Fluffy dogs are, for obvious reasons, popular as pets. There are several fluffy dog breeds that are great pets. The Keeshond is one example, if you like loads of hair on your dogs then this breed will make you a happy person. The Samoyed has a fluffy and dense undercoat, they require frequent brushing though to keep in good shape. Pekingese dogs are certainly fluffy, but their thick coat does require regular inspection since many parasites love hiding underneath it! If you prefer larger dogs, then check out the Tibetan Mastiff. This beast has a beautiful full coat, but beware – it needs plenty of maintenance as well.
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Quite a few potential dog owners insist on getting a dog that isn’t too hairy. Most complain about the hair certain dog breeds leave all over your house, and some people are actually allergic to the hair. Then there are people who are specifically looking for long haired dog breeds because they love taking care of their hair. Here is a small list of hairy dog breeds.
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The Maltese dog is an excellent choice if you love hairy but clean looking dogs. The Bichon Havanese is a rather scruffy looking dog if you don’t take care of its hair often. But they sure have character! Yorkshire Terriers are small dogs that you can easily take with you, including all their beautiful long hair. The German Keeshond has a wonderful two layer coat of silver and black hair, a medium-sized dog.
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Now if you’d rather have a larger hairy dog breed as companion then the Afghan Hound certainly fits your requirements. It has a thick silky coat and is easily recognisable.
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If you are currently looking for a dog, and prefer one of the more intelligent breeds, then perhaps you should consider the Border Collie.
Border Collies were originally bred as a sheepdog, a companion to the shepherd. They are not merely able to keep the herd in check, however. They have a gentle side as well and are quite good at playing the role of “mentor” when dealing with younger animals. As you can imagine Border Collies do require plenty of exercise. They certainly do not appreciate being kept in a small flat 7 days a week! They also demand plenty of attention, and want to feel like they belong in your household.
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It would be wrong to say that Border Collies are very demanding dogs even if some sites on the Internet suggest they are. A decent walk every day, and some interesting mental stimulation will keep them quite happy. This breed does require a strong leader who can teach them how to behave and set clear boundaries. If you are able to provide them with the above then you certainly should consider getting a Border Collie. If treated properly you will gain a loyal friend.
If you have an active lifestyle then the German Shepherd is an excellent companion. Or perhaps you are looking for a dog to protect your home and family? Again, the German Shepherd is here to assist you. The breed is intelligent, and versatile enough to fulfil many different roles.
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German Shepherds are very protective and loyal to their family. They can be suspicious of strangers coming into your house, but in general are fine to keep with other pets. As mentioned above, this dog does require plenty of exercise both mentally and physically. Also it sheds all year so be prepared to brush your dog’s coat once or twice a week. The breed does suffer from some well known health conditions, their average lifespan is about 12 years.
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The German Shepherd has a double coat, a heavy undercoat, and a dense over coat. Adult males have a height of 60 to 65 cm.