Beauty, brains and personality: the Flat-Coated Retriever has it all. The breed is known for both superior retrieving skills and a cheerful, outgoing personality. They excel in the field and at dog sports like agility and obedience. This smart, athletic dog needs plenty of mental and physical exercise to be at his best. Your Flat-Coated Retriever puppy has a desire to please that makes him attentive and trainable. He may continue his puppyish hijinks and mischief-making into old age, making him a life-long playmate and companion.