11 Small Dog Breeds With Curly Tails

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Heres my latest post about a small dog with a curly tail.

A list of eleven breeds has been created by me.

I have written about curly tails in some of my other dog breed lists including one on curly tails and floppy ears one on large dogs with curly tails and one on black dogs with curly tails.

If you want you can call me obsessed!

Chihuahuas are the smallest dog on todays list and Norwegian Buhunds are the largest.

I just learned that certain breeds of dogs have abnormally short tails due to a genetic mutation.

The gene in question is C189G.

Since a dogs tail is just an extension of its spine it is a part of the group of genes that influence a mammals vertebrae to develop. 

I’d like to introduce you to my first curly tail breed.

1. Pug

It is common knowledge that pigs have been spoiled by some very important people for hundreds or even thousands of years. 

We have been companions to Chinese Emperors doted upon by Queen Victoria or even portrayed Frank in the smash-hit movie “Men In Black”.

The majority of Pugs insist on being entertained and adored. 

As a result they are great family dogs provided they are the center of attention.

Nevertheless they are wonderful with children and accept other pets in the family. 

In addition to their double coat of short hair Pugs have a relatively thick tail that curls tightly over their backs. 

In addition do not panic if your Pug puppy has a straight tail.

In the coming months it will become tighter. 

These are small dogs with an athletic physique and short stature.

There is no upper limit to the height or weight of a tall Pug; the maximum is about 30 cm or 12 inches.

However it is important to balance Pugs’ love of food with adequate exercise or else they may easily “burn fat.”

2. Norwegian Buhund

I think you will forgive me for including this breed despite the fact that it is a little too big to be allowed on the list.

It is the first time I have written about this breed.

Its tail is curly and bushy and it loops over the center of the dogs back like a foxs tail. 

There are several shades of wheaten or black in its short dense coat. 

Male adults can reach a height of 47 cm or 19 inches and weigh between 14-18 kg (31 to 39 lbs).

Whether they are herding animals or guarding property these dogs have been bred to be highly adaptable.

The Buhund does not get tired as you might expect from such versatility. Instead it keeps going. 

A curly-tailed companion will make any bike rider runner or hiker happy!

3. Bichon Frise

Why not try a Bichon Frise if you’re looking for a small white dog with a curly tail?

In fact an unclipped Bichon has a mass of soft tight curls over its entire body which creates a beautiful halo effect around the dogs face similar to that of an Orangutan in some strange way.

A short frizzy tail completes the picture. 

An elastic band appears to have been looped around its base holding the hair in place. 

Bichons are shorter than Pugs at a mere 28 cm or 11 inches and weigh a feather-light 10 kg or 20 lbs.  

Unlike previous companion dogs this one is eager to please responds well to training and will fit easily into a familys lifestyle. 

4. Shih Tzu

The variety of dogs that Tibet has produced for such a small country is amazing.

I have written about Terriers Spaniels and Mastiffs three Tibetan breeds. 

The Shih Tzu was bred by the royal family to keep members of the family company as early as the 17th century.

They were loved so much that at one point it was forbidden to sell or give away Shih Tzus. 

Shih Tzus have long silky hair that reaches the ground when unclipped. 

It is delightful to see a specimen that has been properly groomed. 

Like the Bichon Frise the Cocker Spaniel has a tail that flops over its back. 

There are many different coat colors including black and white and liver and white. 

You should not be taller than 10 1 2 inches (26 cm) or weigh more than 7 kilograms (15 pounds) as an adult.

Breeds of this breed are wary of other dogs but friendly to all people. They are alert and notice everything; barking to let people know!

5. Havanese

Our next breed is from Cuba and it originates from Tibet. 

There are few places with more starkly different climates than mountain ranges and tropical heat.

My question is then why are a Shih Tzu and a Havanese so similar in appearance?

There are however some differences. Although a Havanese is smaller than a Shih Tzu it weighs a few pounds less weighing about 13 pounds.

Neither a Havanese nor a Shih Tzu has a silky coat. In fact it is much less groomed.

They have curly tails as well looping over their backs. 

While both breeds have a wide range of colors the shades and patterns of colors on the coats differ slightly depending on the breed. 

In general Havanese respond better to training than their Tibetan counterparts and require more exercise.

This is the perfect dog for the active dog owner who prefers obedience over personality! 

 6. Maltese

Do you have a name for a dog that originates from Central Europe?

The Maltese. 

The dog breed in question has the same name as a set of Spanish Islands but no evidence links it to them!

Maltese dogs have only one coat color which is white similar to Bichon Frises.

The hair on their heads is long and flows to the ground like that of Shih Tzus.

However because a Maltese is only 9 inches (23 cm) tall and weighs a maximum of 3 kilos or 7 pounds it is dwarfed by both a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu. 

7. Pomeranian

Next lets name a breed more logically.

What is the name of the breed of dog that originated in Pomerania (Poland)?

Thank goodness it was a Pomeranian. 

A Pom has upright triangular ears that can be seen despite all their fluffy hair unlike Shih Tzu Maltese and Havanese dogs.

The fluffy appearance of a Poms coat makes it seem to me that this breed always comes from having their hair blown dry. 

Their coat is somewhat similar to a Chow Chow and they are among a number of dogs that resemble foxes. 

There is a miniature version of a lions mane on them. 

Almost as if they had been in a wind tunnel a Pomeranians fluffy tail loops over their back like it have been in a hairdryer. 

These dogs stand at a maximum height of 14 inches (36 cm) and weigh about 1.8 – 3.1kgs (4- 7 lbs) so they are taller than Havanese. 

Dogs of this breed are very lively and can be quite the handful because of their small size and big personalities.

Occasionally this can create an issue with other dogs or people who are not family. 

8. Schipperke

I have decided to go with Schipperke.

A Havanese of this breed will grow to a maximum of 33 cm or 13 inches in height and weigh up to 9 kg or 19 pounds. 

Because it has pointed ears like all Spitz dogs it shares some of the same heritage as the Pom. 

In English they are called little boatmen which is strange because their primary function was not as ratters on boats but as shepherding dogs.

The little black devil is one of their nicknames perhaps telling any prospective owner all they need to know.

These dogs are independent stubborn and full of boundless energy so they are not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced.

Except for the most dedicated owners they present a serious challenge.

Then theres their voice which can be quite loud!

9. Shiba Inu

It is hard not to describe Shiba Inus as fox-like with their red and white coats triangular ears and a tail that curls over their backs like a snake might.

Interestingly many owners describe them as more like cats than dogs. 

They were bred for hunting and many of them still have that hunting instinct or lust for life that their ancestors required.

An adult male can weigh as much as 22 lbs or 10 kgs standing at 19 inches or 43 cm tall. 

As for coat colors you are not limited to red or orange as you can also get them in black and tan or sesame hues. 

This breed could be your dream come true if you worry about how clean dogs are.

The dog spends more time preening and making himself “presentable” than the average mutt because they are so clean.

People looking for companion dogs in Japan choose these dogs the most.

Its just right for someone who likes a little company.

10. Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi

I am going to stay with the “dogs that look like foxes” theme but I am moving from Japan to Wales.

I’d like to point out the Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi as another small dog with a curly tail.

This breed of dog is most famous for having once been part of Queen Elizabeth IIs palace. This is an unlikely candidate for a curly tail list.

Dogs in this breed have historically had their tails docked. This practice is now strictly prohibited in the United Kingdom. 

As does its cousin the Cardigan Welsh Corgi an undocked Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi also has a great tail.

They have fluffy tails with a slight curl at the end. 

A Corgi stands about 12 inches (30 cms) high and weighs about 31 pounds or 14 kilograms.

Besides the tail they have these marvelously big triangular ears that sit upright on top of their heads.

Corgis have a long body just like Dachshunds. 

By all accounts corgis are extremely popular in the United States much more than they are in the United Kingdom. 

11. Chihuahua

Its almost like we have gone full circle!

Our series begins with a teeny tiny Pug and ends with a teeny tiny Chihuahua. 

Chihuahuas have a curly tail that I would like to describe before I detail just how small they are.

It can be in sickle shape or be a loop over the dogs back according to the AKC breed standard.

The tail of a sickle can be vertical or horizontal. 

Despite their small size dogs have long tails. 

Approximately 15 – 25 cm is the height range for Chihuahuas which is 6 inches to 10 inches.

Chihuahuas however must weigh less than 6 pounds- or 2.7 kilograms- to qualify as a real dog.

Chihuahuas originated in Mexico thousands of years ago but only became widely recognized outside that country at the turn of the twentieth century.

Those who are searching for a pocket-sized bodyguard might be interested in this breed.

The Chihuahua breed is known for its intense bonds with a few people as well as its jealousy when it comes to spending time with other dogs and people. 

Even though these dogs are cute owning one requires a lot of planning.

Moreover they are very fragile due to their small size- which also affects their vet bills.

It is more difficult to treat tiny bodies.

If you want to read more about dog breeds read here: Dog Breeds Updates.

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