Curly-Coated Retriever


At first glance it’s easy to understand how the Curly-Coated Retriever got its name. Its coat of stiff curls is definitely its trademark. The coat is curly over a majority of the body with the exception of the face where the fur is straight. It has a delicate appearance, but it was developed to be a hunting companion, so its limbs are strong and sturdy. The head has a block shape and the ears are small. The nose is large and broad. Its torso is long and straight. The frame of its body is angular, giving it a look of elegance and alertness.


The Curly-Coated Retriever can be stubborn, but it is generally a pleasant and well-mannered breed. Its most enduring qualities are its intelligence and good nature. It gets along with just about everyone. It will coexist with both children and other pets in the household, but supervision is recommended when it interacts with children are very young. Socialization is important for some types to coexist with others. Loyalty is also a common trait for the breed. As a hunting companion, the Curly-Coated Retriever is dependable and brave. It will hunt game on either land or in water. The breed is protective and will guard his family and their property.

Height and Weight

The Curly-Coated Retriever has a height in the range of 25-27 inches and a weight in the range of 65-80 pounds.

Health Problems

The Curly-Coated Retriever is basically a healthy breed. Some types may develop epilepsy and problems with their eyes. Due to its size, the breed is also susceptible to hip dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Curly-Coated Retriever is best suited for a residence with a large yard so that it may romp freely. In a small space, such as an apartment, it will not be able to expend its high energy. While a modest size yard is best, it should not be left there alone. It is an affectionate breed and requires contact with people.


Daily exercise is a basic necessity of all breeds. The need is greater for the Curly-Coated Retriever because it is so energetic. This is especially true if it is kept indoors for long periods of time. The breedтАЩs high energy makes it a wonderful companion for an owner that participates in high octane activities.

Life Expectancy

The Curly-Coated Retriever has a general life expectancy of 8-12 years.

Litter Size

The Curly-Coated Retriever produces an average of 6 puppies.


The coat of the Curly-Coated Retriever is surprisingly very low maintenance. The best care that is needed to manage the coat is regular washing. A mild shampoo or simple washing with plain water is sufficient. The dog’s coat does shed, but not excessively. When the coat is shedding, only brushing is necessary to remove lose hair. A professional groomer is recommended to handle any necessary clipping.


The history of the Curly-Coated Retriever is somewhat vague


Gun, Sporting


The Curly-Coated Retriever is only one of two colors: black or brown. Only a negligible amount of white hair is acceptable.