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Flat Coated Retriever

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Flat Coated Retriever

The dense coat of the Flat Coated Retriever is sleek and medium in length. However, it is well-feathered on the legs, tail and chest. They are solid black or solid liver in color. The molded head is sleek with a wide muzzle and a slight stop. The medium sized eyes are dark brown or hazel and the nose is either black or brown depending on the color of the coat. The small ears lie flat against the head and the strong jaws have teeth that meet in a scissor-like bite. The neck should be moderately long fusing into the strong back. The deep chest should be broad with well-sprung ribs. The legs are muscular and fairly long. The round feet have thick soles. The short tail should be straight and not carried higher than the topline.

Temperament Flat-Coated Retrievers are an even tempered, intelligent, and lively breed. They are natural extroverts and enjoy being a part of family life. They should not be left alone for long periods of time as they prefer to be with humans or other dogs. They demand attention and affection from their families and are better suited to a country living environment. This breed is excellent with children and an all around great family dog. They have a deep bark that will warn of strangers and visitors. They can sometimes become too friendly and overwhelm the visitors with their energetic love and attention. This breed is slow to mature and are puppy-like for several years before reaching maturity.
Height, Weight Height: 22-23" ; Weight: 60-70 lbs.
Health Problems As with larger breed dogs, the Flat-Coat is prone to hip dysplasia. A major concern with this breed is cancer. Other minor problems include epilepsy and diabetes.
Living Conditions Flat-Coats should not live in an apartment. An average-sized yard is better for this breed. They should not be left alone as they need to be with their families.
Exercise This breed needs lots of daily exercise and should be allowed to have plenty of fun as well as an occasional swim. They make excellent jogging companions.
Life Expectancy About 10 years
Grooming This breed requires little grooming. Brush weekly and trim when needed. This breed is an average shedder.
Origin The Flat Coated Retriever was developed in the 1800s from Water Dogs, Irish Setters, and St. John's Newfoundland dogs. They were produced to specifically pick up shots during hunting expeditions. They quickly became a favorite among gamekeepers due to their abilities to flush game and retrieve on land or in water. In 1864, Mr. J. Hull began breeding these dogs and became a staple on estates throughout Great Britain. However, in the 20th century after the introduction of the Labrador and Golden Retrievers, the popularity of this breed began to decline. After World War II, very few Flat Coated Retrievers were in existence. The breed was re-established in the mid 1960s, but their availability has still been low. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Sporting, UKC Gun Dog