The Curly-Coated Retriever is a dog that was bred to retrieve game either from the land or water. This was a popular dog breed with many English gamekeepers, hunters, and poachers. Today this breed is now used mostly in competitions such as field trials, obedience, agility, and flyball. He has also had quite a bit of success as a therapy dog, drug detection dog, and for search and rescue work. He also makes a great companion dog and loves to lie beside his favorite person.
Vital Stats of the Curly Coated Retriever
- Dog Breed Group: Sporting Dog
- Height: 1 foot, 11 inches (58.42 centimeters) to 2 feet, 3 inches (68.58 centimeters) tall at the shoulder
- Weight: 65 to 100 pounds (29.48 to 45.36 kilograms)
- Life Span: 9 to 12 years
Many people think that the Curly-Coated Retriever is a cross between a poodle and a retriever because of its dense curls. This could not be further from the truth. He is actually one of the oldest recognized retrievers around.
This is considered to be a large dog and he has a large heart too. Once you see this dog in action you will realize that he's an ideal hunting dog that has an abundance of drive and determination. The unusual coat of this breed of dog may look like it is difficult to groom but it is not. This dog only requires moderate grooming.
Aside from his ability to hunt, this dog also loves to go jogging with its owner and is an excellent family friend. This means that he requires an active family that can provide him with his daily exercise needs and mental stimulation.
The Curly, as lovers of this breed affectionately call him, is a very loyal dog to his family. He is extremely even tempered. With strangers he is a bit more reserved than other retrievers so he needs to be properly socialized to prevent any timidity.
This dog does quite well with children. You will have to lay down some ground rules for both the child and the dog. Teach the child not to pull on the ears, tail, or bite. The dog should be trained how to behave around children also. And never leave a child alone with a dog. It only takes a second for a dog to bite when they have been mistreated by a child.
The Curly-Coated Retriever takes more time to mature than other breeds. Usually these dogs keep their puppyhood until they are about three or four years old. However, they tend to retain their high-energy way of life throughout their lives. For this reason they do not do well in an apartment environment (See List of Dogs Not Well Suited to Apartment Living). A property with a fairly large fenced-in backyard is a better environment for this breed.
And just like all retrievers, the Curly-Coated Retriever is mouthy and loves to nip, chew, and carry objects with his mouth. So be prepared by providing the dog with plenty of toys to play with and chew. To encourage him to chew on the toys he needs to be praised every time he does chew on a toy. Also, it is a good idea to keep any forbidden item out of reach.
This dog is an excellent dog for the active family. He will love to go camping, fishing, hunting, and jogging. After all those activities are done for the day he will be extremely content to curl up beside his master for the evening.
General FAQs About the Curly-Coated Retriever
This is a great companion dog but there are some things that you should know. These FAQs should help to answer any questions about the breed.
- Does the Curly-Coated Retriever adapt well to apartment living?
- This is an outdoor dog and he requires a place where there are plenty of fields to run in. He does best in a farm setting and reasonably well in a rural area. (See List of Dogs Not Well Suited to Apartment Living.)
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever a good dog for novice dog owners?
- Some dogs are easy to handle and others will take every opportunity to take control away from you. The Curly-Coated Retriever is fairly easy to handle but may at times try to take control of their owner. (See List of Dogs That Are Good For Experienced Owners.)
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever a sensitive dog?
- Dogs can be all over the map when it comes to how sensitive when reprimanded. The Curly-Coated Retriever is not overly sensitive nor is he constantly ignoring any reprimands. He might have days of one extreme or the other but for the most part he will be intent on learning from his mistakes through the occasional reprimand. (See List of Dogs That Have A Low Sensitivity Level.)
- Can the Curly-Coated Retriever tolerate being left alone for extended periods of time?
- Some breeds tend to bond quite closely with their owners and do not like being left alone for any length of time. Others tend to enjoy the alone time so that they can relax. The Curly-Coated Retriever, with proper training, will not mind being left alone. Just be sure to give him some extra attention when you come home and praise him/her for being a good boy/girl. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited To Be Alone.)
- Can the Curly-Coated Retriever tolerate cold weather?
- Breeds with short coats, no undercoat, or no body fat tend to not tolerate cold weather. The Curly-Coated Retriever has a fairly dense coat that will keep him warm. This does not mean that you should have this dog live outside. No matter how good a dog's coat is in protecting him from the elements they will freeze. We have domesticated the dog to a point where they can no longer tolerate being in the cold for extended periods of time. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited To Cold Weather.)
- Can the Curly-Coated Retriever tolerate hot weather?
- Dogs with a thick coat, heavy undercoat, or a lot of body fat tend to not tolerate hot weather very well. The Curly-Coated Retriever has a dense coat but het tend to tolerate hot weather better than other dogs with similar coats. This does not mean, however, that he should be made to live outside during the hot weather. All dogs are susceptible to heat stroke if they are in the heat for too long. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited for Hot Weather.)
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever affection with the whole family?
- Some dogs pick one member of the family and are only affectionate with that person. The Curly-Coated Retriever will love every one equally and abundantly. (See List of Dogs That Are Not Affectionate With Family.)
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever a kid-friendly dog?
- Some dogs just don't like to be around kids. Others will tolerate them up to a point. The Curly-Coated Retriever is one of those special breeds that really loves children. Probably because children tend to have the necessary amount of energy that stimulates the dog. Just remember that no child should be left alone with a dog. Both must be constantly supervised by an adult. (See List of Dogs That Are Not Kid-Friendly and our Kid-Friendly Dog List.)
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever a dog-friendly dog?
- For the most part most dogs are really dog friendly. The Curly-Coated Retriever is no exception. If properly socialized with good canine skills he will get along with most dogs. However, he is not a push-over. If challenged he will stand his ground and defend himself. (See List of Dogs That Are Not So Dog-Friendly.)
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever friendly towards strangers?
- Some dogs love attention from people. Others tend to be a bit shy. The Curly-Coated Retriever is a bit timid around strangers. He would prefer to avoid them. For this reason this dog needs to be introduced to as many different people, places, and experiences as possible from an early age. (See List of Dogs That Are Shy.)
- Does the Curly-Coated Retriever shed a lot?
- Some dogs require a great amount of grooming because they constantly shed. The Curly-Coated Retriever is a moderate shedder so if you don't like to be constantly sweeping up hair this might not bet the dog for you. (See List of Dogs That Shed Very Little.)
- Does the Curly-Coated Retriever drool a lot?
- Some dogs tend to drool almost constantly. Other barely drool at all. The Curly-Coated Retriever is a relatively low drooler. You probably will only see him drool when you are preparing his meals. (See List of Dogs That Don't Drool A Lot.)
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever an easy dog to groom?
- Some dogs are basically brush-and-go. Others require a fair amount of grooming every week. The Curly-Coated Retriever basically only needs a 15 to 20 minute grooming session weekly with a good grooming once a month. (See List of Dogs That Require More Grooming.)
- Does the Curly-Coated Retriever have good health?
- Some dogs are highly prone to certain medical and genetic conditions. This is a result of poor breeding practices. Other dog breeds may never see a sick day in their lives. The Curly-Coated Retriever is a relatively healthy dog. Even though it does have a long list of possible medical conditions, most dogs in this breed tend to live their lives without contracting any of those conditions. More information is given below. (See List of Dogs That Are Prone To Health Problems.)
- Does the Curly-Coated Retriever have a high potential to gain weight?
- Some dogs just love to eat and are therefore quite prone to gaining weight. But any dog can gain weight if they don't get enough exercise. The Curly-Coated Retriever is an active dog and may gain weight if it does not receive the needed daily exercise that it requires.
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever a big dog?
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever an easy dog to train?
- Some dogs just love to please their humans and will learn anything quite easily. The Curly-Coated Retriever is one of those dogs. Just keep in mind that sometimes this dog will try to take control of the situation and train you. (See List of Dogs That Are A Challenge To Train.)
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever an intelligent dog?
- This is a sporting dog that was originally used to hunt. For that they need to be able to think so that they can outsmart their prey. These dogs also tend to love doing puzzles. Watching them play with a dog puzzle will show you just how intelligent they really are as they think about the problem. (See List of Dogs That Have Low Intelligence.)
- Does the Curly-Coated Retriever have a high potential for mouthiness?
- Mouthiness refers to a dog's tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite. The Curly-Coated Retriever is a dog that tends to use their mouth for almost everything. So their tendency for mouthiness is really high. However, with the proper training this dog can be taught that it is ok to chew on their toys and not humans.
- Does the Curly-Coated Retriever have a high prey drive?
- This is a trait that is seen in all hunting dogs. And since the Curly-Coated Retriever is a hunting dog they will chase anything that catches their eye. For this reason it is always best to keep these dogs on a leash when walking or jogging. (See List of Dogs That Have A Low Prey Drive.)
- Does the Curly-Coated Retriever have a high tendency to bark or howl?
- Some dogs just love the sound of their own voice. Others will barely make a sound. The Curly-Coated Retriever may bark when strangers approach but most of the time they don't make a sound. (See List of Dogs That Are Mostly Quiet.)
- Does the Curly-Coated Retriever have a high wanderlust potential?
- Some does are content to stay within their yards while other will go and explore every chance they get. The Curly-Coated Retriever is a curious dog. Given the chance he will definitely go off exploring. For this reason they need a fenced-in yard. The fence should be at least six feet high and go underground by about three feet. (See List of Dogs Less Prone to Wander.)
- Does the Curly-Coated Retriever have a high energy level?
- The Curly-Coated Retriever is a dog that is always ready and waiting for action. He is an extremely energetic dog and will always want something to do. Giving them a daily job or task is a great way to keep this dog occupied. (See List of Dogs That Have Low Energy.)
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever an intense dog?
- Some dogs really love to give everything they've got no matter what they are doing. The Curly-Coated Retriever will do this for a while but will give up after a while. (See List of Dogs That Are Low Intensity.)
- Does the Curly-Coated Retriever require a lot of exercise?
- These dogs are very energetic. For this reason they require a fair bit of exercise on a daily basis. They have been occasionally known to become destructive when their exercise needs are not made. (See List of Dogs That Don't Need Tons of Exercise.)
- Is the Curly-Coated Retriever a playful dog?
- Some dogs retain their puppiness throughout their lives. These dogs just love to play. That is also true of the Curly-Coated Retriever. (See List of Dogs That Are Not Playful.)
Highlights of the Curly-Coated Retriever
The Curly-Coated Retriever is one of those retriever's with an unusual coat. This dog, however, only requires moderate grooming and basically sheds only twice a year.
The coat of this dog tends to be a bit oily and often causes allergic reactions in people with allergies to dogs.
They are quite reserved around strangers unlike other retriever breeds. It is necessary to properly socialize these dogs to avoid any timidity when they are around strangers.
Being a sporting dog they do have energy to spare. They need adequate exercise, between 30 and 60 minutes per day, to prevent them from becoming destructive due to boredom. They also tend to be quite mouthy, especially when they play.
This is also an intelligent dog. He enjoys working and requires a confident owner who will not let him take over the situation. He also needs a variety of things to do. If he only has a few jobs or tasks to do he will become bored with then.
Curly-Coated Retrievers are not very common today. To find one you will need to find a breeder that specializes in this breed. Be prepared, though, as the waiting list for a dog is often a long one.
This is also a slow maturing dog. He tends to keep his puppy frame of mind until he is about four years old. This is one reason why this dog does well with children. Just be sure that an adult is always present to intervene if something goes wrong.
This is not a dog for an apartment. He needs space. A place with a back yard is best. This will allow him to expend his energy which will help to keep him quieter in the house.
History of the Curly-Coated Retriever
Not much is known about the origin of this dog breed. It is believed that they are descended from the now-extinct English Water Spaniel, retrieving setters, and other retriever-type dogs. The Poodle is also believed to be part of the Curly's heritage since they are also retrievers. The first known dog of this breed to appear was in the show ring in England in 1860.
Because of his retriever ability this dog was prized by gamekeepers. They loved his hunting ability, courage, and perseverance. But as the role of the gamekeeper diminished so did the popularity of this breed. At this point the Labrador Retriever became the popular breed for hunters.
The breed did start to make a comeback prior to World War II but almost died out during the war.
The first known dogs to appear in the United States arrived in 1907. The American Kennel Club lists the first registered Curly-Coated Retriever as Knysna Conjurer who was registered in 1924.
It wasn't until the late 1960s that this breed began to re-establish itself in the United States. This was due to an increase in importing these dogs from England, Australis, and New Zealand. As a result the Curly-Coated Retriever Club of America was founded in 1979.
Size of the Curly-Coated Retriever
A Curly-Coated male is 25 to 27 inches (63.5 to 68.58 centimeters) tall at the shoulder and weighs 80 to 100 pounds (36.29 to 45.36 kilograms); a female is 23 to 25 inches (58.42 to 63.5 centimeters) and weighs 65 to 85 pounds (29.48 to 38.56 kilograms).
Personality of the Curly-Coated Retriever
This is a full retriever with all the drive and determination that goes into a retriever breed. This dog will keep on working until the job is done. He is very alert and self-confident with an even temper. He does, however, tend to be more reserved with strangers. Early socialization is a must to help prevent any timidity.
This dog is quite independent and has poise. They do take longer to mature than other breeds. Be prepared to have a puppy-like dog for the first three or four years of its life.
These dogs also have a mind of their own so they do need a relatively confident owner who can keep them under control. Training is usually a snap as they respond well to this sort of activity. Sometimes they do tend to grasp certain ideas a lot slower than other breeds. It is also wise to mix things up during the training process. This will prevent them from becoming bored with repetitive tasks.
Health Concerns of the Curly-Coated Retriever
This is a generally healthy breed. But, just like other breeds, they are prone to certain health conditions. The point here is to find a good dog breeder. Good dog breeders keep good lineage records and they all tend to have their dogs tested against certain genetic conditions. Below are the medical conditions that are most likely to appear:
- Hip Dysplasia: This is a heritable condition in which the thighbone doesn't fit snugly into the hip joint. Some dogs show pain and lameness on one or both rear legs, but you may not notice any signs of discomfort in a dog with hip dysplasia. As the dog ages, arthritis can develop. X-ray screening for hip dysplasia is done by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals or the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not be bred. If you're buying a puppy, ask the breeder for proof that the parents have been tested for hip dysplasia and are free of problems. Hip dysplasia is hereditary, but it can also be triggered by environmental factors, such as letting a puppy gain too much weight too quickly or injuries incurred from jumping or falling on slick floors.
- Elbow Dysplasia: This is a heritable condition common to large-breed dogs. It's thought to be caused by different growth rates of the three bones that make up the dog's elbow, causing joint laxity. This can lead to painful lameness. Your vet may recommend surgery to correct the problem, weight loss to reduce the pressure on the joints, or medication to control the pain.
- Entropion: This defect, which is usually obvious by six months of age, causes the eyelid to roll inward, irritating or injuring the eyeball. One or both eyes can be affected. If your Curly has entropion, you may notice him rubbing at his eyes. The condition can and should be corrected surgically.
- Ectropion: This defect is the rolling out or sagging of the eyelid, usually the lower one, leaving the eye exposed and prone to irritation and infections such as conjunctivitis. Severe cases can be treated with surgery.
- Distichiasis: This condition occurs when an additional row of eyelashes (known as distichia) grow on the oil gland in the dog's eye and protrude along the edge of the eyelid. This irritates the eye, and you may notice your Aussie squinting or rubbing his eye(s). Distichiasis is treated surgically by freezing the excess eyelashes with liquid nitrogen and then remove them. This type of surgery is called cryoepilation and is done under general anesthesia.
- Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM): Persistent Pupillary Membranes are strands of tissue in the eye, remnants of the fetal membrane that nourished the lenses of the eyes before birth. They normally disappear by the time a puppy is 4 or 5 weeks old, but sometimes they persist. The strands can stretch from iris to iris, iris to lens, or cornea to iris, and sometimes they are found in the anterior (front) chamber of the eye. For many dogs, the strands do not cause any problems and generally they break down by 8 weeks of age. If the strands do not break down, they can lead to cataracts or cause corneal opacities. Eye drops prescribed by your veterinarian can help break them down.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): This is a degenerative eye disorder that eventually causes blindness from the loss of photoreceptors at the back of the eye. PRA is detectable years before the dog shows any signs of blindness. Fortunately, dogs can use their other senses to compensate for blindness, and a blind dog can live a full and happy life. Just don't make it a habit to move the furniture around. Reputable breeders have their dogs' eyes certified annually by a veterinary ophthalmologist and do not breed dogs with this disease.
- Retinal Dysplasia: Retinal Dysplasia is most commonly a congenital hereditary disease, meaning the dog is born with it and it was passed to him by his parents, but it can also result from trauma or prenatal herpesvirus or parvovirus infections. It can be mild or severe and is caused by an abnormal development of the retina, resulting in retinal folds. This can lead to a variety of vision problems for the dog ranging from a small blind spot to total blindness. Retinal dysplasia can be detected as early as six to eight weeks of age. There is no known treatment for retinal dysplasia, but many blind dogs live full lives, and their other senses compensate for the vision impairment.
- Pattern Baldness: This gradual thinning of the hair follows one of three patterns. The first is more commonly found in females and the baldness occurs around the temples, on the chest, abdomen, back of the thighs, and under the neck. The second occurs more commonly in males and is the loss of hair on the ears. The third is also more commonly found in males and is the loss of hair on the back of the thighs, underneath the neck and on the tail. There is no treatment for Pattern Baldness.
- Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD): This metabolic disorder occurs when glycogen, a complex carbohydrate, is unable to be released and used by the body. This deficiency can lead to other disorders such as skeletal muscle disease and liver disease. Signs of Glycogen Storage Disease can be lethargy, collapse, exercise intolerance, and a prolonged recovery from exercise. A DNA test is now available to determine which dogs carry the recessive gene. Dogs that are carriers should not be bred, and they should absolutely never be bred to another carrier. It is important to ensure that your puppy's breeder has had her dogs cleared of this condition. There is also a registry of GSD cleared Curly-Coated Retrievers and you can view this at http://www.flairfor.com/glycogenstoragediseaseIIIa.html
- Lymphosarcoma: Lymphosarcoma is the third most common cancer that affects dogs and can be found in various parts of the body such as the spleen, gastrointestinal tract, lymph nodes, liver, and bone marrow. The cancer is treated with chemotherapy and approximately 80 percent of dogs treated will go into remission.
- Adenocarcinoma: Adenocarcinoma is a growth of malignant cells and is one of the most common types of canine cancers. The cells usually originate in the uterus, mammary glands, and intestines. Often these cells spread to the lungs and other parts of the body, including the area around the anus. Nearly 80 percent of lung tumors are adenocarcinomas. Adenocarcinoma is treated by removing the tumors and affected lymph nodes surgically and providing chemotherapy. Other treatments may be used depending on the area affected.
- Fibrosarcoma: This tumor is found in fibrous connective tissue and can affect any part of the body, including bone. It is the third most common type of bone cancer and can spread from the bone to the lungs, heart, lymph nodes, and kidneys. Treatment may involve one or all of the following: surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, photodynamic and hyperthermia therapy, radiation therapy, and in some cases amputation of a limb.
- Mast Cell Tumors: Also known as Mastocytoma, or Mast Cell Sarcoma, these are the most common skin tumors seen in dogs and are found in the loose connective tissue in the body. The tumors often form on the skin of the area around the anus, the legs, or the trunk of the dog but they can be found on the head and neck. Treatment varies and may involve surgery or chemotherapy.
- Hemangiosarcoma: This form of malignant cancer is found in the lining of blood vessels as well as the spleen.
- Melanoma: Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) of the skin. It is commonly found on the skin, but it can also be found on the inside of the mouth and gums. The malignant melanocytes spread from the skin lesions through the blood and lymph vessels. This can lead to other tumors and cause the death of the dog. Treatment is usually surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. In the case of oral melanoma, a part of the jawbone may be surgically removed.
- Osteosarcoma: Generally affecting large and giant breeds, osteosarcoma is an aggressive bone cancer. The first sign of osteosarcoma is lameness, but the dog will need x-rays to determine if the cause is cancer. Osteosarcoma is treated aggressively, usually with the amputation of the limb and chemotherapy. With treatment, dogs can live nine months to two years or more. Luckily, dogs adapt well to life on three legs and don't suffer the same side effects to chemotherapy as humans, such as nausea and hair loss.
- Gastric dilatation-volvulus (Bloat): This is a life-threatening condition that affects large, deep-chested dogs, especially if they're fed one large meal a day, eat rapidly, drink large amounts of water rapidly, or exercise vigorously after eating. Bloat occurs when the stomach is distended with gas or air and then twists. The dog is unable to belch or vomit to rid himself of the excess air in his stomach, and blood flow to the heart is impeded. Blood pressure drops and the dog goes into shock. Without immediate medical attention, the dog can die. Suspect bloat if your dog has a distended abdomen, is drooling excessively, and retching without throwing up. He also may be restless, depressed, lethargic, and weak with a rapid heart rate. If you notice these symptoms, get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
Caring for the Curly-Coated Retriever
These dogs require at least a half hour of exercise per day. Giving these dogs a variety of jobs and tasks to perform daily will help to keep him stimulated and entertained. Puzzle toys are a great addition to his toy collection. They will keep him occupied for hours every day.
These dogs tend to be very excited puppies. Training at an early age is an absolute requirement to help to control this behavior as an adult dog. Puppies also tend to take lots of naps because they are constantly on the go when they are awake. Daily exercise for a Curly-Coated Retriever puppy is not necessary. They will take care of that themselves.
These dogs also tend to be mouthy when they play. Expect to get some nips. Also be prepared as they will chew everything that is in sight. You will need to keep a careful eye on them while they are young. Try to keep things that you don't want them to touch out of reach.
A lot of breeders and veterinarians suggest that these dogs be crate trained. This will usually help in housetraining and it will help to keep your puppy safe when you are not home.
These dogs love people. Because of this they need to be around their families. Locking them in a room or keeping them outside is not recommended.
Feeding your Curly-Coated Retriever
It is recommended that these dogs receive between 3 and 4 cups of high-quality dog food per day divided into two meals.
Keep in mind that all dogs are individuals and may not require all of the recommended amounts. Their feeding needs will depend on the dog's size, age, build, metabolism, and level of activity. Adjust accordingly.
Grooming the Curly-Coated Retriever
The Curly-Coated Retriever is an easy dog to groom. You will probably spend about twenty minutes a week brushing your dog.
They have a unique coat that is comprised of masses of small, crisp curls which lie close to the skin. This coat is both water- and weather-resistant and offers great protection from rough brush and brambles. The curls on the ears are slightly looser than the rest of the body. Some dogs even have a bit of feathering on the ears, belly, thighs, feet, and back of the forelegs. Most owners trim this away.
The coat on the forehead, face, feet, and front of the forelegs is short and straight. The hair itself has a dense, rough texture that is never silky or dry and brittle. There should be no bald patches.
The color of the Curly-Coated Retriever is either all black or liver. There might be some white hairs throughout the coat but there is no white patch.
A Curly-Coated Retriever has a relatively easy-care coat and usually sheds only twice a year, although the amount of shedding varies among individual dogs. Preparation in puppyhood is key. As with all breeds, it's important to start grooming your Curly-Coated Retriever puppy when he's young. Make grooming a positive and soothing experience, and he'll be easier for you and other people to handle when he's grown.
As you groom, take time to check your Curly's overall condition. Keep an eye out for sores, rashes, or signs of infection such as redness or discharge anywhere on his body. It's not normal for any part of his body to smell bad, including his mouth and ears. Trim his nails as needed so they don't catch on something and tear. If you can hear them clicking on the floor, they're too long.
Other aspects of grooming preparation are housing and diet. A Curly who sleeps on hard concrete or in a dirty crate will develop a bad coat, which can lead to bald spots. And a poor-quality diet can cause the coat to be dry. Not every dog food is appropriate for every dog. Try different foods until you find the one that meets your Curly's individual dietary needs. You'll know you've found it when he has a super coat and skin.
Brush or comb your Curly when he's shedding in the spring and fall, using a wood or plastic wide-toothed comb. More frequent brushing or combing can give his curly coat the frizzies. Taking your Curly swimming or otherwise wetting his coat helps tame the frizzies.
The best time to bathe your dog is when he is shedding. They are usually quite clean and therefore don't require more than two baths a year. Use only shampoos that are made for dogs.
Children and Other Pets
The Curly-Coated Retriever is a friendly dog that makes a great companion for older children who can handle the dog's size and energy levels. Younger children may not be as able to handle him and should be kept away. You will need to lay down ground rules for such interactions for both the dog and the child.
These dogs generally get along quite well with other dogs and animals. They will need to be properly socialized to prevent fights and the possibility of the dog thinking that the other animal is prey.
Many people purchase a Curly-Coated Retriever without getting all of the facts about caring for these dogs. As a result many dogs end up in shelters or on death row.
If you are planning of getting one it is best to check with local shelters and foster homes first. If none are found there you can contact the Kennel Club or Curly Rescue center in your area.
Contact these places to find the nearest rescue dog to you:
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