Flat-Coated Retriever

beautiful brown flat coated retriever head portrait in the studio

Dog Description

The Flat-Coated Retriever is an easy-going and alert dog who's lively spirit is demonstrated by his head being held high, his eyes sparkling and his tail wagging. He is a good natural retriever on land and in the water, a natural in obedience, he thrives on training and pleasing his owner. He has a beautiful mane making him look very noble.

Dog Size:
Female Height:
22 - 23 inches
Male Weight
60 - 70 lbs
Female Weight:
60 - 70 lbs
Solid black or solid liver
Dog Coat Type:
Dense, fine to medium texture, medium length and lying flat
Attentive, friendly, intelligent
With Children:
Yes, but can be too exuberant
With Pets:
Special Skills:
Care Info:
Minimal grooming, a brushing of his coat weekly will keep his coat beautiful. Bathe only when necessary, keep nails trimmed, clean ears, trim ears and feet. Regular daily exercise of walks, free run and swimming when possible. Without proper outlets for his energy, a bored Flat-Coated Retriever may resort to digging in gardens, chewing or other nuisance behavior.
Training Info:
Training should begin when young
Learning Rate:
Living Environment Info:
City or country; house with a fenced yard
Health Issues Info:
Hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, cancer
Life Span:
10 - 12 Years
Litter Size:
6 - 9
United Kingdom
History Info:
Most likely developed from the Newfoundland and Labrador and possible the Collie or Setter. He was originally known as the "wavy-coated retriever". He gained tremendously popularity because of his temperament and working ability. Not as popular as the other retrievers, you may find him at a local hunting test or dog show

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