Curly-Coated Retriever Potty Training


How to potty train a curly-coated retriever puppy with the Potty Training Puppy Apartment crate. We have curly-coated retriever house training solutions, so housebreaking curly-coated retriever puppies will be fast and easy. Over 50,000 dogs have been successfully potty trained with our world-famous indoor dog potty, called the Potty Training Puppy Apartment, including curly-coated retrievers. The free video below is a short version of our 15-minute video which is located on our Home Page. The training techniques and tips are being demonstrated by Miniature Pinscher puppies, however, the techniques are exactly the same for a curly-coated retriever puppy or a curly-coated retriever adult dog. If you are seeking curly-coated retriever puppies for sale or adoption, please visit our Breeders page. At the bottom half of this page is specific breed information about the temperament and traits of a curly-coated retriever. If this breed is available in a teacup, toy or miniature size it will be mentioned below.



The curly is the most graceful and elegant of the retrievers, appearing longer legged and more agile than the others. It has an alert upright carriage, enabling it to mark downed animals easily, be they fur or feather. It is an active land retriever and a hardy water retriever, able to withstand the rigors of repeated retrieves into heavy thickets or cold waters. Its distinctive coat provides protection from cold and briars and is made up of a dense mass of tight curls. The curly-coated retriever is an eager and tireless land and, especially, water retriever outdoors, but a calm companion indoors. It is sensitive and gentle, very good with children, and responsive to commands. It is reserved with strangers. One of the most courageous of the retrievers, it is nonetheless quite sensitive. It makes an ideal partner for an active, outdoor-oriented person who also wants a loyal family companion.

The curly is an easy dog to maintain, requiring no unusual care. It needs daily exercise, preferably involving swimming and retrieving. It can live outdoors in temperate weather, but it does best as an indoor – outdoor dog. Because brushing diminishes the tight curls, it should be combed only occasionally, preferably before getting wet. Some very minimal scissoring may be desirable to tidy up scraggly hairs. It does need regular brushing during its shedding seasons.

One of the oldest and most distinctive of the retriever breeds, the curly-coated retriever may have been used in England for retrieving as long ago as the late 18th century. Although its exact origin remains conjectural, it probably stems from crosses of the descendants of the Old English water dog with the Irish water spaniel, and a small type of Newfoundland. These breeds together combined some of the finest water dogs in existence into one animal. Later crosses to the poodle, a fine water retriever in its own right, served to further enhance the tight curls. By the mid-1800s, the curly-coated retriever was the most popular retriever in England, prized not only for its unsurpassed retrieving abilities but also as a staunch and trustworthy companion. It was among the first breeds to be exhibited at English dog shows. Exports to Australia and New Zealand were well-received, and the breed still enjoys great popularity there. The first exports to America were in 1907, with the breed receiving AKC recognition in 1924. The breed never became particularly popular in America, however. Even popularity of the curly in England waned during the 1900s. One theory about its fall in popularity is that several atypical curlies gave the breed the undeserved reputation as hard-mouthed retrievers, causing newer hunters to choose other retrievers. Those who give the curly a chance have found that the breed is actually quite soft-mouthed. They also find that it makes a versatile family companion.