The curly coated retriever is one of the oldest of the retriever breeds and has a very unique haircoat. The breed is very popular in Australia and New Zealand as well as England, his native land.
History and Origin
The curly coated retriever was developed in the late 1700s in England and is considered one of the oldest of the retriever breeds. The ancestry of the curly coated retriever is unknown but it is thought that various now extinct water dog breeds as well as the Irish water spaniel, Labrador and poodle were used in the breed's development.
The curly coated retriever was developed as an excellent water retriever and is particularly good at retrieving duck and quail. Quite popular in Australia and New Zealand, the breed is not very well known in the United States even though the first exports were about 100 years ago. The popularity of the breed in England began to wane when the Labrador retriever was developed.
In 1924, the curly coated retriever was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a member of the sporting group.
Appearance and Size
The curly coated retriever is a medium to large dog with a characteristic haircoat. The body is a little longer than it is tall. The head is wedge shaped and is longer than it is wide. The ears are small, hang and lie close to the head. The tail is straight and not docked.
The coat of the curly coated retriever is unique. It is comprised of a thick layer of tight curls that are weather resistant. The hair of the face and the front of the legs and feet is short and straight. The color of the coat can be black or liver.
The adult curly coated retriever stands around 25 to 27 inches at the shoulder and weighs about 65 to 80 pounds.
The curly coated retriever is a loyal and devoted family pet and a good multi-purpose hunter. They are intelligent dogs but need training beginning early in life. Courageous in the field, the breed is independent and standoffish toward strangers.
Home and Family Relations
The curly coated retriever is a loyal family pet but can be timid with strangers. He enjoys being a part of the family and will do best with an active family with older children. This dog has lots of energy and won't do well in an apartment or being left outside alone all day. The curly loves to retrieve and swim. Early socialization will help the dog get along with other pets and children.
The curly coated retriever is very intelligent and can be easy to train with persistence and patience. They tend to be somewhat independent and become bored easily so training needs to be kept fresh and fun. The breed can excel in obedience and agility and is a natural retriever.
The curly coated retriever does not like to be left alone with nothing to do. They are intelligent dogs and need mental stimulation to prevent destructive behaviors.