Discover the 12 Most Popular Long-Haired Dog Breeds

Written by Niccoy Walker
Updated: July 20, 2023
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12 Most Popular Long-haired Dog Breeds
If you don’t mind a little excess dog hair – these beautiful breeds are sure to please!

Have you ever dreamed of walking through the park with a picture-perfect pup, her long, luscious locks flowing in the wind? The showstoppers on this list are ideal for those wanting an elegant-looking canine buddy. Discover the 12 most popular long-haired dog breeds and learn about their grooming requirements.

1. Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso walking around outside

Lhasa Apsos have silky floor-length hair.


The Lhasa Apso is intelligent, funny, and confident. They are small, hardy dogs belonging to the non-sporting group. They are popular for their floor-length coat that drapes on either side of their bodies. Despite their long, silky coat, Lhasa Apsos are light shedders. However, they require moderate grooming. Additionally, these dogs have a double coat with slightly rough outer coats.

2. Afghan Hound

Oldest Dog Breeds - Afghan Hound

Afghan hounds are athletic and self-willed.


Though Afghan hounds are aloof and self-willed, they are also incredibly sweet. Despite their long, elegant, silky coats that grow to the floor, these dogs are quite athletic. While they don’t shed much, they require heavy grooming, up to once a day. This breed has a single coat featuring hair similar to humans.

3. Bernese Mountain Dog

Animals that Sweat - Dogs

Bernese Mountain dogs are wonderful, affectionate, and intelligent.

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The Bernese Mountain dog is strong, patient, and loving. They are large dogs belonging to the working group, and they feature moderately long, thick hair. They also have double coats and are extremely heavy shedders. These dogs need moderate grooming about once a week. 

4. Bergamasco Sheepdog

Bergamasco sheepdog laying in the grass

The Bergamasco sheepdog is a type of cattle dog that has three different types of hair.


The Bergamasco sheepdog is smart, loyal, and well-balanced. Though you won’t know it by their appearance, this breed is large and muscular beneath all their hair, and they belong to the herding group. Because their hair is long and corded, Bergamasco sheepdogs have easy grooming requirements. They don’t shed and are basically grooming-free, except for a one-time process of ripping their hair into mats. Additionally, they only need to be bathed a few times a year. 

5. Border Collie

red border collie

Border collies can have different hair lengths.


The border collie is intelligent, energetic, and lovey-dovey. They are athletic, medium-sized herding dogs that need lots of playtime and mental stimulation. They have medium to long wavy hair that is double coated. And they are moderate shedders that require weekly grooming. But they may require more grooming during the shedding season.

6. Shih Tzu

Prettiest / Cutest Dogs - Shih Tzu - running through grassy field near lake

Because they were bred solely to be companions, Shih Tzus are affectionate, happy, outgoing house dogs.


The Shih Tzu is affectionate, adaptable, and eager to please. These small and charming dogs belong to the toy group and have been delighting owners for centuries. They have long, puffy double coats. Thankfully, they are very light shedders, but they do require heavy grooming, including daily brushing and monthly baths.

7. Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland sheepdog mid walk outside

The Shetland sheepdog is a miniature version of the rough collie.


The Shetland sheepdog is playful, protective, and obedient. These smart herding canines are excellent family dogs, but require lots of exercise and mental stimulation, similar to collies. This breed has a long double coat that sheds moderately. They also require moderate grooming at least once a week, brushing the coat, especially behind the ears and the elbows.

8. Bolognese

Bolognese sitting in fall leaves

The Bolognese is more intelligent than its closely related breeds.


The Bolognese is friendly, easy-going, and devoted. These small, fluffy dogs are excellent companions and great for less-active families. Due to their long, wavy coats, these pups feel like cotton! Because they are light shedders, they are great for people with allergies. They require moderate grooming of their full coat, but you can keep their hair short for easier maintenance.   

9. English Setter

Typical English Setter on a green grass lawn.

English setters have long double coats.

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The English setter is relaxed, happy, and sociable. These well-mannered dogs are elegant and solid, belonging to the sporting group. They have medium to long double-coated hair with a silky texture. And they are moderate shedders that require moderate grooming, such as weekly brushing and frequent trimming.

10. German Longhaired Pointer

German Longhaired Pointer on the beach

German longhaired pointers are excellent hunting dogs.

© Fotografie

Though German longhaired pointers are calm and family-oriented, they are also quite active. These passionate pointers were bred for hunting for over a century, but they also make excellent companions. This breed features medium to long double-coated hair and they are moderate shedders, but they require very little grooming unless they are active hunters. However, if they are very active and moving through various terrain, they may need more regular upkeep.

11. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Despite their dainty appearance, Yorkshire terriers are feisty and bold.

© Pas

Due to the Yorkie‘s loving and vigilant personality, these dogs are everyone’s best friend. These tiny toy dogs were once used as ratters in mines and also sat on the laps of royals. But today, they are lovable and feisty family pets. Their hair is long and silky and great for allergy sufferers as they shed very little, but they need heavy grooming to keep their human-like hair tangle-free.

12. Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees laying in front of tree with white buds


Great Pyrenees

is one of the largest dog breeds.


The Great Pyrenees is independent, intelligent, and protective. These large working dogs have medium to moderately long, thick coats that shed quite a bit. Despite loads of fur, they only need light to moderate grooming, consisting of weekly brushing. 

Rank Long-Haired Dog BreedsGrooming Level
1Lhasa ApsoModerate
2Afghan HoundHeavy
3Bernese Mountain DogModerate
4Bergamasco SheepdogLight
5Border CollieModerate
6Shih TzuHeavy
7Shetland sheepdogModerate
9English SetterModerate
10German longhaired pointerLight
11Yorkshire TerrierHeavy
12Great PyreneesModerate

The photo featured at the top of this post is © VKarlov/

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Niccoy is a professional writer for A-Z Animals, and her primary focus is on birds, travel, and interesting facts of all kinds. Niccoy has been writing and researching about travel, nature, wildlife, and business for several years and holds a business degree from Metropolitan State University in Denver. A resident of Florida, Niccoy enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time at the beach.

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