Curly Coated Retriever, a difficult but significant and important name for the oldest of the English retriever dogs. It is a canine breed recognized by the FCI, in the nineteenth century it was widely used in the nineteenth century, unfortunately for aesthetes like me today it is preferred the smooth-haired equivalent, the Flat-Coated Retriever.
Curly Coated Retriever: origins
Being the oldest, to find its origins you have to dig a lot and even in this case the Curly Coated Retriever it remains a mystery as to the selection of dog breeds to obtain it. Among his ancestors are almost certainly the Newfoundland dog which has been crossed with theIrish Water Spaniel to which our Curly Coated Retriever owes the characteristic curly hair that makes it practically unique among its peers. Retrievers.
Many experts who have gone to investigate the breed have seen the Poodle who gave up some of his talent as a retriever without asking in exchange for the hair that remained curly and not contaminated by his more moderate one. Also Labrador they may have crossed paths with the Curly Coated Retriever but there is no certain proof, nothing excludes it also because it is a breed that was present in England.
Crossbreeds declared or not, supposed or suspected, the protagonist breed, beautiful curly, made its debut in official dog shows in 1860 and joyfully greeted its first Club in 1896. Between the two world wars unlike many other breeds, that of the Curly Coated Retriever it had great popularity, a peak compared to the collapse that followed and which today puts it in a marginal position. The smooth-haired equivalent enjoys good diffusion while the curly remains a niche. not very widespread.
Curly Coated Retriever: appearance
The gathered coat covers the entire body of the Curly Coated Retriever, including the tail, and it is the characteristic that distinguishes him the most, the one that catches the eye, the one he is proud of. But it also has other reasons, for example the robust and full of energy which elects him to be an excellent swimmer, so much so that he has always been used for duck hunting in marshy land.
The Curly Coated Retriever is a medium-sized dog, at the withers a male has an average height of about 67 cm and females a little less, the ideal weight ranges from 32 to 36 kg, all kilos that he can carry with elegance, sustained gait and a big strides. The proud, attentive and but also sweet look is found in two dark, black or dark brown eyes, large but not prominent, in a well-proportioned muzzle with strong and long jaws.
The truffle, widely used since Curly Coated Retriever, shows wide nostrils and is black or liver brown. The coat is also black or liver. The ears are rather small, set low, carried hanging close to the head, the curls also arrive there as on the tail, moderately short, straight, never high or curled.
Curly Coated Retriever: character
This dog is very intelligent, and its nature as an ancient retriever makes it even wiser and more capable of behaving. Has a sociable and joyful temperament, towards the world he has a friendly and confident attitude, he is only a little self-centered but with sympathy: he must always be at the center of the master's attention.
He tends to become attached to a single person and it is from her that he must have all the cuddles and looks, but there are no problems if there are other dogs or if his favorite person also has a family, with children. The Curley Coated Retriever he behaves very well with children, is affectionate and has no aggressive outbursts. At any age this dog is a pleasant companion, of games or walks, and he still has skills that make him a discreet guardian.
Curly Coated Retriever: breeding
To breed the Curly Coated Retriever a lot of patience is needed, but only for the hair, which requires care and 2/3 brushes per week, for the rest there are no other efforts. It is a dog that demands daily exercise but this is normal for all those in its category, in the case of the Retrievers, the top would be to be able to take them even in the water. Curley-Coated Retriever farms are quite present not only in England, the homeland, but also in the United States where it arrived only in 1924 but is still quite appreciated today. There are some interesting offices in Scandinavia where the Curley Coated Retriever he made himself known but very little is still seen in Italy.
In general, those who currently breed him, wherever he is in the world, mainly aim for his successes at the shows claiming that the breed has lost flair and docility, in truth it is only an excuse because every day he demonstrates that he has all the credentials. The Curly Coated Retriever behaves like a retriever equipped with all the required aspects: active, resistant, with a good nose and very obedient and disciplined.
Curly Coated Retriever: price
A puppy of Curley Coated retrieverToday it is difficult to say how much it costs due to its rarity, but it is not a particularly expensive breed once found around. Come on 300 euros up without exaggeration. And you end up with a splendid, potentially multi-purpose dog. The Curly Coated Retriever it is an excellent retriever, specialized in finding wild animals, killing them and delivering them to the hunter. Its ability to gently bite prey is unique in the world or almost.
It has a reputation for good hunting dog in swamps and in general it resists without problems even in critical climate conditions for other breeds. He is able to track down his prey without difficulty and is serious and concentrated at work. Besides that, today, as a companion dog, fortunately it is also used as a watchdog and, given the excellent sense of smell, as a dog that retrieves prey, specializing in water mirrors, and not for mirroring inside, although it deserves a look every now and then.
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