The Curly coated Retriever is a sturdy, large, and handsome dog with an athletic build. His coat is tight fitting and curly with a crisp texture, but the hair in his face is short and straight. He has drooping, folded ears, which are also covered in tightly curled hair. His expression is one of eagerness and intelligence. The Curly coated Retriever weighs in at 60-95 pounds. Females are around 23-25 inches, and males around 25-27 inches. Coloring of the Curly coated Retriever is either solid black or liver.
Curly-Coated Retriever Temperament
An intelligent, friendly, and affectionate dog, the Curly coated Retriever has plenty of stamina, and is a determined and loveable dog that is well suited to inexperienced dog owners as well as the more experienced. It is important to socialize the Curly coated Retriever early on in order to help him develop in terms of confidence, and this is a breed that needs plenty in the way of exercise, interaction, and attention. The Curly coated Retriever is a very loving and loyal dog and makes a great companion and pet. Playful and a little immature even as an adult, the Curly coated Retriever is fun to be around.
The Curly coated Retriever gets along well with children, and also tends to get along with other animals and pets, although he may be wary around strangers. He is a very independent dog, and van be strong willed, but with a confident and assertive owner will soon learn who's boss. This breed has plenty to offer, and he makes an effective watchdog, although he is not really guard dog material. The Curly coated Retriever loves to get involved with a range of activities, and this include swimming, hiking, biking, running, and more, making him an excellent exercise companion. He is a fast learner, and his obedience and problem solving skills are high, which can help to make training easier.
The grooming requirements for the Curly coated Retriever are low, and brushing is really only required when he is shedding more heavily, as otherwise his coat can become frizzy. The Curly coated Retriever is a medium shedder, and therefore not ideal for allergy sufferers.
The Curly-Coated Retriever is considered to be one of the oldest retriever breeds. They were used for retrieving as early as the 18th century in England. The breed was most likely developed by crossing the Close-Curled English Water Dog, Old Water Spaniel, St. John's Newfoundland Dog, the Labrador, and the Poodle. They are excellent water retriever dogs with a very gentle mouth that is best suited for duck or quail.
Popularity of the Curly-Coated Retriever declined in the 1900's in England. One theory is that there were several atypical dogs that gave the breed and bad name and caused hunters to use other retrievers. They were given the reputation as being hard-mouthed. This in fact is not true. They are considered to be a very soft-mouthed breed. Today the Curly-Coated Retriever is very popular throughout the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. If you are looking to own a Curly-Coated Retriever they may be a little difficult to find. Today they are known for their abilities in hunting, retrieving, guarding, agility, tracking, watch-dogging, and competitive obedience.
Proper training of the Curly-Coated Retriever is essential. They can be difficult puppies and dogs and therefore should be trained from an early age. Initially it is important for the dog to be given enough mental and physical stimulation. They are known to get bored and become destructive. As puppies they are late bloomers and therefore the owner should be aware that they could have rowdiness and other issues on their hands for up to three years. They can destructively chew things and can make a total disaster out of the house and yard. They are also known to bark excessively when bored.
Young puppies of this breed are very rambunctious and are considered to have a high level of bounciness. This means that things in the home can go flying including small children and toddlers. The dog should be trained from a young age that jumping up is not acceptable. The dog should be watched carefully around young children and the elderly to make sure that no one gets hurt. In addition to this, as puppies they can be very mouthy and will carry objects around the home and mouth people's hands and feet.
Socialization is also very important for the Curly-Coated Retriever. They can be very standoffish with strangers and therefore should be put into new environments and around new people from a young age. They are also quite stubborn which means that training should be firm and consistent. The handler or owner should be aware that they need to prove to the dog and establish that they have the upper hand in the relationship. They are highly intelligent and are trainable dogs for agility and obedience, but it does take a firm hand.
The life span of the Curly coated Retriever is around 12 years, and there are a number of health problems associated with the breed. This includes bloat, seizures, baldness, autoimmune problems, and thyroid problems. The parents of the Curly coated Retriever puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.