The relationship between man and animals is a very peculiar one. It is one of the ancient forms of interaction between different species. Mankind interacts with different animals all the time, but only one animal stands out as man’s best friend. In case you haven’t understood what I’m talking about… I’m talking about dogs. There are too many dog breeds out there, and today we’ll look at curly-tailed ones. So, which dogs have curly tails?

Let’s just find them out.


The Shiba Inu

Unless you have been living in a cave all your life, you already know that this dog of Japanese origin. They are small in size and are one of the ancient spitz-breed dogs of Japan. They are very agile and cope well in mountainous areas.

Typically, they weigh in at 17-24 pounds and can grow to a height 1foot 6inches tall. Despite being small in size, these dogs are also muscular and were initially used for hunting.

This breed is fearless, faithful, confident, keen and very charming. It makes a good life companion, and its lifespan ranges from 12 to 16 years. Due to its ancient origin, it is considered a national treasure in Japan.


The Norwegian Buhund

This is an all-purpose happy-go-lucky dog that is very agile and light on its feet.  You can use it for herding as well as farming, watchdog or even as a nanny. Since it thrives on working all day, you should provide a lot of physical exercises as well as mental ones to the Buhund.

Agility exercises, as well as hiking and running, are a great start when exercising this dog. Do it but don’t exhaust it. Make sure to have it close all the time, and in case you can’t do it. Find someone else to have its company.

The Buhund likes to feel loved and close to its family, and they don’t have any problems with other pets as long as they are raised with them.

It weighs in on 12 to 16kgs for girls and boys weigh 14 to 18kgs. The height is 41-45cm for girls and 43-47cm for boys. The lifespan ranges from 13-15years.


The Samoyed

The name Samoyed originates from the Samoyedic people of Siberia. It is also of spitz-type origin. Its wedge-shaped head, white coat, and prick ears make it one of the most beautiful dogs in the world. This dog is a playful, charming, intelligent and friendly to other pets (e.g., cats) if you raise him with them.

The Samoyed is a bit stubborn so make sure you train him every single day and groom his coat to groom him two to four times a week. Train him with enough consistency to overcome his stubborn attitude. Use positive training methods to keep him under control.

Play and food, as well as praise, are some of the positive reinforcement techniques you should use when training the Samoyed. Despite being stubborn, this dog is generally nice towards strangers.

Its weight is around 50 to 60 pounds, and the height is approximately 1.7 to 2 feet tall. The lifespan of the Samoyed is from 12 to 14 years. And….Yeah, they are expensive.


The Pug

You can recognize them if you happened to watch a lot of Snoop Dogg’s music videos. The Pug has a wrinkly, squishy face and a curly tail. They are also very strong physically as they contain well-developed muscles.

They readily accept and follow instructions which make them excellent companions as well as trainees. Also, they are mostly quiet, playful and attentive but don’t leave them alone for a long time since they can feel lonely and isolated.

As with other dogs mentioned above, you should also ensure you give the Pug enough exercise frequently. This, you can do using the methods used to train other dogs. Adult Pugs spend much of their day sleeping (lazy boys eh??).

Pugs are friendly with other pets but can get jealous when other pets are around you. They do not have too many health problems which must be good news for any family. These legendary dogs weigh in at 14 to 18 pounds. Height is at 10 inches to 1 foot. And lifespan ranges from 12 to 15 years.


The Basenji

This is a hunting dog of African origin. You can identify it through its unique, fox-like head. This sweet-faced, barkless dog has intelligence and poise of a hunter. Many people place as a hound breed.

This breed is not good for everyone especially those with no sense of humor. It is an independent and curious dog that would think up its own activities if you won’t give it one.

Its playful nature means you should not keep it around your room if you hold your possessions dear. When training the Basenji, don’t be surprised if he outthinks you in other ways. Use positive training techniques and keep the training sessions short and fun.

It’s a good idea to confine your Basenji in a fenced area and always be on high alert as this is a very intelligent dog. Since this dog is an independent one, it is a good idea to keep him away from other pets to avoid a potential bloodbath.

They usually weigh in at 22 to 24 pounds and are 16 to 17 inches tall. Lifespan ranges from 10 to 12 years.

Overall, keeping a Basenji will require a lot of patience, firmness and above all, the ability to think out of the box as much as you can. If you can’t do that, then this dog is not for you.


The Akita

This is a very loyal and sizeable Japanese dog. It is known for its unwavering loyalty to its family. The Akita is a very quiet and clean dog. But he has a very challenging personality that makes it hard to raise him.

So powerful physically and very intimidating, you must ensure the Akita is used to being around people at an early age to control their guarding instincts.

It is better to be careful with having other pets around the Akita, they may co-exist peacefully until something goes wrong, it is only safe to keep this breed as the only pet.

Keeping it away from children is another good idea. And make sure nobody gets to go close to its food since this may cause unwanted consequences.

Training the Akita is also a challenge. Since it is a strong-willed and smart dog, it is easy for it to use its intelligence for its own purposes.

Treat the Akita with respect – and demand it to respect you. Use positive reinforcement techniques when training it. It weighs in 70 to 130 pound, and its height ranges from 60 to 64 inches.

The Akita’s lifespan ranges from 10 to 12 years.



Keeping dogs can be a rewarding experience in many terms. They can be good life companions, family members or the ones to keep you company in terms of loneliness.

However, you should be very careful with some other breeds especially the Basenji and the Akita as these need special care.


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