General Description: The Curly-Coated Retriever is a multi-purpose Gun Dog developed in England, and is considered the oldest of the Retrieving breeds. The Curly’s signature is its coat of Curls. Curlies are extremely intelligent and loyal companions.
Temperament & Training: The Curly is a confident, friendly, proud and loyal dog, though may seem aloof with strangers. They are extremely intelligent, and are easily trained; however they do not respond to training methods involving much repetition. Curlies must be given a job to do, as their intelligence will lead them to mischief.
Height: Males 25″ to 27” Females 23-25”.
Weight: Depending on size and build, a Curly can weigh between 50 & 100 lbs.
Colour: The Curly comes in 2 colours, Black and Liver (Brown).
Coat & Grooming: The Curly’s trademark is it’s coat of curls that covers their body, with the skull, face and muzzle smooth, as well as the forelegs & the rear legs beginning at the hock. THEY DO SHED. Brushing or combing, especially when they are shedding is required, this will pull the curls loose, but they are easily brought back with water applied to the coat. Trimming is to the owner’s preference, many choose to neaten the hair on the tail & ears.
Feeding: A good quality kibble is sufficient, amount depending on the dog & it’s activity level. Commonly 4-5 cups a day
Activity level: Curlies are an active, highly intelligent dog. They require activity or a job or their minds will lead them to mischief. Some Curlies are content with a daily walk, others require more activity.