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Curly Coated Retriever Breed Fact Sheet

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Curly Coated Retriever Breed Information

Group 3: Gundogs

Energy Level: Moderate - high

Original Function: water retriever

Temperament: Bold, friendly, self-confident and independent. May seem aloof.

Characteristics: Intelligent, steady, reliable.

Recommended for: Active people & families.

Lifespan: 10 - 12 yrs


Height: Dogs 67.5 cms (27 ins)

Height: Bitches 62.5 cms (25 ins) at withers

Colour: Black or Liver

Coat: Body coat a thick mass of small, tight, crisp, curls lying close to skin, extending from occiput to tip of tail; without undercoat or bare patches. Elsewhere hair smooth.

General Appearance: Large sized strong upstanding dogs who portrait an air of elegance, and effortlessly cover the ground with extension and good drive. Deep chest, large dark eyes & ears that hang to the side of the head. Tail is long. Very distinctive curly coat.



The Curly Coated Retriever was used in England for the job of retrieving ducks and is believed to be one of the oldest of the retrieving breeds. Their weatherproof coats have a natural oil and are much like a ducks, easily shakes off the water.
They have a high intelligence and are easily trained. Bold, friendly, self confident dogs who may appear aloof with strangers but will give years of loyalty and devotion to the immediate family. They are reasonably patient with children and will get along with other dogs and household animals.

Grooming- Never use a brush or a comb on a Curly as this will flatten the curls. They do cast: dogs once a year, bitches after their seasons and it is at this time that a bath should be given to get rid of the dead hair; thereafter wetting them once a week will encourage loose hair to drop off and tighten the curls. If the coat becomes too long, it can be trimmed with straight scissors.

Exercise- This breed does need plenty of exercise and will take a great delight in a daily gallop preferably followed by a swim. The breed has a natural affinity for water and will normally take to the water whenever the opportunity arises. All in all a true sportaholic! However, they will, on occasion, adapt to less if necessary.

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