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Breed:

Curly-Coated Retriever

Group (AKC):

Sporting

Country of OriginGreat Britain
Type of coatA mass of crisp, small curls all over, except on face.
GroomingMinimal coat care is required. Periodic brushing is all that is needed.
Average height25 - 27 inches
Average weight70 - 80 lbs.
Activity level Indoors - Medium, Outdoors - High
WatchdogHigh
ProtectionLow
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - High
TrainabilityAn intelligent breed he needs training that will be a challenge as monotony will cause him to lose interest. If this breed does not get enough exercise or work he can be very badly behaved.
Compatibility with childrenYes, provided children do not pester him.
CharacterResponsive, friendly, affectionate, proud.
Ideal home environmentA home with a fenced yard is essential.  He should also have the opportunity to swim on occasion.
Ideal ownerA firm yet patient leader is needed for this breed. Does well with a hunter as he is an excellent water retriever.
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Additional notes:

The Curly-Coated Retriever is a strong smart upstanding dog, showing activity, endurance and intelligence. His body is covered with a tightly curled coat which does not need trimming. He has an excellent nose and a good memory.  An superb swimmer with great stamina he knows how to carry dead or wounded animals gently in his mouth.  He has also been known to  work over difficult terrain.

Short History:

A crossed between the Newfoundland, the English Water Spaniel, the Irish Water Spaniel, and the Poodle. He was very popular during the nineteenth century but has lost a lot of support today. He is most often now found in Australian and New Zealand.

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