Grooming Your Curly Coated Retriever

Grooming Your Curly Coated Retriever

Grooming your Curly Coated Retriever is easy.  You can keep them looking great with very little experience or effort. Undoubtedly there are some critical dont’s when it comes to caring and maintaining the curly coat but nevertheless it is quite simple..

Don’t take your curly to a groomer. Most groomers have never seen a curly and do not have a clue how the curlies coat should look. They will often blow dry and brush the coat so that your curly looks like a “furball” resembling a show poodle. You don’t want that.

Coat Care

When grooming your Curly Coated Retriever do not ever brush or comb a curl coated Retriever except when shedding or during shampoo to remove dead coat during heave shedding. Never briskly towel dry or blow dry a curly. Allow them to shake off excess water and they are good to drip dry. Crating them with a fan on them can help to circulate air and accelerate the drip dry process.


Don’t shampoo your dog unless it is necessary. Even so shampooing softens the coat and it will take 2 or 3 days to return to normal texture. If the dog is dirty with mud just spray it off with the hose or shower head. Otherwise, shampoo only when it starts to have an odor or during heavy shed. Swim or just wet them down on occasion to keep the curls crisp. A spray bottle with water and a bit of listerine works beautifully too. The more often you wet the coat the tighter the curls will become.

To groom your curly coated retriever you must trim behind the ears to prevents matting. Moreover the dogs ear clearly hangs more freely without it.
Trimming the curls on the ear leathers and around the contour will make them look properly tidy. Be sure to clip the hair growing into the ear for cleanliness purposes.


Pull the hair up between the toes and trim it off level with the top of the toes. Do not get in there and cut it to the skin. They need some cushion between the toes to prevent it from splaying out and to protect their webbing. As well as that be sure to trim the hair from bottoms of pads. This helps their grip and in snow prevents snow from balling up on the feet.
You can trim up the ragged parts of the front and back legs to tidy them up a bit if you wish.

The Dreaded Tail

Do not be intimidated when Grooming your curly coated retriever tail. Whereas this can be an art but in general just trim the bulk of scrap off. You essentially want it like a long wedge. Wide at base and narrow at tip. Look at the tails on some of our show photos and you get a better idea of the shape of the groomed tail. 
If you want your curly tuxedo tidy then lay the scissors flat along the back and sides and cut any bits sticking out so that it is even all over. Take a look at Fury’s tail and others to get a better idea of how the tails should actually best look.

Finally, just remember, if you make a scissor mistake don’t freak out. It will grow back in short order. If you trim too much just wait and it will look perfect and natural in a week.

Aubrey LaCrosse has graciously done a video series to show you how to properly groom your curly coated retriever into a perfect show coat. 

Whether just trimming your pet or preparing for a show she gives you all the step by step instructions that you need. Thank you so much Aubrey and if these video series help you please show your gratitude by visiting her facebook and go to utube and subscribe to her channel. 

Ch Sun Devila Waiting For The Next Suprise