23 - 27 in (58.4 - 68.6 cm)
50 - 90 lbs (22.7 - 40.8 kg)
9 - 14 years
Vigorous daily exercise
tight, crisp curl
black or solid liver
Curly-Coated Retriever OverviewThe Curly-Coated Retriever is the oldest known retriever type dog. It originated in England as gun dog capable of finding a downed bird on land or water no matter how difficult the retrieve.
The Curly is an active, well-muscled dog bred for upland bird and waterfowl hunting. The Curly-Coated Retriever has dropped ears and a long tail and its recognizable tightly curled coat provides weatherproofing. Curly-Coated Retrievers can be very active, especially as puppies. They need vigorous daily exercise and will always be up for a run or swim.
This breed is still used for hunting and does best in a home where the dog can use these instincts. When not hunting, the Curly is a wonderful family dog, great with children, and usually calm in the house. He is affectionate and loyal but reserved with strangers.