Curly Coated Retriever Information

Curly Coated Retriever Information

I’m sure that you’ve thought you knew and have seen all of the retriever dogs, but are you familiar with the Curly Coated retrieverOpens in a new tab.?

Looking at a picture of this retriever may have you scratching your head and saying, “retriever?” “Where?”

This pup appears to be a combination of Labrador retrieverOpens in a new tab. and poodle with a mass of curls covering their large body, but, I guarantee the Curly Coated retriever is an entirely separate breed in their own right.


Despite being much more familiar with the likes of the golden and Labrador retrieversOpens in a new tab., the Curly Coated retriever is, in fact, the oldest of the retrievers and has been around the block a time or two.

When considering a Curly Coated retriever Opens in a new tab.for a new member of your family, know that they are sinfully smart, energetic, yet graceful, and will never throw in the towel until you do!

In the following post, we will delve into material that shows us the persona of the Curly Coated retriever. Included will be the Curly Coated retriever Opens in a new tab.lifespan and the Curly Coated retriever temperament. Sit back and find out interesting information about the mysterious Curly Coated retriever.

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 Information
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History of the Curly Coated Retriever

The Curly-Coated retriever is believed to be the oldest of the retrieving pack of dogs. although they have not been used for sports as long as some of the others.

In the late 1700s, the Curly Coated retriever began its sporting debut, but they have been around a lot longer than that.


The breeds used to create the Curly are not written in stone and also are a sort of guesstimate.

They are suspected to have descended, in 16th century England, from the retrieving setter and the English water spaniel, who are now both extinct.

Also thrown into the mix were a type of Newfoundland, smaller in stature, and the St. Johns’s water dog.

By 1860, the Curly CoatedOpens in a new tab. retriever’s unique look was almost complete, and in the 1880’s it was believed to be mixed with a poodle that added the tight curls and regal carriage.


In the 19th century, the Curly Coated retriever became cherished by sportsmen in Britain and was also sent to New Zealand and Australia, where they are still quite popular today.

Unfortunately, as with the Flat-Coated retriever, the rise in popularity of the golden and Labrador retrievers overshadowed the Curly Coated retrieverOpens in a new tab..

This breed came to the United States in 1907 and was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1924.

Today, Curly Coated retrievers are still popular retrieving dogs used for hunting, but also compete in agility, flyball, obedience, and field trials. They have been trained as search and rescue dogsOpens in a new tab., drug sniffers, and therapy dogs as well.

The Curly-Coated retriever can make an excellent family dog for those that are active and enjoy the outdoors.

The appearance of the Curly Coated Retriever

The Curly-Coated retriever is the tallest of the retrieving dogs and can stand from 25 inches to 27 inches.

Their weight ranges from 65lbs to a large 100lbs, although they certainly don’t have a stocky appearance like the golden or Lab, moving instead with grace and elegance.

The body of the Curly Coated retriever is covered in tight curls that have an oily film which makes them water-resistant.

This provides insulation if swimming in cold icy water as well as being waterproof. Although their body is covered in those tight corkscrew curls, the fur on their face and the front of their legs is straight and smooth, appearing as if the rest of the body was permed!

The colors of the Curly Coated retriever are just two: black and liver.

Curly Coated Retriever Lifespan


The average lifespan of the Curly Coated retriever ranges from 10 to 12 years. This breed is a pretty healthy one as good breeders have used diligence with genetic testing and by participating in screenings of heart, eyes, and hips of breeding retrievers.

Still, if you are considering a Curly Coated retriever, you should actually “screen” the breeder to make sure they are a reputable one.

A few diseases that the Curly Coated retriever can be prone to are hip and/or elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, certain cancers, and gastric dilatation-volvulus or “bloat.”

Health conditions and diseases can develop from heredity or from an unhealthy lifestyle, such as an inadequate diet and too little exercise.

Your Curly Coated retriever may never have any healthOpens in a new tab. issues because each one is as individual as you and I.

Curly Coated Retriever Temperament

When considering adding a dog to your family, the activity level of the dog and family should be considered as well as the breed’s temperament, personality, and compatibility with you. Their temperament should be one that will get along with and compliment you and your family.


The Curly-Coated retriever also takes a little longer to mature, similar to the Flat-Coated Retriever,Opens in a new tab. and may keep its fun-loving puppy ways for a few years. This can keep everyone “young at heart.”


Listed below are some characteristics and traits that make up the Curly Coated retriever temperament.

  • Loving


Curly Coated Retrievers are loving with their family and loyal as well. They love spending time with their “pack.”

  • Even-tempered


Being even-tempered makes this breed good with children and other dogs. Since they stay a kid longer than other breeds, they fit in quite well with children, often with their silly antics.

  • Determined


Because they are excellent hunting dogs, this ingrained desire spills over and makes them very determined dogs. They have enormous drive and as long as you keep going, so will they.

  • Intelligent

This breed is often too smart for its own good. They are easily trained and pick commands up quickly however, they can easily manipulate you and they know just how to do it.

Training is imperative with the Curly so they understand just who the boss is. Also, classes or a trainer are highly recommended because this dog will get bored if training is too repetitious. It’s best to mix it up a bit with this breed.

  • Stubborn

The Curly can be stubborn, so again, they must know that you are the alpha of the pack.

  • Independent

Independent can be a good thing. It’s nice when they anticipate your thoughts and jump right in but this can be a double-edged sword.

The Curly can also try to take the lead and leave you in the dust by wanting to do things their way. Training and patience are needed.

  • Reserved

Even though this pup is warm and loving with their family, they may seem a bit reserved with strangers.

Unlike the Lab and especially the Golden retriever Opens in a new tab.who loves everyone and would gladly lead a burglar to the silver for a good rubbing, the Curly will be reserved but polite and eventually warm up when they feel comfortable.

  • Slower to mature


As stated above, the Curly Coated retriever keeps their puppy Opens in a new tab.exuberance longer than other breeds.

This does not mean they are slower to train or can’t be potty trained, it just means they keep that fun-loving, happy-go-lucky attitude for a long time. This is not a bad trait to have for anyone!


If you have your heart set on a Curly Coated retriever, you may have to do a little detective work because they are not as easy to come by as goldens and Labs, but they are out there.

You may have difficulty finding a puppy but don’t rule out an adult rescue Curly. Adults are often potty trained and understand some commands already. This will give you your puppy-like Curly Coated retriever Opens in a new tab.without the mess!

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