A splendid family dog, the Flat-Coated Retriever is an excellent hunting, tracking, watching, and (obviously) retrieving dog, as well as being notoriously good with kids. They are level headed dogs and are smart as whips. They crave the company of people and are eager to please. If they have any detriment, it is an overabundance of love, which may be offputting to strangers. Due to their insatiable love of people, they should be trained not to jump up, and to curb their excitement. .