Poodle The poodle is perhaps the most popular breed of curly-haired dog. The classic curly-haired poodle is available in large and small sizes . These dogs are intelligent and make great companions.
Portuguese Water Dog Another sporty curly-haired breed is the Portuguese water dog (or PWD). These dogs were originally bred to help fishermen retrieve lost gear or rescue drowning sailors. They needed to be strong swimmers and agile swimmers. The breed is now popular as a companion pet and a competitor in canine sports such as agility, dock diving, obedience, and dock diving.
Bichon Frise French for "bichon frise", the name literally means "curly-haired dogs". The small companion dog has a fluffy, white coat. When groomed properly, it has short, fluffy curls which give it a round appearance.
Airedale Terrier The largest terrier breed, the Airedale, has the most unique coat. The brown-tan color is typical. The wiry, curly coat may be straightened or relaxed to resemble a wave. It is quite different from other terriers in texture.
Pumi Hungarian Pumi's unique medium-length coat is made up of curls and waves. It also has coarser guard hair and softer hair. The Pumi's hair is usually straight at birth or wavy .
Curly-Coated Retriever Curly-coated retrievers are one of the oldest retriever breeds. They are also one of the most curly-haired breeds. This breed was likely developed by curly-haired dogs such as Irish water spaniels or poodles. These dogs were hunt companions who retrieved game from rivers and lakes in all weather conditions and often trekked through brambles or thorns. The curls protected the dog from the brush and kept him warm.
Bedlington Terrier With its mix of coarse and soft hair, the Bedlington terrier has a similar appearance to a lamb. The curliest part of the dog's body is its head. These dogs often have a dark hair that gradually becomes softer, sandy or darker-brown.
Bolognese The Bolognese, a companion breed to the bichon frise, is called the Bolognese. The Bolognese, unlike the bichon which has short, tight curls, has medium-length curly hair. Its wavy appearance means that it requires its fur to be brushed only a few times per week. However, it is best to do it daily.
Kerry Blue Terrier Kerry blue terrier's curly, blue-gray hair is its most distinctive feature. The American Kennel Club breed standard states that the Kerry blue terrier's coat should be soft, dense and wavy. The Kerry blue's overall appearance should not be mangled like other curly-haired breeds.
Barbet French barbet water dogs are a less-known breed with curly hair. A medium length coat, three to five inches, is the best for curly hair. Barbets have thick, wooly hair that is a sign of their ability to retrieve game from cold water.
Irish Water Spaniel The Irish water spaniel (IWS), another curly-haired breed, has traditional water duties. It has a double layer of curls which keeps it warm when water retrieving tasks are being done. The Irish water spaniel, which is also a popular sport dog in Europe and America, was one of the first breeds to be registered with the AKC in 1878. Many believe that the breed evolved from a combination of a poodle and barbet.
Puli The Komondor's curly-haired, sheep-herding Puli can be closely related to it. It is sometimes called a "mopdog" due to its distinctive coat. While the Komondor has its hair corded, a Puli can have its fur brushed out and trimmed to a more voluminous, fluffier style.
Komondor The Komondor is a unique breed of curly-haired dog breed. It has a long, wavy coat, which naturally forms into long, cords. This dog also gets the nickname "mop dog". This coat is a working sheepdog and blends in with the flocks. It also protects it from inclement weather. Natural felting is achieved by the natural dispersion between the coarse guard hairs and the softer undercoat hairs.