Flat-Coated Retriever

Flat-Coated Retriever

Flat-Coated Retriever Appearance

The Flat Coated Retriever dog is much like its ancestor Newfoundland (Terre-Neuve)… but in a smaller size and especially “thinned”. He is a lively and active dog with medium size, elegant appearance, and powerful but not heavy structure. The head is long, unique to the breed and described as being “of one piece”, with a flat and moderately broad skull. The jaws are strong muscular and a relatively long muzzle to allow for upland game and carrying of birds. The ears are relatively small, well set, pending and they adhere well to the sides of the head. The eyes are dark, brown or hazel with an intelligent and friendly expression. The legs are straight and muscular. The tail is always carried gaily, but it does not rise above the dorsal line. He is racier, lighter, and more elegant in appearance than the other retriever breeds.

Color: only black or brown.
Coat: thick, the thinnest possible, very dense, with fringed members and tail.
: 27-36 kg for males and 25-32 kg for females
: 58-61 cm for males and 56-59 cm for females
Health: It is a very sturdy dog.
Life span: about 12 years
Litter size : 4-8 puppies

Flat Coated Retriever origins and history

Originating in England, in the mid-19th century around 1860 as a gamekeeper’s dog; but the origin breeds of the Flat Coated Retriever dog are not really defined, but it’s considered from a cross between a Newfoundland for strength and Irish Setter for enhanced scenting ability. Crossbreeding with Collie-type dogs has certainly being used to increase the breed’s trainability. His ancestors were called “Wavecoated Retriever” is to say “report wavy haired dogs” and it can be inferred that the first copies were not smooth coat as the current breed. In the last century the Flat-Coated was prevalent in England; thereafter, we preferred the Labrador and Golden Retriever. Currently, interest in the breed has increased.

In 1873 the Flat-Coated Retriever became a “stable breed” according to the AKC (American Kennel Club) until 1915 when the Flat-Coated Retriever was officially recognized as a breed. After 1915 their number grew quickly. However, soon after, his popularity began to decrease, eclipsed by the Golden Retriever, which was actually bred in part from the Flat-Coated Retriever. However, beginning in the 1960s the breed gained in popularity again. Today the breed enjoys a modest popularity

Flat-Coated Retriever character and abilities

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a lovely and active dog, properties he holds from the pointers family. He is an excellent fighter, which did not prevent him from being very affectionate. His impetuosity should be channeled from an early age by dressing without weakness. Indeed, passion tends to take over in the Flat-Coated Retriever’s character. He is very sociable with other dogs as with other breeds, and hates loneliness. This dog knows to be helpful, and in addition to his predilection for hunting, he scores better in many other disciplines of being helpful for humans: assistance to disabled or blind people, rescue, avalanche research …

Flat-Coated Retriever health 

Flat-Coated Retriever dog have the very high risk of cancer compared to the most dogs. Osteosarcoma, Fibrosarcoma, and Malignant histiocytosis, Hemangiosarcoma, are particularly devastating, and occur at higher rates in them, than in many other breeds. But Flat-Coated Retrievers have a very low rate of hip luxating patellas and dysplasia. Compared to other medium-sized breeds the statistics show a rate of less than 3%.of hip dysplasia in the breed.

Flat-Coated Retriever living conditions

It may, as well, live in a house, apartment, or a garden. He loves to swim and it is advisable to play with him as often as possible in a lake or river.

Flat Coated Retriever information and tips

The Flat-Coated Retriever dog should be rediscovered as a companion dog, and also as a working dog. He is not to put all hands and must be strictly channeled from an early age. So it will be very close to his master with whom he will favor the tactile contact. If he knows how to be quiet at home, he is very active outside. That is why, we must learn to deal psychologically with him, using sport (hunting, agility,…). With this balance of life, your Flat-Coated Retriever will be the happiest dog in the world.


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