What is considered ‘Long Hair’?
Any dog that has hair extending from it’s body in a long, free flowing fashion. That’s what this list is all about.
Technically, we could say that dog’s such as a Husky or German Shepherd have long hair. But I want to see the dogs that have hair like Fabio on a windy day.
Surprisingly, long hair does not equal more allergies. In fact, quite of few of these dogs don’t shed and are hypoallergenic.
Maintenance, Haircuts, and Grooming
Beauty comes at a price. While those gorgeous flowing locks will certainly turn heads at the park, you are committing yourself to a lifetime of brushing and grooming.
Typically these long hair styles are called Show Grooms. That means they’re being prepared for the show ring and must appear immaculate.
If you want the look of the show groom, but with a little less daily maintenance, I recommend asking your groomer about a Breed Trim. This is a modified version of the Show Groom but styled in a way that’s easier for the everyday owner.
Of course, your results may vary. These grooms are only achieved by expert groomers with years of experience AND if your specific dog has the right kind of coat.
1. Afghan Hound
We’ll start with most luxurious and exotic of ‘hair-do’s’.
Their personality is just as unique as their looks. Afghans are also considered highly independent, yet emotionally and physically sensitive. And therefore very difficult to train. Socializing with humans is not on their list of priorities, and that makes communication between them and their owner that much more testing.
Afghan’s are an acquired taste and only for owners who are just as unique as them.
2. Chinese Crested
It’s important to remember that Chinese Crested come in two very distinct categories of coat type – Hairless and Full Coat.
As you may have surmised, hairless types are completely hair-free except for their head, tail, and feet. Meanwhile the full coat can flaunt long, silky hairs that drape all the way to the floor.
3. Cocker Spaniel
The real star of the show is the Cocker Spanial. They were bred as a companion breed, so loyalty is embedded in their very genes. They have a contagious enthusiasm for life, and are adaptable to your lifestyle, whatever that may be.
Their beautiful coats are a dream for professional groomers. Just take a look at Striker, the winning Cocker Spaniel of AKC in 2017.
4. Coton de Tulear
Cotons may have a soft and fluffy appeal, but they’re more like Velcro, because they’ll be stuck to your side wherever you go. That’s because the only thing this dog wants is to be at your side.
Cotons are known for their sweet and calm demeanor, but also for being quite intelligent. This makes them incredibly flexible to your routine, as long as your can accommodate this curious creature following you around all day.
5. Dachshund (Long Haired)
Dachshunds come in a wide variety of colors, coat types, and patterns. For our list we must feature the gorgeous Long-Haired Dachshund.
Dachshunds (or sometimes called “Doxies”) are small bundles of joy that spend their days playing and napping. They adapt well to just about any family routine, as long as it’s with the ones they love. They have an innate ability to make you feel better with their warmth and will follow you to the ends of the earth.
You can learn more about Dachsund colors and coat types here.
6. English Setter
Similar to their cousins (Irish Setter), the English Setter are also bird and hunting dogs with a very enthusiastic personality. But the most obvious difference is the white spotted coat.
When it comes to these beautiful coats the Setter can be placed in 2 distinct categories: Field and Show. Field Setters will have a shorter coat meant for working out in the field. While the Show Setters will grow into their beautiful long feathering.
Whenever you see “Setter” in the name you know you’re getting a lovable, high-energy companion. They excel in active sports and agility, or any sort of training challenge. But patience isn’t their strong suit and you may find them getting bored and mischievous.
7. Irish Setter
The Irish Setter is an active hunting dog with a rich-red coat. If you’re looking for the most gorgeous hair then look no further.
Irish Setter’s are incredibly enthusiastic about life, and you may even find them ‘bouncing off the walls’ with all that energy. Seeing as how this breed was meant for active duty (such as bird retrieval and hunting) they do well in active environments and when presented with daily challenges.
They’re also incredibly intelligent. This makes training easy, but they can also get into trouble if left to their own devices.
8. Lhasa Apso
The Lhasa Apso was once used to guard royal palaces in Tibet, and still carry that proud duty to this day.
This is a strong-headed breed, and it takes consistent training from a strong leader for the Lhasa to take heed. Because of their protective nature they absolutely must have early socialization.
Maltese are energetic and intelligent little companions.
Despite their long beautiful coat, these dogs have minimal shedding. But beauty comes at a price, and that white elegant hair needs regular upkeep and maintenance. You’ll be brushing your Maltese out daily, ensuring there are no mats or tangles, and visiting the groomer regularly for upkeep.
Pekingese is a unique breed originating from ancient China, but even more unique is their coat which is sometimes groomed in exuberant fashion.
The Pekingese have an independent spirit that make their own rules, so they can be very stubborn with training and potty training.
Also, they can be very loud, and tend to bark at just about everything. With that in mind, the Pekingese are not well suited for families with small children, other dogs, or first time dog owners.
11. Rough Collie
Just like you’d expect from Lassie, Rough Collie’s are loyal, intelligent, and always on the lookout for potential danger. They’re protective, but not aggressive, making them a great family watch dog.
Despite their guarding duty, Rough Collies are quite emotionally sensitive and sometimes shy. You’ll quickly find they’re attuned to your emotions, and respond according to how you’re feeling, which makes them especially good therapy dogs. It goes without saying, Rough Collies win the award for most family friendly dog.
12. Scottish Terrier
Too smart for their own good, and they come with a little extra sass.
Scottish Terriers are independent and live by their own set of rules. They’re strong-headed, so training isn’t on their list of priorities.
But despite all that tough-guy exterior, they have a soft spot for their family on the interior. Terriers love every second spent with their family, showing their deeply affectionate side when at home.
13. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus are lovable, energetic, and want nothing more than to spend their day with you. Friendliness is in their genetics, that’s because the Shih Tzu were bred for companionship. So you won’t find any hunting or herding traits here.
However, they can be overly energetic, and sometimes difficult to manage. Some families say the best way to keep them happy and occupied is to actually adopt two so they have a constant play-friend.
14. Shetland Sheepdog
“Shelties” are farm dogs meant to stand guard and herd. They’re fiercely intelligent and loyal, making them an excellent companion. Not to mention, they are especially adept at dog sports and agility.
While they need a good daily run and mental stimulation, you won’t find their energy “off the charts” like some other working breeds. Shelties excel when given a daily job that challenges them mentally and physically.
15. Tibetan Terrier
While they may look similar to their Lhasa Apso cousins (both originating from Tibet) the Tibetan Terrier is much larger and sturdier.
What they do share in common is their layered coat – with a thick, wooly coat underneath, and silky hairs on the top coat.
These dogs are especially good family pets, as they’re affection, loyal, and excellent with children. As long as you accommodate their daily exercise needs that is. Since the Tibetan Terriers are natural watch dogs, they tend to bark at whatever catches their interest.
16. Yorkshire Terrier
“Yorkies” are the star of their own show, and they want to make sure everyone is watching.
These are lovable little lap-dogs that love to play and explore, and are perfect for singles. Because of their tendency to be aggressive, these dogs are not recommended for families with small children.
But why stop here? You can check out all 28 Fluffy Dog Breeds if that’s more your style.