Top 10 Softest Dog Breeds

Written by AZ Animals Staff
Published: December 14, 2021
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There are many reasons why someone may want to know the dog breeds with the softest coats. The softest dogs are often associated with being cuddly dog breeds, and that can be true, but it isn’t the only factor. A fluffy dog that is very high energy and independent will not be as cuddly as a breed with a harsher coat that loves people and attention.

Another reason many people are curious about which dog breeds have the softest coats is because of the grooming required. Some dog breeds that don’t shed are known for their soft coats. If time and effort spent grooming are important when you are considering dog breeds, however, do further research. Not all dog breeds with soft, cuddly coats are non-shedding.

#10: Keeshond

This soft dog breed, the Keeshond, was originally bred as a guard dog.

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For pet lovers looking for a sturdy companion, the Keeshond may be a perfect fit. Originally the breed served as a guard dog and companion on barges. Today, they make excellent companions and are affectionate with children, other pets, and strangers.

The grooming needs of the Keeshond are high. Their dense, soft fur requires frequent grooming, and they are a heavy shedding breed.

#9: Lhasa Apso

This soft dog breed, the Lhasa Apso, is a non-shedding dog.

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For the dog lover looking for a small bundle of fluff, the Lhasa Apso may be a perfect choice. Maturing to a height of 11 inches, this small pup loves his family and is generally good with children and pets. Another breed that doesn’t shed, the Lhasa Apso’s silky coat is kept looking its best with frequent grooming.

#8: Bernese Mountain Dog

This soft dog breed, the Bernese Mountain Dog, is easily trainable.

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A large dog that loves being a member of the family, the Bernese Mountain Dog has a silky, soft coat that you can burrow your hands in. While they may be too large to curl up with you on the couch, you can count on these highly trainable companions to always be at your side. Their double coat does require regular, although not daily, grooming.

#7: Bichon Frise

This soft dog breed, the Bichon Frise, is a great choice for someone with allergies.

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If you are serious about keeping hair and dander down, Bichon Frises are a choice that doesn’t shed. Fun-loving and affectionate, this small breed is the perfect cuddly choice for those with allergies.

Don’t be fooled by the breed’s no-shed status, they still require frequent grooming. Frequent brushing will keep your pup as fresh, fluffy, and soft as possible.

#6: Samoyed

This soft dog breed, the Samoyed, is a big-time snuggler.

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For people looking for a sweet, loving companion that is highly trainable and adaptable, the Samoyed is a good choice. This gorgeous woolly-coated dog has a white, thick, plush coat that begs you to snuggle. The breed loves his family and is always ready to play, cuddle, or just hang out. Regular grooming keeps his medium-length double coat looking good.

#5: Bouvier Des Flandres

This soft dog breed, the Bouvier des Flandres, can weigh over 100 pounds.

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A large fluffy breed that makes a great companion is the Bouvier des Flandres. The breed can mature to over 100 pounds and are nice companions. Not quite as affectionate as many dogs, it isn’t one of the cuddly dog breeds, but its medium-length double coat is deceptively soft.

The breed is highly trainable, requires daily exercise, and can make a good watchdog for the household.

#4: Havanese

This soft dog breed, the Havanese, is loving and affectionate.

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One of the most endearing cuddly dog breeds, the Havanese is a small breed with a big personality. Loving and affectionate with family, other pets, children, and strangers, this charmer is a delightful addition to the family.

Although they are not one of the dog breeds that don’t shed, they are light shedders. This does not mean they can go without frequent grooming. Their long, wavy coats grab hold of loose hairs. This is one of the reasons they are such light shedders, however, your pup can develop tangles and painful mats quickly if this loose hair builds up.

#3: Alaskan Malamute

This soft dog breed, the Alaskan Malamute, is a very popular breed.

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A fluffy dog that is active and always ready to play, the Alaskan Malamute is a popular breed. They are affectionate and tolerant of children and other dogs. While open to strangers, they also make excellent watchdogs. They are quick with an alerting bark when someone shows up at your door.

Their short, plush, double coat requires regular grooming. Frequent brushing removes loose hair and keeps the coat looking good. Fortunately, due to the length of their coat, mats and tangles are not typically an issue.

#2: Coton de Tulear

This soft dog breed, the Coton de Tulear, is has a wavy double coat.

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One of the smaller of the softest dogs, the Coton de Tulear is an endearing charmer. Their wavy double coat feels more like cotton candy than fur. This playful breed gets along well with children, strangers, and other pets. Eager to please and less vocal than many smaller breeds, the Coton de Tulear fits in well with many types of households.

Coton de Tulears are light shedders, but their long coats require nearly daily combing to keep them in good shape. The good news is, these pups are small and affectionate, making grooming a breeze.

#1: Great Pyrenees

This soft dog breed, the Great Pyrenees, needs lots of exercise.

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The Great Pyrenees is one of the softest dogs you could hope for. Your hands will disappear in the plush coat of one of these dogs. They are a large breed, and not for everyone. For those with time and energy to ensure this guardian breed gets plenty of exercise, they can be a good choice.

Grooming-wise, the breed is not a heavy shedder, although they are not a non-shedding breed. As long as they are groomed on a regular basis, their double coat isn’t too difficult to manage.

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