The Curly Coated Retriever is, like other retrievers, a loyal, easy going, eager breed. They are very good with other pets, but tend to be somewhat timid if they are not brought around people and pets regularly. A gentle breed, they do need a firm hand when being trained, but not an overly firm one. They are naturally good hunting dogs, but can also be a guard or therapy dog too.
The Curly Coated Retriever is generally either black or a livery brown. Sometimes they have white patches, but these dogs are not show caliber.