Group classification: Sportin Country of origin: England Date of origin: 18th century
Weight (M): 60 - 70 lb Height (M): 25 - 27" Life expectancy: 9 - 12 years
Weight (F): 55 - 65 lb Height (F): 23 - 25"
1.General Description of the Curly-Coated Retriever
The oldest of the retrieving breeds, the Curly-Coated Retriever is also the most graceful and longest of leg. Its distinct head is clean cut and wedge shaped with a shallow stop, topped with small, close lying ears. Eyes are large and almond shaped, and vary in color from black to amber, depending on coat color. The muzzle tapers gradually, and features a nose with large nostrils, tight lips and a scissors bite. The body conveys power and elegance, with a deep chest, strong level back, and tucked up loin. Feet are compact and round, and the tail is long and fairly straight. The most distinctive feature of the Curly-Coated Retriever is its coat, which is (you guessed it) curly, tight, close, shielding and water resistant; hair on the face, feet and front of forelegs is smooth, short and straight. Coloring is solid black or solid liver.
2.Curly-Coated Retriever Temperament
The Curly-Coated Retriever is a dog of even temperament and gentle manners, eager and energetic in the field yet well mannered in the house. Some say the Curly reaches adulthood later than other dogs, making it a great choice for a family that wants a dog that can grow up along with its children. The Curly-Coated Retriever enjoys the company of other dogs, pets and children, but may be reserved or aloof around strangers. However, it almost never acts aggressive toward anyone or anything. The Curly-Coated Retriever is perhaps the most independent and least tractable of the retrievers, which can make training a chore at times; counter the dog’s occasional bouts of stubbornness with an authoritative voice and clear commands. This is a sensitive breed, and should be trained with patience and compassion – never harshness.
3.Caring for a Curly-Coated Retriever
The Curly-Coated Retriever needs daily vigorous exercise, and enjoys games of fetch and swimming. The dog is quite resistant to cold and moderately resistant to heat, but should nevertheless be allowed to sleep inside since closeness to its family is so important. The coat should be brushed only occasionally, except during shedding season when weekly or biweekly brushing may be necessary. The Curly-Coated Retriever is susceptible to canine hip dysplasia.