While some people prefer their dogs short-haired or would rather want them to have a fluffy coat, others like them with some crazy hairstyles that often include- dreadlocks! As if dreadlocks on a dog wasn’t already funny enough, when these dreadlocks grow long our canine companions start resembling walking mops and that can really look hilarious at times.
Dogs that can naturally grow some graceful flocks are really rare. However, some other dogs can have them too with a little help from their owners. Some people claim that these hairy cords can actually be quite functional as they prevent heavy shedding, while other simply like how they pups look with them.
Let’s discover what are the dog breeds commonly mistaken for a mop!
Komondor is a dog bred to guard sheep and cattle. In Hungary, it has been used as a cattle guardian for centuries. It might come as a surprise to you, but these dogs are actually born with a soft, white coat. With time, their wiry, outer coat grows and traps the softer undercoat to form dreadlocks. But is there any specific purpose of these cords? Namely, the white coat enables Komondors to blend with their wintery surroundings, while the cords make them warm and protect them from predators too!
It seems that Hungary produces some of the most vivacious cords in the canine world! Puli, a close cousin of the Komondor, has thinner cords that are a result of the outer and inner coats intertwined. Just like their dreadlock siblings, Pulis are known to be great shepherd dogs that are great at herding cattle. In fact, they are often paired with Komondors to guard the herd for the entire 24 hours – Pulis would guard during the day, while Komondors would watch at night. Despite having cords, Pulis still need maintenance in order to prevent matting. These thin dreadlocks also protect Pulis from cold temperatures and eventual predator attacks.
This graceful breed has been around for more than 2,000 years. Bergamesco are intelligent and friendly dogs that make amazing herding dogs. They were used for guarding sheep and cattle, and just like in Komondors and Pulis, their cords help them keep their body warmth and protect them against predators. When there’s a lot of sun during bright winter days, long hair on their head protects them from sunburn and enables a better vision.
4. Spanish Water Dog
Among rare mop-looking dog breeds are Spanish Water dogs. These handsome dogs come from the Iberian Peninsula, but actually they do not grow dreadlocks naturally. Their coat forms some kind of thick locks of hair that can form cords only when shaved and then shaped while they grow. These graceful curls are also there for a reason. Because Spanish Water dogs come from the region with a humid climate, their curls are a natural response hot temperatures and high humidity in air.
The Havanese are one of the funniest, most outgoing and playful dogs out there! They have been used as companion dogs of Cuban aristocracy throughout the 19th, but also as circus performers. Even though they look gorgeous with cords, these dogs don’t grow dreadlocks naturally. If you want a Havanese to have some cords, then you have to dedicate yourself to growing them. It will require a lot of grooming and brushing that will prevent mats from forming. Don’t start this process if you’re not ready to commit to your pup’s cords, as this process can take as long as two years!
While most of us are used to seeing poodles with their regular fluffy haircuts, their versatile coat also makes that “rasta dreadlock hairstyle” possible. You probably know that poodles don’t grow cords naturally, so how do you create this stylish thin cords then? Similarly to Havanese, this is a process that requires patience and dedication. First, the coat has to be trimmed. When the hair grows you should never brush it and wait until the cords form. You’ll have to make sure they stay thin and separate all the cords that are thicker. Also, forget about bathing your new rasta poodle with shampoo! You can only soak the cords and then squeeze them dry!