Curly Coated Retriever Allergies

Curly coated retriever allergies

The Curly-Coated Retriever was originally bred for hunting and retrieving and is the oldest of the retriever breeds. Centuries ago, dogs were not family pets.

They needed to work and have a purpose to hang around your house, thus, retrieving prey was deemed an excellent job. These dogs literally put food on your table!


The Curly was quite popular in the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century and was shipped to many places in the world including the United States.

Hunters loved them and their retrieving abilities and they were able to hunt in all kinds of weather due to their warm coat with waterproof curls.

Unfortunately, over the years, their popularity has waned because of the immense attraction people have for the sturdy and robust Labrador retrieverOpens in a new tab. and the friendly, happy, and glowing golden retriever.

Today Curly-Coated retrievers are used mostly as loyal, lovable family pets and companions having the smallest population of retrieving Opens in a new tab.dogs.

For those considering adding a Curly-Coated retriever to their family, this post is for you. Included will be health information on Curly-Coated retrieverOpens in a new tab. allergies, and for Curly Coated retriever allergy sufferers. Also in this reading will be Curly Coated retriever Opens in a new tab.allergies, causes, and symptoms.

To check your Curly-Coated Retrievers’ health status or their DNA checks, please visit the Embark vet Opens in a new tab.website for all the help you may need.

Curly coated Retriever Allergy Sufferers

For allergy sufferers, you may be thinking that Curly-Coated retrievers are hypoallergenic, as some think a poodle may be. The Curly-Coated retriever is not a hypoallergenic breedOpens in a new tab. and really neither are poodles.

Although the Curly does not have a thick double coat,Opens in a new tab. they still shed minimally all year and a bit more seasonally, twice a year, spring and fall.

There are in fact, no hypoallergenic dogs, just dogs that make it a little easier on allergy sufferers. It is not, however, the fur that causes allergic reactions in people.

It is dander, which is dead skin like “dandruff” that sheds along with your dog’s fur. Along with dander, your dog’s saliva and urine can cause allergic reactions when any come in contact with your skin.

If your heart is set on getting a Curly-Coated retriever and you have dog allergiesOpens in a new tab. that aren’t too severe, you may be able to manage with this breed.

Although the Curly is an average shedder, they do not shed as much as the double-coated retrievers like the Labrador, golden, or Chesapeake BayOpens in a new tab..

Curly coated Allergy Information


An allergy develops when your immune system targets something foreign such as pollen, mold, or certain food. and overreacts causing all sorts of nasty uncomfortable symptoms and making you and yes, even your dog allergic to an allergen that is otherwise harmless to another.

Repeated exposure to the offending allergen will cause your Curly-Coated retriever to have a sensitized immune system and in turn, often, more severe reactions.


The Curly-Coated retriever has not been overly bred as is the case with goldens or Labs so they do not suffer from as many maladies as the latter two breeds do.

Still, allergies are becoming qOpens in a new tab.uite common in many breeds and appear after a pup is six months old.

Many allergies are also thought to be hereditary, so breeders need to be questioned about any health problemsOpens in a new tab. in breeding parents.

Curly coated retriever allergy sufferers
Image by Walter BieckOpens in a new tab. from PixabayOpens in a new tab.

Curly Coated Retriever Allergies, Causes, and Symptoms

Your Curly-Coated retriever can possibly suffer from certain allergies. Symptoms of allergies in dogs can be similar to those in people like sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, etc., but most often itchy skin is the number one symptom.

Reactions to an allergen can be immediate or progress over time. The only problem with any signs of allergies is trying to determine what exactly the allergen is.

Below is information on Curly-Coated retrieverOpens in a new tab. allergies, the causes, symptoms, and treatment.

Environmental and Seasonal Allergies

Environmental allergies occur because something in the “environment” around your pup aggravates their immune system and causes symptoms, many uncomfortable.

Some may aggravate their outdoor environment and may only be seasonal, while other cause problems indoors. Listed below are both outdoor and indoor allergens.

  • Pollen from grasses, trees, ragweed, etc.
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Mold
  • Cleaning products
  • Sigarette smoke
  • Scented candles and air fresheners
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Dog shampoos and sprays

Symptoms from your Curly coming in contact with any of these or inhaling them can cause the following symptoms in an allergic dog:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Watery Eyes
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Hot spots
  • Itchy Skin
  • Scratching
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Loss of Fur
  • Atopic dermatitis – a condition of the skin caused by an allergic reaction
  • Recurring ear infections

Treatments depend on the cause and exact symptoms and can include:

  • Oral medication – antihistamines, Atopica or Apoquel
  • Steroids – topical cortisone or oral prednisone
  • Omega 3 supplements
  • Soothing baths (oatmeal or hypoallergenic shampoos)
  • Immunotherapy (Allergy shots with 60% to 70% rate of success)
  • Vacuuming more often to remove dust
  • Remove offending allergens ( candles, sprays, and cigarette smoke)
  • Use only natural shampoos with a small number of ingredients

Steroids are only for short-term use. These have too many adverse side effects to be used regularly.

flea allergy

A flea allergy is the most common type of allergy in dogs. When fleas bite, saliva is injected into your Curly’s skin and this is believed to be the offending allergen. Symptoms can occur immediately or days later. Symptoms can be:

  • Intense itching
  • Scratching
  • Licking
  • Biting
  • Flea allergy dermatitis (a rash caused by a flea allergy)

Fleas can be found on the stomach, groin area, thighs, and on the base of the tail. A sure sign of a flea infestation is flea dirt that appears like black coffee grounds.


The best treatment for flea allergies is prevention before it develops with a flea collar, pills, or flea drops which generally protect against ticks as well. If your Curly-Coated retriever already has fleas, treatments are:

  • Flea powder
  • Bathe with a flea shampoo
  • Flea dip
  • Wash bedding and toys
  • Use a flea bomb in your home or hire an exterminator

Fleas can multiply very quickly. Getting rid of all fleas is necessary and following up with prevention measures regularly.

Food Allergies

Dogs can develop true food allergies Opens in a new tab.which can be instantaneous after eating the offending allergen or they may gradually show symptoms over time.

Sometimes gradual problems when eating certain foods can be just a food intolerance but, in both cases of allergies and food Opens in a new tab.intolerance, the offending food should be avoided.

A few symptoms can be the same as environmental and seasonal allergies while others are totally unique.

Symptoms of food allergies may be:

  • Itchiness
  • Rashes
  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Chronic foot and ear infections
  • Skin infections from scratching
  • Gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea and/or vomiting

Rarely does an allergy to food in dogs progress to anaphylactic shock as in people with nut and shellfish allergies.

Determining what exactly in your pup’s food is causing allergyOpens in a new tab. symptoms is another matter and may be difficult. Usually, allergens are proteins such as eggs, milk, chicken, or beef, but can also be corn, wheat, or soy. Changing your Curly-Coated retriever’s diet is a must.

There are many hypoallergenic dog foods out there made especially for dogs with food allergies. Working closely with your veterinarian will help.

Dogs can enjoy fruits and vegetables with their food but try to introduce one at a time and feed only those that are acceptable for dogs. Some fruits and vegetables are actually poisonous to dogs and can make them sick.

severe allergies


Allergic dogs are not as prone to severe and acute reactions as humans are but it is a possibility and can happen as anaphylactic shock.

This occurs when your pup is exposed to or ingests an allergen that causes immediate hives, wheezing, airway to close with the inability to breathe, drop in blood pressure, all leading to shock and eventual death if treatment is not immediate.

Generally, in dogs, this would be more likely caused by a bee sting or a reaction to a vaccination or medication. Be aware of this type of reaction but also know that they are rare in dogs.Opens in a new tab.


Hopefully, your Curly-Coated retriever may never suffer from any type of allergy. If they do have allergies, the best way to help them is by the avoidance of the allergen and by taking any medications your veterinarian has prescribed.

If you suspect your Curly-Coated retriever has allergies, make an appointment with your veterinarian to have them checked out or tested.

If your pup has an acute reaction, seek immediate medical help at your veterinarians or the closest emergency animal clinic.

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