Flat-Coated Retriever Facts
- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 22" - 24.5"
- 60-75 lbs.
- 12 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
The flat-coated retriever developed in Great Britain.
Date Of Origin
This breed came about in the 1800's.
The flat-coated retriever was probably developed from a cross of St. Johns Newfoundlands, setters, sheepdogs, and water spaniels. Although the breed was heavily promoted by fanciers in the late nineteenth century, the dog never became as popular as the golden retriever, allowing it to retain more of its natural working ability.
This is a large, athletic dog. It has a flat, broad head, small, drop ears, almond shaped brown or hazel eyes, and a brown or black nose. The tail is long and straight. The flat, medium length coat is black or liver. The ears, chest, legs, belly and tail are well feathered.
The flat coated retriever is an enthusiastic, good-natured dog. It is playful and fun loving. It is a hard worker but also makes an excellent family companion, although its exuberance can overwhelm small children.
Gifted with fine intuition and an excellent sense of smell, this dog is for connoisseurs. It is used above all for retrieving on plains and in areas thick with trees and bushes. It is a good swimmer and also works well in marshy areas.
Bloat, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, thyroid problems.
This breed requires lots of attention and positive exercise.
Show Sources & Contributors +
The Howell Book Of Dogs
Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007
Author: Liz Palika
Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005
Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein
Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980
Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000
Author: Bruce Fogle