The Curly-Coated Retriever, also known as the Curly Retriever, the Curly or the CCR, is one of the oldest of all retrieving breeds. Developed in England as a waterfowl specialist and an upland hunter, the Curly Retriever is known to be a versatile, all-purpose dog. Wickedly smart and bred for perseverance, the Curly can be trained to do almost anything. He needs a job to do to prevent boredom, which can be accompanied by destructive habits. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1924, as a member of its Sporting Group.
The mature male Curly-Coated Retriever ideally stands 25 to 27 inches at the withers, while adult females should be from 23 to 25 inches in height. They weigh on average between 65 and 80 pounds. The Curly’s coat is unique among all canine breeds, being a thick mass of tight, crisp curls that are water-resistant and of sufficient density to protect against all types of weather, water and cover. It should be groomed on a regular basis but is easy to care for. Curly’s come in liver and black.