Curly Coated Retriever
The Curly Coated Retriever has a life expectancy of 8 to 12 years.
The Curly Coated Retriever’s true origin is a mystery. The Curly Coated Retriever is known to be the oldest breed of retriever and is thought to have descended from some combination of the English Water Spaniel, Irish Water Spaniel, St. Johns Newfoundland, Poodle and retrieving setter.
The Curly Coated Retriever weighs as much as 65 pounds and measures 23 to 27 inches.
The Curly Coated Retriever has a weatherproof coat made up of small, crisp curls. Some members of the breed also have feathering on the ears, belly, legs and/or feet.
The Curly Coated Retriever sheds moderately year round and more heavily with the change of seasons in the spring and fall. The Curly Coated Retriever should be brushed weekly and bathed occasionally. Any feathering on the Curly Coated Retriever’s body must also be trimmed if the dog is being shown.
Like all dogs, the Curly Coated Retriever needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Curly Coated Retriever is athletic and hard working.
The Curly Coated Retriever is a skilled and versatile hunter with lots of energy and devotion to the job. The Curly Coated Retriever is a tireless worker while on the hunt and thrives when given a task to perform.
When properly exercised, the Curly Coated Retriever is quiet and laidback in the home with their family. They bond closely with their family and like to be included in their activities. Curly Coated Retrievers are not needy like some other breeds, but quite faithful to their loved ones. They are surprisingly sensitive and will get their feelings hurt if left out.
The Curly Coated Retriever is eager to please, but has a natural stubborn streak and is slow to mature. The Curly Coated Retriever responds best to firm, but gentle leadership and lots of variety. They can become bored easily and dislike repetition. Curly Coated Retrievers are highly intelligent and can do well at agility once they master basic obedience training.
The Curly Coated Retriever requires regular, vigorous exercise and can act out or become destructive without it. The Curly Coated Retriever makes a terrific hunting companion and especially loves the water. They can also be good partners for jogging, hiking or biking. At the very least, the Curly Coated Retriever needs a long daily walk and lots of time outside to run around and play.