Curly Coated Retriever

The Curly Coated Retriever is a breed of dog developed in England to hunt waterfowl. It is easily distinguished from other Retrievers by its height and its curly coat.

The Curly Coated Retriever is slightly longer than it is tall, yet still appears to have incredibly long legs. It typically stands from 23 to 27 inches high and weighs 50 to 90 pounds. The curly coat can be either solid black or solid liver colored. The eyes of the breed should be black, brown or amber, and its nose the same color as its coat.

The breed’s original purpose is generally reflected in its temperament. It is lively and needs plenty of activity in order to remain laid back and happy. The breed tends to be incredibly loyal to its owner, yet it can be shy around strangers. The Curly Coated Retriever can be easy to train; however sometimes the Curly gets bored with repetition. The breed needs plenty of mental stimulation as well as physical. The Curly Coated Retriever is excellent at sports and agility trials, as well as swimming.

The breed is not exceptionally high maintenance, yet its coat needs to be kept clean and mat-free. It typically sheds seasonally, and needs to be bathed occasionally.

The Curly Coated Retriever may be affected by several health issues. Commonly seen in the breed are: hip dysplasia, cataracts, corneal dystrophy, distichiasis, entropion, ectropion, retinal dysplasia, cardiac problems, epilepsy, bloat, and glycogen storage disease.

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