Curly Coated Retriever (Sporting Group)
The Curly Coated Retriever is one of the best all-around sporting dogs with boundless energy to retrieve both on land and in water. In fact, their tolerance for cold water enables this dog to be the hunter’s best partner during the icy winter months.
As much of a hunter this breed is, the Curly Coated Retriever also makes a wonderful house pet. They are sensitive and gentle to its owner’s needs and commands. While fierce when out on the range hunting prey, the Curly Coated Retriever displays a calm and relaxed demeanor indoors.
A Brief History Of The Curly Coated Retriever
Considered to be one of the oldest of all the retriever breed types, the Curly Coated Retriever is recorded as having been used to retrieve as early as the 18th century in England. However, the exact origins of the breed remain unsure. Dog enthusiasts believe that descendants of the Curly Coated Retriever include crosses between a smaller Newfoundland type, Old English Water Dog, and the Irish Water Spaniel.
Combined, these breeds show us that crossing some of the best water dogs in existence created the amazing Curly Coated Retriever that we know of today. Not included in the list above of cross breeding was the Poodle, which was introduced later. By crossing the breed with the Poodle, we see the distinctive curly coat that makes the Curly Coated Retriever visually different from the rest of the sporting dogs.
By the middle of the 1800s the Curly Coated Retriever became the most popular retriever dog in England. It was prized for both its ability to retrieve as well as a trusted companion. In fact, it was one of the first dog breeds to be shown at the English dog shows. They made their way to New Zealand, Australia, and in 1907 were exported to the United States, receiving recognition into the AKC in 1924.
Upkeep Requirements For The Curly Coated Retriever
Easy to maintain with minimal brushing needed, the Curly Coated Retriever makes the perfect indoor & outdoor dog. Like all sporting dogs, daily exercise is a top requirement, especially if you have the luxury of taking your dog out swimming and retrieving.
Not meant to live in small places, like apartments and condominiums, the Curly Coated Retriever does best when having enough freedom to run outside and play during the day. Sleeping arrangements should include a space in the house at night with the family. But if necessary this breed can live just fine outdoors, provided adequate shelter
One of the healthiest breeds of our time, the Curly Coated Retriever only has one main health concern that could spring up – CHD. The average life span is between eight and twelve years. There are no minor health problems to worry about and rarely seen in these breeds are cataracts and distichiasis. Veterinarians suggest that all Curly Coated Retriever dogs get tested for potential hip problems.