The Curly-Coated Retriever is the tallest of the retriever breeds. It is easily distinguished by its tight curly coat. The body is slightly longer than it is tall. The coat is water-resistant and can be black or liver.
The Curly-Coated Retriever is one of the oldest retrievers. It was developed in England in the mid 1700's to hunt and retrieve upland birds and waterfowl even in frigid waters. Several breeds may have contributed to developing this retriever including the English Water Spaniel, the Poodle and the St. John's Newfoundland.
The Curly is a high-energy dog that requires a lot of mental and physical exercise. They are loyal and eager to please, but may be independent due to the decision making required in the field. Slow to mature, this breed requires some patience and regular yet varied training during development. Adequate exercise provides a mellow companion.
Breed Club Links: Curly Coated Retriever Club of America
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