"...a versatile family companion... with a happy and active demeanor.
"Temperament: Characteer is a primary and outstanding asset of the Flat-Coat. He is a responsive, loving member of the family, a versatile working dog, multi-talented, sensible, bright and tractable... a confident, happy, and outgoing attitude..." (AKC Standard).
"Very friendly to others yet content to be near its owner or family. Makes a good family dog as well as a good flushing or waterfowling dog, not to mention other activities. The FCR, as it is known among enthusiasts, takes well to obedience training and will usually do its best to try and cooperate with its handler.
"Might be hard to find a breeder in some areas. Has not been nearly as successful as the Labrador in retriever competitions, which has limited its popularity. This is a nice breed, but it still needs plenty of exercise, attention, and training to keep it under control. Some individuals eat their own feces" (http://www.petcare.umn.edu/Dogs/breedinfo.cfm?BreedID=45).
Colby Glass, MLIS