The Curly Coated Retriever is a medium- to large-sized breed belonging to the Sporting Group. These dogs weigh 60 to 70 pounds at maturity and they are known for their curly coats. Curly Coated Retrievers are gentle and affectionate with family but they can become a little overly protective and they tend to be wary around strangers. If you’re considering this breed, take the time to learn everything you can about the history of the breed as well as his best and worst traits.
History of the Curly Coated Retriever
Originally developed in England for upland bird and waterfowl hunting, the Curly Coated Retriever is also a good family pet. Similar in appearance to other retrievers like the Labrador Retriever and the Golden Retriever, this breed is the tallest of the retriever breeds and is easy to identify by his curly coat. The Curly Coated Retriever was developed during the 18th century, making it one of the oldest retriever breeds. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought that the Irish Water Spaniel, the St. John’s Newfoundland, and the Wetterhound may have played a role in his development. The curly coat could have come from the Irish Water Spaniel, though some speculate that the Poodle might be included in this breed’s history. The breed made its way to the United States around the time of the Civil War but they are still fairly rare.
Temperament, Trainability and Health
When choosing a dog breed, it is important to consider more than just the dog’s looks – you also need to consider his temperament as well as his trainability. You would also be wise to think about the general health of the breed and do some research to see what kind of health problems are common in the breed. The Curly Coated Retriever is a very gentle and friendly breed, though he can be a little bit protective at times. These dogs are very loyal and affectionate with family and they can get along with older children. This breed is very intelligent which lends itself well to training but it also means that these dogs will require some extra mental stimulation to stave off boredom and to prevent destructive behavior.
In terms of health, the Curly Coated Retriever as an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years and they are generally healthy. This breed does have a somewhat limited gene pool, however, which can lead to some problems. Some of the health conditions seen in this breed include eye problems like cataracts, entropion, and progressive retinal atrophy as well as glycogen storage disease, hip dysplasia, and other musculoskeletal disorders. If you are thinking about getting a Curly Coated Retriever, be sure to buy from a responsible breeder who DNA-tests his breeding stock.
Although the Curly Coated Retriever is a wonderful breed, he is not the right choice for everyone. If you’re an experienced dog owner looking for a friendly, trainable dog that does well with other dogs, the Curly Coated Retriever might just be the dog for you.
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