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Curly-Coated Retriever Facts & Curly Coated Retriever Information

Updated on June 24, 2012

The History of the Curly-Coated Retriever

Curly Coated Retrievers like most all other Retriever breeds were specifically created and bred for their hunting skills of retrieving wild game. The Curly-coated Retriever dog breed has been documented as first showing up as a well defined breed as early as the time of the 1860's in Great Britain, and it soon became a favorite with the Brits on the field.

It's widly thought that the Curly Coated Retrievers were bred from the mixing and selective breeding of dogs like the Irish Water Spaniels, Poodles, and Labrador Retrievers.

Curly-coated Retriever Fun Facts

  1. Did you know that Curly Coated Retrievers are actually considered as one of the oldest retrieving breeds in the world?
  2. The Curly Coated Retriever dogs were bred to retrieve upland bird and waterfowl through hunting.

Curly-Coated Retriever Appearance

Curly Coated Retriever Coat and Curly Coated Retriever Grooming

These hunting dogs have short coats that have a bit of extra length to them than the average short haired dog breeds. Just as the name suggests, the Curly-coated Retrievers are in fact curly coated dogs with crisp small curls covering the dogs' bodies except for on the face where the hair appears to be more straight. The colour of these sporting dogs coats vary from generally shades of liver to jet blacks and anywhere in between.

Interestingly enough, Curly Coated Retrievers require little grooming. Despite their curly coats, Curly Coated Retrievers require no brushing or combing for their fur. They do however need for their coats to be dampened down and massaged in circular motions from time to time in order to keep their coats at their healthiest.

Eyes and Face of the Curly-coated Retriever

These gundogs have alert expressions that are greatly contributed to by their almond shaped eyes which tend to come in dark browns and black, but their eyes can also come in shades of yellows and hazels.

Their faces strongly resemble that of the Labrador Retrievers, but their muzzles are slightly less straight with a bit of a bump down the middle top of the nose which adds a subtly unique characteristic to this dog breeds' facial features. The Curly-coated retriever dog displays relatively small ears in proportion to the rest of the head and body.

Curly Coated Retriever Body and Build

The Curly Coated Retriever dog breed has muscular shoulders and deep chests. In comparison to the Labrador Retriever, this sporting dog breed have slightly longer legs in relation to their bodies. Curly Coated Retrievers show moderately short tails.

Curly Coated Retriever Height and Weight

Curly Coated Retriever dogs tend to average in with a height of 25 inches to 27 inches at the withers. Healthy male adult Curly-coated Retrievers should generally fall within the range of 70 pounds to 80 pounds in weight. Female Curly Coated Retrievers on average measure 23 inches to 25 inches in height to their shoulders. A healthy weight for females would usually be around anywhere from 65 pounds to 75 pounds in weight.

For those readers who are British, Irish, European, and etc... the average height and weight measurements for Curly Coated Retriever dogs is 58 cm to 69 cm in height and roughly 29 kg to 36 kg in weight. 

Curly-coated Retriever Temperament, Personality, & Dog Training

Curly Coated Retriever dogs are highly intelligent and make very good candidates for obedience dog training. The Curly-coated Retriever is not only a bright dog that excels in easy dog training, but it also makes a reliable family pet since it behaves so well with playing and looking after children. In comparison to other retrievers, these curly coated dogs are more capable of making exceptionally good guard dogs.

Living and Environment for Curly Coated Retrievers

Curly-coated Retrievers are definitely not a dog breed that is ideal for City life. These gundogs are best off living out in the country where it is easier to meet their vigorous exercise needs and longing for open fields to run around freely in.

This is a social breed of dog that needs lots of love, care, and human companionship, so if you're unable to supply these needs for your dog, then it's best that you go ahead and look into getting another breed of dog besides Curly Coated Retrievers.

Buying a Curly Coated Retriever Puppy or Curly-coated Retriever Puppies

When looking into buying Curly Coated Retriever Puppies it's best to make sure that it is from a reputable Curly Coated Retriever breeder or better yet from a reliable family who are not into dog breeding for the money and perhaps are only having one litter of puppies which are from registered purebreds parents with good family health records.

Finding a Curly-coated Retriever puppy can be a bit of a challenge since they are a relatively rare breed of dogs. You can always find out if their are any local Curly Coated Retriever puppies for sale in your area, but more than likely you probably won't find much. Your plan B would probably be best to check online for Curly-coated Retriever puppies for sale that are within a driving distance in which you're willing to make the commitment driving for to in order to view the puppies. It's best to make sure that both the puppies and the parent dogs are healthy and reside in quality living conditions.

A personal favorite website of mine for buying puppies is Puppyfind .com. This is actually the website where I found a wonderful local family that I bought my purebred Border Collie from.

Curly Coated Retriever Adoption & Curly Coated Retriever Rescue

For those who would prefer to skip the challenges of pupphood, and would wrather go with an adult dog, you should most definitely look into Curly Coated Retriever Adoption or Curly Coated Retriever Rescue.

Curly Coated Retriever Health and Curly Coated Retriever Life Expectancy

The average life span of this breed of sporting dog is roughly 9 to 12 years of age.

Curly Coated Retrievers are more times than not incredibly healthy dogs if taken well care of, but just like most purebred dog breeds there are a few health complications that should be kept in mind when considering this breed of dog.

  1. Canine Hip Dysplasia
  2. Cardiac Problems
  3. Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD)
  4. Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)
  5. Cancer
  6. Eye disorders and diseases such as corneal dystrophy, distichiasis, ectropion, entropion, retinal dysplasia, and cataracts.


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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      I've never heard of them. Great information on the breed. Thanks for sharing. They seem like great dogs. Voted up.