Original Name : Curly Coated Retriever
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Curly, Coated
Male size : 27 inches
Female size : 25 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : United Kingdom
Intelligent, balanced, reliable, brave, friendly, self-assured and independent: seven adjectives to describe the character of Curly Coated Retrievers, which, by the way, are rather aloof with strangers. These water dogs are sadly very rare.
Wedge-shaped from the front and the side, but proportionate to the body.
Well sustained, level topline, short, solid, powerful loins, deep chest with well sprung ribs, slightly tucked up flanks.
Black or liver.
Rather small, set slightly above eye level, close to the head, covered with short curls.
Harmoniously prolonging the topline, reaching approximately to the hock.
Thick mass of short, close, tight curls on the body from the occiput to the tip of the tail, smooth elsewhere.
Curly Coated Retrievers are strong, well built dogs that do not lack a certain degree of elegance. As both the biggest and the rarest of the British retrievers, they have a characteristic coat said to come from two of its alleged ancestors, the Irish Water Spaniel and the Poodle. However, contrary to the other members of its family, the origins of Curly Coated Retrievers are unknown. First shown in the mid 19th century, they were one of the first land and water retrievers in Britain, but they were soon overtaken in popularity by other members of the family.
According to the specialists, Curly Coated Retrievers have ancestors as diverse as Large Rough Water Dogs, Tweed Water Spaniels, Lesser Newfoundlands, Irish Water Spaniels and a whole bunch of continental breeds, including Wetterhouns from the Netherlands, Barbets and Poodles from France, plus many more.