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These dogs are renowned for their loyalty and dedication to their families. Their strong bond with their human companions is truly one of their defining characteristics. Murray Retrievers are gentle dogs. They are friendly, patient, and excellent with children and other pets.

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The Ultimate Murray Retriever Guide

About Murray Retriever

The Murray Retriever is an exceptional Australian dog breed that has continued to captivate dog lovers around the globe. It is the only Australian retriever breed, and has been a loyal companion to duck hunters along the Murray river for which it’s named.

Known by many names, including the Murray River Retriever or Murray River Curly Coated Retriever (a mouthful!), this breed is more at home in the field than in the show ring.

Lifespan

Lifespan

10 to 12 years

Weight

Weight

25 to 35 kg

Height

Height

55 to 65 cm

Grooming

Grooming

Murray Retrievers have a curly, medium-length, water-resistant coat that requires regular grooming.

Origins

The Murray Retriever has an intriguing history. Originating from Australia in the 19th century, the breed was primarily used for hunting waterfowl, owing to their exceptional swimming abilities and keen sense of smell.

The breed gets its name from the Murray River region in Australia, where it was first bred. Today, they serve as popular family pets and are well-loved for their friendly temperament.

Key Characteristics Of Murray Retrievers

Are Murray Retrievers Family-Friendly?

Yes. Thanks to their gentle nature, Murray Retrievers make excellent family pets. Their loyalty and intelligence make them easy to train, and their energy means they can keep up with young, active children.

Common Health Issues & Considerations

Murray Retrievers may suffer from:

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Heart Disease

Nature / Temperament

Intelligent, Loyal, Energetic, Adaptable, Resilient

Suitable Environment

Murray Retrievers can adapt to various living situations, so long as they are properly exercised. They are a relatively quiet breed and are not known to bark excessively, making them suitable for areas with noise restrictions.

Other Considerations

● Their water-resistant coat, developed for their historical role as waterfowl retrievers, is a feature that sets them apart from other Australian breeds. 

●  Murray Retrievers exhibit a fascination with water, often seeking out ponds, lakes, or even kiddie pools to play in.

●  They are gentle with children of all ages, but younger Murray Retrievers may be too intense or boisterous for very young children.

How can I take good care of my Murray Retriever?

Nutrition

A balanced diet is essential for a Murray Retriever’s health and well-being. High-quality commercial dog food, rich in protein and low in fillers, is generally recommended.

Consider including healthy fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains in their diet. Monitor their food intake to avoid obesity, a common issue in the breed.

Grooming

It’s recommended that you brush your dog’s fur at least once a week to eliminate any loose hair and prevent matting. Brushing also helps distribute natural oils, keeping their coat healthy and shiny.

Exercise

Ensure your Murray Retriever gets at least an hour of exercise each day. Activities could include walks, fetch games, swimming, or agility training. Mental stimulation through puzzle toys or obedience training is also necessary to keep their sharp minds active.

Training

Murray Retrievers are intelligent and respond well to positive reinforcement training techniques. Start training early to instil good manners and avoid problematic behaviours. Socialisation from a young age is also important to ensure they grow up to be well-rounded dogs.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Murray Retriever Questions

Yes, Murray Retrievers are suitable for first-time dog owners due to their easy-going nature and trainability.

However, potential owners should be prepared to meet their exercise and mental stimulation needs.

Yes, they are typically good with other pets. Their friendly and gentle nature makes them suitable for multi-pet households.

However, early socialisation is crucial to ensure they get along well with other animals.

Finding a reputable Murray Retriever breeder is the key to getting a healthy, well-behaved Murray Retriever puppy. A puppy from an ethical breeder has a much better chance of growing into a calm, gentle adult dog.

The average cost of a Murray River Retriever for sale is usually around AUD $1500 to $3000.

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