a furry coat and 150-pound frame, the Tibetan has been said to resemble a cross between a bear and lion.
As much as I would love to hug a Tibetan Mastiff, these dogs are not cheap. In fact, the most expensive dog ever sold was a Tibetan Mastiff. Though it’s not rare to see a purebred Tibetan, they’re definitely one of the fluffiest, biggest dog breeds ever.
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11. Rough Collie
Highlights: Loyal, Graceful, Dignified
The Collie is an elegant and majestic dog made popular by pop-culture and entertainment. As such, they’re easily one of the most recognizable and loved breeds in the world. Sitting at 50 to 75 pounds, they’re big dogs with a sizable frame.
However, not all Collies are fluffy. There are actually two variations of the Collie: the Rough Collie and Smooth Collie. The former are full-coated Collies with longer hair. These are the ones we consider to be the fluffy Collie.
Highlights: Friendly, Calm, Cheerful
The Leonberger is a massively huge dog. In fact, some male Leonbergers can reach nearly 200 pounds!. This German dog breed has an ultra-dense coat necessary for the harsh winters of the country. And like with any double coat, sheds heavily in seasons.
On the bright side, the Leonberger is one of the fluffiest dog breeds there is. Owners describe their coats as lush and soft. Plus, they aren’t aggressive or overly energetic, so getting a daily hug out of them is a real possibility.
13. Old English Sheepdog
Highlights: Calm, Adaptable, Intelligent
The Old English Sheepdog is not your ordinary big fluffy dog breed. They come with a distinct fluffy coat with facial fluff that covers the whole face. If you decide to keep one, there’s a good chance you’ll spend several afternoons lounging around with him or her.
By nature, they’re very mellow and calm dogs. As a result, the OES is a fantastic companion to single owners and families. They’re not overly energetic, but are deceivingly athletic. Most of the time, they’ll just go with the flow.
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Highlights: Devoted, Courageous, Good-natured
The Kuvasz dog is the hardworking breed that few are aware of. Originally bred in Hungary, the brave herding dog is also used as guardians and companions of the kings. Though they look like a Golden Retriever or Lab, they’re much bigger – weighing up to 100 lbs!
Not only are they big, but they have a thick fluffy coat that helps them adapt to the harsh winter conditions of Eastern Europe. They’re stunning, highly intelligent, exceptionally devoted, but can be a little stubborn at times.
15. Bearded Collie
Highlights: Charming, Intelligent, Lively
The Bearded Collie looks a little similar to the Old English Sheepdog, except that they tend to be more charismatic. Always bubbly and energetic, the Bearded Collie is a fluffy big dog that would absolutely love to cuddle with its owners.
Beardies are affectionate, but also strong willed. The Scottish dog is the perfect playmate for outdoor activities. Rain or shine, the Bearded Collie is always eager to get out and play with its owners. Plus, weighing in at 50 pounds – they aren’t too big to handle.
16. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Highlights: Friendly, Cheerful, Loyal
Though the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is typically considered a medium sized dog breed, we can argue they’re borderline large. In fact, some male Wheatens can hit the 60 pound range depending on the parents and genetics.
Wheatens (or Wheaties) are some of the most optimistic dogs you can find. They will almost always be cheerful and few things can get them down. If you’re having a bad day, the Wheaten will always be by your side to give you a big hug.
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17. Standard Poodle
Highlights: Intelligent, Dignified, Active
No big fluffy list is complete without the Standard Poodle – the world’s second smartest breed. They’re not your typical fluffy dog, but they do have a lot of fluff in certain areas, such as the head, chest, legs and tails. Some opt to shave them into “fluffy pompons.”
Regardless of grooming, Standard Poodles are dignified dogs that are proud of all their fluff. A huge bonus for Poodles is the fact that they’re hypoallergenic dogs. As such, even the most allergy-sensitive dog owner will be able to hug a Poodle!
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18. Australian Shepherd
Highlights: Diligent, Smart, Energetic
Australian Shepherds have unique coats – consisting of over 14 wonderful colors of Australian Shepherds. But what I love most about their coat is all the excess fluff that comes with it. As a result, they’re quite excessive shedders but totally worth it!
If you can get past the shedding, Aussies are some of the best big fluffy dog breeds (trust me, we have one!) Though it’ll be difficult to squeeze a hug in (they can’t stop moving!). It’s worth noting that they’re super energetic and require a ton of physical activity too.
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19. Giant Schnauzer
Highlights: Loyal, Obedient, Vigilant
Weighing in at around 80 pounds, the Giant Schnauzer is the largest of the three variations of Schnauzers. And just like the Mini and Standard, the Giant Schnauzer is just as fluffy. These unbelievable working dogs have a bold personality with a strong work ethic.
They’ll thrive no matter what jobs and roles you throw at them. Given their high dog IQ, intense loyalty and a fluffy coat – what more can you ask for in your pet companion? And when they’re not working, they seamlessly transition into excellent giant lap dogs.
20. Elo Dog (Eloschaboro)
Highlights: Happy, Obedient, Loyal
The Elo dog is a relatively new dog breed that few know about. They were originally developed in Germany, combining other big fluffy dogs, such as the Eurasier, Old English Sheepdog and the Chow Chow. So, it’s no surprise the Elo inherited the fluffy coat as well.
Weighing between 45 and 75 lbs, the Elo is a friendly and cheerful dog. They do well in family settings and even better in families with children. They’re very active dogs and thrive in spaces with an open yard. The best part, they’re 100% huggable!
21. Catalan Sheepdog
Highlights: Intelligent, Reserved, Brave
Bred and developed in the north eastern region of Spain, the Catalan Sheepdog is the super shaggy yet fluffy dog. They’re a little bit closer to medium sized dog breeds, but some males will reach our 50 pound criteria.
It’s true that these dogs have a fluffy coat, but they’re unique because they tend to shed in two stages. They’ll shed the front half, followed by the second half of their body. It’s a sight to see in mid-process because they look like dogs where owners forgot to shave half the body!
22. Akita Inu
Highlights: Vigilant, Devoted, Courageous
The Akita Inu is the pride of Japan – for good reason! They happen to be the biggest Japanese dog breed, but also the fluffiest. Their soft double coat is relatively short, but because it’s so dense and thick, they’re extra fluffy and huggable.
These dogs are extremely soft! But if the Akita isn’t familiar with you, it may be a little difficult to get close. After all, the Akita Inus tend to be aloof among strangers. But for this very reason, they’re prized guard dogs in Japan. However, they love kids.
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23. Belgian Sheepdog
Highlights: Loving, Devoted, Dominant
The Belgian Sheepdog is one of the three shepherd-types to originate from Belgium. First bred to guard and herd sheep, this sheepdog has evolved into a fluffy family companion. Plus, they will always come with the iconic black coat that’s both long and fluffy.
Belgian Sheepdogs are loyal dogs with the ingrained instincts to protect. After serving farmers as formidable guardians, they bring that protectiveness to families all over the world. However, they do have dominant personalities that require a firm hand.
Highlights: Independent, Quiet, Gentle
The Borzoi is an incredible fluffy companion for many reasons: they’re quiet, docile and sweet. And while they’re frequently called “dumb dogs,” they’re much more adaptively intelligent than one would think. It’s just that they’re fiercely independent dogs.
Even so, Borzois are amazing dogs to hug given their fluffy double coats. Although the top coat is quite flat, the waviness and curls of the coat gives them their fluffy look. However, they can be heavy shedders during fall and spring.
Highlights: Vigilant, Calm, Dependable
The Tornjak is a Croatian Shepherd that’s famous for their ability to guard livestock. This apt name originates from the Croatian word for “sheep pen,” where they spent most of their days. But when they aren’t guarding sheep, they’re very huggable dogs.
Tornjaks have one of the fluffiest coats in the canine kingdom. These hardy dogs spend their whole lives outside in the snowy winter nights. They were often covered in snow, which meant a thick and fluffy double coat was needed.
Highlights: Obedient, Faithful, Brave
The Briard is an ancient herding dog that’s made for cold weather. They have so much fur that even their faces are covered! No matter where you pet or how you hug them, they’ll undeniably be fluffy and soft. Plus, the 75-lb frame means there’s plenty of dog.
Briards are as loyal and obedient as dogs come. And combined with their cleverness, these dogs will be easy to train. When they’re in the home, Briards are warm and loving. Though, they’ll become fearless protectors when the situation calls for it.
27. Caucasian Shepherd
Highlights: Dominant, Powerful, Alert
The Caucasian Shepherd dog is not a dog you’d want to mess with. But if you get on their good side, they’re some of the fluffiest big dogs you can hug. They can reach an unreal 30 inches, weighing over 200 pounds!
Dogs as big as the Caucasian Shepherd tend to be dominant and strong, and this breed is no exception. On the bright side, they’re devoted dogs that make some of the top guardians for all homes. Though, you’ll need to be firm and consistent with training.
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28. Estrela Mountain Dog
Highlights: Vigilant, Keen, Protective
Originating from the Estrela Mountains of Portugal, the Estrela Mountain dog has served as a top companion and livestock guardian for centuries. Developed to be outside workers, the Estrela sports a thick coat with plenty of extra fluff.
These 100 pound dogs are dominant and fierce, requiring an experienced owner and much socializing early on. Even so, they’re stubborn dogs that can go on their independent streaks from time to time. Though, their protective instincts make them good guardians.
29. Siberian Husky
Highlights: Outgoing, Friendly, Mischievous
Siberian Huskies are one of America’s favorite big dogs and for good reason. Although they’re big dogs, they’re playful like toy dogs. And with enough socializing, Huskies will develop close bonds with their owners, making them excellent fluffy dogs to hug.
But thanks to their playfulness, they can get into a lot of trouble. As such, they’re often labeled as stubborn and independent dogs. However, one cannot deny the loyalty of the Siberian Husky. They’re called velcro dogs for a reason.
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Highlights: Devoted, Watchful, Even-tempered
The Hovawart is a German elite, though not as famous or popular as the Rottweiler, GSD and Doberman. They originated from the Black Forest of Germany and are often regarded as the “guardian of estates.” That is, they protected castles and large estates.
That being said, you can expect a watchful and vigilant dog. After all, their primary jobs were to protect and guard. But when they’re “off duty,” the Hovawarts tends to be more reserved and calm, thus making them a great big fluffy dog to cuddle with.
Highlights: Brave, Devoted, Alert
Bred in the freezing mountainous regions of Slovenia, the Cuvac is said to have been derived from the ancient arctic wolves. It’s why these guard dogs needed such a fluffy exterior to keep warm during the harsh winter conditions.
When raised in a loving environment, the Cuvac will develop into a faithful and courageous dog, willing and ready to ward off any intruder. They are strong dogs, but also fearless with a lively side to them. As such, they’re great in the home or on duty.
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Did we forget a big fluffy dog that deserves to be on this list? Let us know in the comments section below and well add it on! Tell us, which one is your favorite?
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