Fluffy dog breeds
Whether big, small or something in-between, are you looking for a furry bundle of fluff to love? Luckily, there is a wide range of adorable fluffy dog breeds of different sizes to choose from. Fluffy coats can vary widely, from long, soft and silky, to short and curly, to thick and shaggy!
To make it easy for you, we have put together a list of the most popular fluffy dog breeds in Australia. Learn more about their history, temperament, common breed diseases and conditions and lots of other interesting facts to guide you to choose the right fluffy dog for you and your family!
If you’re interested in looking at the most popular fluffy dog breeds, see 30 Fluffy Dog Breeds (Big and Small).
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The Akita is distinctive large and powerful dog with an aloof attitude. The Akita can be territorial and the dog is not usually welcoming of strangers.
Suited for hands-on, energetic and experienced owners, the Alaskan Husky has high needs for exercise and food. He is an excellent companion for people with active lifestyles and a love of the outdoors.
The Alaskan Malamute is a large and muscular domesticated dog with a heavy fur coat and bounds of energy.
American Eskimo Dog
Developed in England as a working dog to hunt hare, Harriers have all the essential attributes of a scenting pack hound. Running and scenting abilities are particularly significant features of the breed.
Australian Cobberdogs are loving and highly intelligent dogs that descend from the original Labradoodles. They work as therapy and assistance dogs.
Aussie Shepherds are medium size dogs with a huge amount of energy and drive. This breed is ideal for an active family because they love plenty of exercise and most of all they love to work.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a larger breed of dog with a tri-coloured thick double coat.
The Bichon Frise (or simply “Bichon”) is a small, sturdy dog famous for its curly, fluffy white coat. They were popular in France as performing dogs and companion dogs.
Border Collies are extremely smart and energetic working dogs that have become popular family pets. They require considerable physical and mental stimulation.
Cairn Terriers are cute, scruffy looking small size dogs with loads of energy and personality. Best known as the dog in The Wizard of Oz, they love being part of the family and being busy and active.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cardigan Welsh Corgis, affectionately known as ‘Cardis’, are named for Cardiganshire in southwest Wales, an area of rough, rocky terrain and they were bred to work with farmers to herd cattle and guard the farm.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are toy dogs with a kind and loving nature. They are wonderful companions and are very popular with families and the elderly.
Cavoodles are cute, smart and energetic small to medium size dogs that are very popular with families. They are highly trainable, love people and make great companions.
Chihuahuas are cute and energetic tiny size dogs that are fiercely devoted to their owners but can be snappy or reserved towards strangers. They have a lot of personality and a big dog attitude.
Chow Chows are distinctive looking, medium-to-large-sized, sturdy dogs with a teddy bear-like appearance. Very loyal to their owner and somewhat possessive, they are suited to a single-person or small household.
Cocker Spaniels are affectionate, loyal and energetic medium-sized dogs with distinctively large ears. Great with children, the elderly and other pets, they make fantastic family dogs.
Rough Collies, also known as Long-Haired Collies, are a medium-large sized dog that were originally bred for herding.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a medium size hunting dog. His body is designed for endurance and agility rather than speed. He is specialised hunter of giant elk, or moose, and other large game such as wolves and bears.
German Shepherd Dogs are smart and energetic large sized dogs that are popular with active families. They have a unique instinct to protect and are superb watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are smart and friendly large-sized dogs that are very popular with families. They are highly trainable, love people and make great companions.
Groodles are intelligent and energetic large sized dogs that are very popular with families. They are highly trainable, love being involved with people and make great companions.
The Havanese is a small toy breed of domesticated dog. It has a thick coat of either long and straight or curly fur, ears that droop to the side of its face, and a great deal of personality.
The Japanese Spitz is an active small breed dog that loves human attention and tends to be very loyal and affectionate.
The Keeshond, or ‘Kees’ to those on more affectionate terms with the breed, is a beautiful, eye-catching dog that is most recognisable by its long, heavy coat.
Labradoodles are friendly, affectionate, intelligent and energetic large sized dogs that are very popular with families. They are highly trainable, love people and make great companions.
The Lhasa Apso is a small, non-sporting dog known for its long, silky, dense coat which (unless groomed otherwise) flows to the floor.
Maltese are cute, friendly and endearing toy size dogs with lots of personality and zest for life. They are happy to play, go for walks, or curl up in your lap and can fit in with any lifestyle.
Maltese Shih Tzu
These are cute, friendly and outgoing toy size dogs that are one of the most popular cross breeds in Australia. They are highly trainable, love people of all ages and make great companions.
Miniature Poodles are highly intelligent, cute and energetic small sized dogs that are very popular with families. They are highly trainable, love people and crave companionship.
Moodles are cute, relaxed and placid small sized designer dogs that are very popular with families. They love people and make the perfect lap dog.
The Newfoundland is a giant, very muscular, strong dog that is equipped with a heavy double coat of fur.
Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog (OES) is a large breed of dog known for its long, shaggy coat. Originally bred to herd sheep and cattle, the modern OES is a very popular pet who adapts well to home life.
The Papillon is small, fine boned, energetic dog that is also known as the Continental toy Spaniel or Dwarf Spaniels.
Pekingese are very small dogs which have a long, soft, and straight coat that feels furry. The dog looks like a miniature dog-lion with a mane.
Pomeranians are cute, fluffy and energetic small size dogs that are very popular companions. They are highly alert and love being part of a busy yet attentive family.
Portuguese Water Dog
The Portuguese Water Dog (affectionately known as the Portie) is a medium-sized dog known for its thick, curly coat which is (in most cases) hypoallergenic.
The Samoyed (known in Europe as the Bjelkier) is a fluffy, white, spitz-type dog bred originally to help herd and pull sleds. They are friendly and affectionate dogs who thrive on human company.
The Schnoodle is a cross between a Schnauzer and a Poodle, bred to combine the Poodle’s eagerness with the sturdiness of the Schnauzer.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a small to medium-sized herding dog. Armed with a thick, long-haired coat, the Shetland Sheep dog comes in a variety of colours, including blue merle, sable and tri-colour.
Shih Tzus are cute, toy sized dogs that are popular amongst older adults and those living in smaller households. Loyal, playful and very affectionate, they make great companions.
The Siberian Husky is a gentle but strong medium sized dog. They are best known as working sled dogs but they are popular all around the world.
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier (simply referred to as “Wheaten Terrier” or “Wheaten”) is a medium-sized breed with a distinctive silky coat.
The Spoodle is a low-shedding hybrid breed that comes from crossing the Cocker Spaniel and Poodle. Intelligent and loving, they are popular with families.
The Standard Poodle is a large and lively dog, known for its thick, tightly curled coat, high intelligence and enthusiastic nature.
The Toy Poodle is a small and lively domesticated dog, known for its thick, tightly curled coat and enthusiastic nature.
The Welsh Corgi is a small, sturdy breed of dog known for its short legs which make its body appear quite long.