“Wicked sharp” smarts and a more independent temperament than other retrievers has earned the Curly Coated Retriever the nickname, the “Thinking Man’s Retriever.” Curlies are even-tempered, but they do have a mind of their own that makes them easily bored, more dignified, and more discriminating with strangers than other retrievers. This independence and aloofness can be confused for shyness, or even a lack of willingness to please, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Curly is an eager-to-please and inherently courageous dog with a serious passion for upland hunting – typically a walking field hunt in pursuit of birds like quail, pheasant and partridge.
A Pair of the Best by Joy Glasspool. This print is available for purchase here.
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Nice article. But also the thinking woman’s retriever.
LOL, Cathy, we regard “man” in this context generically. It goes without saying that there when it comes to loving our dogs, and they us, gender goes out the window