Curly-Coated Retriever

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The basics:
The exact origins of the Curly-Coated Retriever (CCR) are unknown but it's generally accepted that the breed is one of the oldest of all Retrievers, since references to a curly-coated spaniel date back to the fifteenth century. English poachers needed a dog to find and retrieve dead and injured birds from both land and water, and thus it's thought that the CCR was bred for this purpose from Newfoundlands crossed with English water spaniels.

They are little known as pets to this day, thanks to being overshadowed by wildly popular Retrievers like the Golden and the Labrador. However, they are still highly admired as hunting dogs that will splash tirelessly even in icy water in pursuit of prey.

Appearance / health:
The Curly-Coated Retriever is a medium-sized dog with a striking coat. The head and muzzle are wedge-shaped. The almond-shaped eyes are large. The color of their eyes is brown or black in black dogs and brown or amber in brown dogs. The ears are set on a line just above the eyes. The nose is black in black dogs and brown in brown dogs. The nostrils are large. The chest is deep but not too wide. The tail is of medium length and is carried straight.

They shed a lot at least twice a year. Combing the hair and bathing during those times is important. Brushing is rarely done.
They require moderate to high amounts of exercise. Long walks and jogs are ideal for an adult Curly.

Curlies are prone to hip dysplasia, a condition marked by badly formed hips and can cause lameness. They are also prone to eye problems and epilepsy, a disorder marked by convulsions. Bloat is common in Curlies. Owners may feed smaller, frequent meals to their dogs to prevent this problem. Exercise is avoided after meals. A problem unique to Curlies is a pattern of baldness affecting a few dogs. The reasons for this disorder are unknown.

Behavior / temperament:
Curly-Coated Retrievers or Curlies are adorable animals that are extremely popular with hunters throughout the world owing to their persistence and endurance. Curlies are good workers and love to be busy and close to the owner, helping with small tasks. They love to be a part of every activity in the family. Curlies were bred to work closely with humans and not live in isolation in kennels.

They have a high learning rate but they require a patient, experienced trainer or owner who understands these dogs. These dogs are likely to get bored with long, repetitive training sessions. They are sometimes too independent-minded to be trained easily. However, with sufficient patience and kindness, they can be trained to do as well as any other breed. Early socialization that involves different situations and people is necessary for this breed to happily adjust in the owner's home.

Curlies do not bark much but their deep bark is enough to scare an intruder.


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•Vigorous exercise requirements


exuberant jumping

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