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Curly Coated Retriever


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The Curly Coated Retriever arose as the result of breeding between water spaniels, various sorts of retrievers and possibly pointers. The tight, curly coat probably came by adding poodle stock to the breeding programme. They officially received recognition from the Kennel Club (UK) in 1854.



They can be described as aristocratic, intelligent and protective. Tolerant of children and not worried by other pets, they are late to mature and do not fully developing until about three years of age.  Not a dog that is prone to barking a lot, the Curly Coated Retriever, like most dogs, can be destructive if bored and neglected.



Height:   63-69cm  (25-27in)
Weight:   29-36kg  (65-80lb)

This substantially built dog has a distinctive curly coat which is single and quite oily to touch and their coat begins to curl at around two weeks of age. They come in the colours of either black or liver (chocolate) and their eyes are black or brown.



These "wash and wear" dogs are very low maintenance and require no grooming at all.   They shed an average amount of hair and it is recommended that the fur on their ears is trimmed around once or twice a year.


Life Expectancy

12-14 Years


Health Concerns

Genetically they enjoy good quality health apart from being prone to hip dysplasia, epilepsy and eye problems.  It is recommended however that their ears are checked and cleaned regularly.



A suburban backyard would be the minimum space needed as they are sizable dogs and most would be kept outside. These dogs love to play or swim in water and a long walk and play would be recommended daily.  Not ideally suitable for the elderly or very busy people who cannot provide enough exercise; these dogs make reliable watchdogs, with few intruders willing to test the limit of their protective instincts.


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