The Flat Coated Retriever is a sensitive breed and slow to mature, meaning puppies need careful raising in a quiet, steady environment. This plus the time and exercise requirements for adults means that they are better suited to a home with older children or teenagers, rather than a young family with very small children. Older children and teens who enjoy long walks and dog training will find the Flat Coat a loyal, gentle and loving companion.
While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children, all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with each other and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.