The Curly Coated Retriever Club of Southern California, in keeping with its aim of breeding the best possible dogs while preserving their unique character and promoting the multi-purpose use of these retrievers, adopts the following code:

A member-breeder shall strive for the “ideal Curly” in accordance with the official standard set forth by the American Kennel Club. In this regard, they should:

Maintain high standards of health and care for their dogs.

Use only physically and temperamentally sound stock.

Understand the basic laws of genetics and the standard of the breed prior to making breeding plans.

Maintain open disclosure of health issues with breeders and buyers.

Have a Specialist of the proper Veterinarian field provide hip, eye and heart clearances prior to a breeding. Breeding of dogs that will not pass hip, eye and/or heart clearances are not recommended.

Refrain from breeding a bitch or dog under the age of two. A bitch should not have a litter more than two out of three seasons, depending on the size of the litter whelped and her condition. It is strongly recommended that a period of one year lapse between litters.

Guarantee the health of his/her stock subject to a veterinarian’s examination within 48 hours of the sale.
Try to keep in touch with the progress of dogs of his/her breeding program in order to better analyze his/her own program.

Follow good business practices and ethics in breeding contracts and honor all agreements. Written agreements and guarantees are encouraged.

Recommend breeding dogs/bitches that have recognized titles.

Breeders will not sell stock without true representation to the purchaser nor use misleading or untruthful statements in selling or advertising.

Urges spay and neuter for all animals sold as “pet quality”.

To be willing, at any time, to take back or help relocate a Curly Coated Retriever that member-breeder has sold or placed.

No member shall sell adults or puppies to any known retail or wholesale pet outlet or laboratory, or to knowingly supply dogs for raffles, giveaways, prizes, or other such projects.

Member shall at all times exhibit good sportsmanship at all events.

Member shall not degrade any other member or kennel.

Member will agree to submit all of their dog information to any health registry that the club may develop.
In applying for membership in the Club, I agree to comply with all of the American Kennel Club rules, the Constitution and By-Laws of the Curly Coated Retriever Club of Southern of America and the Code of Ethics as amended.

Breed History:
The Curly-Coated Retriever is believed to be one of the oldest of all the retriever breeds. Although the exact ancestry of this breed is unknown, it is believed that in the early 1800s, in England, small Newfoundlands called St John’s Newfoundlands were crossed with Irish or English Water Spaniels to create a serious land and water retriever. It is possible that the Poodle was later introduced into the mix that creates this breed. There are also many references to a curly coated spaniel, or water dog, credited with outstanding retrieving and hunting abilities dating back to at least the mid fifteenth century. These water dogs are most likely in the backgrounds of the curly coated retriever. The curly was known as the gamekeeper and as such was developed to find and retrieve game. It had to be able to succeed at a variety of tasks since it was relied upon to put food on the table.

In England the Curly was first exhibited in dog shows in 1860. In 1864 the Kennel Club split the retrievers into two breeds the curly-coated retriever and the wavy coated retriever the later was the predecessor of the flat coated retriever.

The Curly-Coat was introduced into the United States in 1907 and registered with the American Kennel Club in 1924. The breed dwindled by the end of WWII with only 2 registered in the early 60s however by the 70s the breed again found a following and sufficient interest existed by 1979 that the Curly Coated Retriever Club of America was founded.

Today the Curly-Coated Retriever is an enthusiastic and hard working gundog. Although reserve, independent and wary of strangers, he is a pleasant companion for his owner and easy to care for since his coat does not require excessive grooming. Curly coats are slow to mature and this should be considered when training. Although intelligent and quick to learn, repetitive training can bring on boredom and a lack attention. It is best to tailor training methods to the individual dog often using short and varied sessions for the best results. The breed is particularly popular in England, New Zealand and Australia where he is used to hunt quail and other wild fowl. He is not as popular as other hunting breeds are in the United States.

The Curly Coated Retriever requires a moderate amount of exercise and does not do well when left alone for extended periods of time.