The World of Corded Dog Breeds

Corded Coats Explained

Corded coats, characterized by long strands of interwoven hair, are a unique feature in certain dog breeds. They require meticulous care and cleanliness.


The Komondor, known for its mop-like white cords, is a Hungarian flock guard. Its coat protected it against predator bites.


The Puli, smaller than the Komondor, can be shown either corded or brushed out. Most adults are shown corded due to their active nature.

Bergamasco Sheepdog

The Bergamasco has a unique cording called flocks. These are irregularly large, flattened, and wide, measuring about 1.5″ to 3″ in width.


Poodles can also have corded coats. Early Poodles had corded coats, but as fashions changed, corded Poodles all but disappeared.


The Havanese, the smallest of the corded breeds, has a long coat that naturally tends to cord. However, most Havanese are kept brushed out.

Spanish Water Dog

The Spanish Water Dog is AKC’s newest corded breed. This breed has a unique grooming requirement—the coat is supposed to be clipped down once a year.

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