Retriever–Curly Coated

This much-loved breed is known for its tightly-curled coat and graceful frame. The curly coat has been known to protect the dog from icy water and brambles. As the tallest of the Retrievers, this breed was popular with English gamekeepers, poachers and hunters. This loyal breed makes a great family dog.

 

Other Names
Curly
Country of Origin
England
Colour
Black or liver-coloured coat.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Measures 63–69 cms and typically weighs 29–36 kgs
Health
A generally hearty breed, the Curly is prone to bloat and various eye issues including Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
Life Span
8–12 years
Intelligence
The Curly Coated Retriever is eager to please and a pleasure to train. They are competitive in the show ring as well as agility trials. This furry friend needs regular training—otherwise they can become bored and act out.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

A dog with a hearty appetite, a Curly Coated Retriever needs to be fed appropriate portions to limit the risk of obesity. They can follow a normal diet.

Feeding Cost
$15–$20 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
With plenty of energy to spare, the Curly loves to swim, run and play fetch. They should be exercised at least once a day.
Ailments
A generally hearty breed, the Curly is prone to bloat and various eye issues including Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The coat of the Curly Coated Retriever should be brushed as lit­tle as possible as brushing them will make their coat frizzy (a.k.a bad hair day), it is recommended to wet their coat after brushing as this will resume their curls, however brushing should not be avoided when they are shedding. If the coat becomes too long, it can be trimmed with scissors.

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
Moderate
Developed in the late eighteenth century in England, the Curly Coated Retriever was used to hunt quail and ducks. It is believed to be a result of a cross between the Old Water Spaniel, the Close Curled English Water Dog, the St John Newfoundland, the Irish Water Spaniel, the Labrador and the Poodle over a period of breeding. The Curly was recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1924.


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