10 Dog Breeds With Curly Ears (With Pictures)

There’s something so cute about seeing a fluffy dog with long and curly fur hanging down on its ears. A dog’s ears are one of those features that really change the appearance of the pet.

Dogs that have curly ears might require more grooming from the owner, but it’s worth it when you see the awesome pictures down below!

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Dog Breeds with Curly Ears

The 10 Dog Breeds with Curly Ears

All of the dogs that we’ll be talking about have very wavy and curly coats that go from their tail all the way up to their ears! You’ll notice there’s quite a good mix of dog sizes and personalities featured throughout the list.

1. German Spaniel

German Spaniel Breed

The German Spaniel is an intelligent dog that’s very friendly and great with other pets and people. One thing they’re known for is their impressive tracking ability which makes them a great companion during hunting trips.

As you can see from above, the German Spaniel coat is very wavy and curly, requiring weekly brushing and grooming to keep the coat in great condition. The common colors of their coat are brown, red, gray, white, and fawn.

2. Poodle

Poodle Breed

Poodles are one of the oldest dog breeds that we know of. They’re a very popular and common dog partly because of how intelligent and easily trainable they are.

Even though they have very curly fur and ears, it stays pretty short which means a lot less work is required to keep them clean!

One cool thing about Poodles is how many different colors their coats can be! Whether it’s a darker brown or light silver, they can be found in most colors.

3. Barbet

Barbet Breed

The Barbet dog breed is much more popular in France but has begun to become more known in other places of the world. Because their long and curly coat grows out to be very long, they do require more maintenance like baths, trimming, and additional grooming.

They’re very playful and definitely enjoy swimming and other outdoor activities.  

4. Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel Breed
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Irish Water Spaniels are natural-born hunters who have plenty of energy and get excited over plenty of things. They don’t always get along well with other pets because of their hunting personality, although they can be very friendly and playful.

Even though their coats look similar to Poodles, it’s different because the coat is denser and gets much longer. With their long and curly coat covering everywhere, they need to be brushed at least every two days to avoid any matting.

5. Pumi

Pumi Breed
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The Pumi dog breed is small, highly energetic, and features a distinct wavy and curly coat. There are three common colors for their coats, usually silver, gray, or black.

This lively breed enjoys being active and affectionate towards its owners. Since they are considered herding dogs they can be quite vocal with loud and consistent barking.

6. American Water Spaniel

American Water Spaniel Breed
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American Water Spaniels have beautiful curly-looking coats that are very dense and help to protect the breed from cold weather and cold water. Because it’s so dense, their double coat is actually water-resistant which pairs perfectly with their webbed feet.

Even though they have a thick and heavy coat, American Water Spaniels are very agile, and athletic, and enjoy tons of physical activities to keep them entertained.

7. Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise Breed

Bichon Frise dogs are very tiny, soft, and have a fluffy and curly white coat. This breed is double-coated and has very dense fur that doesn’t shed much compared to other dogs.

They’re pretty smart and happy and enjoy going out on adventures and meeting new people. Bichon Frise dogs are known as the perfect lap dog because of their size, happy personality, and companionship to their owner.

8. Lagotto Romagnolo

Lagotto Romagnolo Breed

Lagotto Romagnolos are loving, intelligent, and enjoy being around other people and pets. They have a short and curly coat of fur and don’t shed that often for how much fur they have.

Some of their favorite physical activities are walking, swimming, and running around the park. For mental stimulation, they enjoy puzzle toys and other games and training. 

9. Kerry Blue Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier Breed
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Kerry Blue Terriers are medium-sized dogs with muscular bodies and a soft curly coat of fur. Even on their ears, you can see how dense their coat is, and the two common colors are dark shades of gray and blue.

This breed looks very serious but they can be known to be playful, energetic, and active. They’re the perfect option for people who want an active dog companion but are ready to provide the training and exercise that they need to be happy.

10. Otterhound

Otterhound Breed
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Otterhounds are pretty large and affectionate dogs. They’re great around kids of all ages and are known to be friendly, happy, and a lovable breed to be around.

They have an oily coat of fur that’s curly, rough, and dense and requires a good amount of brushing and attention to stay nice and clean. The best environment for them to live in would be a house with a fenced-in yard where they can run around and exercise for hours each day.

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Hi there! I’m Stuart, a devoted dog lover and family dog expert with over a decade of experience working with our furry companions. My passion for dogs drives me to share my knowledge and expertise, helping families build strong, loving bonds with their four-legged friends. When I’m not writing for SirDoggie, you’ll find me hiking, playing with my beautiful dog, or studying music.