To minimize the number of Curlies that end up in rescue, we encourage you to learn as much about the breed, the breeds traits, problems, and the breeder you choose to get your Curly from before you make the commitment. You should talk to as many breeders and curly owners as you can before you make your choice. Often times, people find out that the breed may not be suited to there lifestyle. Curlies are an active dog. There personality is better suited to being an integral member of the family, and not a kennel dog. Contrary to common belief, Curlies do shed. A female who is not spayed will generally blow coat (shed heavily) twice a year. All other curlies (neutered and unneutered males, and spayed females) will shed throughout the year, and more so as the seasons change. Curlies are not hypoallergenic.
All breeders should be willing to give references of people who have purchased puppies from them in the past. All breeders should readily give references from other breeders, trainers, vets, breed club affiliations etc.
You should be able to view the condition of the breeders dogs and their kennel. Never buy a dog from a pet shop, not even if you feel sorry for it. The store's supplier will only breed more dogs in puppy mills to fill up the empty space. No breed of dog, no matter how rare, is immune from the puppy mill problem. Mill owners view these dogs purely as money-makers and do not care about the future health or welfare of the animals.