The Curly-Coated Retrieving is eye-catching, with its dark coat of tight, water-resistant curls, but it is also a robust, versatile retriever in possession of great endurance and dedication on the job. They are one of the oldest retriever breeds, with the English Water Spaniel, the St. John’s Newfoundland, the retrieving setter, and Poodle all making appearances in their family tree. They were developed in England to be a multi-purpose hunter that could be used to hunt and retrieve both upland game and waterfowl and became a favorite of English gamekeepers for their pluck, perseverance, and personality. Their intelligence and enthusiasm make them fun and engaging companions but they do need proactive training and lots of exercise and interaction to keep them from getting bored and destructive. Though they can seem more aloof than some other retriever breeds, they are eager to please and ready for adventure. Their curly coats require minimal grooming beyond occasional bathing.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.