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Curly-Coated Retriever
The Curly Coat Retriever seems a likely and popular choice.  Once you meet and know of their exceptional temperaments and easy care (but super weather resistant coat) you would expect them to be highly recognizable and even popular.  They are not.  Which is even more disturbing given the recent popularity of "Labradoodles" which possess neither the reliability in temperament, health or genetics of this purebred that the cross tries hard to emulate!  The fact that the Curly Coat Retriever exists with such exceptional health, temperament and history is only further proof that those who breed Labradoodles (and other similar breeds) are doing it for purposes of pure greed as their 'goal' for the Labradoodle has already been overwhelmingly achieved here.
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General Information
Group(s): SportingRetriever Height: 23-27 inches
Weight: 55-70 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: solid black or solid liver Coat type: body coat of very short crisp curls, face is smooth
Recognized Registries: FCI, UKC, AKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Clearly athletic with clean lines and moderate proportion, neither too heavy or refined. The coat is noteworthy for its unique weather protection, crispness and short curl. Head and overall outline make this clearly a serious retriever.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: very good
  with Children: generally exception but proper socializing, well behaved children and supervision are required
  with other pets: variable, this is a hunting dog with strong drives
  with dogs: generally good
Socialization requirements: moderate to high to help increase confidence and reduce potential shyness
Ideal home characteristics: One that understands the demands of having a dog of such physical and mental prowess and ability
Temperament Notes: Serious worker, affable and loyal to family,
Training requirement: moderate to high; socialize, basic manners and some
Trainer notes: Blessed with much the same attitude and ability as their more popular cousins the Labrador and Golden Retriever, it is a mystery how the Curly Coated Retriever has maintained such limited popularity.  Easily as focused as the Golden Retriever with the fearlessness of the Lab, the Curly Coat shows great potential in all endeavors when accompanied by an enthusiastic and nurturing training partner.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1700s
Country of Origin: England
Original Function: water retriever
History: Prized by gamekeepers for exceptional skill, they nearly died out during the World Wars due to starvation.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too large or heavy, excessive refined, entropion, skin allergies,
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, eye problems,seizures, bloat
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:   http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Curly Coated Retrievers?
  • Why do you have Curly Coated Retrievers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Curly Coated Retriever?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Curly Coated Retriever?
  • How would you describe the ideal Curly Coated Retriever home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Curly Coated Retriever?
  • Web Sites:

    http://www.ccrca.org/rescue/resQ1.htm - Curly Coated Retriever Club of America Rescue Information and Adoptable Dogs

    Other Resources
    Breed standard:

    http://www.ankc.aust.com/curly.html - Curly Coated Retriever Club of Australia Standard

     

    http://www.akc.org/breeds/curly_coated_retriever/index.cfm - Curly Coated Retriever Club of America Standard

    Breeder Ethics:

    http://www.ankc.aust.com/code_of_ethics.html - Australian Kennel Club Curly Coat Retriever Code of Ethics

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