Curly-coated Retriever

Curly Coated Retriever
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: England
Group: Sporting dog, Gun dog
Height: males 25-27 in., females 23-25 in.
Weight: 65-80 lbs.
Life span: 9-14 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes with early socialization

What is the origin of the Curly-coated Retriever?

The Curly-coated Retriever was developed from the Irish Water Spaniel, the Labrador and the Poodle. Curlies were very popular in England and were used sine the 1700s for retrieving game. They came to the U.S. in 1907.

What does the Curly-coated Retriever look like?

The Curly is an agile, hardy dog, 23-27 inches tall and weighing 65-80 lbs. The head is long and wedge-shaped. The large eyes are almond-shaped. Ears are pendant and covered with little curls. The straight tail and the coat are tightly curled. Colors are black or liver. Brushing loosens the curls, but when the dog is wet, they spring back.

What is the temperament of the Curly-coated Retriever?

Curlies are intelligent dogs and learn easily. They respond quickly to commands. Sometimes reserved with strangers, Curlies are lively and affectionate with their family. They are very good with children. Curlies need daily exercise in the form of a long walk and they love to swim. They enjoy retrieving, so a game of fetch is satisfying for them when they are not hunting. They do well with an active family.

What are Curly-coated Retrievers used for?

The Curly excels at water retrieving. They have been used as therapy dogs. The Curly shines as a hunting companion and loyal family dog.

Possible Health Issues

Hip dysplasia, cataracts, distichosis(extra eyelashes where the hair follicles develop in the glands emerging on the smooth surface of the eyelid causing problems).


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