Curly Coated Retriever

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


This is one of the oldest breeds in the group of Retrievers and her home country is England. Today these dogs are extremely popular and preferred in Australia and New Zealand. In the past Curly Coated retrievers were used as helpers in the hunt and not accidentally were favorite dogs among hunters.

The Wavy Coated (known today as Flat Coated Retriever) and the Curly Coated are the first two recognized retriever breeds, established way back in 1860.

Physical characteristics

The Curly Coated Retriever has a unique and graceful appearance. His body has athletic proportions and is covered with small curls. His coat is waterproof, brown or black in color. Its height varies from 63 to 69 cm, and weight - from 29 to 36 kg. His head is broad, with an elongated snout, dark nose, almond-shaped eyes and small, hanging ears.

Character and behavior

Representatives of this type of retrievers are highly intelligent, friendly and loyal, they are also very tough, steadfast and loving. These dogs are extremely mobile, smart and stubborn, with an amazing sense of smell. They are able to catch any prey, both on land and in the water. Their balanced nature make them excellent pets and companions for blind, disabled and elderly people, as well as to young children. The Curly Coated Retriever is a very loving and loyal dog who is a great friend and a great pet. Even the older members of this breed are quite playful and a little immature.

Keep in mind that these beautiful animals enjoy spending time with their family and can become destructive if separated or left away from them.

Training and education

This is an independent dog, having a very strong will, but with a confident owner, he will soon find out who's in charge. This breed is full of qualities - it is a good guard, loves to be involved in various types of entertainment, such as swimming, walking, running and many others, and is an excellent playmate. The little puppy is a very good “student”, fast perceived and excellent disciplined, which makes his taming very easy and funny.

Health problems

Usually these dogs live 12 years, although there are cases of Curlies living up to 15 and even 17 years of age. They are prone to some health problems, which include: swellings, seizures, baldness, problems with the immune system, and problems with the thyroid gland. Like almost all retrievers, they also are prone to Hip and Elbow dysplasia. You must be sure that both parents of all the puppies for sale have certificates OFA and CERF.

Grooming and care

The Curly Coated Retriever requires very little maintenance, making it the ideal choice for people who do not have much time for grooming. The fur of these dogs should be brushed at least once or twice a week to keep his good looks. Coat shading is medium, so the dog is not very suitable pet for people suffering from allergies.

The apartments are not the best place to raise a retriever, they need more space and movement to run free and expend energy. Therefore, it would be better if you live in a house with spacious garden or farm.

Children and other pets

The Curly Coated Retriever gets along quite well with children, also with other animals and pets, although it may be a bit cautious in the company of strangers.

He is sometimes too physical while playing and easily could knock down a younger child. So, you should lay down some ground rules for both dog and kid. No biting, tail or ear pulling allowed!

Interesting facts

The breed probably descended from crosses between retrieving setter, English water spaniel, and Irish water spaniel. The first specialized club was founded in England in 1896. First appearance in an exhibition was in England in 1860, and according to some historians, this was the first dog used for retrieving. The curly-coated retriever was shown for the first time in the USA in 1907.