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Curly-Coated Retriever

This robust, agile breed of retriever has a generally neat appearance. Its body is covered with a tightly curled, black- or liver-coloured coat, which does not need trimming. By contrast, its facial hair is distinctively smooth.

History of Curly-Goated Retriever

The precise ancestry of the Curly-coated Retriever is unclear, but Water Spaniels are probably responsible for its distinctive coat. Early Labradors may also have contributed to its development, as may poodles.


The Curly-coated Retriever is one of the oldest greeds of retriever and is still a popular choice in Australia and New Zealand for quail and water-fowl hunting. They enter water without hesitation, and their water-resistant coat dries quickly.

Identification keys of Curly-Goated Retriever

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