Curly-Coated Retrievers: Facts and Personality Traits

The origin of the breed is not clear. The breed originated in the seventeenth century. The blood of the English Waterdog, Irish Water Spaniel, Newfoundland, and Pointer slumbers in the dog breed. Some also suspect the crossing of the poodle.


  • FCI Standard No. 110
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Height at the withers: males: up to 69 cm | Bitch: up to 63 cm
  • Life Expectancy: 9 – 12 years +
  • intelligent hound loves the water
  • pronounced guard and protective drive
  • stubborn, alert, dominant
  • Reserved towards strangers
  • not a dog for beginners

Essence & Character

The Curly-Coated Retriever is now kept as a family dog but is a classic hunting dog. Unusual for the largest and oldest retriever species is the pronounced protective and guard instinct. Under no circumstances should the protective instinct be encouraged! The Curly is reserved and observant towards strangers. The owner should always keep a watchful eye on his dog.

The Curly needs a lot of activity to steer the urge to work in the right direction. He isn’t as easy to handle as other retriever breeds that are determined to please their owner. Beginners will have a hard time with the Curly-Coated Retriever, his exuberant temperament can overwhelm some.

The breed is only mentally “grown-up” at around 3 years of age. The headstrong dog needs an experienced owner who trains the dog with the necessary calmness and consistency.

Examples of ideal activities for retrievers include:

  • rescue work
  • dog sport
  • fetch
  • herding sheep
  • agility
  • dummy training
  • mantrailing
  • mushing

The main thing is that there is something to do. Lying on the sofa and daydreaming is not for this agile dog. He loves fetching and waters magically attract him. He is well taken care of in a family with very active members.

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