The Curly Coated Retriever is a well balanced dog that is “just off the square,” only slightly longer than it is tall. It is at home in the water, in the field, or in your home. It is distinguished from all other retrievers by its unique curly coat which is comprised of very small tight, waterproof curls that extend from the occiput on the rear of the head down to the elbows and hocks and to the tip of its tail. The face is smooth with short straight hair.
They come in two solid colors: Black or Liver.
Ideal heights as listed in the AKC Standard are 25 to 27 inches for males and 23 to 25 inches for females, although otherwise excellent dogs are not to be penalized for falling outside these ranges.
The AKC Standard states that “outline, carriage and attitude all combine for a grace and elegance somewhat uncommon among the other retriever breeds.” The grace and elegance is combined with a sturdy structure and hardworking, persevering temperament to create a credible working retriever.