Long-haired dogs have a beautiful range of breeds and sizes for every home with each breed of dog coming with their own traits and perks as well as a few complications you may have to take into account before purchase. Below we have breed details, descriptions, and fun facts that will help you choose your perfect companion. Whether you’re looking for a pint-sized lap dog or a big lovable mat of fur this list will contain the perfect dog to make you the envy of your friends.
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Afghan Hounds are one of our medium-sized dogs perfect for a family home. They weigh between 50-60 pounds and can grow up to 28 inches tall. The dog has long hair falling from all over its body and sports a short curled tail. The Afghan Hound’s fur coat usually consists of shades of black, rust, or cream colors.
This breed of dog prefers a quiet family life and would prefer to stay inside on most days. While this breed may seem lazy at first, they do have a reputation for being able to escape from yards and cages easily. This breed will also require constant training to stay in line, so be prepared to spend a lot of time teaching your companion the difference between right and wrong over the years.
Komondors are one of the few large dogs on the list and will need a bit more space to run and exercise than the others. They can weigh in between 80-100 pounds and grow between 25-27 inches tall, making them a rather large companion. Their hair is cord or mop-like and they have also been bred for guarding livestock. The color of their coat almost exclusively comes in white with a few instances of black or brown scattered about.
This breed is known for being easy to train when young and can adapt to your lifestyle with ease. This dog is marked as intelligent and you may find that they think for themselves a good portion of the time. Be sure to come up with different walking routes and provide new toys for him to be engaged with to keep boredom from occurring in the breed. This dog is low on energy and will not require a lot of exercise.
Bergamasco Shepherds are a medium to large-sized dog, depending on their weight. They usually weigh 57-84 pounds and can grow up to 2 feet in height. At 21 inches, being the smallest these dogs get, be prepared to give them a lot of space. They have thick coats that mats itself to protect the body from both hot and cold temperatures. Their coat can consist of multiple shades of gray but can also be black or white.
This breed is one of the oldest recorded at around 2,000 years old. This dog was originally bred to be a herder and will require long daily walks or a large yard to exercise in. You will generally find this dog in colder climates making warm weather a little tricky for them. To keep your shepard happy, make sure they always have access to shade and water. You will also find this dog to be a little more reserved than most breeds.
Bearded Collies is another medium-sized dog breed that will do well with family life. The Bearded Collie breed generally weighs in between 45-55 pounds putting them near the weight of a small child. As for height, these dogs grow up from 20 inches to 22 inches tall. This dog’s hair flows over its the nose with the rest of its fur flowing downward giving it a shaggy look. Bearded Collies are generally white dogs with shades of black, grey, and brown mixed in.
Bearded Collies are very much attention driven dogs so it’s best for a family or household with multiple people that can spend time with him. If you live a busy life or your whole household does, this dog may be susceptible to developing separation anxiety. This breed learns best when positive techniques are used in their training and with a gentle hand and plenty of treats, this breed can become a great companion for your family.
Yorkshire Terrier is yet another small breed of dog on our list. This one weigh in at about 4-6 pounds and easily can fall into the toy dog classification. They grow to about 8 or 9 inches and have glossy, silky, straight coats. Their coat colors usually contain blonde and brown fur but can have white or black as well.
This breed can be difficult to house train and is very energetic at all times. They are best kept indoors due to their small size and will require toys to keep them out of troublesome situations. This breed is also temperature sensitive and doesn’t fair well in either hot or cold climates. Make sure to spend a lot of time in training with this breed to have an adorable partner for your family.
Newfoundlands are the biggest breed on our list and will need the most space out of every other dog listed. These dogs can weigh up to a grand total of 150 pounds and as low as 100 pounds. They grow between 25-29 inches tall, making them difficult to handle for some humans. They have very thick coats that are known for being water resistant and the breed is used as a rescue dog in some situations. Their coat comes mostly in a solid color such as black or brown but also can come with a mixture of white and black.
This is another dog breed known for their rapid growth during puppyhood. This dog is marked for having a very sweet temperment and is great around children. This breed like a few other breeds on the list can not be left alone for sizable amounts of time. This dog will need a family or active setting where they can acquire a lot of attention daily.
Shih Tzus are dogs bred specifically for their companionship. They are small dogs that only grow between 9 and 10 inches tall. The max weight you can expect from the breed is 16 pounds and the least amount of weight should be 9 pounds. The Shih Tzu’s coat colors can be a variety of solid colors or combinations of colors such as white, black, rust, brown, and blonde.
This breed of dog is known for their jumping abilities. You will need to take special precautions to make sure they are well protected and can reach heights without putting themselves in danger of long falls. This breed is also easy to adapt to any type of living situation and will socialize easily if training begins at a young age. This breed is also difficult when potty training and will require a stable amount of attention to fully learn to use puppy pads.
The Lhasa Apso is another long-haired breed that slightly resembles the Shih Tzu. These dogs are a small breed as well and grow between 9-11 inches. They can weigh up to 15 pounds and as little as 12 pounds. They have long fur that will drag the ground and can come in many colors that are mostly solid shades of white, black, or grey.
This dog is best suited for small spaces and prefers an indoor environment. Adjusting to a new home can be a little hard with this breed but can be done easily using a pet crate. The Lhasa Apso will also not require a huge amount of exercise a day and short daily walks around your neighborhood will suffice.
The Maltese is a small dog breed that has long, straight, white hair that drags along the ground with the adult Maltese clocking in at the small size of between 3-10 pounds. This dog is considered to be a toy dog and will generally not grow bigger than 10 inches. Their fur is known to be silky with the coat color being generally white. The Maltese’s coat also does not shed, making this breed perfect for people with pet allergies.
This dog breed is bred specifically to be a cuddler and they keep their playful dispositions, even with age. These dogs may need a weekly bath to keep their coat clean and they may have some tear staining around the eye which could require daily cleaning. You will also need regular grooming to keep their coats from tangling due to the fact that they don’t naturally shed their fur. As for housing arrangements, these dogs prefer smaller enclosed places that they can easily run around in. If you have a small backyard, you might just find this breed perfect for your home.
The Havanese dog breed are pint-sized pups that are full of energy and could do well in a family-oriented setting. They all grow between 8-11 inches in height and are easy to take around town. They generally weigh 7-13 pounds putting them closer to a large cat in size. Their coat is extremely soft and has a silky feel to it when touched. Their coat comes in many shades and patterns usually consisting of white, black, or brown.
This pint-sized breed will need lengthy walks to keep themselves in shape or a decent amount of play sessions each day. The Havanese is best suited for and indoor life, but is known for causing a ruckus and making living in an apartment a challenge. This breed is also known for having difficulties in the potty training area and can develop separation anxiety rather easily. This dog is best suited for a homebody or a family with young kids.
Pomeranians are a very popular breed of dog and can be seen in many films. The breed is small weighing in between 3-7 pounds. They can grow up to a 12 inches in height or be as short as 7 inches. Their coat is very thick and they are prone to shedding due to having double layered fur in their coat. Their fur colors can consist of a mixture of colors from white, grey, brown, blonde, rust, and black.
This dog is suited to a home with older children and prefers being handled gently. This breed is also plagued with getting bored easily and will need constant changes in toys or walking routes. You may also find that Pomeranians can be harder to train due to a short attention span. This can lead to frustrations by many owners or even having to put money into a professional trainer.
Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is a medium-sized breed of dog. This breed can grow between 17-19 inches in height. They weigh about 30-40 pounds and they can require a substantial amount of grooming. Their coats are almost always comprised of solid colors which can be blonde, brown, or rust colored.
This dog is adaptive to most types of living situations and will need a moderate amount of exercise daily. This breed was originally bred for hunting, so they can adapt to walks through the woods easily. When you begin training however, you will need a constant and firm style in order to fully get through to the Wheaten Terrier. This dog will do well with people of all ages once properly trained and makes a great addition to any family.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is almost the biggest dog on our list with it weighing in between 70-115 pounds. They can grow up to two feet tall, making this the dog for you if you are looking for a big cuddle buddy. The Bernese Mountain Dog has a tri-colored fur coat containing black fur with a white chest and scattered brown fur. Their coat is thick which can keep them warm in cold temperatures and consists of two layers of fur, one containing long fur and the bottom layer consisting of thicker, protective fur.
The Bernese is a working dog meaning you may find that they have a lot of energy to spare. For this breed, you may find yourself taking a few more walks than average with your new partner. Like many large breeds of dogs, you should also be prepared for rapid growth after the four month mark of puppyhood. Be aware that the dog’s joints won’t fully form for two years and will need to be held back from heavy exercise until then. This dog is bred for cold climates, so pay special attention to him in warm weather to avoid heat stroke or other serious health conditions.