Curly-Coated Retriever

Curly-Coated Retriever

Breed Description +

Curly Coated Retrievers are intelligent, hard working, and alert dogs who were originally used as hunters. Their endurance requires physical and mental stimulation in the family environment. Dog sports such as retrieving, tracking, hunting, field trials, rally and standard obedience as sport, agility, and flyball can provide physical and mental stimulation while increasing family bonding. Retrieving items such as tennis balls and floating toys can also help to fulfill this need while taking advantage of the Curly Coated Retriever's excellent swimming ability. They can also be good jogging or hiking companions, or bond with people as service or animal-assisted therapy dogs. Although the Curly Coated Retriever is said to be good with children, as with all dogs, extremely close supervision is needed to prevent accidental injury to the child or dog and avoid the dog's subsequently developing fear based-defensive aggression.
  • AKC Name:

    Curly-Coated Retriever

  • Common Name(s):

    Curlie, Curly

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  • Observed Weight:

    58-90 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    66-78 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 25 - 27 in


The Curly-Coated Retriever is one of the oldest of the retriever breeds and dates back to the early nineteenth century in England. While the exact lineage of the breed cannot be proven, the Curly-Coated Retriever is believed to have descended from the Close-Curled English Water Dog, the St. John's Newfoundland and the Old Water Spaniel. As the breed's popularity decreased in England, it increased in Australia and New Zealand, where it is appreciated for its excellent retrieving skills. Because the breed is not as common in Europe and America, it can often be harder to locate and breeders tend to charge a premium. The breed was brought to the United States in 1907 but did not receive American Kennel Club recognition until 1993.

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