The Curly Coated Retriever, also known as Curlies, Curly Retriever, has a unique coat that is a mass of small, crisp, dense curls that allow these dogs to shed water in seconds when wet, leaving them virtually dry. This breed is believed to be one of the oldest "retrievers" around. They have always been known for their abilities in the field and were highly regarded for their retrieving skills. Thanks to their striking coats and friendly nature, they are also popular as companion and family dogs, especially around children. However, Curly Coated Retrievers is not the best choice for first-time dog owners, as they need to be handled with a firm but gentle hand so the dogs understand who is boss.
Read our Curly Coated Retriever Buying Advice page for information on this dog breed.