Curly-Coated Retriever Facts
- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 23" - 27"
- 60-80 lbs.
- 12 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
The curly coated retriever originated in Great Britain.
Date Of Origin
This breed developed in 1800.
The curly coated retriever was probably developed from the Saint John's Newfoundland, the Irish water spaniel, the poodle, and the Old English water dog. It was bred to retrieve water foul and upland game birds. Although it is not popular in the U.S., it is well known in Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. The curly coated retriever is the oldest of the breeds now known as retrievers.
This is a strong, medium to large sized dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. The head is long and wedge shaped with dark, almond shaped eyes and small drop ears. The chest is deep and the tail is long. The tightly curled, water resistant coat covers the entire body, even the tail. The coat is short and straight only on the face, front of the fore legs and the feet.
This breed is energetic and playful, adaptable to its owners activity level. It is affectionate with its friends and family but reserved with strangers. It enjoys children.
As its name indicates, it is adapted to retrieving game that has been shot and returning it to the hunter. In particular the curly coated retriever knows how to carry dead or wounded animals gently in its mouth. It is an excellent worker over difficult terrain and in water. Its thick coat protects it from the dampness and thorny bushes.
Alopecia, cancer, eye problems, hip and elbow dysplasia.
An active dog which is also prized for its endurance, the Curly usually needs a high-quality food. Some breeders feed a natural diet, consisting of meat and vegetables. Others feed good quality commercial dog foods.
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