Polo and his brother Miles, both Curly Coated Retriever puppies
Is that a Labradoodle?
Curly Coated Retrievers are frequently mistaken for the Labradoodle, a dog which is a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle. The Labradoodle and the Curly Coated retriever are very different dogs. The coats may look alike from afar, but close up, the texture and curl is quite different. The Curly Coated Retriever's coat is not totally hypoallergenic although many report having less allergic problems with a Curly Coated Retriever. In addition, the Curly Coated Retriever has a more calm and focused approach to their activities. They are rarely considered hyperactive.
Tephra is dust, ash and gravel from volcanic activity. Tephra soil is very fertile because its new and rich in minerals. The Columbia Gorge, where I live, has a volcanic soil that contains Tephra.
I got my first Curly Coated Retriever in 1992. What appealed to me at that time was the personality of the breed. The first Curly I met was clearly intelligent. They were also incredibly athletic and had great endurance, easily able to hike or hunt all day without difficulty. It wasn't until later that I began to appreciate the benefit of a low maintenance, low shedding, curly coat. Over the years, I have had many Curly Coated retrievers, both from the US and New Zealand. I have traveled to Europe and met many Curlies there. As the years have gone by and I have had several Curlies, it has become clear to me what I like and don't like in this breed. I finally decided it was time to start breeding my own Curly Coated Retrievers. I owe a great deal to the many breeders who have been doing this for decades and who have given me valuable advice. In particular, I am very grateful to Doris Hodges at Summerwind Kennels for her tireless help in educating me and providing me with support in the wee hours of the night.