Wiggle Butt Dogs

I never knew about wiggle butt dogs until we adopted our pup Buffy. Buffy was a cocker spaniel, golden retriever, beagle mix with a docked tail. He came that way from the rescue. He was four when we adopted him.

As you can imagine, without a tail to wag, his hindquarters had to do something when he was happy or excited. And that’s where the wiggle butt part of this came into play.

Our wiggle butt dog named Buffy. Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

Understanding the Term ‘Wiggle Butt’

In fact, I’d never experienced or heard of wiggle butt dogs until a friend referred to Buffy this way. Turns out the wiggling isn’t unique to my mixed breed rescue.

The term “wiggle butt” is often associated with Australian Shepherds. However, many other breeds also exhibit this behavior.

It’s important to note that dogs with a tail can also have a wiggle butt. In fact, some dogs with shorter tails, such as Corgis, are known for their particularly exuberant wiggle butts. Like I said, Buffy had a docked tail and he was definitely a wiggle butt.

Dog Breeds Known for ‘Wiggle Butt’

Some of the most notable wiggle butt breeds include:

  • Corgis
  • Boxers
  • Bulldogs
  • Pit Bulls
  • Boston Terriers
  • English Setters
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Vizsla

Australian Shepherds

These herding dogs are famous for their affectionate and playful nature, and their wiggle butt is just one of the many ways they express their joy. According to Wag!, when your Australian Shepherd is happy, he shakes his whole rear end side to side.


Boxers are another breed that is known for their wiggle butt. According to iHeartDogs, Boxers are notorious for their wiggling and wagging, especially when they are excited to see their owners.

Other wiggle butt dog breeds

Other dog breeds you may think of as having a wiggle butt include Pitbulls, Corgis and Bulldogs.

Interestingly, many of the breeds that wiggle their butts are also the breeds that sploot. This includes Corgis, French Bulldogs and Pit Bulls.

Products Celebrating ‘Wiggle Butt’ Dog Breeds

A quick search on Amazon reveals a variety of products celebrating “wiggle butt” dog breeds. From t-shirts and coffee mugs to car decals and phone cases, there are plenty of ways to show your love for these happy and energetic pups.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a fellow dog lover or just want to show off your own love for these breeds, there’s a “wiggle butt” product out there for you.

Here are a few products to consider.

Beware of Wiggle Butts pillow covers

These decorative pillow covers feature a cute paw print and the warning “Beware of Wigglebutts.” They’re perfect for dog lovers who want to add a touch of humor to their home decor.

Wiggle butt dog tag silencer

This sturdy tag bag is designed to keep your dog’s tags secure and prevent them from making noise when your dog moves around. It’s available in a variety of colors and patterns, including a cute wiggle butt design.

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