Long-Haired Dogs – Top 7 Most Popular Breeds (2021)

Long-haired dogs are unique simply because of one feature that separates them from all other breeds:

Their long hair makes them gorgeous in a special kind of way.

In today’s post, we will show you our list of the 7 most beautiful long-haired dog breeds.

Suppose you are in the process of welcoming a dog into your family. With the help of this article, you will get a few ideas for finding your ideal long-haired puppy!

Let’s see which long-haired dog breeds we have prepared for you!

#1 – Samoyed

Long-haired dogs - Samoyed.

At the top of our list is the beautiful, fluffy Samoyed, as you might guess.

The Samoyed is a long-haired dog breed originating from Western Siberia. The thick, fluffy coat of the Samoyeds can be white, cream, or biscuit. It is not as long as the hair of some other breeds on our list, but it has so much volume and fluffiness that people like to call Samoyeds clouds!

This long-haired breed is an excellent pet for families with lots of children because they are gentle and patient dogs. They love children as if they were their own puppies and enjoy being around people in general. They get on well with other dogs too.

Samoyeds live quite long! They have an average lifespan between 12 to 14 years, so you must rethink whether you are genuinely ready for a long-term commitment before committing to buying one.

Their long coat makes them prone to matting if they are not brushed daily. You need at least 20 minutes of daily brushing to maintain their beautiful hair.

It is also important that you trim their nails every month and smooth down any rough or knotty patches on their skin. This is especially true in winter when the weather can make it harder for them to keep themselves clean.

Remember that Samoyeds are also prone to heavy shedding two times a year (during winter and summer).

A Samoyed will not need frequent baths. Samoyed puppies need only two bathing sessions per year. Becoming older, a Samoyed will need a bath every three months.

 #2 – Poodle

Long-haired dog breed - Poodle.

Let’s keep going with our list of long-haired dog breeds!

Our number two, poodles, is another popular choice amongst dog lovers.

They come in many colors, including white, black, and brown. The life span of the long-haired poodle is between 13 – 15 years.

Poodles are one of the most intelligent dogs with a high activity level. Therefore, they need to be kept busy, or else they can develop behavioral problems like becoming destructive or anxious.

One good way to keep your poodle occupied is to take it to competition shows (they’re really social, so it’s easier for them, and they will probably enjoy it). That takes up plenty of their time interacting with people and other animals at shows.

A lot of grooming care goes into keeping these long-haired dogs in top condition. The long coat needs brushing on a daily basis, and they need to be trimmed up every six weeks.

Poodles shed quite often. Once in a couple of weeks, you will surely find excess hair around your apartment or house.

As you will soon see, heavy shedding is not that common among long-haired dogs after all!

#3 – Maltese

Long-haired dog breeds - Maltese.

Maltese is a long-haired dog breed known for its beautiful white fur, distinctive black button nose, big ears, and the famous ‘pom-pom’ tail at the end of its body. The Maltese have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

They have been bred from ancient times as bird-catching animals because they were such fast runners, which is helpful for hunting.

Their coat can be pretty long and glossy, allowing you to experiment with different haircuts and spend a lot of time at the groomer!

If this long-haired breed really appeals to your heart, then go ahead and get yourself a Maltese!

But beware that the process of maintaining them will take up more time than with most dogs. Their grooming requirements are very high! The long fur needs regular bathing (once every two weeks), brushing and combing, and nail trimming (every month).

However, Maltese shed once in a while, which is an advantage they have over other long-haired dogs.

#4- Yorkshire Terrier

Long-haired dog - Yorkshire Terrier.

The Yorkshire Terrier is a long-haired dog breed that originated in the 1800s. They have long, straight hair and wiry whiskers. The long coat can be either black or tan with a lighter blaze on its forehead. 

Yorkies’ small size makes them ideal for living in flats, even with other animals like cats or dogs.

The Yorkshire Terrier’s average lifespan ranges between 13-16 years, so you will get plenty of time together! In addition, these long-haired dogs are brilliant, and you can train them with ease. 

They also require a lot of effort around grooming, so if you don’t have the time to dedicate, this may not be the breed for you!

You should trim your Yorkie’s hair once a month. Also, every two to four weeks, they need a bath to keep their long fur clean and shiny.

Fortunately for you, Yorkies don’t have an undercoat, so they aren’t heavy shedders!

#5 – Shih-Tzu

Long-haired dogs - Shih-Tzu.

Shih-Tzu’s long, silky coat can come in many colors, including black and white or brown. 

Shih-Tzu means ‘little lion,’ and they live up to their name with a strong but loving personality! They love learning new things, so training them will be easy for you!

Their average lifespan ranges between 10 – 16 years old. Shih Tzus have an active temperament, so make sure you take them for plenty of long walks or long play sessions.

On top of all that, you may remember from our previous post that Shih-Tzu is the slowest dog breed in the world!

They are naturally clean dogs which makes the grooming process much easier!

However, these long-haired dogs do need brushing once every other day for maintenance (or daily if you want). Their long hair doesn’t require trimming as often. When it does get knotty, just comb out any knots using your fingers before tackling them with scissors.

Once again, Shih-Tzus are not heavy shedders, which is excellent news for long-haired dog owners! However, during the spring and autumn, they may shed a bit more intensely.

#6 – Pomeranian

Long-haired dog breeds - Pomeranian.

Pomeranians are tiny long-haired dogs that come in a variety of colors. The long life span of these little balls of joy ranges between 12- 16 years, so start planning for your long-haired pup now! 

Something rare to hear with most dog breeds is that they do not require particularly intense physical activity. In fact, almost one short walk a day can meet their needs!

Additionally, they do not pose a challenge for training and will learn the basic commands quickly.

Their long hair can be hard to maintain because it requires constant brushing and grooming. Long hair also means that they are moderate to heavy shedders. Expect the Pomeranian to shed at least twice a year.

Once again, it is vital to understand that they require special care. If you decide to choose a Pomeranian, know that once in 4 weeks you will have to go to a hairdresser. Once in 20 days, it is desirable to bathe them.

#7 – Havanese

Long-haired dogs - Havanese.

The last breed of long-haired dogs on our list is the Havanese. This is a happy dog with long, shiny hair. 

They are small dogs that will live between 12 and 18 years, which is a longer life span than most breeds!

These little guys need a lot of attention, so make sure they get plenty of exercise by walking often.

They are some of the most intelligent dogs and learn new things easily. However, they can be a bit stubborn, so you need to be persistent in working with them and finding an adequate reward for their actions. You will be surprised by their abilities.

Their long coat needs constant maintenance and grooming to keep them looking good as well as feeling comfortable. It would be best if you brushed your Havanese two to three times a week.

They require bathing once every two weeks, but sometimes they may need more frequent baths if they have been playing outside on dirty surfaces.

Havanese’s long coat doesn’t shed as much, so they are a good choice for all of you who have issues dealing with shedding.


Choosing the right breed out of all long-haired dogs out there can be difficult. Make sure to consider all factors before settling down on the right one.

We hope that we helped you choose the right dog breed for you.

Now, it’s your turn.

Which of the dogs mentioned above do you like the most?

Please share your opinions with us in the comments below.

See you in the next post!