Height: 25-27 inches
Weight: 65-85 lbs.
Life Span: 10-13 yrs.
Breed Group: Sporting Dogs
The curly-coated retriever is devoted to its master, does well with children
if socialized to them at an early age, and gets along with other animals.
It may be aloof (but not aggressive) toward strangers. This hunting dog
should begin obedience training early.
The unique coat is a thick mass of small, tight, crisp, close-lying curls
that are dense enough to protect against weather, water, and harsh vegetation.
Coat color is black or liver.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Curly-coated retrievers need to be brushed a few times a week. They love
long runs and retrieving tennis balls and other objects from the water.
The curly-coated retriever, which originated in the 19th century, is thought
to be descended from a mixture of the English water spaniel, the poodle,
the Newfoundland, and/or a setter. The result is a dog whose concept of
heaven is swimming in cold, icy water to retrieve waterfowl.
The curly-coated retriever is not suitable for city or apartment life.
Breed-related health concerns: hair loss, hypothyroidism, Cushing's
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club