Curly-Coated Retriever

History/Evolution:

One of the oldest of the Retrievers, the Curly-Coated Retriever is believed to have roots in such breeds as the English Water Spaniel, a smaller Newfoundland, and the Poodle, from which it gets its tightly curled coat. Developed in England to be a multipurpose hunting Retriever, the Curly is favored for its excellent field ability, endurance, and courage. Unsurpassed in the water, the Curly-Coated makes a fine family companion when challenged with exercise and activity.


Size:

Medium to large; 22 to 27 inches, 55 to 75 pounds.

Color:

Black or liver.

Temperament:

Eager, self-confident, and steadfast; determined in the field, sensitive at home. Independent; sometimes appears aloof or self-willed.

Energy level:

High.

Best owner:

Hunter or active, outdoorsy owner in suburban or rural home.

Needs:

Daily exercise (swimming and retrieving are best) and training to prevent boredom (and undesirable behaviors), fenced yard, companionship, and occasional combing.

Life expectancy:

8 to 12 years.