Perhaps the first breed that springs to mind when discussing curly-haired dogs is the poodle. A traditional curly-haired dog in large, miniature, and toy sizes is the fluffy poodle.
These dogs are renowned for having a high level of intelligence and are wonderful companions. The standard poodle was first developed as a skilled game retriever.
Another athletic curly-haired dog breed is the Portuguese water dog, or PWD. originally developed to help fishermen recover lost gear or possibly save sailors who were drowning
These dogs have to be powerful, quick swimmers. The breed is well-liked today as a canine competitor in sports like dock diving, agility, or obedience as well as a companion pet.
The French word "bichon frise" literally translates to "curly-haired dog." This little companion dog has a fluffy, white coat that resembles powder. When properly maintained, the dog's short, fluffy curls give it a rounded appearance.
These dogs can mat because of their delicate coats and thick guard hairs. The Bichon Frise Club of America suggests brushing your dog every day and taking him to the groomer once a month for a bath and haircut.
The largest terrier breed and one with one of the most striking coats is the Airedale.
The wiry coat, which is often brown and tan in colour, can be tightly curled or it can have a more relaxed curl that looks like a wave. Compared to many other terriers, its texture is noticeably different.
The Hungarian Pumi is a rare breed with a medium-length coat that is distinguished by a mix of waves and curls and is made up of both softer guard hair and coarser body hair.
The Pumi's coat is often straight or wavy at birth. A few months later, the coat changes as the guard hairs develop, giving it its distinctive curls. The Pumi's hair shouldn't be corded, unlike the hair of other Hungarian herding breeds like the Komondor and Puli.
The curly-coated retriever is one of the oldest and largest varieties of curly-haired dogs. This breed probably originated from curly-haired dogs like poodles and Irish water spaniels.
These dogs were used as hunting partners, retrieving prey from rivers and lakes in all kinds of weather and frequently trudging through thorns and brambles. The dog's curls protected him from the brush and kept him warm.