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7+ Best White Curly-Haired Dog Breeds: From Small to Large

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Curly white dogs are the sweetest dogs that steal everyone's eyes! Besides their good-looking appearance, some of them are hypoallergenic. What could possibly be better than this?

According to the American Kennel Club, several curly-haired breeds were evolved as water dogs, assisting fishermen or helping in water rescue, or as herders in wet and cold environments. At that time, there was no emphasis on grooming and caring for fur, but nowadays most curly-haired dog breeds require a significant amount of maintenance to keep their coats clean and healthy.

Many curly-haired breeds are either non-shedders, hypoallergenic, or both for allergy-prone families.

This article will present you some of the most gorgeous white curly-haired dog breeds, from the smallest to the largest, that will undoubtedly melt your heart.

Table of contents

Small white curly dog breeds:

  1. Toy Poodle
  2. Bichon Frise
  3. Maltipoo
  4. Medium white curly dog breeds:

  5. Medium Poodle
  6. Lagotto Romagnolo
  7. Mini Goldendoodle
  8. Medium Labradoodle
  9. Large white curly dog breeds:

  10. Standard Poodle

Small white curly dog breeds

1. Toy Poodle - Intelligent small dog breed perfect for families

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Poodles are among the smartest dog breeds, that are known for being one person's devoted dog and best buddy for life. They are also known as white teacup poodles.

Toy Poodles have a high level of energy and are easy to train, making them the ideal companion for active people. They're also perfect for apartment life due to their small size.

Grooming overview

✂️ Coat care: High-maintenance coat
Poodles require significant attention when it comes to grooming. They need to be groomed every 3 to 6 weeks, sometimes even more frequently, to keep their coat in great shape. Consider the maintenance of the coat and the cost of grooming if you are thinking about getting a Poodle.
Don't be worried, tho'. There are numerous methods to trim the coat to make it easier to care for. Many owners, simply cut it all off.

Their white curly coat is at the top of the favorites list (they come in many varieties of colors such as cream, black, brown, apricot, and gray).

2. Bichon Frise - Loving small dog breed

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Another white dog breed with curls that is famous among pet lovers is Bichon Frise.

These cute tiny dogs are fantastic companions that are both energetic and sensitive, known to get along nicely with other dogs and cats. They are also, an excellent friend to children.

Always cheerful, this small dog breed enjoys adventure and has a lot of affection to share. You may say that it looks like a child's toy because of its black eyes and fluffy white coat - a strong reason to be among favorites when it's about picking a color.

Grooming overview

✂️ Coat care: High-maintenance coat
Grooming is essential! Be ready to spend money on specialized grooming. Owners who are highly determined can master the skill, but it is difficult and time-consuming.
The smooth and dense undercoat, combined with the rough outer coat, results in a soft but robust appearance. The coat appears powder-puff because it floats off from the body. The most common Bichon trim follows the dog's body lines, keeping the coat long enough to give it the fluffy look.

Bichons have a powder-puff coat, pretty much similar to Poodles, with silky but curly outer hair and a soft undercoat. Their color variations are white, white and buff, white and cream, white and apricot.

3. Maltipoo - Therapy dog due to its loving personality

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Maltipoos are a famous mix of Maltese and a Poodle (Toy or Miniature). Like their parents, they are very loving and friendly.

Grooming overview

✂️ Coat care: Medium-maintenance coat
To maintain their coat clean and clear of mats, daily brushing is a must. A Maltipoo's tail should be clipped once or twice a year, while his head should be trimmed monthly.
Maltipoos should be groomed every three weeks at most. Because their hair grows faster, Maltipoos require more attention.

The Maltipoo has a low-shedding, low-dander coat that is fluffy, velvety, and wool-like. It's medium to long in length and wavy to curly in texture. Its coat colors are white, cream, and silver.

Medium White Curly Dog Breeds

4. Medium Poodle - Best known as a one-person dog

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Medium Poodles are curly-haired non-shedding dogs perfect for owners with allergies. Their white curls make them the cutest, but there are not only for fashion purposes but to be water-resistant.

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 Did you know Poodles have hair, not fur? Yes, Poodles have hair just like human hair - a single thick layer of curly hair.

Grooming overview

✂️ Coat care: High-maintenance coat
While the hair types of Poodles differ, good hair care can help avoid hair loss, parasites, and allergies. Poodles can have a multitude of hairstyles.
Trimming your Poodle's hair not only keeps him looking good, but it also helps you choose a hairstyle that best reflects your dog's personality.

Their temperament is the sweetest - affectionate, funny, and clingy, all you want to have in a dog.

Because Poodles are very affectionate and loyal dog breeds are prone to separation anxiety. Be sure you never let your Poodle alone at home too much!

5. Lagotto Romagnolo - The truffle dog

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Lagotto Romagnolo, also known as truffle dog, is an Italian dog breed with a plush-toy look due to its curly and stylish appearance.

This dog breed is known for wooly curls that cover the body from head to tail, and like Poodles, they also have hair, not fur.

Grooming overview

✂️ Coat care: High-maintenance coat
The rough and waterproof coat of the Lagotto creates thick and tight curls that cover its full body excluding the head. With a double coat of hair instead of fur, they shed far too little, but sometimes they may leave tufts of hair.
Trimming the coat on a regular basis is required. Some of them have coats that mat more than others, so it is necessary to groom on a periodically to avoid matting. Also, be sure to check their ears frequently for wax or debris accumulation or infection.

Lagotto Romagnolo dogs are active, dedicated, and intelligent. They enjoy learning and pleasing their owners, and they thrive in dog sports like obedience and agility, as well as recreational activities such as dock diving, because they are water lovers by nature.

6. Mini Golden Doodle - Affectionate & intelligent " teddy bear"

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Mini Goldendoodle or Miniature Goldendoodle is the crossbreed of a Miniature or Toy Poodle with a Golden Retriever.

The most prevalent style of Goldendoodle coat is wavy or shaggy, and they are also known as fleece coats. A fleece-coated Labradoodle is created by mixing a curly wool coat gene (Poodle) with a straight coat gene (Goldendoodle).

Grooming overview

✂️ Coat care: Medium-maintenance coat
While some Goldendoodle's coats are more like Poodles - with a beautiful, high-maintenance coat that requires frequent trimming, they must be groomed and clipped on a regular basis.
If the coat is maintained short, it should be cut and brushed every 6 to 8 weeks. If the coat is allowed to grow naturally, it should be brushed once every week or two.

Goldendoodles are friendly to everyone including people and pets. They are calm and gentle with young kids, being an excellent choice for households.

7. Medium Labradoodle - Plenty of energy and love to give

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The parents of this beautiful Labradoodle are the famous Labrador Retriever and the gorgeous Poodle.

Labradoodles have 3 distinct coat types that vary in look and texture:

🐾 Wool Coated Labradoodle (curly ones)

🐾 Hair Coated Labradoodle

🐾 Fleece Coated Labradoodle

Although a Labradoodle's coat doesn't smell,  each coat type has its own care needs.

Grooming overview

✂️ Coat care: Medium-maintenance coat
You should groom your Labradoodle at a qualified dog groomer every 6 to 8 weeks (for any type of coat). While hair coats require less care, the hair inside your dog's ears should be removed on a regular basis to prevent infection and accumulation.
You can also groom your Labradoodle at home regularly in order to keep your Labradoodle's coat in perfect shape and free of matting.

Some of them have curly hair like their Poodle parent, while others have straight to wavy hair like Labradors.

Large curly-haired dog breeds

8. Standard Poodle - Most loyal dog breed

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Among all Poodle breeds, Standard Poodles are the most fashionable due to their hairstyle. White poodles have a vibrant and distinct coat color. If you go for a walk, be ready for their some attention.

Poodle is a one-of-a-kind breed that blends intelligence and beauty. It's an excellent choice for families with children.

Grooming overview

✂️ Coat care: High-maintenance coat
The most well-known poodle haircut is a short trim all around the face, legs, and tail with pompoms at the tail and feet. This style is known as the Continental Clip or the Lion Cut. This style is most commonly seen on poodles performing in dog shows and is not usually seen on smaller or young Poodles.
You can also groom your Poodle at home in order to keep your Labradoodle's coat in perfect shape and without matting.

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Dogs with curly coats generally shed less. If you are allergic and you don't want dog hair all-around your home, a curly-coated dog is the best choice for you. Low shed, curly-haired dogs, are not far from shedding at all - a little amount & loose hair gets trapped in their curly coats. This trapped hair causes knots and later will mat their curly coat if it's not routinely combed.

Be sure you understand the responsibilities of having a white curly-haired dog before getting one. As their color is light and curly, a grooming routine is a must.

In rest, you'll be the proudest dog parent to have such a beautiful fluffy dog!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of dog has white curly hair?

In general, curly breeds are water dogs due to their Poodle, Lagotto Romagnolo, Barbet, Portuguese Water Dog, and Spanish Water Dog. Those mentioned happen to come in white variations as well.

But, besides those water dogs mentioned, Bichon Frise is a pure curly white hair dog breed.

What are the little curly white dogs called?

Usually, the first thought of a small white curly dog breed is the Bichon (Frise).

What breed of dog is white and fluffy?

There are many white fluffy dog breeds, such as: Bichon (Frise, Maltese, Havanese), Poodles, and Samoyeds. 

Do white Poodles change colors?

Yes. They might change colors as they age, or they can change colors according to certain foods they consume.

Are white dogs more prone to skin allergies?

Yes. Lighter fur dogs have less skin pigmentation, which results in lighter fur color.

Allergies are more common in white dogs. Dogs with white coats have more sun damage to their skin, putting them at a higher risk of getting skin malignancies caused by sun exposure.