The Curly-Coated Retriever is a highly popular retriever breed that developed in England. They are the only breed of retrievers with curly hair and are easily distinguishable by their physical characteristics, including the mass of tight curls covering their bodies.
This ancient English breed has a large, well-muscled body with a graceful and vigorous appearance. This dog has a large head with black, brown, or amber eyes, hanging ears, and a nose mostly having the same color as their coat. The legs are stout and muscular, while the tail is long and hanging downwards. They are known for their loyalty, confidence, and affection towards their masters.
|Other Names||Curly, CCR|
|Coat||Curly, dense, short|
|Colors||Black, Solid liver (brown)|
|Type||Gundog, Retriever, Sporting Dog, Watchdog|
|Group (of Breed)||Purebred|
|Life Span/Expectancy||8-12 years|
Male: 25-27 inches;
Female: 23-25 inches
|Weight||60-70 pounds (both sexes)|
|Litter Size||7-8 puppies|
|Personality Traits||Loyal, social, energetic, alert, brave, independent, responsive, polite|
|Good with Children||Yes (especially older kids)|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Shedding||Moderate; twice a year|
|Climate Compatibility||Comfortable with both hot and cold temperatures|
|Country of Origin||United Kingdom|
|Qualification Information||Breed Standards (AKC)|
|Registries||ACA, ACR, AKC, ANKC, APRI, CCRCA, CKC, CKC, DRA, FCI, KCGB, NAPR, NKC, NZKC, UKC|
Nothing concrete is known about its origin. However, the breed originally developed in England. Hunting waterfowls and upland birds were their main work.
Curly Coated Retriever was one of the first two retriever breeds that were established and recognized as early as 1860 (with the other one being the Flat-Coated Retriever, formerly known as the ‘Wavy-Coated Retriever’).
In 1907, this breed was imported to the US for the first time from England. Later, in the 1960s, after its rise in popularity, it was even imported from Australia and New Zealand.
In 1924, the Curly-Coated Retriever was officially recognized by the AKC, while in 1979, an association named ‘The Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America,’ dedicatedly meant for this breed, was founded.
These are dogs that have confidence, strong determination, and natural drive of retrievers. Dutiful as they are, they will not give up until a particular job allotted to it is completed. They are good with kids, especially the older ones, and even do well with pets in the family, including dogs of different breeds.
The Curly is also equipped with alertness and can act as an excellent guard and watchdog if it finds its family is in any ‘danger.’ They are reserved and shy when strangers are around. These retrievers have an independent mind, but at the same time, are willing to please their family members. However, they are prone to getting bored easily.
Some individuals may develop nipping or chewing habits. In fact, this mostly happens because, the curlies take a little longer time to mature compared to other breeds, and the owner might experience living with a full-grown pup for quite a few years. This behavior, however, does not make it a dumb dog. While the puppies are often quite avid and boisterous, the adults are calm house dogs.
The Curly-Coated Retrievers respond well to training, though not always as fast as other breeds. Since the curlies have a mind of their own, they might as well ignore their trainers, initially. Constant praises and treats might ease the job.
Many breeders and owners choose a natural diet for the curly coated retriever, which includes assorted vegetables and meat. However, commercial foods like kibbles are also right for them. No matter which one you choose, but make sure, it is of high quality. 3-4 cups of food divided into two balanced meals is sufficient for this breed.