If you’ve been thinking of investing in some fancy new, fluffy pillows or velvety soft throw blankets, you should skip that trip to Crate & Barrel and adopt a new furry friend instead! Just kidding. Kinda.
If you live somewhere with long, cold winters — or just like being extra warm and cozy — a fluffy pooch can provide great foot warming services and top-notch snuggle sessions. Here are 12 paw-picked breeds guaranteed to fluffify your life.
Poms were originally derived from the Spitz breed, so they are essentially heirs to their fluffy thrones. Notoriously nicknamed Pom-Poms, Fluffbutts, the Prince of Puff (okay, maybe I came up with that last one) these tiny, super intelligent pups are the perfect loyal lap dog.
Samoyeds are gentle giants that originally came from Siberia where they pulled sleds and blended in with the flurries of fluffy, white snow. Full-sized and ready for a cuddle, these pups will chill on the couch with you and you’ll never need a blanket again.
3. Chow Chow
Chow Chows originally came from China where they were referred to as Songshi Quan which literally means “puffy-lion dog.” That translation basically says it all: Chows have a double coat that is super thick around their “mane” and they have a very distinctive blue tongue. Also, the puppies look like walking teddy bears, so if you want everyone around you to die of cuteness, a Chow is the way to go.
4. Bearded Collie
Bearded Collies are herding dogs that often times get mixed up with Old English Sheepdogs. They have long hair and are famous for their dapper beard, which gives them the nickname “Beardie.” Ever wonder what breed Nana was from the original Peter Pan? A Beardie!
5. Bichon Frise
They may be small, but what they lack in stature, they make up in high velocity fluffitude. Consistently rocking a tiny afro, these little white fluffballs have adorable curly fur that looks fabulous when blown out. The average Bichon on the street may have less show-stopping fur but is still ridiculously adorable nonetheless. Not everyone can spend all their time at the doggy salon!
Newfoundlands, otherwise known as Newfies, obvy originated in Newfoundland, Canada. While their size may be intimidating to some, they are known as having calm dispositions and are extremely loyal. They also make really great lifeguards because of all their muscles. Baywatch Newfie edition?! Yes please.
7. American Eskimo
The American Eskimo is another breed that came from the Spitz family and is, in many ways, a larger version of the Pomeranian. Eskies come in three sizes – small, medium and large (or in fancy schmancy dog terms: Toy, Miniature, and Standard) and are popular for their puffy white fur and watchdog #skills.
The original Puff Daddies. Poodles also come in different variations – Standard, Miniature, and Toy. They are known for their super posh, cutting-edge, high-fashion haircuts at dog shows but the average Poodle on the street might stick with a shorter, more managable ‘do. One thing that a lot of people don’t know about the Poodle is that they’ve got some awesome Olympic-level agility skills.
9. Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog is a very large dog with a very silly personality. Originally bred as herding dogs in England, they make great family pets. Sheepdogs have long shaggy fur that sometimes covers their eyes, making them look (and act) like total adorkable goofballs.
10. Golden Retriever
While their look may not immediately scream “fluffball”, these silken, velveteen beauties are furry beyond belief. The all-American Goldens are great, loyal family pets but may leave your couch covered in their beautiful blonde fur. However, when your Golden curls up at the end of your bed at night, you will be too enamored by their precious sleepy sweetness to ask them to move.
Keeshonds aren’t quite as well known as some of the other fluffballs on this list, but their extreme fur levels land them on this list of the fluffiest dogs around. These pups originated in Germany and can also call the Pomeranian and Spitz their closest cousins. Their fur is silver and black and thick all over.
The Spitz kind of looks like a fluffier version of a fox with pointy ears and a longer snout. They have curly, fluffy tails that look a lot like the Pom, but they are typically a bit larger in size. Fun fact: even though the Spitz may look super posh in their stark white fluffy fur, genetic testing has put them in a group closest to wolves. Talk about fierce.
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