From Small to Large Curly-Haired Dog Breeds [Top List]

What is better than a dog with gorgeous curls? A hypoallergenic dog with curly hair! So, you don't have to worry if you're an allergic person. Also, if you're a curly-haired person then you can be matchy with your curly-haired dog.

But did you know that the curls are simply due to genetics? If a dog has curls it means that somewhere in their lineage there was a dog with curly hair. What dog has really curly hair? Keep reading the article to find out.

Which breeds have a curly coat?

Curly-haired, non-shedding dogs

The most beautiful & popular curly dogs:

  1. Poodles
  2. Labradoodle‌
  3. Lagotto Romagnolo‌
  4. Portuguese Water Dog‌
  5. Bichon Frise

1. Poodles: the famous curly-haired dog breeds‌

Apricot Poodle
Photo by Steven Van Elk / Unsplash

Poodles are known as curly dogs that don't shed. They are among the most intelligent, elegant, and gentle dog breeds. A poodle coat is different for puppies who have very soft and wavy hair in contrast to thick and curly adult fur. ‌

  • Coat: Curly with a natural hard texture, dense everywhere.
  • Color: white, cream, brown, latte, apricot, black - the fur may vary nuances of the same color
  • Shedding: low
  • Groom: medium
    Be careful with brushing, tho'. If you don't brush a full-fur Poodle completely to the skin, the hair will tangle near the roots and you'll have to shave it off to start from scratch with new growth.

🐩 Different Poodle cuts:

✂️  Lion cut
✂️  Modern cut
✂️  Puppy cut
✂️  English saddle cut
✂️  Dutch cut
✂️  Summer cut
✂️  Cupcake cut
✂️  Teddy bear cut

**Poodles are hypoallergenic dog breeds that hardly shed or drool.

There are 4 size varieties of Poodles: Standard, Medium, Miniature, and Toy.

all poodle sizes

All sizes of poodles are getting attached by their owner fast, the strong bond being only between them. They will get along well with the other member of the family, too, but due to their one-person dog personality, they will stick until the end with their first favorite person.

Careful though', because of their high level of affection, Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when left alone.

Standard Poodle

The Standard Poodle (Royal Poodle) is that elegant dog that under the curly coat, stands an athletic stylish dog. This large size of the Poodle is 18-24 inches of shoulder height.

Standard Poodles are not only intelligent and quick learners, but they are also one of the most obedient dog breeds.

The Standard Poodles are also known as Royal Poodles due to their fashionable looks and haircuts and for the popular canine shows (like in the images above).

Medium Poodle

Medium Poodles have a great personality. These pups are perfect pets for families due to their loyal nature. Mediums are usually 15-20 inches tall, about the same size as a small Standard Poodle.

Medium Poodles are also called Moyen or Klein Poodles.

Funny and clever, Medium Poodle will do anything to make you laugh and play with him.  This breed loves to cuddle and stay near you all day, but it also needs daily walks. Also, Poodles cannot live outside, because they are a breed perfect for apartment life, ready to be part of the family.

Miniature Poodle

Miniature Poodles are hyperactive amazing friends. They are usually 11-14 inches tall.

Beginning around 9 months of age, the coat of Miniature and Toy Poodles will gradually transition over to their adult coat. This procedure generally takes 9 months. As a result, by the time a Poodle reaches the age of 18 months, it will have grown into its full adult curly coat.

Also, loyal, loving, and highly intelligent, Miniature Poodle is the perfect buddy for any kind of person. Due to their high level of energy, this dog goes with you when traveling or doing sports.

Toy Poodles

Toy Poodles are highly intelligent and easy to train. These little hearts are no bigger than 10 inches, being one of the smallest dog breeds. Although they are smaller in size, you should expect them to behave in the same way as a standard-sized Poodle.

One of the most affectionate dog breeds, for decades, the Toy Poodle has accompanied families with friendship and warmth. They're natural learners who excel at obedience work.

How do I keep my poodle hair curly? After the bath, let your Poodle without drying its coat. Let its hair air-dry without brushing it out. This may help it naturally curl into a tighter curl. Conditioning your dog's hair after washing and before letting it air dry is also a good idea. Make sure your poodle is eating a healthy, balanced diet.

2. Labradoodle

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‌A Labradoodle is a beautiful crossbreed dog created by crossing the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle (Standard, Miniature, Toy).

Like both of his parent breeds, this doggo is intelligent, loving, friendly, and very active. His curly coat requires maintenance.‌

  • Coat: divided into three categories: wool, fleece, or hair predominantly wavy
  • Color: white, cream, brown, latte, apricot, black - the fur may vary nuances of the same color
  • Shedding: low
  • Groom: medium

3. Lagotto Romagnolo‌

Photo by Bianca Ackermann / Unsplash

‌At first look, Lagotto Romagnolos, you'll notice their beautiful, curly coat. This dog's name can be translated to "lake dog." The AKC mentions that their curly fur is waterproof to keep them dry and warm while working.

If you are able to keep up with grooming requests, you will be rewarded with a loving family mate who can be easily trained.‌

  • Coat: more like human hair than fur, predominantly curly
  • Color: a variety of colors (cream, brown, white) that can be either strong or fragmented with different color markings.
  • Shedding: low
  • Groom: medium

4. Portuguese Water Dog‌

Portuguese Water Dog at the Pier
Photo by Gayatri Malhotra / Unsplash

‌The name of Portuguese Water Dog comes from this dog breed's history that once served as crew on fishing trips, and herding fish into nets.

They are nicknamed Porties and they are fun-loving and friendly doggos. They are perfect for active families near the beach. They need a lot of exercise.‌

  • Coat: curly and wavy
  • Color: a variety of colors: brown, white, black
  • Shedding: low
  • Groom: medium

For a tangle-free, you must brush The Portie two-three times a week.

5. Bichon Frise‌

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‌A Bichon Frise is a cute fluffy little dog with a snow-white coat. His fur will start to get curled when he is about one year old.  For some Bichon Frises may take until 3 years old for their coat to become entirely curly.‌

  • Coat: with a powder-puff appearance, their coat is soft, dense, and curly
  • Color: always white
  • Shedding: low
  • Groom: high

These curly-haired dog breeds are among the most famous and beautiful dogs. Besides the charming look, the curls protect them from getting wet or keep them warm in winter and cool in summer.

Small curly-haired dog breeds or big curly-haired dog breeds? Which one is your favorite?

See you in the next article! Paws & love! 🐾

Frequently Asked Questions

What breed of dog has long curly hair?

Besides the mentioned breeds in this article, Puli and Barbet have also long curly hair.

Do curly hair dogs shed?

Curly-coated dogs are less likely to shed. Many dog allergic persons can tolerate curly-haired pets, which is fantastic news if you don't want hair all over your house or if you are allergic. Low-shedding curly-coated dogs, on the other hand, do shed a little and stray hair gets stuck in their curly coats.

Why do water dogs have curly hair?

Curly dogs were frequently bred to assist fishers and hunters on the sea. That type of dense, curled hair can help keep water from penetrating their skin, allowing them to work in the humidity for extended periods of time. 

Are all curly-haired dogs hypoallergenic?


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