The Curly-coated Retriever is a great companion for the outdoors man looking for a fine and loyal friend. They are good with children and other pets, but may be too big for the very small child. They need to be a part of the family's daily activity. Fairly easy to train in a firm but calm manner. Socialize the Curly from puppyhood and it will do well with strangers. Probably not a good apartment dog as they will do the best in a very rural area where they can roam and swim. Challenge the Curly with games of fetch especially in the water.