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Flat-Coated Retriever


Flat-Coated Retriever Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 22" - 24.5"
  • Weight
  • 60-75 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • A Quick Learner
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Brown
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

none known


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.

Health Concerns

Bloat, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, thyroid problems.

Additional Information

This breed requires lots of attention and positive exercise.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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