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Flat Coated Retriever


The Flat Coated Retriever became popular in the 19th Century.  Originating in the UK from St John’s Newfoundland which was then crossed with Setters. This dog was bred as a working hunting retriever to fetch shot birds that landed on land or in water making them natural gundogs in and out of the water.  Even though the Flat Coated Retriever is still far less popular than the Labrador and Golden Retriever it deserves more attention as he is not only an excellent bird dog and swimmer but also an outstanding family dog. Being gifted with a fine intuition and an excellent sense of smell this dog is used above all for retrieving on plains and in areas thick with trees and bushes and because they are such good swimmers, work well in marshy areas.



This cheerful and devoted dog is smart, active and friendly, loves everyone and is fantastic with the family especially children.  With its stable temperament, this sweet, gently and playful tail-wagger is a high-spirited dog which loves nothing more than to play and retrieve all day long. These devoted companions have a puppy-like attitude is always on the go outside, but behaves quite well indoors, being very obedient and easily trainable, they do thrive on lots of attention and become quite unhappy very quickly if left out of family activities. 



Height:   56-58cm  (22-23in)
Weight:  27-32kg  (60-70lb)

This beautiful black or liver coloured Flat-Coated Retriever is an active dog of medium size. His coat is thick, fine and sleek of medium-length, and feathers down his legs, tail and chest. This Flat-Coated Retriever's moderately small ears lay flat against the head and its nose is black for black coats and brown for liver coats. With muscular legs and strong feet this dog has a deep, wide chest and a short square back.



Being an average shedder the Flat Coated Retriever needs only weekly brushing to remove any dead hair and stimulate the natural oils to give his coat that lovely natural and healthy shine.  Trimming the feet between the pads, toes and ears is recommended to make your dog look tidy and to help keep out grass seeds.

Life Expectancy: 10 years

Health Concerns

The biggest problem in Flat Coats is cancer and even though hip Dysplasia in Flat Coats is not very common it still may happen, as also with Elbow Dysplasia.



The Flat Coated Retriever does well in an average-sized yard and is not recommended for apartment living.  This dog really needs to be with his family to be happy and just loves to be allowed to live inside and play outside.  Requiring daily walks or as an excellent jogging companions this dog will get bored in the yard and misbehave if it doesn’t get adequate exercise.  If given the chance to hunt or swim this dog will find itself in its element of utter contentment.

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