you have decided a Curly Coated Retriever is the dog for
you. Curlies are a large active dog needing plenty of
exercise and yes contrary to popular belief they do
Where to find a litter of puppies.
It is advisable to buy from a specialist dog breeder,
not a pet shop or commercial breeder. You must be
prepared to wait for a puppy, you may well have to put
your name down on a list long before they are born to
get exactly what you want. Please do not buy on impulse
and always make sure you see the mother with the
puppies. Some breeders will have the father of the
puppies as well, if so you are lucky.
will only breed after carefully choosing the correct dog
for their bitch, making sure temperament is sound, and
especially after the necessary hereditary checks have
been carried out under the KC/BVA schemes which are
currently in place. They will provide you with a Kennel
Club registration, pedigree, diet sheets, advice and
should be prepared to offer follow up help once the
puppy has gone.
The Breed Club's Puppy list Co-ordinator
(to be found on the Puppy form) will give you details of
members who currently have puppies available. Or you can
speak to people who own a curly with regard to breed
If possible speak to the breeder and
preferably visit before the puppies are born, this way
you can see the mother's personality, and more
importantly the size of the mature curly beforehand.
Once the puppies are born, breeders will not normally
let you visit until they are 2/3 weeks old, in order to
avoid possible infection.
Ask as many questions as you can,
especially if you have not had a dog before. Be prepared
for the breeder to also ask questions of you, they will
want to know all about your family and lifestyle. Please
appreciate whilst you are trying to ensure the puppy is
good enough for you, the breeder definitely wants to
make sure their puppy is going to a responsible home!
Puppies will not normally leave the breeder until 7-8
weeks of age.