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Physical Characteristics


Breed Group:

Sporting / Gundogs


Male: 80 – 100 pounds

Female: 65 – 85 pounds


Male: 25 – 27 inches

Female: 23 – 25 inches


The only accepted colors for Curly-Coated Retrievers are solid black and solid liver (dark brown).


Curly-Coated Retrievers are famous for the small, tight curls that cover their bodies. The curled coat is easy to maintain, and as the Curly-Coated Retriever is single coated, they do not shed as much as double coated dogs.



Curly-Coated Retrievers have an elegant, graceful quality and are independent thinkers. Their slightly leggy build distinguishes them from other retriever breeds. They are bred to be athletic and have high endurance.

Country of Origin:



The true origin of the Curly-Coated Retriever is unknown. Dogs of similar appearance were documented in 1803, and the first Curly-Coated Retriever was introduced to the show-ring 1860. Because of the greater popularity of other retriever breeds such as the Labrador Retrievers, the Curly-Coated Retriever is now a relatively rare breed.


The name emphasizes their distinctive coat. They are commonly known as “curlies” or “CCRs.”


Curly-Coated Retrievers are intelligent and lively companions. Because of their independent nature, they can be aloof with strangers. With their families, however, they are always loyal and affectionate. They are confident and calm, and if given enough exercise are content with being indoors.



The Curly-Coated Retriever gets bored easily, so repetitive training can be less than successful with this breed. Training exercises are most effective if they are under the guise of games. Early socialization is a must with this breed, since they tend to become detached otherwise.


Curlies require plenty of mental and physical exercise to thrive.


While the Curly-Coated Retrievers are active dogs, they are quite laidback at home if they have adequate daily exercise. Therefore, it is possible for them to live in small houses or city apartments. They are generally good with children, and can be great family pets.


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