AKC PuppyFinder: Curly-Coated Retriever Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Confident, proud, wickedly smart; a thinking person’s retriever
  • Energy Level: Very Active; They live for outdoor exercise, like swimming; bored, underemployed Curlies are a handful
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 25-27 inches (male), 23-25 inches (female)
  • Weight: 60-95 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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A bit more independent-minded than other retrievers, the Curly-Coated Retriever is still an affectionate, people-oriented dog. He's energetic, extremely smart and hard-working--a good match for an active, outdoorsy family. Curly-Coated Retriever puppies need early socialization and training. Unlike other more gregarious retrievers, they may be reserved with strangers and should be taught good manners. They love human interaction and will be thrilled to join you on runs, swims and challenging play times. With plenty of exercise, they are gentle, charming companions.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1924

Breed History & Job Description: Developed during the 1800s by judicious crosses of older water-dog breeds—Irish Water Spaniels and Poodles are possible components—Curlies are thought to be among the oldest retrievers. (Compared with spaniels and setters, retrievers are newbies on the sporting scene. They arrived only after wing shooting with rifles became practical, sometime in the late 1700s.) By 1860, their unique look and proud bearing made Curlies popular attractions at England’s first dog shows. Since then, they’ve won a small but ardent following around the world.

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Curly-Coated Retrievers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, cardiac and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Curly-Coated Retrievers are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
  • GSD IIIa DNA Test
  • EIC DNA Test
  • Cord-1 PRA DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.ccrca.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 164
  • Breed Referral Contact: Sheila Callahan-Young - 978-281-3860
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