The Flat-Coated Retriever is an active, versatile bird dog with a strong desire to please people. Energetic, confident and outgoing, they become a loving pet and can be companions to young children if adults are nearby to channel this dog’s furious enthusiasm. They usually get along very well with other dogs and even cats. These retrievers require a lot of exercise and activity to channel their natural athletic energy. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a “natural” breed and engages in “natural” activities such as riding in the faeces, playing in the mud and digging. These dogs are also “thinking” dogs, they want to please, but they want to break the rules. There are so, so many reasons that Flat-Coated Retrievers are the best breed, it’s going to be tough to fit them all in here but we’ll give it a go!