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Curly-Coated Retriever

Size: Large

Weight: 70 - 80 lbs.

Height: 23" - 27"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Health Problems: Hip dysplasia; entropion

Origin: Great Britain

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Sporting

Category: Companion Dog, Gun Dog

Exercise Needs

The Curly-Coated Retriever requires vigorous daily walks and playtime. These dogs love to fetch and swim.

Grooming Needs

The Curly-Coated Retriever needs minimal grooming: occasional brushing and bathing.


The Curly-Coated Retriever is a calm and even-tempered breed.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


The oldest of the Retrievers, this breed dates back to the early 1800s and is likely a mix of English Water Spaniel and Lesser Newfoundland.

Dog Food for Your Curly-Coated Retriever

Large Breed Puppy 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large Breed Adult 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of large breed dogs.

Reduced Fat 6 lb. Front Counter

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.

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