Can We Have a Word About Curly Coated Retriever History?
Some information in a recent AKC article about the curly coated retriever is incorrect.
When one fancies, owns, loves, and breeds an exceedingly rare breed, almost any ink is good ink. A recent article by an American Kennel Club staffer about my favorite breed, the curly coated retriever, was, alas, riddled with errors.
Last month (April 2019), the AKC article “7 Fun Facts Abut the Curly Coated Retriever” was widely circulated on social media.
The article contained many errors but really missed the mark on curly history.
Let's review parts of the article and try to set the record straight (no slam against my curly friends....:-)
In "7 Fun Facts About the Curly Coated Retriever", the AKC wrote this at the beginning of fun fact number 2:
2. Curlies have been purebred since the early 1900s.
The ancestry of the Curly is unknown. He has been purebred since the early 1900s, so records of his lineage don't exist.
The beginning of fun 'fact' Number 2 is just not factual at all! It says curlies have been purebred since the early 1900s but we know, through written records, the curly is one of the oldest purebred dogs in existence. In fact, the curly has been purebred since at least 1860.
How do we know the curly is one of the oldest purebred dogs? We can trace show records and pedigrees back that far using data published by the English Kennel Club in their first few purebred dog stud books.