Dog Training

Curly Coated Retriever


Faithful, Courageous, Intelligent
Size: Large
Height: 58-69 cm
Weight: 23-41 kg
Lifespan: 9-14 years
Coat: Medium Hair
Colors: Black, liver brown
FCI Group: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs

The Curly Coated Retriever originated in England and is now often kept as a family dog. He is the largest of all retriever breeds. The Curly Coated Retriever has a great retrieving instinct and loves water. He is distinguished by his quaint appearance with curly, frizzy coat.

Curly Coated Retriever
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The Curly Coated Retriever has a friendly, good-natured nature and is very intelligent. He is loyal and fond of children, courageous and self-confident. Towards strangers the Curly Coated Retriever is rather reserved. To feel comfortable, this willing to work and temperamental dog needs a meaningful occupation.

Thanks to his versatile abilities, he feels at home in many areas of use - whether in dummy training or retrieving, welding work or herding sheep. As hard-working as he is outside, as gentle he is at home. If he is sufficiently occupied, he is affectionate and in need of love at home.

The Curly Coated Retriever loves to play with children and enjoys keeping the family together on walks. Unlike the Labrador or Golden Retriever, however, he will not do everything to please his humans. Even though he is very sensitive and responsive to his family's moods, his independence often causes him to go his own way.

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Children suitable:

With supervision

The right food

Proper nutrition has a great impact on the well-being and health of the Curly Coated Retriever. A healthy diet prevents obesity and its consequences, such as heart and kidney problems or joint problems.

Since he tends to overweight quickly, it is important to adjust the amount of food to the age, size and activity level. If he gets two meals a day and the amount of treats is not too large, you can keep the weight well under control.

The food should also be adapted to the energy and nutrient needs that correspond to the respective phase of life of the dog. However, a diet that meets the needs not only helps to prevent overweight, but also ensures a healthy and shiny coat and healthy skin.

Curly Coated Retriever Care

The Curly Coated Retriever requires very little grooming. His curly coat is water repellent and robust. He does not need to be brushed, regular swimming is the optimal care for his coat. Every now and then, the wet coat can be massaged with circular movements to maintain the curl.

The coat change is normally pronounced in the Curly Coated Retriever. It does not need to be clipped, sometimes it is trimmed on the ears and tail. The use of dog shampoo should be avoided.

Suitable accessories

Of course, the Curly Coated Retriever needs food bowls and a suitable place to sleep. For grooming, a few towels are enough, as he does not need to be brushed. To keep him busy, toys should be purchased that are suitable for retrieving.

Dummy training or nose work are also nice occupations for the Curly Coated Retriever. If he then has enough daily exercise, he will be a happy dog.

Curly Coated Retriever History Picture

Origin & History

The Curly Coated Retriever is a rare breed of hunting dog and is now often kept as a family dog. It is considered the oldest of the retriever breeds. Experts assume that he descends from the English Waterdog. This is suggested by his curly coat as well as his keen sense and love for water. Later, for further development, the St. John's Newfoundland was crossed.

Also the crossbreeding of the breeds Setter, Pointer, Poodle and Irish Water Spaniel is probable. The English Kennel Club recognized the Curly Coated Retriever in 1854 and showed it at a show for the first time. In 1890 the first breed club was founded. As a breed, the Curly Coated Retriever has existed unchanged for about 100 years.

About 4000 dogs of this breed are kept worldwide. In Northern Europe Curly Coated Retrievers are most common, but also enjoys increasing popularity in the rest of Europe.