Created to retrieve game from land or water, the Curly-Coated Retriever dog breed was popular with English gamekeepers, hunters, and poachers alike.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Curly Coated Retriever.
The Curly may look like a Labrador Retriever crossed with a Poodle, but he is a breed in his own right. In fact, the Curly is one of the oldest retriever breeds, likely being the first breed used for serious retrieving work in England. He was originally developed in England, and being a long-time favorite of English gamekeepers, he was popular on the large estates. British artwork from 300 years ago features this distinctive dog, and written accounts go back to 1803.
The Curly is distinguishable from other retrievers by his coat, and by his personality, as well. These dogs are protective and loyal with their family, but can be slightly more aloof with strangers than other retrievers. They can seem less demonstrative, particularly with people they don’t know, partly due to their discerning nature and independence.
The curly-coated retriever is about 25 to 27 inches tall and weighs about 65 to 80 pounds (29 to 36 kilograms). The head is long, and the ears are set rather low. This dog is agile and muscular, yet graceful. Curlies live an estimated eight to twelve years.
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With his family, the Curly is charming, gentle, calm, and affectionate. Most make good companions for children, although as with all dogs, children should be taught appropriate behavior. Curlies are slow to mature, meaning you will have a puppy longer than you might expect, but they are also biddable, responsive, and very intelligent.
The Curly is an active dog, and when on the hunt he is eager and persistent, going all day long. He is a great multi-purpose hunting companion and will retrieve both fur and feather, even in the worst conditions, such as icy water. The hunting heritage of this quick and agile dog means that he requires plenty of exercise. It’s a huge bonus if that exercise can include swimming or fetching in water.
Like all retrievers, Curlies are mouthy and love to chew, nip, and carry objects. Be prepared for this trait, and work with it by providing your Curly with toys he's allowed to chew, praising him when you see him chewing them, and keeping forbidden items out of reach. Be consistent. If he's not allowed to chew on your good shoes, don't give him an old one to play with. He doesn't know the difference between Payless and Prada.
Generally, curly-coated retrievers are considered intelligent and easy to train. However, it is said that some individuals in the breed can be stubborn and that Curlies are slow to mature, so it may take a bit longer to train them compared with other retrievers.
The dense coat is a hallmark of the breed and consists of a thick mass of small, tight, distinct crisp curls. Only the face and front of the legs remain straight-haired. The coat lies close to the skin and provides protection from water, bad weather, and harsh underbrush. Per the breed standard, the coat is either black or liver in color.
The characteristic coat requires minimal grooming and is virtually effort-free. No regular brushing or combing is needed, and bathing is only needed occasionally. However, the Curly does shed, and light brushing can be used to help control falling hair. Males will lose part of their coat once a year, and females twice a year.
The average life expectancy of the Curly-Coated Retriever is between 10 and 12 years. Breed health concerns may include gastric dilatation and volvulus (bloat), canine follicular dysplasia, entropion, ectropion, distichiasis, cataracts, epilepsy, generalized progressive retinal atrophy, glycogen storage disease and hip dysplasia.