Curly Coated Retriever, Breeders, Breed Clubs and Background
The Curly Coated Retriever is believed to have been developed around 200 years ago, evolving from crosses of water spaniels, retrievers and possibly pointers. Poodles were probably introduced to tighten up the curl in the coat. He was first shown in 1860 at Birmingham Dog Show and was at his most popular during the latter part of the 19thC; many curly Coated Retrievers were exported to Australia and New Zealand as working dogs.
Their great strength is the ability to mark and retrieve wounded duck from their hiding places in water or rushes. However, the Curly Coat has an excellent nose and is a good all-round retriever. He is a dog of some substance, measuring up to 67.5cm and weighing 80lbs; the coat is either liver or black and a mass of small, tight crisp curls all over the body, without undercoat. Waterproof, a couple of shakes after a swim and he is more or less dry. It is a coat that requires special skills to keep looking good.
He has a tendency to appear aloof, and although independent is nonetheless friendly and reliable. A working dog, he is seen at his best in the field; whilst he will relax inside, he has too much energy and working instinct simply to be a companion dog.
Rehoming and Rescue
In the first instance contact your dog’s breeder if you need to rehome him; if they are unable to help then seek advice from the Breed Club