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    So everyone keeps asking me what the difference is between the Labradors and the Curly-Coated Retriever. She is only 13 weeks so here's what I've noticed thus far.

    The Labs are starving. Always. 24/7. They dance around like members of the lollipop guild every time I go into the kitchen. They scarf down their food before it makes it to the bottom of the bowl, belch, then move onto their neighbor's bowl. Never quite satisfied, even a piece of gum draws their interest if I am chewing it ernestly enough. Had food in it before? Its still food and I'll eat that.

    The Curly could eat. She sits in the living room doing whatever she was doing before I got food ready, and only comes to the kitchen when its on the floor. She has no time for the nonsense of watching me prepare her food. She eats all of her food, but when she's done, she flips her bowl, places her front feet on it and skates through the dining room with gusto. She hits the wall and off she goes to whatever she was doing previously.

    The Labradors get my attention with a subtle nose to the hand, toy on the lap or classic head under my arm. If I ignore them, they go away and find something else to do, or slouch into a heap on the floor and wait until I have time to love them.

    The Curly, if she has decided its time to love her will throw her mass onto my lap and give two sharp barks. Touch me - now. This is not a request, its a demand. It makes little to no difference if someone is currently being pat, or if I am asleep. There is no ignoring this. Its time. This is the time she has pencilled in for me, and when its over, she's back to doing whatever it is she was doing previously.

    The Labradors go outside in the rain to pee, begrudgingly.

    The Curly goes outside in the rain to sleep, joyfully.

    The Labradors play with toys. They play keep away, they play tuggy, they gently squeak the squeakers.

    The Curly stalks her plaything, carefully examining it from all angles before stealthily pouncing it and quickly locating the squeaker and munching it until it is mamed and sounds sickly. She does not de-stuff, simply mames the prey internally. Then she is finished and goes back to whatever she was doing previously.

    The Labradors will train as long as there are hot dogs in my pockets and whimsy in my voice. They are happy to sit, stand, down until the cows come home and will never tire. They are simple machines - input/output.

    The Curly will do as asked and await her reward and off she goes, to what she was doing previously.

    If I should make eye contact with the Labradors, their tails wag, thud thud thud on the ground and await my calling them over to be touched.

    If I should make eye contact with the Curly, she barks at me.

    The Labradors gives full body waggles when mummy comes home from whatever task, even if it was to the front porch to retrieve the mail, so very happy about my return, they greet me grunting with joy and with their prized possesions in mouth.

    The Curly notices I've gone, but cannot be bothered to greet me, but she promptly steals the prized posssion of the Labrador.

    To be continued. Its potty break time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luvmydog2much View Post
    She eats all of her food, but when she's done, she flips her bowl, places her front feet on it and skates through the dining room with gusto. She hits the wall and off she goes to whatever she was doing previously.
    Could we get video of this? Sounds too cute!
    Glad to see Nola is establishing her own personality in the house!



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    This is THE FUNNIEST thread I have read on JL in YEARS!
    Oh yeah... tears in eyes funny!

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    Love it! Made me laugh as I envisioned it. What is it with labs and food? Sedona will eat whenever, doesn't really care. Keegan is to the minute and lets me know when it is time, too cute. Nola is the first curly lab I have seen; she is so beautiful.


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    Curly sounds almost cat-like

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sedona View Post
    Nola is the first curly lab I have seen; she is so beautiful.
    Awww thanks! Nola is a Curly-Coated Retriever, a completely separate, different and distinct breed, like Labradors Vs. Golden Retrievers.

    Curly-Coated Retriever Did You Know?

    The Curly-Coated Retriever is one of the oldest breeds classified as retrievers.

    The Curly-Coated Retriever is believed to have been descended from the 16th century English Water Spaniel, Retrieving Setter and possibly the Irish Water Spaniel.

    The first breed club for the Curly-Coated Retriever was formed in England in 1896.

    The Curly-Coated Retriever was first exhibited in 1860 at England’s Birmingham show.

    The Curly-Coated Retriever was first introduced to the US in 1907; first AKC registration in 1924.

    The Curly-Coated Retriever developed serious popularity in New Zealand and Australia after breed specimens were exported there from England in 1889.

    Meet the breeds, Curly-Coated Retriever

    Quote Originally Posted by MidwestGirl View Post
    Curly sounds almost cat-like
    I wouldn't say cat-like. She has many 'retriever dog' traits. She is a very sweet little turd. But she is making me re-examine all of the things I thought were 'Labrador' traits...the mouthiness, the 'troublesomeness', the friendliness, the intuitiveness and ability to perceive moods. Maybe these aren't Labrador traits at all, maybe its just my dogs!
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    That was a wonderful recap of the differences, you should log this somewhere so we can re-visit as Nola ages and the comparisons continue

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    OMG... that is too adorable! I can just picture Nola doing the stuff you described.

    She is an adorable little devil in a curly black coat.

    My pretty girl, Lexi!

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    Thank you for the laugh.
    Love seeing the pics of her.
    I have never seen a curly coat. I have seen lots of flat coats.

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