Top 10: Dogs With Curly Tails

Top 10: Dogs With Curly Tails

Author WDF Staff


Dogs use their tails for many different reasons. Their tails help their balance and make their communication a lot clearer. Dog owners and other dogs can tell a lot about a dog’s mood based on the tail’s position and movement.

The tail can play a vital role in your dog’s life. They come in all shapes and sizes; some are bushy, some are thin and whip-like, and some are curly. All dog breeds are unique and have a unique set of characteristics, and one of those characteristics is their tail. We are suckers for dog breeds with curly tails, so we prepared a list of our favorite dog breeds with curly tails

If you want to know what role the tail has in the canine kingdom, check out this article - Why do dogs have tails?

1. Basenji

This list wouldn’t be right if we don’t start with an adorable little dog with an adorable curly tail. The Basenji is an ancient breed. It is considered one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. These nimble and agile dogs were used for hunting in the Saharan Desert. These dogs share many characteristics with primitive and wild canines. Another interesting fact about Basenjis is that they don’t bark!

basenji dog

2. Shiba Inu

Before becoming one of the most popular memes on the internet, Shiba Inu was a small hunting breed in Japan. Modern-day Shibas make fantastic family dogs that will undoubtedly let you know how they feel. These dogs are incredibly vocal and have no issues with letting anyone know if they don’t like something. Shiba Inu comes from a long line of spitz breeds, and one of the characteristics spitz breeds have is a curly tail.

shiba inu

3. Pug

Who can resist the adorable smushed face of a Pug? Before Pugs conquered the world, they played a huge role in Chinese royal history. These dogs were owned by the Chinese royals and nobles, and for nearly 2.000 years, these dogs could only be found in China. After the Chinese started trading with Europeans, a few Pugs found their way to Europe. Since then, these curly-tailed dogs’ popularity is rising, and now they are one of the most popular family pets.


4. Samoyed

Most people that look at a Samoyed will first notice their snow-white, thick, rich coat. That shouldn’t come as a huge surprise since these dogs have one of the nicest coats in the canine kingdom. However, they also have a curly tail. Samoyeds are a Nordic spitz breed whose one of the defining characteristics is a curly tail. These dogs originated in the north of ancient Russia, where they played a significant role in transportation, hunting, and keeping their owners warm.

samoyed in stance

5. Pomeranian

There aren’t many breeds that can pack such a massive personality in such a small package, but the Pomeranian can. It is somewhat unbelievable that the modern-day, curly-tailed Pomeranian descended from much larger working dogs. They come from the German Spitz family of breeds, so it isn’t a huge surprise these dogs have thick coats and curly tails. The internet sensation, Pomeranian Boo, made the breed insanely popular, and their curly tails have taken the world by a storm.


6. Chow Chow

If you are looking for a dog that looks like a teddy bear, there aren’t any that come closer than the Chow Chow. These dogs have many unique characteristics like a blue or black tongue and 44 teeth (dogs usually have 42). Another interesting characteristic Chow Chows have is a curly tail that arches over their backs. While these dogs look like teddy bears, they certainly don’t have their characters. Chow Chows are great protectors and guardians of their homes.

chow chow

7. Akita

The Akita is an impressive dog breed with Japanese origins. It is another spitz-type dog with thick fur and a curly tail that falls over their backs. This is a strong-willed dog, and the fact they have a curly tail should not distract you from the fact they need an experienced owner. These dogs are proud, loyal, and brave. Akita’s loyalty is legendary. They will never stop loving their original owners. Many Akitas that need to be rehomed have problems adjusting to their new homes. However, their character is a part of their charm, and those of us that want an Akita need to be prepared to have such a dog.


8. Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a Nordic breed initially used for hauling heavy loads and people across the vast frozen plains. Nordic dogs had to develop thick, double coats to survive in the extreme northern cold. Alaskan Malamutes are now mostly active family pets, but they still love being busy and have a job to do. One of their most impressive features is their curly, bushy tails. If you provide them with plenty of activities, these dogs will be a great addition to any family, with or without kids.

alaskan malamute laying on grass

9. Anatolian Shepherd

Some of the world’s largest dog breeds can have a curly tail, and the Anatolian Shepherd is an excellent example. The curl of the tail is especially noticeable when the dog is excited or focusing on their primary job - livestock protection. This large dog breed with the strongest bite has a high-carrying curly tail, which is not totally unusual for large guard dogs.

anatolian shepherd working

10. American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog, or Eskie, has a bit of a misleading name. These dogs originated in Germany and are more related to German Spitz dogs than Nordic breeds like the Malamute, Canadian Eskimo Dog, or Husky. Eskies have a thick, white coat that makes them appealing almost as much as the Samoyeds. However, these dogs are not as friendly as their Russian counterparts. Eskies will be reserved when it comes to making new friends. Nevertheless, this is another adorable breed with a cute curly tail.

american eskimo dog

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