A dog with wavy hair on its back usually looks beautiful and cuddly. In this article, you will find information on the breeds within which you may possibly find such dogs that have wavy hair on their backs.
The breeds within which you can find dogs with wavy hair on back include Labrador Retriever, English Setter and Dachshund. It may also be possible to find a dog with wavy hair on back from the Borzoi, Golden Retriever and Newfoundland breeds.
In most of these breeds, you find at least some dogs that have wavy hair on their backs. Not all dogs in the breed may have such wavy hair on back. But at least some in the breed will have it.
In more precise terms, what you encounter here is a dog with longer hair on back. That longer hair on the back then curls in such a manner that it looks ‘wavy’.
What such wavy hair on a dog’s back does is enhance the dog’s apparent beauty. It also makes the dog seem to be cuddlier.
But there are people who have actually never encountered a dog with wavy hair on its back. It may be hard for such people to believe that it is really possible for a dog to have wavy hair on its back.
Therefore the best place for us to start may be by addressing that basic question: on whether dogs can have wavy hair on the back only.
Can Dogs Have Wavy Hair On The Back Only?
Yes, it is possible for dogs to have wavy hair on their backs only.
Browsing through any wide collection of dog pictures (online or elsewhere) you do sometimes encounter some with wavy hair on their backs. This is evidence that dogs that have wavy hair on their backs only do exist.
In some cases, people actually come to realize that their dogs have wavy hair on their backs after living with the dogs for quite a while.
You may thus find someone who has been living with a dog suddenly making this realization. And that then gets them wondering, why does my dog have wavy hair on his back? Or why is my dog’s hair wavy only at the back?
If the dog is a Labrador Retriever (as is often the case), the owner will keep on asking, why does my Lab have wavy hair on the back only?
So the truth of the matter remains that dogs that have wavy hair on their backs only exist.
In some cases, what you find is a wavy row of hair on back. This is usually right at the center, along the path that the spine is presumed to be running.
Such dogs with curly hair on spine line are actually quite common in certain breeds.
The curly hair that is on the dog’s spine thus gives the impression of being ‘wavy’.
In other cases, the wavy hair is on other parts of the dog’s back. So it is not right at the center, along the line the spine is presumed to be running. But it is elsewhere on the dog’s back.
How Do Dogs With Wavy Hair On Back Look?
The only defining feature for these dogs is the presence of wavy (intricately curly) hair on their backs.
So you normally find ripples in dog fur or hair, which convey a ‘wavy’ appearance.
For the most part, these are curly hair dogs (from the curly coated dog breeds). But the hair is curled in such a manner that it creates the impression of waves/ripples.
As alluded to earlier, the curly hair may be right at the center of the dog’s back. So it is a thin line of wavy hair, running right at the center, along what is presumed to be the dog’s spine’s path.
In other cases, the wavy hair may be more widespread on the dog’s back. So you find that both sides of the dog’s back have wavy hair – sometimes making it look like ‘sheep wool’.
In certain cases, the hair on the dog’s back is an extension of wavy hair from another point. For instance, you often find that dogs with wavy hair on tail have it extending right onto their backs.
With regard to size, you may find a big curly hair dog that has wavy hair on its back. In such a big dog curly hair may be present all over the back. Or it may be just a thin line, along the center of the dog’s back.
With regard to color, you may find a white curly haired dog that specifically has wavy hair on its back. For some reason, that sort of curly white hair dog with wavy fur/hair on its back is usually very conspicuous.
But the dog with wavy hair on its back could also be black, brown, chocolate, gray or pretty much any color.
Which Dog Breeds Have Wavy Hair On Back?
Whenever there is this sort of discussion on dogs that have wavy hair on their backs, one question keeps on popping up. That is on which specific dog breeds have the wavy hair on their backs.
Note that the question here is not on what dogs have a wavy coat generally. The question is specifically on what dogs have curly hair on back (the sort of curly hair that looks wavy).
So what we seek to know is what breed of dog has wavy fur (or hair) on back.
Sometimes, in asking these questions, people already have specific breeds in mind.
For instance, you may find someone asking, do Labs have wavy hair on their back? Or, to put it differently, is it possible to find a Labrador with wavy hair on back?
What about the German Shepherd: is it possible to find a German Shepherd wavy hair on back?
Others may specifically have an interest in certain dog sizes. So for some, the question may be, what small dog has wavy hair on back? Or what big dog has wavy hair on back…
But there are also those who are open-minded, and just want to find as much information as possible on breeds that have dogs with wavy hair on backs.
For such, the question may simply be, what are the dogs called with curly hair (which is wavy) on the back?
The truth of the matter is that there are quite a number of dog breeds in which wavy hair on back is possible.
Those include the Labrador Retriever, English Setter, Dachshund and Borzoi. Dogs that have wavy hair on back may also be found in breeds like Golden Retriever and Newfoundland.
Let’s explore some of those breeds.
Labrador Retrievers often have wavy hair on their back.
In fact, on a Labrador wavy coat (which is specifically wavy on the back) seems to be the default.
You may find a yellow Labrador Retriever with wavy hair on back. In other cases, you find a chocolate Lab with wavy hair on back. And in other cases still, you find a black Lab with wavy hair on back.
The wavy coat Labrador Retriever dogs have usually extends to both sides of the dogs’ backs.
If you take a random sample of 15 dogs with wavy hair on back, a substantial number of them will normally be Labrador Retrievers.
To be sure, not each and every Labrador Retriever will have such wavy hair on its back. But a good number of Labs have that sort of hair pattern.
Besides having wavy hair on its back, the Lab is a good natured, loyal and easily trainable dog. But it does require lots of exercise, thanks to its ‘working dog’ background.
Another breed in which we often encounter dogs that have wavy hair on their backs is the English Setter.
In an English Setter, you normally have the wavy hairs starting from the ears, running through the back, and ending on the tails.
What you may like about an English Setter dog is its remarkably high level of intelligence. This also tends to be a dog with a happy personality.
Some Dachshunds happen to have wavy hairs on their backs.
That phenomenon (of having wavy hair on the back) is more common in the so-called longhaired Dachshunds.
What you will probably like about the Dachshund is the fact that it is a dog that doesn’t require constant babysitting. So it is a dog you can sometimes leave alone, without it experiencing much anxiety.
What you may not like about the Dachshund is the fact that training can be a challenge. Since it is never too eager to please its masters, training can prove to be tricky for a Dachshund.
But once you train your Dachshund on something, it tends to stick. You only need to be slightly more patient, while administering (positive reinforcement-based) training to your Dachshund.
This is another breed in which a decent percentage of dogs have wavy hair on their backs.
The ‘waves’ of hair on a Borzoi’s back may not be very big, but they are still visible. And they tend to be widespread, sometimes evenly all over the dog’s back.
What you will like about the Borzoi is its relatively laidback personality. This is one of those dogs that don’t seem to demand much, in terms of limelight.
What you may find challenging about the Borzoi is its strong hunting instinct. This may make it come across as a rather ‘wild’ dog.
Just like the Labrador Retriever explored earlier, the Golden Retriever is a breed within which a sizable number of dogs have wavy hair on their backs.
It helps that the wavy hair on a Golden Retriever’s back tends not to be tough. Therefore the dog is cuddly in a nice way.
What you may like about the Golden Retriever is its loyalty and eagerness to please. This combination makes the Golden Retriever’s training quite easy.
What you may find challenging about the Golden Retriever is meeting its grooming needs.
If you specifically want a big dog with wavy hair on back, then Newfoundland may be it.
The ‘waves’ of hair on a Newfoundland’s back may not exactly be spectacularly large. But they are usually quite nicely widespread all over the dog’s back.
What you may like about the Newfoundland dog is its imposing presence, alongside a surprisingly small ego. In spite of being a big dog, the Newfoundland actually doesn’t mind staying on the margins.
It certainly doesn’t demand to hog the limelight.
Training a Newfoundland also tends to be easy, as the dog is both intelligent and quite eager to please.
What you may find challenging about the Newfoundland are the feeding, grooming and accommodation requirements – thanks to its super size.
What Special Care Do Dogs With Wavy Hair On Back Require?
These sorts of dogs tend to require more frequent and more thorough grooming.
Brushing the wavy hair may require more effort and time than, say, brushing straight hair.
And when you do wash the dog, getting the wavy hair to dry may be harder than would be the case for straight hair.
How Can I Acquire A Dog With Wavy Hair On Back?
As we have said, there are several breeds in which dogs that have wavy hair on back can be found.
You first need to consider the various breeds. Then select one that is most ideal for your individual needs. Ideally, settle for a breed in which actually finding a dog with wavy hair on back is reasonably easy.
Next, contact breeders who are known to sell pups from that sort of dog breed. Enquire on whether the breeder has a dog from the select breed which also has wavy hair on its back.
Sometimes, you may just need to visit the breeder’s facility. Then examine the dogs on sale there. From them, select the best one with wavy hair on back.
After inspecting the dog, and subjecting it to any necessary medical examinations, you can purchase it.
If you don’t mind a dog with a ‘history’, you may also consider adopting from a shelter or elsewhere. You sometimes find abandoned but otherwise almost perfect dogs that have wavy hair on their backs.
You can adopt one such dog and proceed to bond with it nicely.
Final Verdict – Dogs With Wavy Hair On Back
There are dogs that have wavy hair on their backs.
In some of these dogs, the wavy hair may just be on a thin line at the back. This is typically right at the center, along the path that the dog’s spine is presumed to run.
In some other dogs, the wavy hair is more widespread on the backs.
Breeds from which you may find dogs that have wavy hair on the backs include Labrador Retriever, English Setter, Dachshund and Borzoi. The Newfoundland and Golden Retriever breeds also sometimes have members with wavy hair on the backs.
If you want a ‘brand new’ puppy that has wavy hair on its back, you can consider buying it from a commercial breeder.
But if you don’t mind an older dog with wavy hair on its back, the option of adopting from a shelter (or elsewhere) would be available.
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