Wickedly smart with a distinctive coat, the Curly-Coated Retriever is persistent in the field, calm and gentle at home–as long as he gets plenty of exercise.

Vital Stats

Height: 23 to 27 inches at shoulder
Weight: 65 to 100 pounds (males average 90 pounds, females average 75 pounds)
Coat: crisp and curly
Life span: 9 to 12 years

Created to retrieve game from land or water, the Curly-Coated Retriever was popular with English gamekeepers, hunters, and poachers alike. Today he competes in such dog sports as field trials, agility, obedience, and flyball and has been successful as a therapy dog, drug detection dog, and search and rescue dog.

When he’s not out working or competing, he’s happy to lie beside his favorite person, enjoying a nice back scratch. Full Curly-Coated Retriever profile on DogTime.com

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