Curly coat

Why test for a curly or wavy coat?

Hair curl is responsible for the beautiful curly coat you see in Poodles, and Bichon Frise and others. Some breeds, such as Maltese Terriers and Border Collies, only occasionally produce puppies with a curly or wavy coat.

The gene which controls curly coat is incompletely dominant. This means that dogs with only one copy of the curl gene will have a wavy coat.

Breeders can use this test to find dogs that are carriers for the curly coat gene. The gene for hair length also contributes to curly hair, as very short hair simply can not form a curl.

The curl test is part of our shedding panel. Curly hair can become matted more easily than wavy or straight hair. This is most important for high-shedding dogs whose loose hair can get caught in the curls. This contributes to the formation of cords in Pulis and other corded dogs.

The gene for curl is described in Cadieu et al. (2009).


Buy dog DNA testing

Price per dog = sample processing ($40) + tests

How many dogs do you want to test?

Discount code:

Need different tests for each dog? You can customise your choices for each dog on next page.

Coat tests

Coat characteristics

$9 Long coat (common) more
$9 Long coat (L2) more
$9 Curl more
$9 Furnishings more
$9 Improper coat more
$40 Shedding panel more

Coat colours

$24 Brown more
$9 Dilution more
$9 Dilution type 2 more
$16 Red/black/mask more

Coat patterns

Coat pattern tests are coming soon.

Inherited disorders

Genetic disorders

Genetic disorder tests are coming soon.

  • News and information
  • Contact
  • Jobs
  • PHG