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Curly-Coated Retriever

Quick facts

Cocker Spaniel AKC Group: Sporting
Height: 25-27 inches male; 23-25 inches female
Weight: 60-70 lbs
Colors: Black or liver
AKC recognized in: 1924

Curly-Coated Retrievers are known for their crisp and water-resistant curls. Their bodies are covered with small and tight curls, except for their forehead, face, and forelegs. Their coat and curls help them protect their bodies from brambles and cold waters. They are ideal for land and water retrieving, hunting, and other outdoor activities. People who own dogs of this breed love them for their intelligence, courage, and hard-working disposition.

They are considered as the oldest of the retriever breeds. They originated from England, where they were known as the best dogs for hunting and retrieving activities. English gamekeepers immediately fell in love with them because of their field ability and determined perseverance. Their persistence allows them to finish numerous tasks given to them by their owners. The popularity of this breed eventually led to the first exports to USA in the year 1907. Eventually, the AKC recognized Curly-coated retrievers in 1924.

Aside from their strong dispositions, Curlies are also adored because of their numerous talents and abilities. They can perform tasks such as hunting, tracking, retrieving, and guarding. Their high levels of obedience and intelligence makes them ideal for learning various skills and undergoing advanced training.


Curly-Coated Retriever Summary
Affection three paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training three paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements three paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets four paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness three paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

Curly-coated retrievers are best for children because of their loving and affectionate traits. However, they are not ideal for families living in apartments. They easily get bored, and they constantly need tasks they can busy themselves with. A house with a large back yard or garden will satisfy their eagerness for running outdoors. However, it is important to remember that they need to become part of the family, and they must not be left outdoors at all times.

They must be trained at a young age. They are not as predictable as other dog breeds, so you must be willing enough to train them during their puppyhood. Curlies also need daily training and exercise because when they become bored, they usually resort to destructive behavior. They must also socialize at their young age or they would eventually become timid and shy to strangers.

They are the best guard dogs, water and land retrievers, and outdoor companions for every dog-lover. Their amazing agility and intelligence make them excellent guard dogs. They see to it that your family is safe from possible danger and threats. Their amusing energy and surprising determination makes them the best outdoor and indoor companions. These active and energetic traits of Curlies make them excellent for families who are outgoing and searching for the most loyal breed of dogs.

Their coats and curls are very easy to maintain because they just need occasional bathing. Combing and brushing is not ideal for their coats because it makes their hair frizzy and tangled.

Health and Exercise

The Curly-coated retriever has a life span of between 8 and 12 years.

The most common health concern is limited to hip displasia. However distichiasis and cataracts have also been seen in this breed.

Due to their energetic characteristic, they require regular training and exercise. They must be regularly provided with mental and physical activities in order to utilize their intelligence and persistence. They must be taken on daily long walks, and jogs in order to energize and stimulate them all they long.

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