Nothing is as adorable as the fuzzy Newfoundland pup, or a puffy Pomeranian! Though they may take a bit more effort with brushing and grooming than other canine breeds, these shaggy dogs are lovable and loyal companions. Like the shorthair dogs, there are long haired breeds of every size, shape and demeanor, so any pet owner looking for a very specific kind of furry dog, will likely be able to find their ideal dog below. Here are our top ten favorite long hair breeds.
Old English Sheepdog: These wooly mammoths are as gentle and kind-hearted as dogs come. They love lumbering around with their families, and are intelligent and social pups. Though they require more effort to comb through their unkempt coats, these dogs are a superb family pet.
Yorkshire Terrier: Many owners choose to keep these dogs neatly clipped, but if the locks are allowed to grow, Yorkies have long silky hair, perfect for pampering or tying up with a bow. These perky dogs are bold, confident and independent companions.
Bearded Collie: The gray and white coats of these pups make them look like a distant cousin of the Old English Sheepdog, only with droopier faces. The Bearded Collie is a hardy dog that was once relied upon for his herding skills.
Pomeranian: Pomeranians pack a ton of personality into their miniature sizes. The dense coat of the this breed is an evident nod to their “spitz dog” roots and the heritage they share with Husky breeds. For pet owners ready to play, socialize and prioritize grooming, this dog would be a good fit.
Husky dogs: Siberian and Alaskan Huskies (as well as Alaskan Malamutes) all are known for the heavy long haired coats that allow them to work comfortable in cold, snowy climates. These dogs are alert, friendly, and tireless –perfect for the active owner who loves adventures outdoors.
Shih Tzu: This dog looks fuzzy and mop-like with short hair, and pompous when his locks are allowed grow long and soft. Shih Tzus are outgoing, active, and chipper companions that love to be in the middle of what is going on. They do require regular grooming to keep their coats intact.
Maltese: Maltese dogs can have fluffy cloud like coats when their hair is groomed short, or long sleek robe-like fur when it grows long. Of all the long haired little dogs, the Maltese often looks the cleanest and most elite. Upkeep of the coat does require regular shampooing, brushing, and a trim from the groomer’s, but the investment is well worth the effort.
Komondor: The Komondor has a much longer coat than other breeds, but one that surprisingly necessitates hardly any grooming. The coat can cord up with time, becoming a mop-like shape similar to the Puli. Though these pups may be a conversation starter at the dog park for their unusual looks, they make calm, affectionate and steady pets.
Newfoundland: Like the St. Bernard, the Newfoundland dog has a thick long coat that children love to cuddle up with and climb all over. These gentle dogs are good-natured, easy to train, and trustworthy pets. So long as you keep a lint-roller nearby for the excess hair they might shed, any home would be lucky to have this breed of dog.
Golden Retriever: One of the most popular dogs, the Golden Retriever is an uncontested family favorite. These dogs do it all: they can keep up in the most strenuous of sports, or sit as a patient companion to the elderly for hours. Though they do need to be brushed daily, most Golden owners agree grooming is a small price to pay for this reliable pet.
Other long haired breeds: Saint Bernard, Shetland Sheepdog, Afghan Hound, Havanese, Bernese Mountain Dog, Lhasa Apso, American Cocker Spaniel, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Samoyed, Puli, Pekingese, Papillon, Keeshond, Chow Chow, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.