The Murray River Curly Coated Retriever, known as the Murray River or MRCCR for short, is a dog breed originating from the Murray River area of south eastern Australia. While it isn’t known the breeds from which this dog originates, many speculate that it is a mix of a traditional curly-coated retriever and some type of spaniel dog breed. This is because the Murray River Curly Coated Retriever has a high ability of retrieving, as well as a resemblance to spaniel breeds in regards to its floppy ears.
While some dog breeds have many different coat colours, the Murray River is almost always liver in colour. Liver is also known as ‘chocolate’ as the dog’s fur is a dark, warm brown colour. Some Murray River Retrievers have flecks of white throughout their fur, although this is rare. As the name suggests, the Murray River has a curly coat which varies between loose and tight curls. It often sheds its coat during summer months in order to keep cool.
The size of the Murray River Curly Coated Retriever varies. While they can be medium-sized, they are officially referred to as a large dog breed. They average a weight of 20 to 40 kilograms, with male Murray Rivers averaging a slightly heavier weight than the female variety.
With proper care and love, the Murray River Curly Coated Retriever can be a very loyal and friendly dog. They get along well with children and other animals. Since the Murray River was bred for retrieving water fowl, they will attack birds. Otherwise, they are a great dog for families with children and other dogs and cats.