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Curly-Coated Retriever


Curly-Coated Retrievers are full of drive and determination. The Curly-Coated Retriever has been around since the late 18th century, probably created by crossing now-extinct Old English Water Dogs, Irish Water Spaniels, small Newfoundlands and Poodle. They were originally bred in England for upland bird and waterfowl hunting. They are the tallest of the retrievers and easily distinguishable by the mass of tight curls covering their body.  They are affectionate, active and loyal companions, happiest when outdoors and engaged in fun, interesting activities with their favorite people.

Common Health Conditions

  • Curly-Coated Retrievers are prone to lymphosarcoma- the third most common cancer that affects dogs. This cancer can be found in various parts of the body such as the spleen, gastrointestinal tract, lymph nodes, liver, and bone marrow.
  • The medical term for pattern baldness is follicular dysplasia, and just like in people, it is a heritable condition. You may notice that the fur on your Curly Coated Retriever’s neck or rear legs is starting to look sparse or patchy, with hairs that break off easily and don’t grow back readily.
  • Some Curly-Coated Retrievers may develop chronic gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, constipation, or vomiting.
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