Photo by Knowles
results of the Curly Coated Retriever Club and outside
bodies Health Surveys into the breed in the UK please
In general, it is fair
to say that the Curly is a relatively healthy breed.
The ‘Top 5’ conditions
reported to the Health Coordinator are currently;
Cancer can appear at any age and in almost any part of
the body, the highest reported Cancer in Curlies is
and Gastric Torsion. (Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus/GDV).
These conditions are true
emergencies. It is essential if you suspect your Curly
is bloating or experiencing a torsion that you seek
veterinary attention immediately. The speed with which
your Curly receives veterinary attention could determine
whether he lives or dies. Unfortunately, from the onset
of the first symptoms you have very little time so know
your dog and know when it is not acting it’s usual self.
A useful link to more information on Bloat and Gastric
Torsions including symptoms to look out for is:
Not all seizures will be diagnosed as Epilepsy. The
youngest reported case was 2 years old, the oldest was 9
These were various cases of stings, bites, mites and
you are thinking of breeding from your Curly bitch, or
allowing your Curly male to be used at stud, the
Kennel Club ask for
hips to be scored. Most breeders will also carry out eye
testing on their breeding stock. These are both
recommendations in the CCRC ‘Code of Ethics’
When looking for a
puppy, never be afraid to ask questions of the breeder.
It is advisable to see the dam of the puppies and where
possible the sire too, although this may prove more
difficult as not all stud dogs live with the dams.
BREED HEALTH SURVEY
2014 saw the launch of
the most comprehensive breed health survey the Curly
Coated Retriever Club has ever undertaken. It is hoped
that a completed questionnaire will be received from
owners of all Curlies owned since 2004. Please see
Health Survey page for results.
Dilution and Volvulus article from Dr Ben Harris, Curly
For a list of UK hip scores please