Fédération Cynologique Internationale

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United Kennel Club

Curly Coated Retriever

Retriever (Curly Coated)

Curly-Coated Retriever


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
28.07.2009.
KC
September 2000

UTILISATION

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FCI
Retriever.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 8Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
Section 1Retrievers
With working trial

KC
Gundog
UKC
Gun Dog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
Depending on whose version you follow determines what breeds were used in the development of the Curly-Coated Retriever. Some say the Poodle, Irish Water Spaniel, the Newfoundland and the Irish Setter. Whatever the source(s), the breed was first exhibited at England's Birmingham dog show in 1860. The Curly-Coated Retriever was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1960.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Strong, upstanding dog with a degree of elegance. Distinctive coat.
KC
Strong, upstanding dog with a degree of elegance. Distinctive coat.
UKC
A graceful black or liver curly-coated dog, about 25 to 27 inches at the withers, the Curly-Coated Retriever gives the impression of being the highest on leg and the most elegant of all the Retrievers. In proportion, he is slightly longer from the prosternum to buttocks than he is tall, from withers to ground. His carriage is upstanding, and he gives the impression of an alert, self-confident dog capable of great endurance.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Slightly longer in body, measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock, than in height from withers.
KC
Intelligent, steady, reliable.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Intelligent, steady, reliable. Bold, friendly, self confident and independent. May seem aloof.
KC
Bold, friendly self confident and independent. May seem aloof.
UKC
Active, intelligent and responsive to training, the Curly-Coated Retriever is both an excellent family companion and a strong, capable working dog.

HEAD

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FCI
Wedge-shaped in both side and front profiles. In proportion to body size.
KC
Head wedge-shaped in both side and front profiles. In proportion to body size. Slight stop. Foreface and skull equal length. Planes of skull and muzzle parallel. Nose black in blacks and brown in livers.
UKC
The head is long and wedge-shaped, in balance with the size of the body. Stop: Moderate and sloping, never abrupt. Lips: Clean and tight.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Foreface and skull equal length. Planes of skull and muzzle parallel.
UKC
Nearly flat, tapering slightly to eyes. Clean in cheek.

Stop

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FCI
Slight.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black in blacks and brown in livers.
UKC
Black in the black dogs; brown in the liver dogs; with large, open nostrils.

Muzzle

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KC
Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
Long, strong and tapering to complete the wedge shape of the head. Never snipey or weak.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors or level bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Large, not prominent, oval-shaped and obliquely set. Dark brown in blacks; in livers brown tone to blend with coat colour.
KC
Large, not prominent, oval-shaped, obliquely set. Dark brown in blacks, in livers brown tone to blend with coat colour
UKC
Almond in shape, rather large, but not too prominent. Color black or brown in black dogs, brown or amber in liver dogs, but never harsh or yellow.

Ears

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FCI
Rather small, set slightly above level of eye; lying close to head, covered with small curls.
KC
Rather small, set slightly above level of eye; lying close to head, covered with small curls.
UKC
Rather small, lying close to the head and set on a line slightly above the corner of the eye. Well-covered with curls.

NECK

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FCI
Strong and slightly arched, of medium length, free from throatiness and flowing freely into well laid back shoulders.
KC
Strong and slightly arched, of medium length, free from throatiness and flowing freely into well laid back shoulders.
UKC
Should be moderately long, slightly arched, and free of throatiness.

BODY

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KC
Chest deep with well sprung ribs, oval in cross section with brisket reaching elbow. Forechest visible. Ribs extend well back into short, deep and powerful loin. Slight tuck up to flank. Topline strong and level. The dog should be slightly longer in body measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock than in height from withers to ground.
UKC
Chest: Deep to elbow, oval in shape, not too wide, but well-filled. Ribcage: Long and well-sprung. Back: Strong and level. Loin: Short, muscular and deep, with moderate tuck-up of flank. Croup: Slopes slightly to the set-on of the tail.

Topline

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FCI
Strong and level.

Loin

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FCI
Short, deep and powerful.

Chest

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FCI
Deep with well sprung ribs, oval in cross section with brisket reaching elbow. Forechest visible. Ribs extend well back.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Slight tuck up.

TAIL

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FCI
Flows from topline. Should reach approximately to hock, carried straight on a level with topline when moving.
KC
Flows from topline. Should reach approximately to hock; carried straight on a level with topline when moving.
UKC
Moderately short, reaching nearly to the hock joint, carried fairly straight and covered with curls. Never carried over the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight, set well under body.
KC
Shoulders well laid back and muscular. Upper arm and shoulder blade approximately equal length. Forelegs straight with strong pasterns and set well under body.
UKC
Shoulder blades and upper arms long and well-muscled, moderately angulated to set the legs under the withers.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid back and muscular.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Upper arm and shoulder blade approximately equal in length.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Straight and strong with good, but not overdone, bone and strong pasterns. Dewclaws may be removed.

Pastern

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FCI
Strong.

FEET

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KC
Round, tight with well-arched toes.
UKC
Round, compact; with well-arched toes.

Forefeet

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FCI
Round, tight with well-arched toes.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong, muscular.
KC
Strong, muscular. Moderate turn of stifle. Hocks well let down and well bent.
UKC
Strong and muscular, moderately angulated to balance with forequarters. Rear pasterns short and strong. Dewclaws may be removed.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderate turn of stifle.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down and well bent.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Effortless, powerful gait with good extension and drive. Parallel movement. At speed, legs tend to converge.
KC
Effortless, powerful gait with good extension and drive. Parallel movement. At speed, legs tend to converge.
UKC
Powerful, yet agile and effortless. Good extension without exaggeration. As speed increases, legs converge towards a centerline of travel.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Body coat a thick mass of small tight, crisp curls lying close to skin, extending from occiput to tip of tail; without undercoat or bare patches. Elsewhere smooth hair.
KC
Body coat a thick mass of small tight, crisp curls lying close to skin, extending from occiput to tip of tail; without undercoat or bare patches. Elsewhere hair smooth.
UKC
A distinguishing characteristic of the breed, the coat on the body should be a mass of small, crisp, tight curls with sufficient density to protect the dog from all weather and cover conditions. Curls also completely cover the ears, neck, thighs, rear legs at least to the hock and the tail. On the face, front of forelegs and feet, the coat is smooth and short.

COLOUR

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FCI
Black or liver.
KC
Black or liver.
UKC
Black or liver. A prominent white patch on breast is undesirable, but a few white hairs allowable in an otherwise good dog.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height at withers: dogs: 69 cms (27 ins); bitches: 64 cms (25 ins).

Height at withers

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FCI

Ideal height at withers Dogs 67,5 cm (27 ins),
Bitches 62,5 cm (25 ins).
UKC
Males about 27 inches, females about 25 inches, but overall quality is more important than size.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC
Coat: Spare, soft, open or brittle hair.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC
Coat: Uncurled patches behind the withers, or bald patches anywhere on the body.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.