Flat-Coated Retriever

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Flat-Coated Retriever History

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a canine multipurpose sporting gundog that has been selectively bred in England for hundreds of years. The Flat-Coated retriever descended from birds that were crossed with Newfoundlands and English Setters. The Labrador, Golden, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, which are the ancestors of the modern day Flat Coated retriever, were preferred for their water retrieving ability. The English Setter, preferred for its soft mouth, was used for pointing and retrieving on land.

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Flat-Coated Retriever Physical Characteristics

The Flat Coated Retriever is a medium-sized, long-coated retriever breed that typically stands between 21 and 23 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 55 and 70 pounds. They have a thick, tapering tail and a thick, flat, water-resistant double coat that is white, cream, or lemon in color. They have a rectangular head and a pointed nose. The Flat Coated Retriever’s eyes are a light brown color and they have a scissor bite. They are intelligent, good-natured, and watchful dogs that make good family companions.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 23 – 24 inches

Female Height Range: 22 – 23 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 60 – 80 lbs

Female Weight Range: 60 – 80 lbs

Flat-Coated Retriever Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Flat-Coated Retriever Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Cancer, Distichiasis, Glaucoma, Histiocytosis

Flat-Coated Retriever Temperament and Behaviour

The Flat-Coated Retriever is an energetic, playful, and fun-loving dog that is great with children of all ages. They are very intelligent and are often described as “one person” dogs, meaning they like to be near their owner most of the time. They are often protective and make good watchdogs.

Flat-Coated Retriever Activity Requirements

Flat- Coated Retrievers, also known as “Flatties,” are one of the lesser known retriever breeds. They are friendly and kind, and they make wonderful family pets. While they do not require a lot of vigorous activity, they do require daily walks. They also enjoy playing and spending time with their owners. If you are looking for a low-energy dog, a Flat- Coated Retriever may be perfect for you. They are calm, quiet, and easy to train.

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Daily Food

3.2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Flat-Coated Retriever is part of the Sporting group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Flat-Coated Retriever is part of the Gundog group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Flat-Coated Retriever is part of the Gundog group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Flat-Coated Retriever is part of the Sporting group.

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