Curly-Coated Retriever

The Curly-Coated Retriever is a medium-sized dog breed that originated in England where it was developed to hunt such waterfowl as quail and duck. This is a rare breed that is known by a variety of names including the Curly-Coated Retriever, Curly, CCR and the Curly Retriever. The Curly-Coated Retriever is thought to have been in existence longer than any other retriever breed. It received its name due to its characteristic curly hair. These dogs were used for hunting waterfowl in England since about the late 18th century. It is believed that they descended from such breeds as the Poodle, Irish Water Spaniel, English Water Spaniel, Labrador and the St. John's Newfoundland.

The Curly Coated Retriever was bred to retrieve birds from waters and it shows in its appearance. It has a distinct, dense curly coat that provides protection from cold waters or temperatures. They are leggy retrievers and therefore more agile than other retrievers. Its grooming needs are low maintenance, its coat needs occasionally brushing. Curly-Coated Retrievers are medium-sized dogs that can weigh between 65 and 80 pounds fully grown. They are most known for their short curly hair that is either liver or black. While some Curly's may have a small patch of white in their coats, this is considered a fault in show dogs. The CCR's muzzle is wedge-shaped, and the nose is self-colored (black or liver). The ears are rounded and floppy reaching just below the cheeks. The eyes can be black, brown or amber depending on the color of the dog's hair. This is a muscular dog that is slightly leggy and has a long tail that is carried straight or semi-straight. Personality: This is an active dog breed that loves to swim and run. While it is happy and active outdoors, it is a peaceful and calm housedog. It's very friendly towards children and obedient. It needs vigorous daily exercise with lots of running and possibly swimming. It's a gentle and sensitive dog that is reserved towards strangers. CCRs are loyal dogs that are eager to please their owners. They are also very intelligent and easy to train. While they can be quite active, they are extremely gentle and great with kids of all ages. With proper socialization, Curlies will get along fine with cats and other dogs; however, they typically do not interact well with such pets as rabbits and rodents.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Function
Life Span
10-14 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Curly, CCR, Curly Retriever, Curly-Coated Retriever

Curly-Coated Retriever Build Information

Size
Large
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Curly Coated Retriever was bred to retrieve birds from waters and it shows in its appearance. It has a distinct, dense curly coat that provides protection from cold waters or temperatures. They are leggy retrievers and therefore more agile than other retrievers. Its grooming needs are low maintenance, its coat needs occasionally brushing. Curly-Coated Retrievers are medium-sized dogs that can weigh between 65 and 80 pounds fully grown. They are most known for their short curly hair that is either liver or black.

While some Curly's may have a small patch of white in their coats, this is considered a fault in show dogs.

The CCR's muzzle is wedge-shaped, and the nose is self-colored (black or liver). The ears are rounded and floppy reaching just below the cheeks. The eyes can be black, brown or amber depending on the color of the dog's hair. This is a muscular dog that is slightly leggy and has a long tail that is carried straight or semi-straight.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

This is an active dog breed that loves to swim and run. While it is happy and active outdoors, it is a peaceful and calm housedog. It's very friendly towards children and obedient. It needs vigorous daily exercise with lots of running and possibly swimming. It's a gentle and sensitive dog that is reserved towards strangers.

CCRs are loyal dogs that are eager to please their owners.

They are also very intelligent and easy to train. While they can be quite active, they are extremely gentle and great with kids of all ages. With proper socialization, Curlies will get along fine with cats and other dogs; however, they typically do not interact well with such pets as rabbits and rodents.

Appearance

Colors
Black Liver
Shedding
None
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Curly

Curly-Coated Retrievers are low maintenance dogs that require very little grooming. You will only need to brush your pet during shedding season. Excessive brushing at other times of the year will straighten the dog's natural curls. Additionally, only bathe your dog when it is absolutely necessary.

You will need to check your Curly's ears regularly for any excess wax or signs of infection.

If you need to remove debris from the ears, use the tip of a damp, clean rag. Finally, when clipping your pet's nails, use a pliers-type clipper and only trim the tip of each nail.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
Yes
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
Yes
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • Curly-Coated Retrievers do not adapt well to apartment living
  • Curlies are natural swimmers and will swim tirelessly if they have the chance
  • Curly-Coated Retrievers excel in a variety of arenas including hunting, agility, flyball and obedience

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Common Health Conditions in Curly-Coated Retrievers

While the average life span of a healthy Curly is about nine to 14 years, some of these dogs have been known to live as long as 17 years old. This is generally a hardy dog that suffers from few health issues; however, the following problems have been reported in a small number of dogs: Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Various Eye Problems, Bloat, Heart Problems, Glycogen Storage Disease and Various Forms of Cancer. If you are looking for an all-around great dog that will make a good companion, you should consider a Curly-Coated Retriever. These dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and gentle with kids. However, if you do decide to bring a Curly into your home, make sure that you can provide it with sufficient exercise.

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