Curly-coated Retriever vs Pointer

Compare the Curly-coated Retriever to the Pointer. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Curly-coated Retrievers and Pointers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Curly-Coated Retriever is a good choice for new owners, whereas the Pointer is not recommended for new/inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Curly-Coated Retriever and Pointer are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Pointer is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both the Curly-Coated Retriever and Pointer are above average barkers.
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Curly-Coated Retriever vs Pointer
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Breed NameCurly-Coated RetrieverPointer
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan8-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height23-27 in.23-28 in.
Weight60-70 lb45-75 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1700 AD1650 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹45°F to 80°F45°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHigh-Very HighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountNoneLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameCurly-Coated RetrieverPointer
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsVery LowBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingHighBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameCurly-Coated RetrieverPointer
Lifespan
Lifespan8-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCurly-Coated RetrieverPointer
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Curly CoatYesNo
Single CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
ShaggyYesNo
WavyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
LiverYesYes
Black&whiteNoYes
LemonNoYes
Lemon&whiteNoYes
Liver&whiteNoYes
OrangeNoYes
Orange&whiteNoYes