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Breeds of Dogs With Beautiful Unique Fur.

I never thought I would ever be jealous of a dog's hair, but that seems to be the case today… These beautiful and unique breeds each have their own wonderful look and amazing fur. Man's best friend has never looked so fluffy!

Afghan Hound

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Afghans are one of the oldest dog breeds known to man. Their signature coat originally protected them from the cold climate in the mountainous regions where they hail from, before they became domestic pets.

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Puli

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Pulik (the plural of puli) dogs are well known for their soft dreadlocks. While their hair isn't always corded, it is the natural way that the breed looks without any human interference.

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Pekingese

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This breed was kept by the Imperial families of China and treated like royalty. Common people had to bow to them like kings, and treating them with cruelty was punishable by death. They're also so fluffy you almost have to redefine the word.

 

Shih Tzu

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The name of this breed means "lion" in Chinese. A simple look at the facial hair of this cute little lap dog shows exactly why. Their hair does require some maintenance to look this good, but it's worth it.

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Bichon Frisé

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Bichons were also royal pets, only they are from Western Europe. By the late 1800's they had a "career change" and become popular circus dogs.

 

Bearded Collie

 

Used in Scotland for herding, these dogs are once known as Highland Collies. The official name was changed due to their long hair which differentiates them from other collies.

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Komondor

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Like a Puli, Komondors have corded hair, but they are always white and are much larger than their Hungarian look-alikes.

Chinese Crested

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Originally found in Africa, Chinese trade ships used to stop along the coast, adopt one of these dogs and use them to hunt rats onboard the ship, which they excelled at.

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Old English Sheepdog

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As the name implies these are working dogs. If kept as a family pet with no sheep around they may actually try to herd people or even objects.

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Poodle


The traditional haircut of the Poodle isn't all about style. The name of this breed is derived from German, and means "water dog." The hair weighs them down in the water, so in the past their hair was cut to allow them to swim better. Only bits of hair were left around the joints and vital organs to protect them from the cold.

 

Chow Chow

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Originally from Northern China, where they are often called "puffy-lion dogs", these big and fluffy balls of hair are known for their dark tongues and bear-like appearance.

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Papillion

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The ears and hair are the defining characteristics of this French breed, whose name means "butterfly". Not hard to see why, with those ears...

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Newfoundland

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One of the largest dog breeds in the world, Newfoundland dogs were originally used as working dogs in, you guessed it, Newfoundland, Canada.

 

Maltese

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Known for their smooth white hair, the Maltese are a fearless breed, despite their tiny size. Some Maltese can have curly hair, but this is considered a fault as they normally have long and silky hair with no undercoat.

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Samoyed

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One of my personal favorites, Samoyeds have black lips that curl at the edge, giving them their "Samoyed Smile." Samoyeds have a dense, double layer coat. The topcoat contains long, coarse, and straight guard hairs, which appears white but has a hint of silver coloring which makes it look so beautiful.

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Silky Terrier

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Silkies are slightly larger and often confused for Yorkshire Terriers. While they do share common ancestors (Yorkies and Australian Terriers), the silky terrier are different in size and have a much more keen and playful temperament.

 

Keeshond

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This breed in unique not only because of its beautiful fur, but also since it is one of few dog breeds that have never been raised to hunt. As a result they are wonderful family pets, known for their intuitive and empathetic nature, as well as a beautiful plush coat of silver and black fur.

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