CURLY COATED RETRIEVER VS LABRADO RETRIEVER BATTLE OF THE GUNDOGS
The battle between the two breeds is one of the most interesting ones going on today. Both are working dogs which have been bred for their hunting abilities but they differ greatly in appearance and temperament. They both belong to the small dog family (Canidae) but they look very different from each other.
Labrador retrievers are smaller than the average dog and they have a short coat with black or dark brown markings. Their coats tend to be straight and smooth without any hairiness. Labradors are usually found in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. They are known for being loyal companions who love their owners unconditionally.
Curly Coated Retrievers are larger than the average dog and they have a long coat with many colors. They tend to have longer hair than normal dogs and it tends to be curly, wavy or even curly-waved. These dogs are commonly found in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Curly Coated Retrievers are often called “fuzzies” because of their unique appearance.
The average lifespan for both dogs is 10-12 years but some can live up to 15 years or more with appropriate care. Both breeds are very intelligent and easy to train as they love people and enjoy pleasing them. They both have strong hunting instincts and are sometimes used by hunters to retrieve birds. Both of these dogs tend to like water, especially the Labrador Retriever which is why they are often used to retrieve ducks, geese and other waterfowl for hunters.
CURLY COATED RETRIEVER BREED STANDARDS
The exact origins of the Curly Coated Retriever are unknown but it is believed that they came from England and were bred as gun dogs for hunters. They have been used to hunt ducks, geese, pheasants, hares and even wild boar at times. They have also been used as a watch dog and even as a sheepdog when they tended to a farmer’s flock. They were bred for their stamina, intelligence and ability to retrieve game without damaging it so that it could be brought back to the hunter.
The average weight for a Curly Coated Retriever is between 45-79 pounds with the females being significantly lighter. Around two feet tall when they are fully grown, Curly Coated Retrievers are taller than most dogs but are not quite as large as other dogs in the hound group. They have a strong neck and a long body with a tail that is normally docked to avoid it being injured while working in the field.
Their fur can be black, liver or lemon with some having white markings on their chest or feet. Some also have gray hairs mixed in with their fur.
They have large paws which allow them to move quickly over long distances and they also have a wet mouth which allows them to hold onto birds or other animals firmly. In addition, they have a very good sense of smell which allows them to sniff out animals that are hiding.
The Curly Coated Retriever’s fur has a unique texture to it that causes moisture to cling to it which makes the dog less likely to get too wet while hunting in the water. It also helps it to hold onto any birds or other animals that it has caught.
While Curly Coated Retrievers are normally friendly towards people, they can sometimes be wary of strangers which means that they make good guard dogs. They are loyal to their owners and tend to be protective of the ones that they love. They do not always get on well with other dogs, especially if they have not been brought up with them but they often tolerate children.
CURLY COATED RETRIEVER TEMPERAMENT
Curly Coated Retrievers are intelligent dogs that have lots of energy and require regular exercise and activities to keep them from getting bored or frustrated. As animals with a lot of endurance, they need to be taken on long walks and jogs on a regular basis. If you do not live some place rural, Curly Coated Retrievers can make excellent companions for jogging, walking or hiking.
Curly Coated Retrievers are affectionate dogs that enjoy being around their owners. They are normally friendly towards children but can be wary of strangers and can be loud at times. You will also need to make sure that they are trained while they are still puppies as they can develop stubborn streaks and bad habits if they do not get trained early on.
It is essential that you check your dogs ears, eyes and teeth on a regular basis. Curly coated retrievers have a tendency to gain weight easily so you should watch their diet and try to make sure that they get plenty of exercise. They also need to have their coats brushed on a regular basis to avoid getting knots in the fur which could be painful and even result in the loss of the fur.
As they are prone to ear infections, you will need to make sure that you keep their ears clean and free of wax and dirt.
THE CURLY COATED RETRIEVER’S MILIEU
Curly coated retrievers do best in rural areas where they can have plenty of space to run around and play. They do not do well in small urban apartments as they need a certain level of physical activity as well as the mental stimulation that goes with it.
Curly coated retrievers are excellent hunters who will thrive if they are allowed to hunt in areas where it is legal to do so. They also tend to get along well with other pets if they have been raised together. They can sometimes be suspicious of strangers and will bark to let you know when someone is approaching your house. Curly coated retrievers can also get along with children if they have been socialized with them from a young age.
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