A bit more independent-minded than other retrievers, the Curly-Coated Retriever is still an affectionate, people-oriented dog. He's energetic, extremely smart and hard-working--a good match for an active, outdoorsy family. Curly-Coated Retriever puppies need early socialization and training. Unlike other more gregarious retrievers, they may be reserved with strangers and should be taught good manners. They love human interaction and will be thrilled to join you on runs, swims and challenging play times. With plenty of exercise, they are gentle, charming companions.