When it comes to temperament, the Curly is an easy-going and affectionate dog that is all too eager to please its owner. Its desire to please makes training easy to do and its intelligence helps with this as well. Curly Coated Retrievers operates in a pack, as with all gundogs, so they will need someone who knows how to train them and serve as the leader of the pack. When owners establish their authority as the leader, they look up to them for guidance and direction. Suffice to say, it is not the best dog breed of choice for first-time dog owners.
Curlies are aloof around strangers but are loving and loyal to their family. Anywhere it is, the Curly exhibit alertness and self-confidence. Since they are also intelligent, they have a mind of their own. That said, early socialisation and training is crucial and must be started at a young age. They are active, which means they get bored easily if not given enough physical and mental stimulation.
With regard to their interaction with children and other pets, Curlies are even-tempered and get along fine with children of all ages. However, it will be ill-advised to leave any dog with a child unsupervised. Other pets such as other dogs and cats that were raised alongside it are fine. Exemptions are neighbours’ pets h a Curly may perceive as fair game.