The Curly Coated Retriever is a hunting dog, bred to do the work after the shot, retrieving wounded and dead fowl and mammals.
But the Curly can also participate in other elements of the hunt, depending on the kind of training you put into it.
It Is A Fact, That The Curly:
- ..have exceptional marking skills.
- ..works its way persistently to the difficult retrieve.
- ..is never quitting on a given task.
- ..is the master of wounded and winged wildgame.
- ..can do lots of other stuff than work as a hunting dog!
Quick Facts: The coat
Many people think the curly coat is a "designer-coat" – this is a wrong assumption. The curly coat has its own purposes, relating to its hunting-functionality. These are:
- Water: The coat is special designed for this purpose. The small, tight curls with it's own kind of grease, insulates against water reaching the skin – and with nu undercoat, the hair dryes fast, so the dog can stay warm more easily.
- Scrub: Also the coat is designed for thick scrub and thorns. As many hunters have experienced, the dog can either be caught in the bushes with their long hair, or bleed after having been sent into thick scrub. The curly coat prevents these problems, as the coat is designed to "capture" the thorns, ripping them of the bush instead of reaching the dogs skin. Of course, then the thorns is in the coat, but these can easily and safely be removed.
Killing The Myths: Mind matters
If you have heard some people talking about the Curly beeing hard-mouthed, hard to train (strong minded), a slow worker or generally bad as a working retriever – they were wrong, and simply doesn't know the breed well enough, or have seen bad examples in the field. Here is what you should know..
- Hard-mouthed: This is only a myth and examples of this behaviour is seen across all hunting/retrieving breeds.
- Strong minded: It is a fact that, earlier in time, the Curly could be somewhat more difficult to train. This have been altered within the breed through time, by breeding on individuals, who contained better training capabilities. Though, a Curly is very intelligent, and making the same exercise can bore your Curly into making skip actions – therefore, always thinking ahead, changing the exercises, and once in a while make them more challenging, will sharpen the interest.
Also – it's worth knowing this breed takes longer to mature (aprox. 3 years). You should train your Curly alongside other Retrievers working-level. When the dog matures, all the hard training settles into stability – and that's when you get the best hunting-companion in the world!
- Misbehaviored: This is a Retriever, and therefore it should always have a kind and likeable temperament. Though it cannot be compared to for instance a Labrador. The Curly is a "one-man" breed, and will always prefer the side of its chosen companion. It will be happy to see and greet the people that fills its life with joy, but you will always be able to pick out the owner who train with and generally takes care of it.
Also the guarding instinct is retained in this breed, and therefore the Curly will always stay alert of its surroundings and seem reserved because of this – not just welcoming strangers, wether it is people or dogs.
- Slow worker: If to make a direct comparison to a Formel 1 Labrador, then yes, the Curly will never reach that kind of speed, but speed is not what the Curly is bred for. Its mind is stronger, to give it courage for working in thick scrub – and in scrub you cannot have speed.
Its nose is highly developed, and that, combined with its cleverness, independence and thoroughness in working the fields, makes it the best dog for retrieving that hard-to-find wildgame, that other dogs have given up on.
Because of the Curly's larger size, the pase has a slower motion, but with longer legs, the end result is the same as for other working Retrievers. The Curly will bring the wildgame just as quickly as any other dog.