Curly-Coated Retriever Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Curly-Coated Retriever so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland flagEngland
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Curly-Coated Retriever Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Curly-Coated Retriever puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Curly-Coated Retriever?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Curly-Coated Retriever, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Curly-Coated Retriever for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Curly-Coated Retriever gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Curly-Coated Retriever? How many Curly-Coated Retriever are there in the world?
Frequent: The Curly-Coated Retriever is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Curly-Coated Retriever Size

Size
Is a Curly-Coated Retriever small, medium or large dog?

How big do Curly-Coated Retriever get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Curly-Coated Retriever weigh? How much should the Curly-Coated Retriever breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Curly-Coated Retriever?
65-80 pounds (29-36 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Curly-Coated Retriever?
72.5 pounds (32.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Curly-Coated Retriever? Curly-Coated Retriever height:
25-27 inches (63-69 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Curly-Coated Retriever?
26 inches (66 cm)

Curly-Coated Retriever Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Curly-Coated Retriever have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Curly
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Curly-Coated Retriever's coat?
LiverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Curly-Coated Retriever and how often?
Easy to groom: The Curly-Coated Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Curly-Coated Retriever is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Curly-Coated Retriever dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Curly-Coated Retriever?
Curly-Coated Retrievers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Curly-Coated Retriever need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Curly-Coated Retriever every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Curly-Coated Retriever Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Curly-Coated Retriever have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CleverIntelligentSensitiveIndependentLivelyTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Curly-Coated Retriever? Is the Curly-Coated Retriever breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Curly-Coated Retriever ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Curly-Coated Retriever dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Curly-Coated Retrievers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Curly-Coated Retrievers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Curly-Coated Retriever sensitivity:
Curly-Coated Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Curly-Coated Retriever a good family dog?
High: Curly-Coated Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Curly-Coated Retriever need? Curly-Coated Retriever social needs:
Curly-Coated Retrievers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Curly-Coated Retriever dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Curly-Coated Retriever bark?
Average: The Curly-Coated Retriever barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Curly-Coated Retriever good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Curly-Coated Retrievers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Curly-Coated Retriever dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Curly-Coated Retrievers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Curly-Coated Retriever bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Curly-Coated Retriever? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Curly-Coated Retriever? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Curly-Coated Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Curly-Coated Retriever has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Curly-Coated Retriever? How much bite force does a Curly-Coated Retriever have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Curly-Coated Retriever bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Curly-Coated Retriever, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Curly-Coated Retriever do?
Curly-Coated Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Curly-Coated Retrievers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Curly-Coated Retriever to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Curly-Coated Retriever roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Curly-Coated Retriever is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Curly-Coated Retriever have high prey drive?
Curly-Coated Retrievers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Curly-Coated Retriever dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Curly-Coated Retriever good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Curly-Coated Retriever indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Curly-Coated Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Curly-Coated Retriever be left alone?
Curly-Coated Retrievers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Curly-Coated Retriever Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Curly-Coated Retriever temperament with other people:
Curly-Coated Retrievers are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Curly-Coated Retriever dogs get along with other pets? Are Curly-Coated Retriever dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Curly-Coated Retrievers are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Curly-Coated Retriever dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Curly-Coated Retriever temperament with children:
Curly-Coated Retrievers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Curly-Coated Retriever dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Curly-Coated Retriever breed live with a cat?
Curly-Coated Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Curly-Coated Retriever good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Curly-Coated Retriever dogs get along with other dogs?
Curly-Coated Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Curly-Coated Retriever can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Curly-Coated Retriever breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Curly-Coated Retriever breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Curly-Coated Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Curly-Coated Retrievers good office dogs? Do Curly-Coated Retrievers make good office friendly dogs? Can Curly-Coated Retrievers be office dogs?
Yes
Curly-Coated Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Curly-Coated Retriever dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Curly-Coated Retriever temperament with senior people? Are Curly-Coated Retriever dogs good for elderly owners?
Curly-Coated Retrievers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Curly-Coated Retriever Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Curly-Coated Retriever dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Curly-Coated Retrievers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Curly-Coated Retriever breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Curly-Coated Retriever see the vet?
Frequent
The Curly-Coated Retriever should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Curly-Coated Retriever dogs live? How old can a Curly-Coated Retriever be? What is the age limit of the Curly-Coated Retriever? How many years can the oldest Curly-Coated Retriever live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Curly-Coated Retriever?

8-12 years
The average lifespan of Curly-Coated Retriever: 10 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Curly-Coated Retriever breed hypoallergenic?
No
Curly-Coated Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Curly-Coated Retriever have? What is the activity level of the Curly-Coated Retriever?
Curly-Coated Retrievers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Curly-Coated Retriever need? How much exercise do Curly-Coated Retriever dogs require per day?
Curly-Coated Retrievers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Curly-Coated Retriever breed need?
Curly-Coated Retrievers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Curly-Coated Retriever need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Curly-Coated Retriever breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Curly-Coated Retriever? How much food should I feed my Curly-Coated Retriever?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Curly-Coated Retriever risk for obesity:
Average: The Curly-Coated Retriever has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Curly-Coated Retriever's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Curly-Coated Retriever can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Curly-Coated Retriever has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Curly-Coated Retriever drool?
The Curly-Coated Retriever is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Curly-Coated Retriever could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Curly-Coated Retriever.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Curly-Coated Retriever As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Curly-Coated Retriever be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Curly-Coated Retriever is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Curly-Coated Retriever be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Curly-Coated Retriever be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Curly-Coated Retriever is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Curly-Coated Retriever be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Curly-Coated Retriever is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Curly-Coated Retriever be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Curly-Coated Retriever is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Curly-Coated Retriever be a boat dog?

Yes

Curly-Coated Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Curly-Coated Retriever be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Curly-Coated Retriever is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Curly-Coated Retriever dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Curly-Coated Retriever Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Curly-Coated Retriever pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Curly-Coated Retriever breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Curly-Coated Retriever: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Curly-Coated Retriever have in a litter? How many puppies can the Curly-Coated Retriever breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Curly-Coated Retriever have? How many puppies can a Curly-Coated Retriever give birth to?
6-8 puppies

Curly-Coated Retriever Recognition

AKC Group
Is Curly-Coated Retriever recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1924 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Curly-Coated Retriever recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.

Curly-Coated Retriever Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Curly-Coated Retrievers are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Curly-Coated Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Curly-Coated Retriever is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Curly-Coated Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Curly-Coated Retrievers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Curly-Coated Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Curly-Coated Retriever is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Curly-Coated Retrievers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Curly-Coated Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Curly-Coated Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Health Issues: Curly-Coated Retrievers tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Curly-Coated Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Curly-Coated Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Curly-Coated Retriever is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Curly-Coated Retrievers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Curly-Coated Retriever History

The Curly-Coated Retriever, resembling to the Flat-Coated Retriever, is considered to be one of the oldest retriever breeds. Unfortunately, the exact origins and development story of the Curly-Coated Retriever is not exactly known.

Before dog shows were invented, became popular, and became the standard for evaluating dogs, the only thing that mattered was the dogs’ working abilities. The only thing that is used to characterize a retriever breed is their ability to successfully retrieve prey on command while being irrespective of their color, size, or coat type. It is widely believed that the Curly-Coated Retriever is a direct descendant of the Irish Water Spaniel and the now extinct English Water Spaniel. Both of these breeds were originally bred for the purpose of retrieving upland waterfowl and birds in England. They both had very distinguishing curls, which provided them protection from the rough climatic conditions and form the vegetation. This curly, low-shedding coat type is thought to be a result of cross-breeding one of the retriever breeds with the Standard Poodle at some point in history. Poodles also contributed to the breed’s complex character and elegant carriage. What is certain is that by the middle of the 19th century, the Curly-Coated Retriever was already a very popular breed among the English hunting community. By 1860, both the Curly and the Flat-Coated Retrievers were recognized as distinct breeds.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the breed got so popular, it was imported to all parts of the world, including the United States of America, and New Zealand. The dogs quickly became especially prized and popular as a gun dog, renowned for their excellent swimming talents, perseverance, courage, and their soft mouths, which delivered any waterfowl to the hunters without breaking their skin or damaging it at all. However, in spite of the breed’s immense popularity, the Curly-Coated Retriever’s population numbers have decreased drastically due to World War I., when dog breeding and hunting fell out of focus for many. Devastatingly, by 1919, only five Curly-Coated Retriever specimens were registered in the whole world. Between the two world wars, there was a glimpse of recovery for the breed, nonetheless, the dogs almost completely died out during World War II. Fortunately, people recognized the endless possibilities in the breed, and in 1924, a planned and observed breeding program had started organized by the AKC (American Kennel Club). This was also the year when the AKC recognized the breed within their ‘Gun Dog’ category. By the late 1960s, the Curly-Coated Retriever saw a resurgence in the United States of America, for the reason that many specimens were imported from England and New Zealand to the U.S. Later, in 1979, the Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America was founded with the objectives to popularize the breed, maintain their pureness and keeping their population numbers steady.

Despite the Curly-Coated Retriever’s initial popularity, today the breed has the smallest population of any retriever breed. However, the dogs are very versatile, as they are very intelligent, they are easy to train. Nowadays, there are still some specimens who are working along with hunters as classic retrievers, but most of the Curly-Coated Retrievers are kept simply as loyal, friendly, and active family companions.

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Curly-Coated Retriever Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Rosie

    Jun 9, 2021, 1:47:15 PM:

    I have had three of theses dogs in my life time. They have a calm loving temperament and while very intelligent are a bit hard to train as they will only do so when the want to. They make a superb family dog.

  • Eloise

    May 17, 2020, 10:30:02 AM:

    This dog seems like a playful and affectionate dog. I wouldn’t mind having a dog like this!

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