Curly Coated Retriever



The Curly Coated Retriever is one of the oldest varieties of the retrievers. Bred in England, this breed was the darling of British hunters who admired the extraordinary abilities of these dogs in search of the game. The Curly Coated Retriever is very popular in New Zealand and Australia. But, this breed of dog is quite rare in other countries and difficult to purchase.

Height: 23-27 inches  Weight: 65-100 pounds  Lifespan: 8-12 years


This breed is extremely brave, persistent and, at the same time, elegant. The Curly Coated Retriever does truly great work in the field. This is a strong, muscular, well-built and well-balanced dog. Curly Coated Retrievers look extremely confident, they are both hunting dogs and faithful family companions.


The Curly Coated Retriever is loyal, affectionate and quite delicate. He is wonderful with children, other dogs and pets. However, Coated Retrievers are extremely cold and aloof with strangers, and they do not show aggression, solely if they feel threatened. The Curly Coated Retriever is well-mannered, dignified but friendly.

Coat / Care:

Curly Coated Retrievers have a unique coat, which is their most distinguishing feature. Since this breed generally has an oily coat, it is more likely to cause reactions in people with allergies. However, it protects the dog from adverse weather. While the Retriever’s trunk and ears are covered with a dense mass of thick, tough and small curls, his feet, face and the forehead are decorated with smooth, short and straight hair. Since shedding is of medium intensity, the Curly Coated Retriever requires minimal maintenance. It is enough to occasionally clean the dog with a stiff brush. Bathing is recommended only when necessary, using a mild shampoo that does not harm the protective properties of the hair. It is also recommended to regularly check the dog’s ears, in order to keep them clean and to prevent possible inflammation. Typical health concerns for this breed are eye problems, epilepsy and hip dysplasia.


The Curly Coated Retriever is a sensible, independent and sometimes very stubborn breed. Therefore, it is very important to early socialize the dog and to conduct general obedience course. Teaching sessions should be held in the form of short and varied lessons, as the endless repetition can only disinterest the dog. The Curly Coated Retriever will respond to methods based on firmness, fairness and consistency.


The Curly Coated Retriever can bear living in a city apartment. But, since this dog needs a significant amount of physical activity and mental stimulation, the ideal environment is a spacious, well-fenced yard. Although they enjoy being outdoors, Curly Coated Retrievers should not be kept in a kennel. On the contrary, they enjoy playing games with their family and can become very destructive when neglected.

Photo credit: Mattias Agar/Flickr

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