Curly Coated Retriever

KC Pedigree, Large

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

The oldest of the retriever breeds, with some Water Spaniel and Poodle in the background, this duck-retrieving gundog is a real water baby – whatever the temperature.


Attractive to ...

An active home that doesn't mind a wet dog. If there's water nearby, this dog will find it.

Not the best for ...

Someone who wants the 'friends with everyone' kind of retriever temperament. The Curly Coat is a little more discerning.


Curly, Curly Coat, CCR

Cross between



United Kingdom


People will amusingly say "You should put a saddle on it!"

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!


Short and curly
Natural good looks, won't keep growing like a hedge.


Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

11 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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