Discover here the top 10 best long haired dog breeds in the world

best long haired dog breeds

We here in DiamondPup try not to discriminate between dogs, as all of them are worth our live and care. Still, some dogs are objectively more beautiful than others, and for me, long haired dogs are definitely the handsomest. Imagine with me that beautiful long hair, curly, wavy, or straight, just flowing in the wind, it’s a nice image, isn’t it?

Sure, long haired dogs demand more grooming and care, but they are definitely worth the effort. Now, because I am a nice person, I have combined for you a perfect list: the top 10 long haired dog breeds in the world.

So, take a seat, make yourself some tea, and enjoy the ride. This is going to be fun, for both you and me, folks!

Here we go!

1. The Komondor

3 Komondor dogs in a competition

The Komondor might look like a carpet, but he is a beautiful carpet, okay?!

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Yes, the Komondor looks like a carpet, and yes, this is what makes him utterly adorable! The Komondor is famous for being a low-energy dog who likes nothing more than lazing on the couch with his owner. Affectionate and caring, he makes the perfect family companion (even Mark Zuckerberg has one y’all!).

The Komondor was bred to be a herding dog, and he sure does his job perfectly. His long, corded coat, which usually comes in white, makes him look like a sheep from afar. Originally from Hungary, the Komondor is an excellent guard dog who can watch over your flock. His coat works as camouflage, which is perfect to surprise wolves and other predators who would dare attack the sheep this beautiful protector is guarding.

The Komondor also makes a great watch dog, but this means that he is usually wary of strangers and other pets. This is why early socialization and training are primordial, so your Komondor can grow up to be a healthy and well-rounded pooch.

The Komondor is one of the rare dog who doesn’t need brushing (since his coat has the tendency to turn into dreadlocks). Still, this doesn’t mean that this impressive canine doesn’t need grooming. In the contrary, he needs it, and regularly at that. The Komondor’s coat is heavy (it can weigh up to 15 pounds) and attracts a lot of dirt, which is why he needs frequent baths. You will also need to make sure his cords don’t get tangled, as untangling them is a pain.

To learn more about the Komondor, click here.

2. The Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound posing in front of the camera

Have you ever seen a more elegant creature? Because I haven’t!

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This dog definitely looks like he belongs in a royal palace. Utterly elegant and good looking to a fault, the Afghan Hound’s long fine hair is definitely impressive. Intelligent and independent, this beautiful canine is a proud animal who will requite a lot of training (and grooming, I mean, look at ALL that hair!).

This is one of the most ancient dog breeds in this world, and thus, he always demands respect (man, old breeds tend to be super pretentious). With his dramatic face and silky coat, he has charmed more than one dog lover.

The Afghan Hound is a fast dog, and thus, he was mostly bred to be a hunting dog. His long coat is also not just for show. Since he is originally from the mountains, where it can be extremely cold, his coat is actually more practical than for show, since it keeps him warm during the freezing winter months.

Gentle and full of humor, the Afghan Hound is one of the best family dogs around. He is definitely a favorite among family companions, and it is easy to see why. Though extremely independent, he can also be very affectionate and loving towards the people he loves.

To learn more about the Afghan Hound, click here.

3. The Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu with his tongue out

Isn’t this just the most adorable pooch you’ve ever seen?

This tiny ball of fur demands respect and care at all time, and honestly, he definitely deserves it. The Shih Tzu is an old elegant Chinese dog, and he always carries himself with pride. The Shih Tzu’s name means “little lion”, and this smaller than the world pooch is definitely a fierce one.

Full of love and affection, nothing makes the Shih Tzu happier than hanging out with the people he considers family. Since old times, the Shih Tzu was and is still solely bred to be a companion dog, nothing more, nothing less. His shiny and abundant locks make the Shih Tzu one of the fanciest dogs in the world. Thanks to his beautiful long coat, he has melted the heart of more than one dog lover. Even I, a person who usually prefers big dogs, can’t resist the Shih Tzu’s charms.

Friendly and lovable, the Shih Tzu doesn’t let anyone ignore him. He is always there, demanding attention, like the royal he was before and will always be. His regal looks make him hard not to love, but this is not why he is so popular amongst pet lovers. It is mostly his gentle, lively, and friendly temperament that makes him such a good companion. A life with a Shih Tzu will never be boring, as every single day is a new adventure.

Grooming the Shih Tzu can take quite some time, especially that his coat needs a lot of care. But worry not, even if you don’t know where to start with all that work, you can always hire the services of a professional who will make sure your Shih Tzu always looks noble and elegant.

To learn more about the Shih Tzu, click here.

4. The Bearded Collie

Bearded Collie in the snow

This dog is majestic AF, as the youngsters say!

The Bearded Collie is one of the most famous long-haired dogs around. Primarily bred in Scotland to be a herding dog, he is today used not only to herd cattle, but also to be a show dog and a family companion as well.

His long coat gives him a shaggy look, which has charmed more than one person. He is not easy to groom, as his fur grows everywhere. Still, he is a beautiful beast who definitely deserves to have his name on this list.

The Bearded Collie is a very sensitive dog who always needs a lot of attention and care. He thrives best in a multi-person home, where someone can always keep him company. If you adopt a Bearded Collie but are too busy to be with him most of the time, he might develop separation anxiety, which is never a good thing. The results could be disastrous, as dogs who develop separation anxiety can become destructive.

The Bearded Collie is a highly energetic dog, and this makes him excellent with children. He is always up for some playtime in the backyard and will never back down from some quality game time. Outgoing and affectionate, the Bearded Collie is a beautiful dog who can still be quite independent and stubborn. This makes his training difficult but in no case impossible.

The Bearded Collie is also a very smart dog, and this in itself doesn’t make him the best pet for first time dog owners. He needs a person who is active and caring, and who will give him the love he needs. You will also need to be patient, as this dog’s hair is quite long, and will need daily brushings and more grooming than other breeds.

To learn more about the Bearded Collie, click here.

5. The Havanese

Havanese with brown eyes

Look at those soulful eyes!

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Cheerful, affectionate, and active, the Havanese is a playful dog with a beautiful long coat. His coat is usually silky and soft to the touch, and his hair requires a lot of care, such as daily brushing and regular grooming.

With his beautiful deep expressive eyes and his cuddly size, the Havanese definitely doesn’t leave people indifferent. This handsome pooch was first and foremost bred to be a companion to noble Cuban families, back in the 19th century. Today, he is the perfect family companion.

The Havanese has earned the “Velcro dog” title, mostly due to how attached he gets to his owner and family. This is one of the reasons why this dog is not for everyone. Not only does his beautiful coat need a lot of grooming and care, he also requires a lot of attention from the people he loves. If you don’t spend enough time with your Havanese, he might start suffering from a bad case of separation anxiety.

Affectionate, loving, and extremely friendly, the Havanese is truly a joy to have around. After adopting a dog as cheerful and active as this one, your life will never be boring again.

To learn more about the Havanese, click here.

6. The Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apso looking out from a window next to a toy

My heart is truly melting!

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Originally from Tibet, the Lhasa Apso had been used as a watch and sentinel dog in Buddhist monasteries for centuries. His sense of smell and hearing are both very sharp, which is what makes him such a good choice for this kind of job. Independent and strong, despite his small stature, today, he makes the perfect companion and watchdog for families.

But the Lhasa Apso also stands out thanks to his beautiful silky coat. His luscious and thick hair needs, of course, a lot of care and attention. Regular brushing, grooming, and bathing (the Lhasa Apso is known for being an especially stinky dog) are a must.

Smart and weirdly reasonable despite his quick irritability and his stubbornness, the Lhasa Apso can also be quite mischievous. This is one of the reasons why this dog should be trained and socialized early, especially if you don’t want him to be stepping all over your toes.

To learn more about the Lhasa Apso, click here.

7. The Maltese

Cute White Maltese

Look at this beautiful doggo!

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What’s cuter than a Maltese? Well, actually, don’t answer this question, because, otherwise, we might get into an argument. Friendly, extremely kind, but also fearless, the Maltese is the perfect companion dog. The Maltese is a people lover, and he never hides it. In the contrary, he will do anything to be around you all the time (he’s like a clingy girlfriend, but you’ll like it, because he is super adorable).

Not only that, but the Maltese is also one of the most handsome canines around. With his long flowy white hair, he is truly a beautiful sight to look at. True, his long silky coat needs its fair share of care and grooming, still, you will be happy doing that (well, I know I would be). Not only grooming your furry best friend is good for him, it’s also good for you, as it is therapeutic and helps you bond with your pooch.

Sweeter than any other toy dog breed, gentle, and devoted to his people, the Maltese wants nothing more than to shower you will love. And, he definitely will do that. And, don’t get fooled by the Maltese’s looks, he might have an aristocratic aura to him, but he is actually quite the good watchdog. He is also extremely smart, which doesn’t hurt either.

To learn more about the Maltese, click here.

8. The Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dog looking at the right

This dog is truly beautiful!

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Ah, and again, we come back to another one of my favorite dog breeds, the Bernese Mountain Dog. He has everything to charm, the looks, and the character.

Strong, extremely smart, and frankly, very good-looking, the Bernese Mountain Dog is kind of an all-in-one combo. With his silky, long, and multicolored coat, he us truly a looker. Easy going, kind, and gentle, the Bernese Mountain Dog is one of the most popular family dogs in the world. This beautiful pooch is perfect around his family and the people he loves.

Originally from Switzerland, the Bernese Mountain Dog was primarily bred to be a versatile working dog. He can handle all kinds of difficult jobs, from pulling carts to herding, or even being a watchdog. Today, though, he is mostly used as a companion, and he definitely makes a great one.

Easily trainable, he is perfect for first-time dog owners who want an easy-going pet who will listen to them. Still, you should know that grooming and caring for this dog’s coat will take off a lot of your personal time. Not only will he need regular (sometimes even daily) brushing, he will also need trips to the groomer every 4 to 6 weeks, as well as baths every once in a while. So, if you are not ready to dedicate some of your time to this dog’s hair, don’t adopt one.

To learn more about the Bernese Mountain Dog, click here.

9. The Rough Collie

Rough Collie laying down on a carpet

Doesn’t he look so elegant?

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We have learned about the Bearded Collie, now it’s time to learn about the Rough Collie. This large size dog is a beautiful creature. Usually, his coat comes in two to three colors, and this makes him extremely agreeable to look at.

His coat needs a lot of work, since the long and silky hair can easily turn into horrible matts that don’t go away with simple brushing. Regular brushing and grooming are always a must, like with most of the other dog breeds on this list (this should be quite logical).

This Scottish dog, who was primarily herd to be a herding dog, is famous for being the most loyal canine in the world. Extremely smart as well as gentle, he is also a great family companion.

The Rough Collie, being first and foremost a working dog, is extremely active. Your pooch will need a lot of physical and mental activity, not only to keep his body in shape, but also to keep his mind sharp and non-bored. And, since the Rough Collie likes running around a lot, you will need to bath him more than the usual dog, since he’ll be sweating a lot and getting dirty easily.

To learn more about the Rough Collie, click here.

10. The Pomeranian

Pomeranian laying around

Isn’t he so adorable?

Can you imagine with me a cute ball of fur? Of course you can, especially if you have ever seen a picture of the wonder that is the Pomeranian. This adorable pooch is one of the most famous small dog breeds, and for a reason. He is beautiful to look at, and truly a joy to have around. Full of life and energy, he makes every single day a new adventure. One thing is for sure, you will never get bored with a Pomeranian in your house.

His thick and fluffy double coat makes the Pomeranian quite difficult to miss. This, though, also means that grooming him and brushing his hair will become a big part of your life. But instead of looking at this as a chore, see it as special bonding time with your pooch.

Extremely independent, your Pomeranian is not likely to suffer from separation anxiety. He is perfect for busy people because he has no problems staying along for long hours. And, even though he is one of the tiniest dogs around, the Pomeranian actually makes a great watchdog, as it is in his nature to be aloof of strangers and other animals. But, he can also make an excellent family companion, and a great therapy dog.

To learn more about the Pomeranian, click here.

Conclusion

Just like short-haired dogs, long-haired ones can be beautiful, though a bit more difficult to take care of. Still, these elegant and good-looking pooches make for great companions, no matter how difficult they are to groom or brush. So, folks, don’t let that discourage you, and just go for one of these beautiful beasts!

About the Author Sarah Zayn

A dog lover!

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