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  •   Pet Health And Care >>  Dog Breed >>  Curly coated retriever  
     

    Curly Coated Retriever Info:

    The curly coated retriever is a dog breed that hails from the British Isles, originally, and was bred as a hunting dog.



    The dog was extensively used during hunts for waterfowl. It is one of the breeds with the oddest coating of fur that is tightly curled up over its body.



    In terms of stature, the dog is almost similar to the Labrador with much the same characteristics. Most dogs of this breed are colored either black or liver colored with black, brown, and amber eyes.



    On odd occasions one can also find yellow eyes. The peculiar coat of the dog requires some special maintenance with regular grooming to avoid the hair matting up. The dog is also a heavy shedder with the warmer months and periods when bitches are in heat being the really problematic times for the dogs and owners to content with.

    The temperament of curly coated retriever puppies is one of extreme agility and this carries on into adulthood. This is probably because of the dog’s traditional breeding for hunting and agility is a trait that is shared by most breeds that were bred for the same purpose. They are quite an affable breed that loves to indulge in play and outdoor activity. Today, this is still the preferred bred for hunts but is also adopted in urban environments because of its playful demeanor. The really interesting part of their temperament stems from the fact that when they are active, they usually end up wearing themselves out and this makes them quite docile when they are at home. This is unlike some breeds like the border collie that is a perpetual workaholic by nature and will constantly crave some kind of stimulation or the other. When it comes to strangers, the dog will seem quite aloof and happy not to interact; however, with members of its family pack, it is extremely loving and affectionate going to great lengths to take care of its human family. A curly coated retriever puppy must be acquainted with other animals early on in life so that they don’t become an object of attack later on.

    The life expectancy of this breed is about fifteen years with some odd cases living up to 17 years. Unfortunately, this breed is prone to many diseases like hip dysplasia, eye problems, heart problems, epilepsy, bloat, cancer, and an odd disease called Glycogen Storage Disease or GSD.

     
      Submitted on May 7, 2010