The Komondor has a distinctive appearance for a breed of dog with curly hair, and its coat naturally develops into long cords, earning it the moniker "mop dog."
The coat of a working sheepdog makes it blend in with the flocks and shields it from bad weather. This natural felting is the result of the distribution of the coarse guard hairs amid the softer undercoat hairs.
The Komondor's close relative, the curly-haired sheep-herding Puli, is frequently called a "mop dog" due to the appearance of its coat.
While a Puli's fur can be kept as a fluffier, brushed-out mess of curls or corded, a Komondor's hair is corded.
The Irish water spaniel (IWS), another breed with curly hair and historical water work, has a double coat of curls that keeps it warm.
The Irish Water Spaniel was one of the first breeds to be registered with the AKC in 1878 and is a well-known sporting dog in both Europe and the United States. Some people think the breed originated as a cross between a poodle, a barbet, and a Portuguese water dog.
A curly-haired dog breed that is less well-known is the French Barbet Water Dog. The coat should be kept between three and five inches in length, with curly hair left to hang loose.
The thick and woolly hair of the barbet is an important trait because this dog made its living by bringing wildlife back from the frigid sea.
The Kerry blue terrier's most distinctive characteristic is its curly blue-gray coat. The American Kennel Club breed standard specifies that the coat should be dense, velvety, and wavy.
The Kerry blue should have a neat overall appearance, unlike certain other curly-haired dog breeds.
A companion breed related to the bichon frise is the bolognese. The Bolognese has medium-length curls as opposed to the bichon's tight, short curls.
Since its coat has a wavy appearance, it should be brushed a few times per week, however it would probably be ideal to do so every day.