What a load of floof! What are the hairiest dog breeds?
Ladies and Gentlemen, here we present you with 5 of the hairiest dog breeds out there. These guys need A LOT of Vamoosh in their life - and probably their own personal groomer too! Do you have your own hairy monster? If not, which one is your fave?
You may be mistaken for thinking your mop has started to run across the kitchen floor, however, this unusual Hungarian breed's coat of cord-like fur plays an important role. These dogs were bred to serve to look after sheep and other livestock, and their fur not only helps them to blend in but it also protect them from the weather or being attacked by wolves. As pets, komondors are innately protective and will defend their family and home until the cows come home.
2) Afghan Hound
The 'supermodel' of the group, the Afghan Hound is the epitome of sophistication. With its long flowing hair, slim build and exotic face, this doggo wouldn't look out of place on the catwalks in Paris! The Afghan Hound was originally used for hunting large prey in the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan where its silky long coat was needed for warmth. Along with its super model looks come a little bit of an attitude... Afghans tends to decide for themselves when they want affection or to be petted - and it's always on their terms. They are independent and free thinking but make a great playful family pet.
3) Lhasa Apso
It may be small, but it's very hairy! One of the smallest but hairiest breeds, the Lhasa Apso hails from Tibet where its heavy coat protected it against the extreme temperatures. Despite their cute exterior, the Lhasa Apso is a tough, hard and strongwilled breed (for centuries, this breed was a watch dog for isolated Tibetan monastries) and it's often said that when a Lhasa Apso looks in the mirror, he sees a lion!
The Keeshond hails originally from The Netherlands and was once a watchdog and companion on the barges of the canals and rivers of Holland in the 17th and 18th centuries. Keeshonds have a wolfish grey coat with a distinctive large ruff of fur around their necks. Keeshonds are geniuinely loving and caring dogs and make a great family companion.
5) Tibetan Mastiff
Easily mistaken for a bear (!) the Tibetan mastiff is known for its impressive size - and equally impressive double fur coat. Tibetan mastiffs were bred to guard people, livestock and temples - and guarding is what they do best. They are completely devoted to their family but do require constant and consistent discipline - don't we all?!