Flat Coated Retriever

Group 3: Gun dogs
Male: 59 – 61.5 cm
Female: 56.5 – 59 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate to high
Original Function: Retrieving
Lifespan: 10 – 12 yrs

Recommended for: Active people & families.

Flat Coated Retriever

About This Breed

The Flat Coated Retriever probably evolved from crosses between the Curly Coated Retriever, the Labrador Retriever and the Newfoundland and were once called the Wavy Coated Retriever. They were well known in the 1870’s with British game keepers. It’s popularity has declined since then, but the breed is still a loved gundog, pet and show dog.

A very loyal and friendly dog they can become depressed when left alone or neglected for periods of time. They thrive on human companionship, they are mostly content just to be with you. They are very happy, friendly entertaining and lovable dog. They make great family pets but can be a bit boisterous for small children and the elderly.

General Characteristics

Appearance: A bright, active dog of medium size with an intelligent expression, showing power without lumber, and raciness, without weediness. Dark eyes. Small ears that hang to the side of the head. Tail is long.

Temperament: Energetic, Confident and kindly.

Characteristics: Generously endowed with natural gundog ability, optimism and friendliness demonstrated by enthusiastic tail action.

Colour: Black or liver only.

Coat: Dense, of fine to medium texture and good quality, as flat as possible. Legs and tail well feathered. Full furnishings on maturity complete the elegance of a good dog.

Grooming: Require daily brushing to maintain their coats, particular attention should be paid to the feathers which may collect debris and their feet should be checked for dried mud or other foreign matter. The eyes, ears and teeth should be checked on a regular basis.

Exercise: This breed is a tireless worker and as a companion is capable of covering long distances but is happy with moderate exercise. They are keen to join in with any activity. They are excellent water dogs and natural swimmers, enjoying this form of exercise. Excessive exercise should be avoided for the first year of their life to help prevent bone and joint problems.