As its name suggests, the breed is distinguished by its coat of small, tight, water-resistant, crisp curls. It’s a strong, agile breed, developed to be a multi-purpose hunting retriever. The Curly-Coated Retriever is not only calm, gentle, and sensitive, but also very responsive. As such, the dog can be easily trained. It enjoys playing with children and can prove to be a great companion. The Curly-Coated Retriever is the most active and enthusiastic outdoors. Despite its confidence and bravery, however, it is wary of strangers and prefers to be at a distance.