Curly-Coated Retriever

cerly coated retrieverCurly-Coated Retriever History:

The Curly Coated Retriever originated from England for upland bird and waterfowl hunting. It is the tallest among the retriever breeds.  It is usually called “Curly” because of its’ distinct feature of massive but tight curls covering its body. Curly Coated and Wavy-Coated, which is commonly called as Flat-Coated Retriever, were both recognized as retriever breeds in 1860.


The Curly-Coated Retriever is known to be sporty and active that is accredited for its well-muscled feature. It is well-balanced and responsive, with great endurance, strength, and grace. A well-bred Curly-Coated Retriever will appear slightly leggy but is actually slightly longer than tall. Curlies are soft-mouthed because it has the ability to regularly handle the game with care. It shows an average height for a male dog that can be between 25 and 27 inches (64 and 69 cm) at while for a female dog can be between 23 and 25 inches (58 and 64 cm).

The breed sports a coat of tight and crisp curls. The common colours are solid black and solid and only acceptable colours for the Curly Coated Retriever are solid black and solid dark brown. In some conditions, white hairs are permissible, but white patches are a serious fault. Colors of their eyes are either black or brown. The dog’s nose pigment usually blends with the color of the coat.


The Curly Coated Retriever was originally trained as a gun dog in which temperament and conformation reflect this purpose. Curlies are considered to be the best companions of bird hunters in both upland and waterfowl hunting. Like most retrievers, they are valued for being lively and fun-loving breed. Getting enough exercise can keep them calm and laid back in the home environment.

When you associate Curlies to strangers, they can be a little bit skeptical.  His loyalty and affection are focused only in their owners and family. They are extremely intelligent, so it can be easily get bored in a repetitive training. Knowing how to  work hard and intelligently obey, Curlies can competitively secure their 41’st rank in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs.


Average life expectancy is 9 to 14 years.  However, Curlies can live longer from 15 to 17 years of age.  Like other breeds, they can be susceptible to diseases such as bloat, cancer, cardiac problems, epilepsy, exercise-induced collapse (EIC), glycogen storage disease (GSD), and hip dysplasia.  Eye problems include cataracts, corneal dystrophy, distichiasis, entropion, or retinal dysplasia.