Prized for his mass of small crisp curls covering his black- or liver-colored body, as his name aptly describes, the Curly-Coated Retriever can outswim, outrun and outclass any of the Sporting breeds. Not only is the Curly the oldest gundog of the United Kingdom, he is also the most unique. Only devoted fans of the Curly know the secrets of this smart, active retriever: his confidence, independence, sense of humor and fun and his uncompromising work ethic. As a family companion and best friend, the Curly-Coated Retriever rivals his more popular retriever brethren in personality and loyalty. This Special Limited Edition dedicated to the Curly-Coated Retriever surveys the breeds fascinating but muddy origins, examines the breeds characteristics and personality and offers sensible, helpful advice about owning and rearing a Curly. From the selection of a puppy to house-training, feeding and basic obedience, this colorful guide is every owners most reliable starting point. Written by Nona Kilgore Bauer, well-known retriever expert, breeder and trainer and popular author, this book promises to be nearly as unique and entertaining as the Curly himself. A special chapter on canine healthcare written by Dr. Lowell Ackerman completes the package, covering all aspects of the dogs health from puppyhood to the senior years. Dr. Ackerman discusses the selection of a vet, inoculations, parasites, infectious diseases and much more.
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