General Information

Dog NameCurly-Coated Retriever
Other NamesCCR
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeRetriever
GroupSporting, Gun Dog, Retriever
Breed ForHunting on land and water
Country of OriginUnited Kingdom (UK)

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span12
Min Ideal Weight for male27
Max Ideal Weight for male40
Min Ideal Weight for female25
Max Ideal Weight for male40


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentConfident, Smart, Energetic
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Dog FriendlyHigh
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyMedium
Senior Citizens FriendlyMedium
Service DogMedium
Search and Rescue DogMedium
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginEngland
Nicknames and Other NamesCCR, Curly
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupSporting Group, Gun dog,
Retrievers Group
Bred ForHunt on land and in water
Recognized ByFCI, AKC, CKC, UKC, KC
Life Span10-12 years
Ideal Weight60-95 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 25-27 inches
Female: 23-25 inches
Fur Typedense, thick amount of tight, crisp curls,
water and weather resistant
Common ColorsBlack, Liver
AvailabilityModerately available
Suitable for ApartmentsModerately suitable
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToChesapeake Bay Retriever

The Curly-coated Retriever is a large-sized dog whose body is little longer than its tail. This dog is recognized for its distinctive coat with tight curls and large tapered head make them apart from other retrievers.

With powerful, alert and graceful build, they make good watchdogs too. They are well- known for its protective capacity.


This large canine is considered to be one of the oldest retriever breed developed. Long ago, at about 18th century this dog was brought to retrieve from England, where it was developed.

This breed is developed from other breeds including the English Water Spaniel, the St. John’s Newfoundland, the retrieving setter, the Poodle and possibly the Irish Water Spaniel and the Labrador.

The Curly-Coated Retriever is known to be an excellent hunting companion and gun dog, waterfowl retriever and upland game hunter, with a gentle mouth. This dogs often used to hunt duck and quail.

This breed is very rare inside the USA but is more popular in Australia and New Zealand. This breed was first exported to America in 1907. This breed was recognized by the AKC in 1924.

Is Curly-Coated Retriever Safe to Kids?

This retriever go well with well-behaved children, especially with older children who can stand up to its size and energy level. They can be overwhelming with younger children.

For the safety of both, you need to set rules for both dog and child; no ear pulling, tail pulling or biting allowed. Never leave small children unsupervised with any dog including the Curly-coated retriever.

Behavior, Temperament and Personality

The Curly-Coated retriever is loyal gentle and eager to please dog. They carries proud and confident personality.

They are not fully matured until they are three years old. They are affectionate, loving and loving companion. They require adequate mental and physical exercise to keep them fit and healthy.

Socialize them well with people and other pets at their puppy age. If they are not properly balanced then in future they may be reserved or timid with strangers.

They love swimming, and make good therapy dogs as well. They are best choice for active and outdoor -oriented person.


Training a Curly-coated retriever is easy if you are using correct training methods. They are smart and job-oriented breed, they approach everything with confidence as their job.

If they think that your training is silly or pointless, then they will less likely to respond you. While training them you need to be clear with your command and make sure of less repetition.

They are sensitive, so positive training will help you to take their attention. Instead of being strict or harsh for not doing well rather praise them for being good. Use reward and relationship-based method to motivate them.


Facts about Curly-coated retreiver:

  • The Curly-Coated Retriever breed is also commonly known by the names Curly, Curly Coat, CCR.
  • Lifespan
    8 -13 years
  • Popularity #213 out of 244 Dog Breeds. 
  • Average Price
    £775 for KC Registered
    £550 for Non-KC Registered

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Cataracts, Hypothyroidism,
Cancer, Bloat, Obesity
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis
SheddingModerate Shedding
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 30%
Fat: 14%
Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acid

Like so many other breeds, the Curly-coated retriever is known to suffer from some hereditary health problems, such as:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Glycogenosis (GSD) type IIIa
  • Cataracts
  • Cancer
  • Bloat/Gastric Torsion

Coat Color

The Curly-coated retreiver are likely to found only in two colors; black and liver.


Curly-coated Retriever are Very loving
Curly-Coated Retriever Puppies

If you are wishing to get a Curly-coated retreiver, puppy, you should take the detail about who they purchase their puppy from. And you should always ask to see the relevant paperwork pertaining to their vaccinations, their microchipping and the documentation relevant to their parent’s health tests.

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