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Living with Curlies

A Curly that lives in the house, has regular exercise and work, including any type of work that takes advantage of the breed's innate intelligence, and is a part of the family, is a happy Curly. The most important care and training of a Curly is involving him in the family's day to day activities. Include your Curly in your every day life and he will repay you with years of friendship. The AKC Standard states that "outline, carriage and attitude all combine for a grace and elegance somewhat uncommon among the other retriever breeds." The grace and elegance is combined with a sturdy structure and hardworking, persevering temperament to create an excellent working retriever.

The Curly Coat is possessed of an imperturbable temperament. Even tempered, this dog is intensely loyal and will be protective of the family while maintaining unfailingly good manners to humans likewise mannered. Curlies tend to be reserved rather than extroverted with strangers. However, this reserve can be shed rather dramatically when someone the dog knows and loves approaches! Curly Coats are very slow to mature and this should be taken into account when training them. They are always quick and intelligent, however, so tailoring your training into multiple, short, and interesting sessions will yield the best results over time. Of course, not all Curlies are paragons of virtue. There are individuals in the breed who do not automatically swim, can be hard-headed, and so on. As individuals, Curlies can vary. But for the right people, this breed has much to offer.

Most Curlies cannot be kept out of the water and are great natural swimmers. You should exercise due sensibility when introducing a puppy to water. Never throw the pup into the water: allow him to approach the water himself on a gently sloping entry with plenty of shallow water with little or no current. As he gains confidence, he will be splashing about in no time. If an adult dog is around to encourage the pup, he will probably be swimming before you (or he) know it!


While puppies need a lot of attention and care, our faithful, time-honored friends have earned the most attentive nurturing and best care we can provide them.
Look for signs of aging. Dogs exhibit the signs of aging in much the same way humans do. There is a general decrease in activity levels, they sleep longer and harder, have decreased appetite, are less enthusiastic or interested in what's happening around your home, may show signs of stiffness after periods of rest, and seek more comfortable places to sleep. Its important to pay attention to your dog's behavior so you can attend to its needs.

Curlies are a long lived breed (if you seek out and get your pup from a reputable breeder who does their best to breed out genetically passed problems) You can expect to have your curly for 10, 12 even 14 years. Some lines, like some breeds tend to mature faster or slower. Ask the breeder how old some of the grandparents are in their lines. They should know this information, and what any of the dogs that have died young have died of. These things will give you an idea of the longevity of the dog you plan to add to your family.

Daily exercise is extremely important for older dogs. It doesn't have to be much- a walk to the end of the block and back may be fine- but its important for muscle tone, joints, the circulatory system, and keeping weight down. Don't overdo and do let your older Curly control the pace. The change of scenery will be stimulating and your friend will look forward to, and enjoy the time you get to spend together.
Mature, healthy dogs can add so much joy and fulfillment to your life, and you to theirs. Your love and attention is what they want most. And, it is what they are so willing to give in return.

Although aging is inevitable, pet owners can delay its onset by judicious management of their pet's puppy and mature years. Annual visits to the veterinarian for protection from distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and kennel cough along with the state-mandated rabies vaccination are the beginning of a good health program. Annual heartworm and intestinal parasite checks should be next on the list, followed by control of external parasites on the pet and in the home.

Good nutrition is critical to good health at all ages, so owners should avoid generic or cheap dog food.

Other steps a pet owner can take to delay the onset of aging in their dogs include cleaning his teeth to prevent gum disease; grooming him to keep his skin and coat healthy and to discover any problems such as dry skin, thin or brittle coat, thin coat, body odor, or sore spots; and checking his ears for odor or gunk produced by infecting organisms.

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