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The Curly Coated Retriever was developed
in England and is one of the oldest retriever
breeds. It is believed to have descended
from the 16th century English Water Spaniel,
the Irish Water Spaniel and a small Newfoundland
type dog. In the 19th century, the breed
was then crossed with the Poodle. By the
mid 1800s, the Curly Coated Retriever was
one of the most popular breeds in England.
The breed was first exhibited at England's
Birmingham show in the mid-19th century.
By the end of the 1800s, Curlies were sent
to Australia and New Zealand where they
also became quite popular.
In the 1900s, it is believed the popularity
of the Curly Coated Retrievers was diminished
due to word which spread that several atypical
Curlies were labeled as a hard-mouthed retriever.
This tarnished the breed's reputation and
caused some hunters to choose different
retrievers. The truth is that Curlies are
actually quite a tender-mouthed retriever.
The Curly Coated Retriever is a large, muscular,
athletic dog known to be graceful and elegant.
Its stance exudes confidence, agility, strength.
Its distinctive water resistant curly coat
protects the breed from the elements, particularly
from icy waters. Curly Coated Retrievers
have muscular limbs, a longer body than
its height, small ears and a clean cut tapered
Curly Coated Retrievers have the strength
and endurance to work long days - they are
eager to retrieve as long as there is work
to be done. To endure a long day of endless
retrieving, Curly Coated Retrievers must
be in excellent shape - they must be strong,
agile, robust and balanced.
The Curly Coated Retriever was first brought
to the United States in 1907 and the breed
was recognized by the AKC in 1924. Curly
Coated Retrievers are one of the breeds
which almost didn't survive both WWI and
The height for a Curly Coated Retriever
is between 25-27 inches (63-69 cm)
Weight: The weight for a Curly Coated
Retriever is between 65-80 pounds (29-36
Coat Type: The
Curly-Coated Retriever's coat is a distinguishing
characteristic of the breed. There is no
undercoat and curls are small and tight
and protect the breed from harsh elements.
Curls also completely cover the ears, neck,
thighs, rear legs at least to the hock and
the tail. On the face, front of forelegs
and feet, the coat is smooth and short.
Curly Coated Retrievers don't shed as much
as other breeds and shedding typically is
seasonal. The coat is easy to care for.
Color: The Curly Coated Retriever's
coat is black or liver. A prominent white
patch on breast is undesirable, but a few
white hairs allowable in an otherwise good
Temperament: Curly Coated Retrievers
are happy, energetic, very intelligent and
they make a great family dog. Easy to train;
love to be outdoors, love to swim. Curly
Coated Retrievers are known to be great
hunters. These dogs are late bloomers and
do not fully mature until they are about
3 years old. Curly Coated Retrievers can
Health Problems: Curlies are susceptible
to these heath problems: joint and bone
problems, eye diseases, epilepsy, bloat,
Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD) and cancer.
Average life expectancy for a Curly Coated
Retriever is 9 - 14 years.
• The Curly-Coated Retriever is considered
to be one of the oldest retriever breeds.
• The first breed club for the Curly-Coated
Retriever was formed in England in 1896.
• Curly Coated Retrievers are often
referred to as a Curly or Curlies for plural.
• Curly Coated Retrievers are the
tallest of the retrievers.
• Curlies were first recognized by
the AKC in 1924.
AKC: Sporting Group
ANKC: Group 3 - Gun Dogs
FCI: Group 8 Section 1 - Retrievers
KC: Gun Dog Group
UKC: Gun Dog Group