Curly-Coated RetrieverCare

The crisp, low-maintenance coat sheds little.

An energetic and intelligent dog, the Curly-Coated Retriever is an excellent companion, but requires training and daily exercise or a job to keep him from becoming bored and destructive. One of the more independent retriever breeds, the Curly may appear somewhat aloof, but is always willing to please. Their coat is easy to care for, requiring only occasional bathing.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

The Curly-Coated Retriever is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 11 to 13 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


It requires only occasional bathing. The breed does shed hair, and the amount of shedding varies with the seasons and local climate conditions. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Short
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

Curlies are charming, affectionate, and gentle housemates in the way of all retrievers. They are, though, more emotionally complex—a bit more independent-minded and less needy—than Labs or Goldens. With loved ones they’re playful and mischievous, but Curlies will hold themselves aloof from strangers until proper introductions are made. This wariness makes them more discerning watchdogs than other, more compulsively gregarious retrievers. As hunting companions Curlies are famously versatile gundogs and peerless swimmers, and they’ll never quit before you do.

energy level Some Exercise

Curly-Coated Retriever &HEALTH

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.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Curly-Coated Retriever can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.