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    Nov 22, 27 of the World’s Most Amazing Fluffy Small Breed Dogs

    By Janice Jones    | Last updated 11-22-2021

    Fluffy small breed dogs seem to be getting more popular these days and we wanted to know why.

    According to the American Kennel Club, the most popular breed in the U.S. is the Labrador Retriever, neither small nor fluffy, but when you clump fluffiness into a category of its own, the cuteness factor clicks on, and people’s hearts begin to melt.

    The breeds originate in different countries, their personalities vary widely, and their care and grooming needs are even different.

    But what they do have in common is their size and length of hair.  All are small, many very small.  They have hair that grows often without much shedding involved making them very hairy dogs.  But what distinguishes them as a unique group of canines?

    That is easy.

    It is the tendency to cause humans to go into a cuteness overload, which we have not been able to find a cure for as of now.

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    27 Fluffy Small Breed Dogs

    American Eskimo Dog

    Bichon Frisé

    Biewer Terrier


    Chinese Imperial

    Long-Haired Chihuahua

    Chinese Crested Powderpuff

    Coton de Tulear

    Dandie Dinmont Terrier


    Icelandic Sheepdog

    Japanese Chin

    Japanese Spitz

    Lhasa Apso








    Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

    Shetland Sheepdog

    Shih Tzu

    Tibetan Spaniel

    Tibetan Terrier

    Volpino Italiano

    There is a downside.  When people fall head over heels
    in love with fluffiness, their sweet fluffy small breed dog begins to feel they
    just might own the world.

    Without socialization and training, some of
    these dogs are destined to becoming victims of Small Dog Syndrome. 

    Of course, this is not a genetic problem, but
    a people problem, so if you decide that one of these fluffy small breed dogs will be your next
    best friend, be sure to include time in your schedule for a little training and

    Beyond that, fluff means you’ll be spending some grooming those velvety soft (maybe fuzzy) hairdos.  

    27 of the World’s Fluffy Small Breed Dogs

    These fluffy small breed dogs are listed in alphabetical

    We don’t want to be accused of playing favorites to any of these fluffy small breed dogs.  It hard not to love them all!

    1. American Eskimo Dog

    The American Eskimo Dog comes in three sizes, but the one we
    feature on this site is the toy version which 9–12 inches (22.9
    – 30.5 cm) and 6–10 lbs. (2.7-4.5 kg.). 

    Eskies as they are often called were once
    circus performers because of their high intelligence and ability to

    Today, they make loyal family
    companions who excel in problem solving tasks. 
    Their long thick coat is comprised of a dense under coat and a straight
    outer coat. 

    Brushing is necessary
    because these dogs do shed and frequent brushing helps keep some of the hair
    from covering the house.

    More about the American Eskimo Dog

    2. Bichon Frisé

    For the fluffy dog lover, the Bichon Frisé may be the Pièce
    de résistance. 

    With all that hair and
    large dark eyes, a Bichon puppy is irresistible.  Gentle, affectionate, and cheerful, these
    dogs love everyone.  With all that charm
    and good looks, what more could you want. 

    Well, for one, they are also intelligent and clownish making them a great
    choice as a family dog. 

    But someone in
    the family will need to take over the grooming tasks, as these fluffy small breed dogs need daily
    brushing to stay looking great. 

    dogs also sometimes have problems with tear or face stains, so be prepared to
    deal with that too.  Overall, they are a
    great choice.

    More about the Bichon Frisé

    3. Biewer Terrier

    At first glance, the Biewer Terrier looks like a colorful tricolored Yorkie or a hybrid mix between a Maltese and Yorkie (Morkie). 

    It is neither and to prove it belongs to a breed of its own, the American Kennel Club welcomed them into their Foundation Stock Service Program (FSS) in April of 2014 announcing that there were enough genetic differences to set them apart from the Yorkshire terrier.    

    Here is a modern breed in the making right before our very eyes.

    Pronounced “Bee-Vair,” the breed was first discovered and developed in Germany by a couple, Werner and Gertrude Biewer, Yorkshire terrier breeders.  They mated two of their dogs together in 1984 and produced a blue, gold, and white dog named Schneeflocken von Friedheck.  The explanation for this unusual “Yorkie” was a rare recessive piebald gene mutation. 

    Read the Complete Biewer Terrier Breed Profile and Information Resource.

    4. Bolognese

    Is it real or just a stuffed dog?  Sometimes it might be difficult to tell. 

    They have a plush thick coat, round dark eyes
    and a button nose making them a picture perfect rendition of a sweet stuffed
    toy.  But they are not stuffed, at least
    not with the materials normally used in toys. 

    Rather, they are stuffed with personality, charm, and intelligence.  They are less active than most fluffy small breed
    dogs which make them perfect for apartment living. 

    But that plush coat does require some work,
    so purchase a few good brushes, and get to work.

    More about the Bolognese

    5. Chinese Imperial

    This is much controversy about these dogs.  In one camp are the Shih Tzu breeders that
    say the Chinese Imperial is just another Shih Tzu dog who might be the runt of
    the litter. 

    On the other side are breeders
    who breed only small size Tzu in the 3 to 8 pound range. 

    Is there an Imperial gene?  No one has proven it but there are certainly
    plenty of very small Shih Tzu dogs out there doing just fine. 

    If you want small and fluffy, these might be
    the dogs for you, but expect to pay a high price, as they do not come cheap.

    More about the Chinese Imperial Dog

    6.  Long-Haired Chihuahua

    Loyal, feisty Chihuahuas, are you wondering if this tiny breed might be right for you? 

    The Chi is one of the most popular dog breeds in America.

    Some think the popularity of the breed can be attributed to the hit movie,  “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” or “Legally Blond” in the 1990s or the seemingly over abundance of them in the the arms of Hollywood starlets.

    Others remember the Taco Bell Commercial with the talking dog, Gidget and her famous line,”Yo Quiero Taco Bell”

    Read about the Chihuahua Long Hair Dog Breed Profile and Info

    7. Chinese Crested Powderpuff

    The Chinese Crested Powderpuff maybe one of those best-kept secrets of the dog world—gentle, happy, loving and totally devoted to his owner. 

    Many people label their small breed dog a Velcro dog because they tend to follow you everywhere, and no dog deserves this description more than the Chinese Crested.  

    Many people know the breed through their notoriety in the annual Ugliest Dog Contest.  However, that does not begin to do the breed justice. 

    Sometimes affectionately called the Dr. Seuss dog because the hairless variety can resemble some of the unusual characters imagined by the famous children’s author and illustrator.  

    Read about Chinese Crested Powder Puff Dog Breed Profile and Info

    8. Coton de Tulear

    You cannot get much fluffier than a Coton.  The texture of the hair is cottony soft and
    if you want something wonderful to touch and pet, the Coton should be your

    But do not pick a dog just
    because he is soft and cottony.  Luckily,
    the Coton offers much more to his owner than his amazing coat. 

    They are a sturdy breed who loves to romp and
    play, snuggle or just plain sit and try to figure out their owner. 

    They make great pets, but beware; they are
    still very rare, at least in the U.S. so it might take some time to find the
    one of your dreams.

    More about the Coton de Tulear

    9. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

    One might not think of a terrier as being “fluffy,” but the
    Dandie is different from most terriers. 

    They also make wonderful family pets. 
    They are smart, loving, and loyal, but expect to look long and hard for
    a puppy. 

    Their price may not reflect
    their rare status, but at least in the United States, they are very hard to

    In fact, you might go a lifetime
    before you ever see one out and about.  Still, you might want to add this to your fluffy small breed dogs list to check out.

    More about the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

    10. Havanese

    Here is a winner if you are looking for a family dog with a
    big personality. They get along with everybody including other pets. 

    While not yappy, they will alert you if
    someone comes to your door.  They are
    intelligent and need some stimulation to stay out of trouble.  

    Even though they are small, they are sturdy
    and gentle. 

    With all that fluffiness
    comes some grooming, so be prepare for brushing, combing, and everything else
    that goes along with owning a fluffy dog.

    More about the Havanese

    11. Icelandic Sheepdog

    The Icelandic Sheepdog is an old breed that has stayed around for a reason. This breed is  loyal, cheerful, attentive and hardy  with plenty of energy to play. At the same time, they are affectionate and ready to cuddle with their family. They have a personality that will make them fit right in as a member of the family.

    Read more about the Icelandic Sheepdog Breed Profile

    12. Japanese Chin

    A highly sensitive dog, these dogs bond closely with their
    owners and make the perfect loyal companion. 

    As an adult they have a wonderful thick coat, but it takes a while to
    grow it all in so do not expect the puppy to be as fluffy as say, some of the
    other breeds mentioned on this page. 

    They do shed and brushing daily is recommended to keep the Chin looking
    his best. 

    These are quiet dogs and do great
    in apartments, but they still enjoy a daily walk. 

    Since they are not a common breed, it might
    take longer to find the puppy of your dreams, but the wait is well worth it.

    More about the Japanese Chin

    13. Japanese Spitz

    Just a quick look at the Japanese Spitz and you’ll know why we added this pup to our list of fluffy small breed dogs.

    Intelligent and energetic, the Japanese Spitz makes a great
    family dog.  They love to please and will
    remain loyal to all that love them. 

    sport a thick coat, as is the case with all the Spitz breeds that has a dense
    undercoat and straight outer coat.  Much
    brushing is needed as these dogs do shed. 

    Be prepared for hair around the house even with the daily brushing and

    But, if fluffy is what you want
    along with an amazing family dog that does very well with children, this might
    be the breed for you.

    More About the Japanese Spitz

    14. Lhasa Apso

    Here is a highly adaptable dog that loves the creature
    comforts of life.  They do not need much
    exercise but appreciate a daily walk. 
    They love their families and try to please so training as long as it is
    positive can be very rewarding. 

    They are
    a little wary around strangers.  They use
    their keen sense of hearing to alert you to anyone who comes nearby.  For these reasons, they make excellent watchdogs. 

    As far as the fluffy factor is concerned,
    they have their fair share, which means daily grooming to keep those locks
    looking good.

    More about the Lhasa Apso

    15. Lowchen

    If you are looking for a clown or a built in entertainer,
    this might just be the perfect breed for you. 

    They love being in the limelight and just in case you might be busy
    doing something else, they will help you remember that they are there ready to
    entertain and be entertained. 

    Dubbed the
    little lion dog, because after having he classic cut for this breed, they
    resemble a lion, mane and all.  Prepare
    to groom, as they are fluffy and do best with a daily brushing. 

    More about the Lowchen

    16. Maltese

    A real charmer in a tiny body, these dogs are happy to be by
    your side, on your lap or sharing your pillow at night. 

    They are fluffy and with all that fluff, you
    will need to spend time grooming:  brushing
    and combing to keep mats at bay, but most Maltese can be trained to enjoy
    grooming if the training starts early. 

    Since they are tiny, the best homes for these pups are with families
    with older children, couples, and singles.

    More about the Maltese

    17. Papillon

    Does the Papillon look like a butterfly to you?  It must have resembled one long ago, as this
    is how they got the name. 

    Papillon means
    butterfly in French and my guess is that the breed’s amazing ears had something
    to do with their name. 

    They are
    friendly, outgoing, and happy with some energy to spare.  There will not be a dull moment in a
    household owned by a Papillon. 

    owners state that they never outgrow their puppy years when it comes to playfulness.  With all that charm and fluffiness, where can
    you go wrong! 

    Since they have a single
    coat, they maybe just a little easier to groom, but still plan on regular
    brushing to keep mats away.

    More about the Papillon

    18. Mi-Ki

    The Mi-Ki breed is a playful small dog that has been bred mixing 3 small dogs: the Maltese, the Papillon, and the Japanese Chin. 

    The breed is not an AKC recognized breed and is classified now as a “Rare Dog Breed”.

    Both the IMR (International Mi-ki Registry) and the AMRA (American Mi-Ki Registry Association) are in the process of keeping strict breeding programs with DNA profiling through the United Kennel Club, Inc.

    The breed is a highly intelligent little muse who can charm the pants off anyone. This is a non-shedding breed with hair instead of fur, which is a plus in houses like ours with allergies.

    Read about the Mi-Ki Dog Breed Profile

    19. Pekingese

    I do not think it gets any fluffier that this!  They look like royalty and display an aura of
    nobility, but then they have been bred for centuries to be a companion

    They are loving, sweet and
    affectionate to their families but also wary of strangers making them good watchdogs. 

    A little unpredictable around children, these
    dogs are best for families with older children, couples, and singles. 

    Grooming will require some of your time, but
    because they do not require too much exercise, you still have time left over
    for some fun and games.

    The Complete Pekingese Dog Breed Profile and Information

    20. Pomeranian

    little fluff balls are the happy go lucky fellows of the canine world.  They are energetic, bouncy and crave

    If trained early their
    tendency to be yappy can be reduced and because they are a highly intelligent
    breed, training maybe easier to accomplish. 

    They are fragile, so they might not be the perfect choice for families
    with small children, but with owners who understand them, they are very loyal,
    and can spend hours on your lap if you allow it. 

    Prepare for a little wrist action with your
    brush, though as their fluffiness needs attention daily.

    Visit the Complete Pomeranian Dog Breed Profile

    21. Poodle

    The poodle does not have to be fluffy if you choose to keep
    him clipped short, but with a body of hair that continues to grow and grow, you
    will spend a lot of time at the groomers. 

    That curly hair can be blown dry and brushed with a slicker brush to
    achieve one the fluffiest hairdos in all of canine-dom. 

    Think Poodle Show Dog, if you can’t understand why we added this to our list of fluffy small breed dogs. 

    Some owners prefer the groomer route so they
    have more time to play with, exercise, and train these remarkably smart

    More about the Toy Poodle

    22. Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

    Russian Tsvetnaya BolonkaRussian Tsvetnaya Bolonka

    Of all the fluffy small breed dogs, this one might be the rarest, at least in the United States.

    These spunky dogs can satisfy most of their energy needs
    indoors eliminating the need for a large backyard.  They are intelligent and sociable and make
    great lap dogs. 

    They come in a wide
    variety of colors and according to the standard, any color But white is

    Their coat is long, soft,
    and wavy to curly.  They require regular
    brushing, but the grooming requirements of this breed might not be as great as
    some other long coated small dogs.   

    These dogs are considered a rare breed so please
    be forewarned:  There might be an
    extensive wait to find the perfect puppy and most come with a hefty price tag.

    23. Shetland Sheepdog

    If you think you want a fluffy small breed dog, the Sheltie might have what you want.

    Fun loving, devoted, and smart are three words to describe
    the personality of a Sheltie.  They may
    look like a miniature collie, but they are breed of their own.  

    They are a good choice for a family and thrive
    in a suburban or rural setting.  Being a
    little yappy, they may not be perfect for apartment living. 

    They fit the bill of fluffy because they have
    a thick double coat that consists of a harder outer coat and soft inner layer
    that does mat easily if not brushed. 

    They usually shed about once per year; when this is happening, daily
    brushing is necessary to control all that hair. 

    In the meantime, a good brushing with a pin or slicker brush and an
    undercoat rake works well to keep them looking their best.

    Learn more about the Shetland Sheepdog Dog Breed Profile

    24. Shih Tzu

    Perhaps one of the most popular fluffy dogs, the Shih Tzu
    provides their owner with the fluffy cute look but does not stop there.  Personality plus! 

    These dogs are sweet, devoted, playful, and
    sturdy. These fluffy small breed dogs will warm your lap as they stare into your soul with their large round eyes.

    Most Shih Tzu dogs have a
    stubborn side, but if you find the appropriate motivator, you can easily train
    most of them to basic commands and more. 

    Be careful where you purchase one, though, as health issues have surfaced
    because of their popularity due to over breeding.

    More about the Shih Tzu

    25. Tibetan Spaniel

    Read about the Tibetan Spaniel Dog Breed Profile and Info

    26. Tibetan Terrier

    Tibetan Terriers resemble miniature versions of the Old
    English Sheepdog. 

    Although not as small
    as most breeds featured on this website, they are small enough to be mentioned,
    weighing in at between 18 and 30 pounds.(8 to 14 kg). 

    They have a moderate to high energy level so
    daily exercise is a must, but they are sociable and gentle, almost laid back
    in temperament and make great family pets. 

    Their double coat consists of a thick warm undercoat and a top coat that
    is soft with the texture of human hair. 

    Once a puppy’s adult coat grows in, they need regular grooming, brushing,
    and combing to prevent mats from forming. 

    More about the Tibetan Terrier

    27. Volpino Italiano

    Read more about the Volpino Italiano Dog Breed Profile

    So, this is our list of fluffy small breed dogs.  What do you think?  Do you own one of these fluffy small breed dogs and want to tell us about your pet? 

    Do you have a different fluffy small breed dog that we forgot to list?  Tell us too.  Use the form below to tell the world about your fluffy small breed dogs.

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