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 makes 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. There curly coats require minimal grooming beyond occasional bathing.