Flat Coated Retriever

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
Watch/guard dog:
Affection / Dependance:
Exercise needed:
Space needed:
Tendency to bark:
Grooming Requirements:
Tendency to bark:
Grooming Requirements:

Breed Attributes


Breed group: Sporting    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , ,


Size: Large     Weight:     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black, Dark Brown / Chocolate


Life Expectancy: About 9 – 12 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Flat-Coated Retriever was developed in the nineteenth century and is a cross between several already established breeds, including the Irish Setter, Labrador, Water Dog, and the St. John's Newfoundland.

The Flat Coated Retriever was at one time fairly popular with English sportsmen until the beginning of the World War, but eventually was overshadowed by other Retriever breeds.

The Flat-Coated Retriever breed is known for working well on land, water, marshy areas and in a variety of tasks. This wonderful companion tend to be an excellent swimmer and quite versatile as hunting dogs. The noble Flat-Coated Retriever is a loyal, alert, easy-going and protective dog.


They come in solid black or liver.


The Flat Coated Retriever has a all-weather coat that is of moderate length, bright, flat or slightly curly.


The Flat Coated Retriever deserves more human affection and attention, so he does very well in an energetic large family where he can be the center of attention. These dogs has a very stable temperament and is superb with children, stranger, other dogs and pets, this breed loves everyone.


Cancer is common for the Flat-Coated Retriever, also CHD (Canine Hip Dysplasia), PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), epilepsy and diabetes are occasionally seen. The coat of the Flat-Coated Retriever require a minimum amount of grooming on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, also some trimming may be required occasionally. This breed is a medium shedder.


The Flat Coated Retriever is a naturally obedient and highly trainable dog that makes a wonderful hunter fellow. This breed is very joyful and active so should require consistency, easily bored he will quickly lose interest, be sure to keep training sessions short and fun, without excessive repetition. The Flat Coated Retriever thrives on training and is eager to please his owner, so discipline is not required and positive reinforcement work best. Some of the Flat-Coated Retriever's skills are retrieving, hunting, tracking, watch dogging and also agility.


The Flat-Coated Retriever is not recommended for apartment dwelling, this active dog needs at least 2 hours of exercise and outdoor fun daily to be happy and in shape. The Flat-Coated Retriever makes an excellent jogging and swimming companion to.

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