Did You Know?
Sledding dogs like Huskies and Malamutes have curled, sickle-shaped tails to wrap around their face while sleeping, to keep themselves warm. Strangely, the Chihuahua also has a sickle-like tail, although it is neither used as a sled dog, nor is it related to any!
You must be familiar with the popular saying, 'A dog's tail can never be straightened'. Although the saying does not literally refer to dogs, that is how we will be using it here. Among the many different types of dog tails is the curled style, the one that goes around itself and sits pretty on the dog's rump. Curled tails were specifically developed back in the day, when dogs were used for hunting and herding. They facilitated both, the dog and the owner. With time, the purpose diminished, but the style remained.
A tail is actually an extension of the spine, with flexible vertebrae. It helps the dog in more ways than we can imagine, balance for one; or even for swimming. No matter what the tail looks like, or how big or small it is, it is very important for the dog. The following paragraphs list some of the most popular dog breeds that have curled tails, which give the dogs a unique appearance. But first, let's see what a wagging tail entails.
The Tale of The Tail
Did you know that a dog's tail is actually a very good indicator of its mood? Extensive research shows that the direction in which a dog's tail wags can tell you whether it is feeling nervous, jubilant, or hostile! Studies have proven that when a dog wags its tail from right to left, it recognizes you. But when the tail is moving from left to right, it means that the dog considers you a stranger, and is unsure of you.
A happy tail wag includes not just tail movement, but an entire dance performance. A happy dog will move its entire behind, like it is trying to do the twist! The tail will also be moving rapidly, almost at level with the body, and sometimes in circles!
An unsure tail wag is more of a tail flick, held low, and moving slowly. When you see a dog do this, you should not approach it as far as possible; either let it come to you or carry on with its own thing. If you interfere, you run the risk of getting bitten. This is not the case with just straight-tailed dogs. Those with curly tails also display similar signs. Only that in many cases, the tail becomes more curled instead of straitening out.
Some Curly-tailed Cuties!
The Alaskan Malamute
A pooch that is similar to the Husky in many ways, the Malamute is still extensively used in sled pulling. And again just like the Husky, it uses its curled tail to cover its face while sleeping. The dog sleeps in a 'C' shape, and then wraps its tail around the nose to complete the circle!
The Chow Chow
Curled tail, a blue tongue, and a big mane of hair that make it look like a lion - these are some ways to describe the Chow Chow. It originated in China, and is a very well-known breed today. It is bright, smart, and innately curious, along with being loyal, loving, and protective. What more could you ask for?
These were some dog breeds having curled-up tails. Some other popular names that fall in this category are the Finnish Lapphund, Swedish Lapphund, Tibetan Spaniel, Icelandic Sheepdog, and the Norwegian Elkhound. But honestly, does it really matter what your dog looks like, when you have so much love to go around?