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 fluffier, the better. But what are the best big fluffy dog breeds that fall into this category?
There’s certainly a ton of fluffy dogs in the dogdom, ranging in all sizes. But in my opinion, the best fluffy dogs are the biggest. And in this case, there are only a handful of large fluffy dogs that make the cut.
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Table of Contents
- Big and Fluffy Dogs
- 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
Big and Fluffy Dogs
For this list, we categorize big dogs as those that are at least 50 pounds or more. Some dogs will be over a hundred pounds, while others will be closer to 50. However, all dogs on this list be certainly be “fluffy.”
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 are excellent working dogs, the Pyrenees will certainly 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 give a big huge – they can be that for you too. It’s worth noting that they’re very serious and dignified dog breeds. And in some cases, can be extremely aloof with people. But overall, the Chow Chow is a delightful fluffy dog to own.
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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.
Because they’re such affectionate dog, there’s no doubt your Golden Retriever will enjoy a nice hug. Some owners describe them as giant lap dogs. If you’re seriously considering bringing home a big fluffy dog breed, then the Golden Retriever is one of the most obvious choices.
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4. Bernese Mountain Dog
Highlights: Sweet, Calm, Powerful
The Bernese Mountain Dog is certainly a big fluffy dog. In fact, they may be the breed that suits this category of dogs the best. Like with most mountain dogs, the Berner needs a thick fluffy coat to stay warm in the altitudes of the mountainous regions.
Not all big fluffy breeds are great dogs to hug. But because of the Berner’s good nature and docile demeanor, they’ll enjoy nothing more than to receive a big hug from 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. They’re powerful and energetic spitz type dog breeds hailing from the wilderness of Alaska.
Though they may be a great dog to give a hug, it’ll be difficult trying to get them to stay still for one. Alaskan Malamutes love to play and have a ton of energy. They’re bred to be heavy workers so maybe your best chance is to tire them out first (if that’s possible).
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 big fluffy breeds, the Newfoundland does extremely well with children. In fact, they’ve been called the ultimate nanny dog.
Though they’re great working dogs, they can also have a calm demeanor. In addition, they aren’t big barkers, making them some of the best large apartment dogs. If your kids are looking for a highly huggable dog breed, then we suggest giving the Newfoundland a long hard look.
Highlights: Adaptable, Affectionate, Calm
The Samoyed is the ultimate big fluffy white dog. These dogs come in 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 are built with a sturdy frame and muscular legs. They tend to have a calm personality but can be tireless workers if necessary. What’s even more fluffy than their coat is their long curly tail. With that said, there aren’t many people that can look at a Samoyed and not want to give it a big hug.
8. Bouvier des Flandres
Highlights: Loyal, Brave, Strong-willed
There are a lot of great things about the Bouvier des Flandres. As a matter of fact, they’re one of the best dog breeds to originate from France. With their strong personality and intense devotion, the Bouvier des Flandres is also known for having a soft fluffy coat.
Though they may have a curly coat, there’s nothing that would make me not want to pick one up and give them a big long hug. When you’re done cuddling with them, they can make fantastic guardians of the home. Plus, they’re some of the best herders and are frequently used in farms all around France.
Highlights: Confident, Gentle, Social
Weighing between 4o and 70 pounds, the Eurasier is a borderline medium/large dog breed. Still, it doesn’t take away from the fact that they’re fluffy and 100% huggable. Their thick medium-length coat comes in a variety of different colors – so you certainly have a lot of options to choose from.
Perhaps the best thing about these dogs is that they’re completely devoted to the family and are people-oriented dogs. Eurasiers are very dependable and always brimming with confidence and calmness. Though they’re great with family members, they can be aloof among the unfamiliar. But, that’s what makes them some of the best guard dogs.
10. Tibetan Mastiff
Highlights: Courageous, Confident, Reserved
The Tibetan Mastiff can truly be a frightening dog. Regardless, they’re one of the fluffiest big dogs in the dogdom thanks to their lion-like mane. A fully grown male Tibetan Mastiff can grow upwards of 150 pounds! With such a furry coat, they’ve 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. It’s not usual to see a purebred Tibetan, but they’re certainly 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 breed made popular by pop-culture and entertainment. They’re easily one of the most recognizable and loved dogs in the world. Sitting at 50 to 75 pounds, they’re definitely big dogs. However, not all Collies are fluffy.
There are actually two variations of the Collie: the Rough Collie and Smooth Collie. The former, Rough Collies, are full-coated Collies with longer hair. These are the ones we consider to be the fluffy Collie. Though Smooth Collies are just as great, their short sleek coat won’t land them on this list.
Highlights: Friendly, Calm, Cheerful
The Leonberger is a massively huge dog. In fact, some male Leonbergers can reach nearly 200 pounds in weight. This German dog breed has an ultra-dense coat necessarily for the harsh winters of the country. It’s a double coat, and like with any double coat, sheds heavily during some seasons.
On the bright side, the Leonberger is one of the fluffiest dog breeds we’ve found. Owners describe their coats as lush and soft. They aren’t aggressive or overly energetic, so getting a daily hug out of them is a real possibility. Just be prepared to have a ton of fur stuck on your clothing at all times.
13. Old English Sheepdog
Highlights: Calm, Adaptable, Intelligent
The Old English Sheepdog is not your ordinary big fluffy dog breed. They can 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.
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 (whatever you decide to do!).
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 used as guardians and companions of the kings. Though they look somewhere between a Golden Retriever and a Labrador, they’re much bigger. In fact, they typically around 100 pounds heavy.
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. Still, if given the chance, I’d hug these big fluffy dogs any day.
15. Bearded Collie
Highlights: Charming, Intelligent, Lively
The Bearded Collie looks a little similar to the Old English Sheepdog, except they have a charismatic charm to them. Always bubbly and energetic, the Bearded Collie is a fluffy 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, some can be a borderline large dog. Some male Wheatens can hit the 60 pound range depending on the parents. But because they’re such wonderful dog breeds, well add them to our list of big fluffy dogs anyway.
Wheatens (or Wheaties) are some of the most optimistic dogs you can find. They’re almost always cheerful and few things can get them down. If you’re having a bad day, the Wheaten will surely give you a big hug to brighten up your day. It’s what these dogs do best.
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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 dog breed. They’re not your typical fluffy dog, but they do have a lot of fluff in certain areas. For example, they’ll have extra fur on their head, chest, legs and tails. Some people opt to shave them into what’s called “fluffy pompons.”
Regardless of grooming, Standard Poodles are certainly big fluffy dogs that are proud of their fluff. Another great bonus for Poodles is the fact they’re hypoallergenic dogs – meaning they’re low-shedding dogs. Even the most allergy-sensitive dog owner will be able to hug a Poodle!
18. Australian Shepherd
Highlights: Diligent, Smart, Energetic
Australian Shepherds have unique coats. In fact, there are over 14 wonderful colors of Australian Shepherds. But what I love most about their coat is all that fluff that comes with it. They’re soft and full of fur. As a result, they’re quite excessive shedders.
But if you can get past the shedding, Aussies are some of the best big fluffy dog breeds. It’ll be difficult to squeeze a hug in (they can’t stop moving!), though they can be very affectionate and let you have one from time to time. 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 Miniature 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 you throw at them. With high dog intelligence, intense loyalty and a fluffy coat – what more can you ask for in your pet companion? When they’re not working, they can be excellent giant lap dogs too.
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 Chinese Chow. As you can expect, the Elo inherited the big fluffy coat as well.
Weighing between 45 and 75 pounds, the Elo is a friendly and happy big dog. They do well in family situations and even better in families with children. They’re very active dogs and thrive in spaces with an open yard. If you can get your hands on one, make sure to give them a big hug every single day!
21. Catalan Sheepdog
Highlights: Intelligent, Reserved, Brave
Bred and developed in the north eastern region of Spain, the Catalan Sheepdog is a super shaggy fluffy dog. They’re a little bit closer to medium sized dogs, but some males will reach our 50 pound criteria.
While it’s true that these dogs have a fluffy coat, they’re unique because they’ll shed in two stages. In the first stage, their front half sheds, followed by the second half of their body. It’s a pretty unique sight to see in mid-process because they look like dogs with owners that 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 largest Japanese dog breed, but also the fluffiest. Their soft double coat is relatively short, but it doesn’t mean they’re not fluffy dogs! If you get the chance, hug an Akita and you’ll know exactly what we mean.
These dogs are extremely soft! But if the Akita isn’t familiar with you, it may be a little difficult getting close. Akitas tend to be aloof among strangers, but it’s why they’re such prized guardian dogs in Japan. Despite this fact, they have an unusual affinity towards little kids.
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 what you think of these dogs. Which one is your favorite?
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