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It's hard to decide which feature is more outstanding in the Flat-Coated Retriever — his elegant looks, his keen retrieving abilities or his cheerful, happy personality. The breed is beloved for its affectionate and outgoing character as a family companion — good-natured, with a puppyish zest for life even into old age. And here are 11 Flat-Coated Retrievers doing what they do best: loving their families and having fun.

1. These vigorous dogs needs lots of exercise and they delight in being outdoors. Whether it's a romp in the snow…


A video posted by Karianne Hansen (@karianski) on Mar 7, 2016 at 10:56am PST


2. A game of frisbee…


3. A hike in the mountains…


A photo posted by Karianne Hansen (@karianski) on Aug 20, 2016 at 7:58am PDT


4. Or a swim on a hot day.


A photo posted by Jenny Lund (@jenny.lund) on Mar 7, 2016 at 3:08pm PST


5. And speaking of water, hunters prize the Flat-Coated Retriever for his superb retrieving abilities. Even (or especially) in water.


A video posted by Camilla Cox (@chydzik) on Mar 6, 2016 at 4:22pm PST


6. Retrieving is in their blood, even if what they bring back is a giant stick. Look how proud this guy is of his retrieving talent.


A photo posted by Alicja Powroźnik (@saragosse87) on Mar 7, 2016 at 6:23am PST


7. The breed is famous for his love of family and eagerness to share the good times with you. Sometimes, he seems like an exuberant kid himself.


A video posted by Anna Räbinä (@rabinatar) on Mar 6, 2016 at 8:42am PST


8. Flat-Coated Retrievers often keep their puppyish enthusiasm and silliness into adulthood. This guy is never too big to be carried like a puppy.


A photo posted by Buddy The Flatcoat (@mrbuddykins) on Mar 6, 2016 at 12:02pm PST


9. And sometimes their youthful hi-jinx can lead to a bit of mischief.


A photo posted by Serge Leger (@sergeahenry) on Mar 8, 2016 at 4:00am PST


10. But how can you not forgive the silly, snugly pal?


A photo posted by @levi1 on Mar 8, 2016 at 4:10am PST


11. Whose very favorite thing is you.


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