What could be better than bear-hugging a dog – it’s hugging a bigger, softer and fluffier one. With the wide range of tiny and medium-sized fluffy dogs available, some dog owners prefer to go all the way.
As they say, the bigger the better, there are a variety of different dog breeds that fit into the fluffy category, but there are not many that are large as well as fluffy.
For the following list, we have selected ten of the largest dogs that come with the fluffiest coats, perfect for families and those that are around 50 lbs or more.
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The Great Pyrenees
Although large, these dogs are very calm by nature and extremely gently. Originally bred to protect sheep and livestock, they feature an appearance that is similar to that of a sheep, which makes them fit for the job. They have dense white coats that are thick and super soft, which makes them overly cuddly and a joy to hug.
However, just hugging them won’t do – these dogs need to be groomed and brushed regularly to keep their mane free from mats and tangles. They require proper training and a daily exercise routine to keep them fit and healthy.
They are easy to train, great with children and other dogs but are not the perfect pet for large families. Owing to their obedient characteristics, their headstrong temperament, and their protective disposition, these dogs are happiest when they are in control, so that means they require additional attention and obedience training from a young age. However, this breed is recommended for experienced owners instead of first-time owners as these dogs can sometimes be stubborn and a handful to manage.
Old English Sheepdog
One of the most charming of the lot, the Old English Sheepdog is a calm, affectionate, and sociable pet that is easy to love. Considered as the perfect companion for single owners and families, this fluffy mutt will enjoy a lazy afternoon lounging around and cuddling.
Keep in mind, these dogs develop a strong bond with their families quickly and do not do well when left alone for long. This often leads to aggressive nature and the dog becomes destructive and anxious. They feature an extraordinary fluffy coat that is thick and soft which covers their body, their entire face, and of course their beady eyes – which is another reason why you couldn’t resist hugging them.
Although the perfect pet, you must be prepared to devote your time and energy for regular exercise to keep him happy and far from developing negative traits. Also, as you may have already guessed, they do require a lot of grooming and care to ensure their coat is tangle-free and always looking its best. Brushing once or twice a week is a must to also help prevent too much shedding.
Considered one of the fluffiest dogs in the world, the Chow Chow is a medium-size pooch that features a muscular built and a thick, soft coat. Bred as a multi-purpose dog, they have been around since ancient China and have been used for hunting, guarding, and herding. Weighing between 50 to 80 lbs. approximately, they look large but it’s just their coat that is excessively fluffy.
Resembling a real-life teddy bear, the Chow Chow is the perfect companion with enough fluff for the softest hug – they do need a lot of grooming and attention. Regular brushing is a must as this helps detangle the hair and prevent any mats from developing, as well as reduce shedding.
Overly loving and affectionate, they adore their masters but aren’t very good with strangers. They do not need a lot of exercises which is a good thing for owners who do not have a lot of time to spare. They do not mind being left alone and they do not bark a whole lot, which is additional plus points – so could this be the one?
Weighing a whopping 150lbs, the Tibetan Mastiff is a big fluffy dog that stands at approximately 26 inches tall. Thanks to its excessively furry coat, they tend to look like a mix between a bear and a lion, which looks daunting and frightening to some.
However, do not go by their looks, they’re total softies and are extremely affectionate and love to smother people with their charm. Great with children and other dogs, they might not get along with strangers at first but with regular exposure, they learn to adapt well.
Not so easy to train, a Tibetan Mastiff should be trained and socialized from an early age. They are intelligent but do not like being controlled. Owing to their thick long coats, they are not suited for hot weather. They require regular grooming and brushing to help keep their fur tangle-free.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Popularly known for their calm and collected nature, the Bernese mountain dog is one of the fluffiest large size dogs around. Unlike most big breed dogs, these dogs are a good option for first-time dog owners and possess a variety of pleasing traits. They enjoy spending time with their families and are great with children too. They are smart dogs and that makes the training process easy.
Remember, these dogs require early socialization to help them adapt to other people and dogs. Just like most mountainous mutts, these animals need a thick layer of fur to keep them warm – and that’s exactly what they have. Their fur is soft and dense and protects them from the cold weather.
Not all big breed fluff balls like bear hugs – but that’s not the case with this dog. Its mild and friendly nature is the reason why they want nothing more than hugs and cuddles from their owners.
One of the best choices for a first-time dog owner, the Newfoundland is a patient and a good-natured pooch that is laid-back and affectionate. When it comes to big and fluffy, these dogs take it up a level – they’re massive. Weighing around 150 lbs. or more, they’re big fluff-bags with lots of love to give. Similar to most big breed dogs, these dogs are also great with children and are usually referred to as ‘nanny dogs’
.Easy to train, they are intelligent and pick up new commands and routines easily. However, some might think they look scary and intimidating, but that’s not the case – these dogs are the first to greet strangers with a smile. Ideal for apartment living, they do not bark a lot and are always calm.
However, one of the biggest challenges you would face is their constant shedding and their weight gain issues. You can deal with these problems by firstly, purchasing a good vacuum cleaner for quick cleanups and secondly, keeping a close check on their weight, exercising them regularly, and monitoring their diet.
Compared to the other dogs mentioned on this list, the Kuvasz is not as fluffy as most. The fact that it features thick hair that sometimes reaches 6 inches, it falls into the fluffy category. Originally bred as a guardian dog and a companion for royalty, these dogs are not very well-known, but they resemble a mix between a Golden retriever and a Labrador.
They’re protective of their loved ones and would do anything to safeguard their homes and families. However early training and socialization are a must to ensure they do not get aggressive and do not become dangerous.
Although they are intelligent, loyal, and affectionate, they can sometimes be stubborn – which makes them a better option for experienced dog owners. They require regular grooming, owing to their long coats and they also need proper exercise and a spacious area to play around to keep them happy.
Featuring a luxurious fluffy white coat that is elegant and thick, the Samoyed is the ultimate big fluffy dog. Turning heads for centuries, these dogs weigh approximately 50 to 60lbs. and stand at 24 inches tall from the shoulder to paw. Also referred to as ‘Sammies’, they feature a well-built body with muscular legs that are sturdy and straight. They possess a calm disposition and an excessively friendly and adventurous.
They love spending time with their owners but do not like being left alone for long. This could lead to a destructive and anxious mutt.
When it comes to their coats, they have a thick double-layered coat that is adorned by solid white fur which actively sheds. This means you would need to brush their mane regularly to prevent too much shedding and to keep their coats tangle-free. To match their fluffy bodies, they possess long curly tails that add to their appearance – how could you resist hugging a pooch this fluffy?
A personal favorite and the third favorite dog in all of America, the Golden retriever is another qualifier to our list of biggest and fluffiest dogs. Eager to please and overly affectionate, these dogs are the perfect companions and great for families. Featuring a fluffy golden coat that’s soft and luxurious, they are huggable pooches and love a good cuddle.
Extremely intelligent and easy to train, they are usually used for therapeutic purposes, as a service dog or for agility courses. However, these dogs have a shorter lifespan as compared to other dogs and are highly prone to cancer. Therefore, it is recommended that you check up on the breeder and do adequate research before you decide to bring one of these beauties home.
As for their coat, they do shed quite a bit and do require regular grooming and brushing to keep their lovely fur-free from knots and mats. They also require moderate exercise to keep them healthy and fit. A good space to play around and some chewy toys are enough to keep this dog happy.
Popularly known as the famous movie star Hachiko, Akita Inu is one of the most loyal, fluffy, and big dogs around. Known as the pride of Japan, this dog is the largest breed in the country and is super fluffy. They possess a double coat that is so soft – you wouldn’t believe it until you hugged an Akita. Although their coats are short, they are high-maintenance. They require regular grooming and brushing to help keep it looking its best.
As for their temperament, these dogs are known to bond with their master alone and they tend to be wary around others, especially strangers. However, this can be managed by early socialization to ensure they can adapt and stay friendly around people. Surprisingly, they are great with children and love interacting and playing with them. They make great guard dogs if needed and can be trained easily, if done from an early age.
It is important to keep in mind, Akitas are heavy shedders and tend to shed even more during seasonal changes. So be ready for a treat if you do not want your furniture getting ruined.
Wrapping up, these are some of the biggest, softest, and fluffiest dogs you can find today. Yes, the words ‘big’ and ‘fluffy’ may mean something different to different people, and I’m sure some of you might be looking for a certain type of pooch – here we have listed dogs that would make the best companions, the perfect family pets and a lifelong pal that you wouldn’t want to stop hugging.