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Curly Coated Retriever

Family: gundog, retriever
Area of origin: England
Original function: water retrieving
Average size of male: Ht: 25-27, Wt: 60-70
Average size of female: Ht: 23-25, Wt: 60-70
Other names: none

Curly-Coated Retriever Dog Temperament

The curly-coated retriever is an eager and tireless land and, especially, water retriever outdoors, but a calm companion indoors. She is sensitive and gentle, very good with children, and responsive to commands. One of the most courageous of the retrievers, she is nonetheless quite sensitive. She makes an ideal partner for an active, outdoor-oriented person who also wants a loyal family companion.

Curly-Coated Retriever Dog Care

The curly is an easy dog to maintain, requiring no unusual care. She needs daily exercise, preferably involving swimming and retrieving. She does best as an indoor, outdoor dog. Because brushing diminishes the tight curls, she should be combed only occasionally, preferably before getting wet. Some very minimal scissoring may be desirable to tidy up scraggly hairs. She does need regular brushing during her shedding seasons.

Curly-Coated Retriever Dog Health

Major concerns: CHD
Minor concerns: none
Occasionally seen: distichiasis, cataract
Suggested tests: hip
Life span: 8-12 years

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