Curly Coated Retriever

Other name: Curly Coated Retriever

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The Curly Coated Retriever is a large dog, of both strong and elegant build, characterized by a curly coat as the name suggests. The looks of the Curly Coated Retriever are clear and energetic.



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Hair type Frieze
Origin Britain
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 32 kg From 62 cm to 64 cm
Male From 28 kg to 36 kg From 67 cm to 70 cm
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History of the breed

The exact origins of the Curly Coated Retriever   are unclear, especially with regard to the crosses that gave rise to the breed. According to one of the theories put forward, it was by crossing a Newfoundland and an Irish Water Dog that it would have been developed in England. Either way, it is one of the oldest varieties of retrievers , with the earliest breeding likely dating back to the 18th century. He quickly flaunted his ease with the hunt as a game-reporter dog. The Curly Coated Retriever breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on December 10, 1954.

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Physical features

His hair: curly (small curls), tight and short on the whole body. There is no undercoat in this dog.
Its color: unicolour liver brown or black.
His head: wedge-shaped when seen in profile, well proportioned to the whole body. The length of the skull is equal to that of the muzzle. The stop is only slightly marked. The color of the nose corresponds to that of the coat. Jaws strong and scissor bite.
His ears: of medium high attachment (slightly above the line of the eyes), small in size and covered with small curls.
His eyes: large, oval in shape, obliquely arranged, the same color as the dress (or in a similar shade).
His body: slightly longer than the height at the withers and therefore writable in a rectangle. The topline is well supported and horizontal and the chest well let down.
Its tail: inscribed in the extension of the top line, carried straight at the level of the latter when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Curly Coated Retriever   is a dog with a balanced temperament , which values its intelligence , reliability and courage as much as its independent character . When hunting, the Curly Coated Retriever specializes in retrieving game. He knows how to be friendly , confident, but also sometimes a little reserved.

Educating a Curly Coated Retriever requires a clever mix of firmness and softness . His intelligence and enthusiasm for work and learning greatly facilitate his education.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The ideal living environment for a   Curly Coated Retriever   would be a house with a large garden in which he would have all the latitude to exercise. If he is sufficiently stimulated and walked, he can adapt to a wide variety of lifestyles.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Curly Coated Retriever   is a strong and resistant dog. However, there are predispositions to a few diseases in this breed, including the following: dysplasia and entropion .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 7 and 8 puppies

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in case of health problems, Woopets recommends a Curly Coated Retriever dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 8 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Curly Coated Retriever is, on average, between 8 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Curly Coated Retriever   is subject to 2 moults per year , usually occurring in spring and autumn. Its maintenance does not pose any particular problem if it is carried out regularly and with care.

The Curly Coated Retriever   needs to be walked for a long time, once or twice a day . He must remain active and be able to roam freely in large spaces, otherwise he may become bored and develop unwanted behaviors, like most dogs.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week . During moulting, brushing becomes more frequent to remove dead hair. It can be bathed 3 times a year, as needed.

Price and budget

Purchase price


The purchase price of a Curly Coated Retriever is between NC and NC.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Curly Coated Retriever is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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