Breed Organization Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America Website:
http://www.ccrca.org Native Country Great Britain Other Names N/A Life Expectancy Approximately 9-14 Years Litter Size Average 7-8 Puppies Breed Group AKC Sporting Group
Breed Appearance The breed sports a coat of tight, crisp curls.
The tight curled coat of the Curly repels water, burrs, and prevents
damage that other sporting dogs with softer, thinner coats cannot
escape. The only acceptable colors for the Curly Coated Retriever
are solid black and solid liver. Occasional white hairs are
permissible, but white patches are a serious fault. Eyes should be
either black or brown in black dogs, and brown or amber in liver
dogs. Yellow eyes are unusual. The nose should be fully pigmented,
and the same color as the coat as the dog.
Breed Description Head: Long. Skull flat and long. Strong
jaws. Wide nostrils. Nose black or brown (liver). Lips not
pendulous. Ears: Set on low, small, lying flat against the head, covered
with short curls of hair. Eyes: Large. Black or dark brown. Body: Rectangular build. Neck moderately long, without dewlap.
Chest well let-down. Well-sprung ribs. Short loin. Tail: Moderately short, carried straight, covered with curly
hair, tapering toward the tip, never carried gaily or curled. Hair: A mass of crisp, tight curls covering entire body. Coat: Black or brown (liver). Size: Dog: 68.5 cm. (27 in).Bitch: 63.5 cm. (25 in). Weight: 30 to 25 kg (66-77 lb).
History The Curly-Coated Retriever, the oldest of the
English retrievers, is believed to be descended from a cross between
the Newfoundland and the Irish Water Spaniel. The Poodle and the
Labrador may also have contributed to the breed. He was shown for
the first time in 1860. A breed club was founded in 1896, and the
standard was established in 1913. In the mid-nineteenth century in
England, he was more popular as a pet than as a hunting dog. Today,
the breed is very limited in number except in a few countries,
including New Zealand.
Behavior Tough, strong, active, and courageous, the
Curly-coated retriever has great endurance and a very subtle nose.
He is an excellent swimmer and a very good retriever. He hunts duck
in swampland. He is calm, poised, and affectionate but very
independent. He needs firm but patient and gentle training.
Health Cancer, hip and elbow dysplasia, and skin
disorders such as Alopecia. Other health concerns include eye
problems such as cataracts, entropion and ectropion, as well as
bloat. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second
largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Curly Coated
Retrievers can be particularly susceptible to it because of their
Advice He is not suited to city life because he needs
lots of exercise. He does not like being confined or left alone. He
must be brushed twice weekly.