Character is a primary and outstanding asset of the Flat-Coat. He is a devoted family companion, a versatile working dog, sensible, outgoing and tractable.
In the field he has a great desire to hunt with self-reliance; in the show and obedience ring he demonstrates stability and a desire to please with a confident, happy and outgoing attitude (characterized by a wagging tail), and at home he is sensible, alert and affectionate.
The Flat-Coat is a very companionable dog with a strong attachment to owner and family. To reach its full potential in any endeavour, the Flat-Coat requires a strong, personal relationship and individual attention. Faults: Nervous, hyperactive, apathetic, shy or obstinate behaviour is undesirable. Unprovoked aggressive behaviour is a very servious fault.