Curly Coated Retriever

Curly Coated Retriever Overview

The Curly Coated Retriever is one of the oldest retrieving breeds. The breed was developed in England and was preferred by English huntsmen who admired their gentle retrieving capabilities. This dog breed is extremely popular in New Zealand and Australia, but is quite uncommon in the United States and difficult to acquire. This breed is affectionately known as the “Curlie”.

Curly Coated Retriever Characteristics

A breed of courage, perseverance, and grace This dog has indomitable field ability. They are sturdy, muscular, well built and balanced dogs. They are a self-assured and elegant show, hunting and companion dog.

Curly Coated Retriever Temperament

This dog breed is loyal, affectionate and responsive. They get along well with children and other dogs and pets. This dog breed tends to be a little wary of strangers, but will only show aggression if they sense danger. They are an exceptionally well-mannered breed that is proud and very sociable.

Curly Coated Retriever Care

This dog breed requires minimal grooming. An occasional brush suffices for the Curly Coated Retriever. To preserve the natural oils of the skin and coat, they should only be bathed when absolutely necessary, using a mild shampoo. The ears should be checked regularly for debris to prevent infection. The dog is susceptible to eye problems, epilepsy and hip dysplasia.

Curly Coated Retriever Coat

This dog breed has a unique and distinctive single coat. Their coat on the body is a mass of thick, tight, small curls that lie close to the skin. The hair on the feet, face and forehead is smooth, short, and straight. The coat of this breed is both water and weather resistant. The Curlie is an average shedder.

Curly Coated Retriever Training

This dog breed is sensitive and independent. The dog breed does have a tendency to be quite stubborn, but is nonetheless highly trainable. Early socialization and obedience training is crucial. It is important to keep training sessions short and varied as this breed tends to bore easily. They do not respond well to harsh or forceful training methods. Training should be performed with firmness, fairness and consistency.

Curly Coated Retriever Activity

This dog breed is not suitable for apartment living. They thrive on outdoor activity but also makes a wonderful indoor companion. This breed does best in a rural setting where there is ample room to roam and run. The Curlie needs an above average amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. This breed both enjoys and excels at swimming, tracking, retrieving, agility and competitive obedience events.