11 Dog Breeds With Fluffy Tails

11 Dog Breeds With Fluffy Tails

Last Updated: August 18, 2023

In this article you will know the answer to the query “11 Dog Breeds With Fluffy Tails“.

I have written an article about dogs with fluffy tails.

For most dog owners it would be difficult to pinpoint one feature that makes their dogs so unique. 

11 Dog Breeds With Fluffy Tails

Our love for them is unending. 

However I believe it is a whole different ballgame for people who are just beginning their search for the dog of their dreams.

Most of the time these people tend to have one key characteristic they are looking for in a dog.

To help those of you in this category my article today will highlight 11 dog breeds with fluffy tails.

In addition to being extensive the list is also quite varied.

Because the smallest breed on my list is the Pomeranian which can weigh just 7 pounds as opposed to a Tibetan Mastiff which can weigh 150 pounds.

In between these two extremes as well.

I want to talk about fluffy tails for a moment before I start talking about specific breeds.  

Why do dogs have fluffy tails?

It is for two reasons that dogs are bred with fluffy tails.

To begin with dogs were bred to have fluffy tails because they worked in very cold places where a fluffy tail would help keep them warm.

When these dogs slept they curled themselves into a ball and wrapped their fluffy tails around their heads to make themselves as small as possible. 

The second half of my list is composed largely of working breeds of dogs.

In the first part of my list most of the breeds are smaller breeds. 

There are not any fluffy tails on these dogs because it helps them stay warm.

They have fluffy tails because it completes their “look”.

The dog looks cuter or more attractive with a fluffy tail.

Speaking of which let me go through my list.

The Pomeranian is my first breed. 

1. Pomeranian

These are the smallest dogs with the fluffiest tails are not they? Probably.

Nonetheless a Pomeranians fluff covers not just its tail but its entire body.

The tail is quite apt on a dog that in fading light can be mistaken for a baby fox. 

What benefits do these small dogs provide to their owners other than their fluffy tails?

They are known for their fierce loyalty- sometimes to a family sometimes even to a single family member.

The Pomeranian alarm system might be just what you need if you want a portable watchdog you can take anywhere. 

Dogs like these are not suitable if you have other dogs in the house or if you have young children who enjoy cuddling or yelling at dogs!

The dogs may look pretty and delicate but their looks can be deceiving because even though they might only weigh 7 pounds they act as if they are ten times that weight. 

With all the dirt and debris that can get stuck in fluffy tails these dogs will enjoy all of that close attention. 

2. Pekingese

If you did not know that Pomeranians were originally bred in Poland then your geographic understanding must be very poor if you do not understand that Pekingese dogs come from the Chinese city of Peking!

The city is now known as Beijing. 

Pekingese do have fluffy tails but sometimes you will have trouble finding them amongst all the fluffy fur on the back of a dog.

Many centuries ago these dogs were bred by Chinese royalty for the royal treatment. Today they are still treated like royalty. 

To bolster this impression Pekingese have manes similar to those of a lion- another King in the jungle.

Around their necks and shoulders they have exceptionally long hair that forms the mane. 

Pekingese combine a flat face large eyes and a peculiar way of walking to create an incredibly unique appearance.

A rolling gait is a way of walking in which dogs roll their hips as they walk.

This makes their movement a bit labored and slow which was thought to be nurtured deliberately so that these dogs were prevented from escaping their owners’ palaces. 

3. Bichon Frise

Keeping with dogs on the shorter side of life we move on to the Bichon Frise. 

Since they only come in one color (pure white) perhaps they are one of the hardest breeds to keep clean. 

There seems to be a mix of Spanish and French blood in these dogs.

Another dog with royal connections to both the Spanish and French royal households. 

Links dating back to at least the 13th century. 

Certainly there was a poodle somewhere in the creative process of a coat with such a tight-knit curl. 

Likewise their tails hang over the top of their backs like a spider plant does when it falls out of its pot. 

Bichons tend to be less possessive or territorial than other dogs and more tolerant of children.

Another rare quality of small dogs is that they enjoy the water.

They were originally bred to be companions for sailors which was one of their original purposes. 

4. Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzus my mother-in-law had been absolutely adored by her.

Thousands of years ago these dogs originated in Asia.

However Shih Tzus originated in Tibet not China.

Shi Tzu means Lion Dog in rough translation.

The Buddha is believed to have traveled with these dogs several thousand years ago. 

Because of their flat noses large eyes and (in some cases) very long hair it is sometimes difficult to notice their fluffy tail.

Its tail is very similar to the tail of a Bichon in the sense that it is made up of several strands of hair that cascade over its back like a waterfall. 

Shih Tzus with long flowing coats reminds me of Afghan hounds in their miniature form.

Shi Tzus make great companions but they are also very laid back so they enjoy playing with children.

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5. Norwegian Elkhound

As we remain in Northern Europe our next dog takes us to Norway – or at least its ancestors did.

Norwegian Elkhounds are another spitz breed and the national dog of Norway.

Although these dogs can be used to guard or herd livestock they are primarily used to hunt moose and elk. 

With its coat of black gray and white hairs it camouflages the dog in its surroundings much like a wolf. 

There are a few individuals who form close bonds with these working dogs.

No matter whether the pack is human or canine they love being together. 

6. Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu is also the name of a cryptocurrency in addition to being a famous Japanese dog breed!

Shiba Inus are hunting dogs that originated in Japan. 

To ensure that they are happy they will need to be well exercised and stimulated. 

Their tails are curly and fluffy much like a foxs.

It has a real purpose.

When these dogs sleep they curl up into a ball and their tail covers their head.

In cold weather keeping them warm is important.

Originally these dogs were bred to hunt in the mountains. 

7. Samoyed

Our next dog is the Samoyed a combination of a hunting and herding dog.

As we move from Japan to Siberia we look for another dog with a fluffy tail.

It turns out that this dog is another Spitz breed.

Pure white is the most popular color for a Samoyed which makes perfect sense for a working dog in Siberia. 

Dogs have done everything from herd reindeer to pull sleds on expeditions to the North Pole. 

A fluffy tail is one of the distinctive features of this breed although how erect it is held will depend on how alert a dog is. 

8. American Eskimo Dog

You might be a little confused about why I included our final spitz breed of dog.

It would not help at all as you’ll still reach the same conclusion regardless of the photo.

Samoyeds and American Eskimo Dogs are the same breeds.

Surely they are identical twins.

I agree with you.

In describing the AED I would simply be repeating what I have already written about the Samoyed.

Its almost there. But theres one important exception.

Samoyeds are larger when it comes to size.

Accordingly the smallest recommended size of a Samoyed is 19″ high which is the largest size for an AED. 

If you like the look of a Samoyed but do not like the size of the breed and all that it entails (larger food bills more exercise etc) then the AED might be the perfect dog for you.

Dogs with bodies as fluffy as their tails as well as ones that are pure as snow.

9. Chow Chow

The search for our next fluffy-tailed dog takes us from Siberia to Northern China.

Northern China is the ancestral homeland of the Chow Chow.

The translation of Chow Chow is a puffy lion which makes it an even greater name.

I think thats very appropriate.

Is it even possible to have a cuddly bear crossed with a lion?

From its fluffy tail to its hairy chest this dog is all fluff.

A chest that is so hairy it looks like a lion’s mane!

It is large

10. Alaskan Malamute

As we move on to our large breeds of dogs we will start with the Malamute. 

Often mistaken for a Husky by many people. 

Both of them pull sleds across the snow do not they?

Do they both have fluffy tails that curl up around their faces like scarves?

However the average Malamute is taller and heavier than a Husky. 

It is recommended that a male Malamute weighs around 85 pounds (or 38 kilograms) whereas a male Husky weighs about 60 pounds (27 kilograms).

Malamutes are bigger because they are bred to pull heavy loads over short distances while Huskies are bred to pull light loads over long distances. 

Siberia is home to the Husky while Alaska is home to the Malamute.

Physically there are some differences as well.

Their coat is coarser than a Huskys and some parts of their body have a longer coat than others.

Husky coats are all the same length. 

Malamutes also have a wider muzzle than Huskys.

11. Tibetian Mastiff

Having examined a large and powerful dog we now turn our attention to a giant of the canine world.

Our list would not be complete without the largest dog on it.

A malamute can weigh up to 85 pounds but a Tibetan Mastiff can weigh up to 150 pounds which makes it a monster of a dog.

Another breed that needs a fluffy tail to keep warm is the Tibetan mastiff which was bred to guard livestock in the mountains of Tibet. 

It may come as a surprise to learn that these enormous dogs can move quickly for short distances. 

Despite how effective these Mastiffs are at guarding livestock they can make excellent family dogs if they have enough space exercise socialization and training. 

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