The poodle is probably the first curly-haired dog people think of. Fluffy poodles come in giant, small, and toy sizes. These bright dogs are good friends. The standard poodle was bred as a hunter.


The Portuguese water dog is another curly-haired sporting dog breed. Originally trained to help fisherman find lost equipment or rescue drowning sailors, these dogs required to be strong swimmers.

Portuguese Water Dog

Bichon frise means "curly-haired dog" in French. This tiny dog's coat is white and puffy. Its short, bouncy curls make it look spherical when maintained. Soft hair and coarse guard hairs mat easily on these dogs.

Bichon Frise

The Airedale terrier has one of the most striking coats. The wiry brown and tan coat might be tightly coiled or wavy. Its texture is unlike other terriers. Airedales are low-maintenance and hypoallergenic.

Airedale Terrier

The Bolognese resembles the bichon frise. Contrary to the bichon, the Bolognese has medium-length curls. This wavy coat needs to be brushed a few times a week, but everyday is optimum.


The French barbet water dog has curly hair. The coat should be kept between 3 and 5 inches long to let curls hang loose. The barbet's hair is thick and woolly because it retrieves game from icy water.


Irish water spaniels have a double coat of curls that keeps them warm when fetching water. Irish water spaniels were among the first breeds registered with the AKC in 1878. 

Irish Water Spaniel

The curly-haired Puli is linked to the Komondor and called a "mop dog" because of its coat. The Komondor's hair is corded, while a Puli's fur can be corded or brushed into curls. Puli fur has soft undercoat and coarse guard hairs.


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