8 Curly Animals That Aren't Poodles or Sheep

Alpacas: Alpacas have curly, warm wool suitable for knitting, originating from the Andes Mountains. Their wool is used in sweaters, gloves, scarves, and rugs due to its warmth and eco-friendly production.

Angora Goats: These goats produce mohair, a luxury fiber known for its softness and sheen. Originating from Ancient Turkey, Angora goats yield mohair used in carpets, suits, and sweaters, often blended with other fabrics.

Rex Cats: The Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, LaPerm, and Selkirk Rex are breeds with curly fur due to a genetic mutation. These cats have unique coats, each resulting from a different rex mutation gene.

Mangalica Pigs: Mangalica pigs, with curly, wool-like coats, were developed in Hungary in the early 1800s. The breed, once popular, is now making a comeback as an artisanal farming hobby.

Frillback Pigeons: Developed through selective breeding, frillback pigeons have curly feathers for aesthetic purposes. These pigeons, popular in fancy competitions, prefer walking over flying due to their curly plumage.

Texel Guinea Pigs: Texel guinea pigs have curly hair from a rex mutation, similar to silkies but with tight curls covering their bodies. These cavies, developed in England, boast unique coats alongside other curly-haired breeds.

Sebastopol Geese: Sebastopol geese, bred for their long, curly feathers, were originally used for bedding stuffing. Their distinctive curls hinder flight, making them primarily ground-bound.

Curly-Coated Retrievers: These dogs, known for their curly fur, were bred in England for bird retrieval during hunts. Their curls protect them from damage and water, making them ideal for waterfowl hunting.