About Curly Coats *
of the Breed
The Curly Coated Retriever
origniated in England. He is one of the oldest retriever breeds and
arrived in Australia with settlers in the 1800s.
The Curly is the largest
of the retrievers. Males are 69cm at the withers and bitches 64cm.
His distinctive coat is a mass of close tight curls from the back of
the skull to the tip of the tail. Colour is either black or liver.
The Curly's combination of
pace, endurance, intelligence and a good nose make him an excellent
field dog. His kind temperament and devotion to his master and
family make him an excellent companion. He is not prone to barking
but his deep bark is enough to stop unwanted intruders in their
The Curly is obedient but
does have a mind of his own, which makes him quite a character. This
is one of the traits that Curly devotees find attractive. Early
obedience training is recommended and he responds well to praise.
The Curly is successful in obedience, tracking, retrieving, agility
and show rig competitions.
The Curly requires plenty
of exercise to keep him in good condition. He loves to swim, run and
retieve but is happ inside the house with his family. He should be
included in family activities and not left for long periods on his
The Curly's coat is low
maintainance. It does require clipping and should not be brushed or
combed. The Curly does moult and should be washed regularly to keep
the curls tight and to remove lose hair. The coat benefits from
light trimming around the tail and ears.
* (extracted from Curly Coated
Retriever Association of Victoria brochure)