These Five Amazing Long-Haired Dog Breeds are More Than Just Show Dogs

Amazing Long Haired Dog Breeds
All dogs are tremendously delightful. But for some dog lovers out there, a four-legged buddy with silky, long coats is just extremely adorable. Apart from being a perfect fit as a show dog, long haired dogs can also be a reliable work and companion dogs, depending on their intrinsic characteristics. We’ll try to get into the details of some of the well-known long-haired dog breeds out there, and what they can do besides being irresistibly cute.

Wheaten Terriers

Believed to have originated from Ireland, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are known for their silky soft and long fur. Dogs of this type usually weigh around 30 to 45 pounds, and are known to be impressively agile. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are said to be utilized as patrollers and hunters before, guarding farm properties and hunting with their masters. Through time, however, Wheaten Terriers became more and more of a house dog rather than a work dog.

Due to Wheaten Terrier’s energetic nature, this type of dog requires an ample amount of play and walk time. Its long-haired coat also suggests that you need to brush him every other day to prevent matting and to check for any dog parasite. Giving him a bath once every two months would also help keep his coat look healthy and clean.

Bearded Collie

Known for their cute, droopy ears, long and soft coat, and exuberant behavior, Bearded Collies are considered to be among the best show and companion dogs in the world. Bearded Collies are sometimes referred to as Mountain Collies and Highland Collies. Originally from England, this breed has been introduced to many different places across the world, including Northern America.

But there is more to Bearded Collies than its cute floppy ears, fluffy tail, and silky-long coat. Dogs of this type are known to be powerful herders, corralling sheep and cattle in the rugged terrain of Scotland and England. Such Collie’s nature makes him a good watch dog too, making him an ideal dog companion for your kids.

Its long and soft fur requires regular brushing and grooming to keep it healthy, clean, and matt-free.

Yorkshire Terriers

Known to emerge from a working class status, Yorkshire Terriers slowly work their way up from being deployed to chase rodents in clothing mills to being an esteemed pet. Yorkshire Terriers’ coat may come in different shades: blue, steel gray and tan, blue and tan, black and tan, and blue and gold. Because of their elegant long fur, Yorkshire Terriers are also well-known to be show dogs.
For a neater look, Yorkshire Terriers require regular grooming and brushing. Some Yorkies owners also trim their buddy’s coat to floor length for smoother movement and sleeker look.

Afghan Hounds

Afghan Hounds are originally eloquent hunters of the Middle East, chasing hares and other sources of meat for nomadic tribes during ancestral times. Over the years, however, Afghan Hounds became accustomed to be more of a house pet rather than a hunt dog.

Sometimes referred to as ‘king of dogs,’ Afghan Hounds are known to possess an eloquent stance due to their long legs. Its long face, drooping ears and long, silky coat add to his overall noble appearance. Afghan Hounds’ gentleness and affection also makes them perfect to be a family pet. However, like any other dog breeds with longer hair, Afghan Hounds require regular grooming, and may need an extra amount of exercise due to its body size.

Havanese Dogs

Believed to be introduced to the rest of North America through trading ships from Cuba, Havanese dogs are well-known to be perfect companion and family dogs since the 18th century. With their inherent gentle nature, the Havanese dogs are known to quickly adapt to a family, and are also socially adept in dealing with other pets in the house.

Their round, black eyes, drooping ears, and long silky fur quickly made the Havanese dogs (sometimes called Havana Silk dogs) adorable lap and performance dogs. This type of dog breed has also become a popular circus dog across Europe. During the 50s and the 60s, Havanese dogs became nearly extinct and only a few Cuban families own the type of breed. Three of those families with Havanese dogs later migrated to the U.S., which then became the predecessors of the later breeds.

Long-haired dogs are more than just being an eye candy for many dog enthusiasts out there, as many of them have inherent capabilities and historical backgrounds worth knowing and loving!