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Curly-Coated Retriever

Curly-Coated Retriever

Curly-Coated Retrievers are intelligent, hard-working, lovable dogs. These guys are believed to be the first retriever breed. Despite being the original, Curlys are now one of the least common retrievers.

About this Breed

The Curly-Coated Retriever is believed to be the oldest of all of the retrievers. Some think the breed is a descendent of the extinct English Water Spaniel, with some Poodle mixed in. This guy appeared for the first time at an English dog show in 1860. For a time, these dogs were loved by gamekeepers for their expertise in hunting and their courageous attitudes. Their popularity died off whenever the Labrador Retriever emerged. Today, Curlys are still a rare find. The most distinct characteristic of the breed is their coat. It is curly, obviously, but lacks an undercoat so it is very manageable. This is a dog that loves working and having a job, so training and daily exercise are a must. Curlys love people, but are a little more independent than other retriever breeds.


Male: 25-27in

Female: 23-25in


Male: 80-100lb

Female: 65-85lb

Fun Fact

After World War I, only 5 Curly-Coated Retrievers were registered.

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Nitro
  2. Praetorium Latobicorum's Haru
  3. Skip

For Females

  1. Bess
  2. Darla
  3. Daybreak Flibbertigibbet

Common Locations

  1. Maryland, United States
  2. Slovenia
  3. Sweden
  4. Delaware, United States
  5. Ohio, United States

Curly-Coated Retrievers on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Curly-Coated Retriever ancestry.

  • Praetorium Latobicorum

    Praetorium Latobicorum's Haru





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