Curly-Coated Retriever

Curly-Coated Retriever description

The Curly-Coated Retriever is probably one the oldest retriever breeds. Even though his origins are unclear, it is likely known that the Curly-Coated Retriever originated from the breeding of three of the most reputed water dogs: the Old English Water dog, a Newfoundland type dog and the Irish Water Spaniel. In the middle of the 19th century, the Curly-Coated Retriever was one of the most popular hunting breed in England. The Curly-Coated Retriever became very popular in Australia and New Zealand.

Throughout the years, the Curly-Coated Retriever has decreased in number in the UK. An explanation could be that hunters were blaming the Curly-Coated Retriever to be hard mouthed when retrieving a prey.


Curly-Coated Retriever characteristics

A Curly-Coated Retriever measures between 25 to 27 inches and weighs from 32 to 36 kilos. The Curly-Coated Retriever's coat is often black or liver.


Curly-Coated Retriever grooming

The hair of the Curly-Coated Retriever should be brushed only when the dog sheds hair. Bathing the dog after brushing his coat will help the curls form back onto his coat.

The Curly-Coated Retriever should be bathed when needed only as too frequent baths might damage his waterproof coat.

It is recommended to check regularly the dog's teeth and ears to prevent infections.


Curly-Coated Retriever temperament

The Curly-Coated Retriever is a good and faithful companion. He generally gets along well with children and can get accustomed to other animals. Adults are often reserved around strangers.

The exceptional stamina of the Curly-Coated Retriever makes him a great companion for many activities such as running, agility and flyball.


Curly-Coated Retriever training

The Curly-coated Retriever can be slow to mature also patience is a must. Being a sensitive dog breed, they need gentle but firm training. It is recommended to encourage positive behaviours by rewarding your Curly-Coated Retriever puppy. It is preferable to give short and entertaining training session to your puppy to prevent boredom.

Socializing also plays an important part in the puppy's training. Accustoming your Curly-Coated Retriever to different situations and people should help him developing into a confident dog.

Being very energetic dogs, Curly-coated Retrievers require a fair amount of exercise to remain healthy.


Curly-Coated Retriever food habits

A good quality aliment is essential to your Curly-Coated Retriever's well being.


Curly-Coated Retriever health

The average life expectancy of the Curly-Coated Retriever is 12 years. The Curly-Coated Retriever breed is subject to a number health problems such as: