Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted March 18, 2015
If you are looking for the following attributes in a dog, then the curly coated retriever is for you:
Is the most unusual-looking of the six retriever breeds
Loves the great outdoors and thrives on athletic activities
Is steady and dependable
Is more cautious with strangers than Golden or Labrador Retrievers, but still usually polite and loving
Is good with other animals
If you are looking for a dog, but don't want the following attributes then a curly coated retriever isn't the dog for you:
•Vigorous exercise requirements
•Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young
•Shyness or timidity with strangers when not socialized enough
•Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
•Loves carrying and chewing of objects, mouthing your hands - all playful though.
Overall, I feel that curly-coated retrievers are very loyal animals and my dog Sammy was a great example of that. He would always show love and affection and was always great around kids - he was always up for playing and going to 'fetch'.
A lovely family dog, that requires a lot of exercise, but that can only benefit you too!