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November 20, 2012 at 8:00 AMComments: 2 Faves: 0

Luscious Locks: The Top 5 Longest Fur Dog Breeds

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

Do you LOVE the look of a long fur dog?

Take a look at these five breeds. They'll require daily upkeep and regular professional grooming, but offer an appealing, unique look of softness. Oh, so furry!!!

Some of the dogs I list below are minimal shedders, others shed heavily. The grooming expense and time will need to be considered if you wish to have one of these breeds!

Shih Tzu

Long and silky comes to mind when thinking of a Shih Tzu. The name Shih Tzu translates loosely in Chinese as "lion." They were often described as looking very lion like with their long fur around faces, giving them a "mane" like a lion. The Shih Tzu cousins: Pekingese, Lhaso Apso, Tibetan Spaniel, and Maltese are all considered #5! Their fur coats are very similar, long, soft, and doublecoated, all requiring regular grooming. Often, many pet-parents of these breeds opt for the "puppy-cut," an all over short cut that is easy to maintain. Many pet-parents put a little top-knot on the top of their head, helping to prevent their long fur from covering their eyes. The Shih Tzu sheds minimally, and would be a great breed for an allergy sufferer.

Afghan Hound

One of the oldest breeds around, this gorgeous breed has a very fine, long, and silky coat! They often look like they are wearing a long-haired wig. With the hair on their face being short, their head and ears are draped with silky fur, giving the illusion of a wig. This breed often seen with a top-knot on the top of their head, which helps prevent the fur from covering their eyes. They require regular grooming and daily brushing to prevent mats from forming. Their fur should never be cut short. Their shedding is very minimal, making them an ideal breed for allergy sufferers.

Old English Sheepdog

Think the 1959 Walt Disney film, The Shaggy Dog! With their thick, dense, shaggy fur covering their face and eyes, this is one of the most recognizable breeds with long fur. They have a double-coat with a water resistant undercoat that helps protect them in harsh weather. Their fluffy coat sheds heavily every day. Daily brushing will help prevent matting, and will require time. Groomers consider this breed high maintenance in their department. Pet-parents often opt for the "puppy-cut" which helps, especially in the summer months, to keep them cool and is much easier to manage in the maintenance department.

Bearded Collie

This adorable breed sports a shaggy, long outer-coat, and a soft, thick undercoat that helps protect them in the harsh winter months of Scotland, where they came from. The distinct beard that forms on their face underneath their chin gives the Bearded Collie their name and famous look. Their long fur naturally parts down the middle of their back, falling to the sides of their body. This breed requires daily brushing to help prevent matting of the fur. Although, pet-parents opt for the "puppy-cut" with this breed, it will not eliminate efforts in the grooming department or prevent heavy shedding. Weekly brushing will be required to maintain this beautiful coat.


The uniqueness of this breed is their wooly double-coat and dreadlock looking outer-coat! The Puli's coat forms "cords" that hang long and can easily grow to touch the ground. As a sheepdog, the Puli guards and protects the herd from wolves. Their long dreadlock coat protects them if attacked by a wolf, preventing the bites from injuring them. The Puli requires EXTENSIVE grooming to maintain their "cords." This is a perfect breed for allergy sufferers, as the Puli sheds minimally.

Do you have a long fur dog? If yes, what type of breed is it?What is your grooming routine for your breed? Would you consider any of the Top 5 breeds listed? If yes, which one?

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  • I would love the Puli they are such neat dogs. The grooming is whats holding me back they are a lot of work. I am a retired groomer and know how much work it is to groom a Puli. You have to unwrap every section of hair and wash it and put it back in to the row. Amazing dogs though and I love there coat it makes the unique.

  • Me too, Jonnette! and I agree, the grooming...UGH, which you understand being in this profession!

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