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Breed origin: England
Original purpose: Multi-purpose hunting retriever.
AKC recognized: 1924
AKC group: Sporting
Height: males 25 to 27 inches;
females 23 to 25 inches
Black or liver.
9 to 14 years.
The Curly-Coated Retriever is self-confident, steadfast and proud, active, agile, strong, intelligent, responsive, charming, affectionate, and gentle. They make a great family companion and at the same time a determined and durable hunter. They are more independent than other retriver breeds, and may appear aloof, particularly toward strangers, but they are always willing to please and are highly trainable. An intelligent and energetic breed, the Curly-Coated Retriever does best when given a job to do. Otherwise they might become bored and destructive. As long as they are given enough daily exercise, they are typically calm and laid back at home.
Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, agility, hunting, flyball
Daily exercise and/or involvement with outdoor activities of any kind.
The water-resistant coat is easy to care for, requiring only occasional bathing. They do shed, but as a single coated breed, the amount of shedding is less than double coated breeds with undercoats.
Known health problems:
Hip dysplasia, cataracts, entropion, ectropion, corneal dystrophy, retinal dysplasia, cardiac problems, epilepsy, gastric dilatation volvulus, elbow dysplasia, glycogen storage disease, cancer.
Recommended books for further reading:
Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America Rescue