curly-coated retriever

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curly-coated retriever,

breed of large sporting dogsporting dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred for pointing, flushing, and retrieving game. These dogs hunt by air scent—as opposed to most hounds, which are ground scenters—and their quarry is primarily game birds.
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 conjectured to be descended from the water spaniel and the retrieving setter. It stands about 23 in. (58 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs about 65 lb (30 kg). Its dense coat is tightly curled all over and may be black or liver in color. Easily trained as an efficient and hardy retriever on land and water, the curly-coated retriever is uncommon in the United States. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal, fox, and tanuki also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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* ALL-AROUND RETRIEVER With textured curls and a sleek frame, the curly-coated retriever often triggers double-takes from onlookers.
In the 150-plus years of the curly-coated retriever's history, this breed has developed as a versatile gun dog with lots of natural ability that can easily be shaped by the use of standard training methods.
Actually, the curly-coated retriever is a British hunters' breed in that they perform quite naturally with only a little obedience training.
Among the breeds that can be affected are Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Irish Water Spaniels, Portuguese Water Dogs, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Airedales, Boxers, Miniature Schnauzers, Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
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One theory holds that breeders started with now-extinct English water spaniels, then crossed in curly-coated retrievers and Irish water spaniels.