Each breed of dogs has its own set of lovable features. From their size, face shape, eyes, snout, ears, and coat; these are the reasons we love them so much! Of course, their tails are among the things that make them special and distinct from all other canine buddies.
Dog tails can come in many forms just like dogs themselves. Some tails are long and straight, some are small to non-existent (for example, Pembroke Welsh Corgi), while others are curly. In any case, dog tails are charmingly cute, especially when they are wagging so fast!
Dogs with Curled Tails: What is the Reason?
Your dog may have a curly tail, or you might have seen it in other dogs. At some stage you have probably wondered if there was a reason behind these variations in the tail. Do breeders deliberately want their dog to have a curly tail? Are they genetic defect, or is it merely a genetic preference over time?
Just as some dog breeds are large while others are small, or some breeds have long coats while others have short coats, tail type also is a result of evolution and selective breeding. They have been breeding them to produce the characteristics they want in a canine companion, ever since humans domesticated dogs.
All purebred dogs that we know today are a result of breeding several different dogs over multiple generations. The dogs that were involved in the breeding process generally looked similar to each other. So, if they have curly tails, they are more likely to pass it on to their offspring.
Curly Tails Can Be Breed-Specific
The tail is part of a dog’s spine. If your dog has a curly tail, it means that part of his spine is bent or curved. Now that sounds like something to panic about, but luckily, curly tails are rarely problematic in the medical sense.
In most instances, curly tails are just part of the breed standard. As stated above, continuous breeding can increase the manifestation of certain physical features over others. If there has been a dramatic reduction in the likelihood of having anything but a curly tail during the breeding phase, a specific breed will have a curly tail as a defining feature.
Should I Worry About Curly Tails?
You should only worry about curly tails when your pet seems to be in pain. Otherwise, you can leave it be, unless your veterinarian detects that something is wrong. If you want to be sure, you can always ask whether curly tails are normal for a particular breed.
Tails are part of the feature a dog. Don’t you love it when they wag their tails whenever they are with you? If they can be happy irrespective of the form of their tails, you can firmly presume everything is right!
Which Dogs Have Curly Tails?
Dogs with curly tails come in all sizes and shapes, so we can’t really know if breeders preferred the curly nature of the tail for a purpose. In any case, one thing we can always be sure of is that curly tails can enhance the cuteness factor of a pooch!
The list below is not comprehensive, but these are the dog breeds that are widely known to have curly tails:
1. Akita Inu
Akitas are exceptionally dedicated to their people, as illustrated by Hachiko’s story. Hachiko was the Akita who kept waiting for his human to come back home, even after his death. He did this every day for nine years until he died. The Akita was primarily bred as a very dedicated guardian to hunt bears and elks.
2. Alaskan Malamute
Alaskan malamutes are popularly known for their ability to haul and sled. Born to show off their strength, these large, thick-coated dogs are not suitable for first-time dog owners. Despite their robust construction, however, they are well-behaved and social dogs who appreciate some quality time with their humans.
3. American Eskimo Dog
In fact, the American Eskimo dog has nothing to do with Eskimos. The heritage of the breed involved the German Spitz, introduced as farm dogs to midwestern America. However, when World War I erupted, anything German was received in a bad light.
Hence, it was during that time when the name changed to “American Eskimo Dog,” although it was until 1995 that the first Eskie was recorded in AKC. They are loyal and territorial, like most Spitz-type dogs, but they are also highly affectionate to their owners.
Basenjis are ancient African hunting dogs who don’t bark but vocalize with howls and yodels. Compared to other modern domestic canines, this is a dog breed that is more like a wild dog. Highly attentive and vigorous, basenjis are very friendly and loving towards their humans but less so with other dogs.
5. Chow Chow
Chow Chows are an ancient Chinese breed. They look incredibly exceptional with their fluffy coats, curly tails and cute faces. They have been bred to serve various purposes, namely to guard, herd, hunt, and sled. They are highly faithful to their humans, although they may be independent, while they may act aggressively towards other animals.
Eurasiers are a thick-coated dog that has a calm kind of confidence in them. They are generally loyal to their families, but they tend to be reserved and apprehensive to strangers.
They love games involving chasing, but strangely, they don’t like tasks requiring retrieval. They are sensitive and committed most of the time with their family, or they will feel hurt if left for a long time to themselves.
7. Finnish Lapphund
Finnish lapphunds are quick and agile reindeer herders from the northern part of the Arctic Circle. Despite being a medium-sized dog, they are incredibly well-structured and muscular.
While typically submissive and friendly, they are capable of acting cautiously and doubtfully around strangers. They can also be very clingy, so when they feel ignored, they rapidly become gloomy.
8. Finnish Spitz
Due to their patience, intellect and playfulness, the Finnish Spitz demonstrates to be an excellent companion for an active lifestyle owner. They were initially produced to hunt various games like squirrels, grouses, and even bears and elks.
Just like their other Scandinavian canine cousins, Finnish Spitz has thick coats to protect them from the cold.
9. German Spitz
The German Spitz looks very much like a bigger version of the Pomeranian, and understandably so since it has close genetic ties to the latter. Initially, they were a peasant watchdog, but over time, they also became popular among the royal and upper-class citizen of England. They are highly trainable, active, and are extremely affectionate to their owners.
10. Japanese Spitz
The Japanese Spitz is effortlessly comedic, which makes them endearing family companions. They are natural people pleasers who always look like they are smiling.
Intelligent and highly loyal, they certainly make great adventure buddies. Their coat may be too white, but they’re not afraid to get dirty when they want to have fun.
11. Karelian Bear Dog
Originally, Karelian bear dogs were watchdogs and hunting dogs of Finnish and Russian farmers. It is still predominantly a hunting dog today, but it is also trained for numerous contests in his native Finland such as obedience trials, sled dog trials, search and rescue trials.
Keeshonden (Keeshond’s plural form) are a Dutch Spitz-type dog breed. They are intelligent and playful delights of people that create excellent companions for most dog owners. They were mostly barge dogs during their early days, serving on Dutch vessels as companions and watchdogs.
13. Norwegian Buhund
The Norwegian buhund was used as a herding dog, farm dog, watchdog, and companion dog throughout its history; an all-purpose dog. The ancestors of the modern Norwegian buhund were buried next to their Viking companions because they thought it would allow the dogs to watch over their humans even in the afterlife.
14. Norwegian Elkhound
This big dog is an all-purpose hunting dog, and its imposing size makes it a reliable companion for hunting elks, wolves, and bears. They are incredibly dedicated to their owners, and most of the time, they prefer to be close to their people. Active owners would surely love to have them around because they are very athletic.
Pomeranians are just another illustration of those small dogs that have enormous personalities. They may be relatively small, but they are well-built and very lively. In fact, their ancestors were bigger working dogs, but they were created to be the small version that they are today to serve as family pets.
Pugs can be identified immediately with their wrinkled faces, short snouts that look like a mask, curly tails, and naughty characters. Bred to be a loyal companion to the Chinese royalty, and ever since they have become popular among many dogs lover. They are often seen as a class clown acting much bigger than they really are.
Samoyeds are popular for their thick, white coats and bear-like appearance. They are especially well-beloved on social media, like Mayapolarbear. Samoyeds have been bred as sledding dogs and reindeer herders for many centuries.
Their coats help a lot in their ability to survive even the harshest of weathers. They are widely known for their “Sammy smile” that is sure to appear whenever they feel happy and loved.
18. Shiba Inu
Shiba Inus is another Japanese Spitz-type hunting dog. Many owners describe them as cat-like because of their independence from other dog breeds. The Shiba Inu is regarded as an ancient breed just like the basenji, as their genetic makeup and history are much older than those of modern dogs.
19. Swedish Lapphund
The Swedish lapphund is the oldest Swedish dog breed. It was an essential canine companion of the Sami people from Lappland, a land which covers northern Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as northwest Russia.
They were bred as a guard dog and hunting companion, and later on as a herding companion when the reindeer was domesticated. These versatile dogs are very trainable, and they have high endurance levels.
20. Tibetan Mastiff
Tibetan mastiffs are big dogs with intimidating and imposing frames. Most of them are reserved and vigilant, making them an ideal guardian. They are gentle giants around their family, while to strangers, they may be nonchalant or territorial.
No one knows for sure how Tibetan mastiffs came to be. All we know is that they’re known as Himalayan guardians for thousands of years now.
Curly Tails Can Determine a Mixed Breed’s Lineage
Have you ever owned a mixed breed but didn’t know what types of dogs its parents were? Or perhaps, you saw an interesting-looking mixed breed, but no one could tell you about its origins? If you wish to investigate and do some guesswork, one of the things that you can look at is its tail.
Not many dog breeds have curly tails as a defining feature. In addition, the length of the tail and its structure can also give its parents clues. Although it can not provide full information about the family tree of the dog ––because the dog may be a second or even third-generation crossbreed for all you know ––it can at least offer you useful hints about its possible lineage.
Conclusion: Tails Make a Dog Unique!
Curly tails are mostly just a feature related to the breed, just as dogs have different kinds of ears or coats. Tails can be charming, and when they look unique they can capture your attention. Cute tails, however, are just a bonus to what your dog can give you.
No matter what kind of canine relationship you’re looking for, we know for a fact that dogs can be the best companions –– no matter what their tails look like!