natural hunter with a great nose, superb stamina, and the ability to work
over rough terrain, the Curly-Coated Retriever is known for his gentle
mouth which he uses to carry wounded or dead animals back to his master.
Curly-Coated Retriever stands up to 27 inches tall at the shoulder, and
has a distinctive black or liver-coloured coat that is covered in dense,
tight curls that lie close to the body. His coat is oily and sheds dirt,
mud, and burrs easily. An easy-care dog for grooming, his coat requires no
popularity has declined, the Curly-Coated Retriever is still considered
the best retriever in Australia and New Zealand.
Eager, responsive, affectionate, and friendly, the Curly can be
a wonderful family pet. A child's best friend, the Curly will play with kids for hours. He
also gets along well with other dogs. Family life agrees with this dog, and he should be part
of your day-to-day activities, not left alone for long periods. The Curly is self-confident,
alert, and determined. He makes an ideal companion for the weekend hunter. Proud and somewhat
independent, he respects firm but patient leadership. Even-tempered, loyal, and aloof with
strangers, they make good watchdogs.
socialization and obedience
training is a must for this breed. However, training can be a challenge as the Curly bores
easily. Short, interesting sessions are best. Curlies are quick learners but they are slow to
mature, being puppyish for longer than other breeds.
Intelligent, active, and possessing great endurance, the
Curly needs lots of
exercise. A home with a fenced yard is best. Without enough exercise or a job to do, the Curly
may indulge in less desirable activities and start making some of his own decisions! As are
all the retrievers, he is particularly fond of water. Play fetch with him and let him swim
often and you will have a true, loyal, friend for life!