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Q: What Can You tell me about curly coated retrievers?

October 22, 2011 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 1019 days ago

Ches21

I Took a dog breed quiz online and it said the number one dog for my family was a curly coated retriever any info on this breed I would love to know also this and the other breed I recently mentioned would be living with me and my mom in the house I'm in now it would not be going to an apartment with me Please let me know?

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daryl b.
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Oct 22, 2011

hi ches i have met 3 curlys and don't know much except that all 3 were wonderful playful and friendly dogs. and of course they were beautiful. all 3 came from different places so they were not bred by the same people or raised by the same people

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Kelly
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Oct 25, 2011

They're very energetic and very smart but require training and daily exercise or a job to keep them from becoming bored and destructive. They're independent and easy-going. They don't reach maturity until around age 3. They're sensitive and can become shy or cautious around strangers, so they need to be socialized and trained from an early age. Training can be difficult because of their independent nature. They love water and water sports and do best with someone who has an active lifestyle.

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Jillian
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Oct 25, 2011

The curly coated is uncommon in the US and not at all intended for apartment life. They're very loyal to their owner, but remember this is a hunting breed so they need early socialization with other animals, particularly dogs. They do take longer to mature {about 3 years}, so training also takes longer. Unlike labs, the curly is not a beginner dog by any means. Like other retrievers, they enjoy working out problems themselves, but they're very headstrong and w/o a firmly structured life they can become very stubborn.

This is a good breed if you have a very large yard or are very active yourself, but only if you've had a good amount of experience actually training independent dogs.

All of this may sound like I'm nay-saying the curly, but they are sweet and dedicated dogs who, when trained properly, do very well in a multitude of situations. Just be forewarned that to get the best out of this breed requires a lot of work. They're one of the oldest breeds {I think the first recognized retriever} and haven't altered much over the years, which accounts for their sometimes stubborn independence. I'd go with a lab or golden over the curly - you'll get all the best qualities of a retriever, but w/o the headache of extensive training and that alpha behavior they're prone to.

Like other retrievers, heart problems and bloat are a risk. One fairly common problem seen in them is pattern alopecia, which b/c of their rarity is usually mistaken for thyroid problems.

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