Breed Type: Curly-Coated Retriever
Country of Origin: United Kingdom – England
Size: Very Large
Also known as: Flat-Coated Retriever
Males: Height: 63.5 – 68.5 cm Weight: 36 – 45 kg
Females: Height: 58.5 – 63.5 cm Weight: 29.5 – 38.5 kg
Exercise Requirements: Heavy
Care Requirements: Moderate
Lifespan: 9 – 14 human years
Best Suited as: Family Dog, or Hunting Dog

Overview:
This specific type is considered to be among the eldest of the breed of retrievers. It was nurtured in England in order to locate waterfowls and assist hunters in upland areas. The breed is very popular because of its versatility multiple capabilities; owners considered keeping one for any kind of purpose. Because it is naturally smart and nurtured to be persevering, the Curly-Coated Retriever can easily be trained for any kind of task. Experts would suggest that this breed must be assigned to tasks in order to prevent the dog from boredom which may lead to unwanted habits. In 1924, the breed was considered as one of Sporting Group members.

Appearance:
Because of being active, the Curly-Coated Retriever is a breed of dog which has well-developed muscles compared to other upland hunting and waterfowl specialist dogs. If compared to other retrievers, it is noticeable that this type is very different when it comes to physical structure. A well-nurtured Curly Retriever seems to be leggy; however, rather than being tall, a well-nurtured one is actually a bit longer. Focusing on its coat, the breed’s coat is tight and covered with crisp curls which where the name of the breed came from. Because of this unique coat, this specific breed can withstand burrs, repel water, and even prevent damage unlike any sporting breed. The physique of this breed is built for balance and agility with a lot of capabilities for grace, strength, and endurance. Contrary to what others would claim, the mouth of the Curly-Coated Retrievers is soft and should always be handled with care.

Temperament:
Although the appearance of the Curly-Coated Retriever is unique among its similar breeds, the personality is still that of retrievers. People find this breed as active, loyal, and affectionate toward its favorite individuals. The Curly engages in outdoor activities immediately and it is noticeable that they are happier outdoors rather than staying indoors for too long. This breed is also considered to be a polite dog when it comes to unfamiliar people. Children will never have any reason to frighten a Curly-Coated Retriever because it can withstand the playfulness of small kids with its lengthy patience while being able to rock with the older ones.

History:
Most experts would recommend that this breed came from the extinct Water Spaniel of Old English and the Setter Retrievers although they cannot point out any exact history of the Curly-Coated Retriever. Some people would think that there are other breeds that contributed to this type of Retriever such as the Poodle, the Water Spaniel of Irish, and more. It was in the year 1860 when the Curly was exposed for the very first time at Birmingham. After 29 years, the breed was exported to other countries such as New Zealand in order to assist hunters when retrieving hunted quail and ducks. The breed had also reached Australia where it was used on waterfowls at the lagoons and swamps of the River of Murray. The Curly-Coated Retriever is considered to be a hunting expert because of its gentle mouth together with its water abilities.

Care and Grooming:
By brushing the curly coat of this specific Retriever, owners will be able to lessen the amount of loosening hairs. Bathing the dog every single day is not necessary Experts would suggest that owners must only bathe their Curly-Coated Retriever when really needed because over-bathing may alter their curly coat. If their coat was altered, then, they might not be able to resist the weather efficiently. It is a must for owners to regularly check the dog’s ears weekly. If there are any signs of infection or irritation, then, the dog’s ears must be cleaned with cotton balls together with a cleaning treatment which is approved by a veterinarian. Similar to other breeds, the Curly’s teeth must be brushed weekly in order to ensure that tartar build up is kept to a minimum. Basically, toenails wear down naturally for active dogs; however, if the dog’s nails are producing an annoying sound whenever they hit the floor, then, trimming is required.

Health:
Most Curly-Coated Retrievers have an average life span of ten to twelve years. Most concerns with regard to their health include the volvulus or bloating, gastric dilatation, cataracts, retinal atrophy, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, follicular dysplasia for canines, ectropion and entropion, distichiasis, and disease on glycogen storage. A 2 to 4 year old Curly might experience a cataract which is considered as a common eye disease in this breed. This is the reason why efficient care for this breed is necessary and regular checkups are highly recommended.

Suitability as a Pet:
Socialization is the key for this breed to become as friendly as possible. Without regular exposure to other pets and strangers, the Curly-Coated Retriever might become timid or suspicious about unfamiliar identities. This breed is not naturally dominant over others; however, it can still rule other animals if the need arises. Owners must also keep in mind that this breed must receive a lot of exercise or activity; otherwise, it might lead to depression. When in depression, dogs might destroy numerous objects of interests in the owner’s or others’ property.

Training:
With regards to training, too much discipline is not recommended for this breed. They are not productive if punished. During the trainings, owners must emphasize reinforcement and treats in order to reward the effort of the dog. When owners noticed that obedience was already settled, advance trainings must follow in order to maintain the intelligence of the dog; otherwise, they may forget the trainings that they have done. Trainings will never be a burden because the Curly-Coated Retriever is one of the easy-to-train breeds all over the globe.

 

Curly Coated Retriever Organisations in Australia
Curly Coated Retriever Association of New South Wales
Contact Secretary : Mrs. K.Lydon
Email : clancy@tsn.cc
Curly Coated Retriever Club of Vicotria
Contact Secretary : Marilyn Cook
Ph 03 51451501
Email : keysteel@vic.australis.com.au

Curly Coated Retriever Organisations in the UK
Rescue – Curly Coated Retriever Club

Curly Coated Retriever Organisations in the US
Curly Coated Retriever Club
Curly Rescue – Angelfire

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