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Physical Characteristics

File:Flatcoatret.jpg Breed Group: The Flat-Coated Retriever is a member of the Gundog, Retriever and AKC Sporting Group.

Weight: The Flat-Coated Retriever weighs 55-70 lbs (24-32kg).

Height: The Flat-Coated Retriever stands 22-23 inches (56-58 cm) at the withers.

Color(s): This dog's coat color is solid black or liver.

Coat: The Flat-Coated Retriever sports a thick, flat single coat of moderate length. Its dense and silky coat provides good protection for the hunting dog on land and water.


Character:This alert breed has a keen and friendly manner. With determination, the Flat-Coated Retriever is a fine hunting companion that adapts to whatever game or waterfowl is at hand.

Country of Origin: The Flat-Coated Retriever originated in England.

History:In the 19th-century England, the Flat-Coated Retriever worked as a gamekeeper’s dog. This breed may be descended from the St John’s Newfoundland Dog, Labrador and Chesapeake Bay Retriever. The Flat-Coated Retriever suffered from a low population by the end of WWII, yet revived in the 1960’s.

Name: Nickname: “Flatcoat.”

Temperament:The Flat-Coated Retriever is a sweet and responsive companion. Outdoors, the breed is very active; indoors it is calm. The Flat-Coated Retriever has a stable temperament and an outgoing personality.


Training: This dog responds easily to training. Keep the training sessions short and interesting. Be aware that this pet can become bored with repetition. This breed has very good water-retrieving abilities. As a multi-talented working dog, the Flat-Coated Retriever loves to please.

Activity:The Flat-Coated Retriever requires plenty of regular exercise outdoors and enjoys swimming and hunting. Retrieving over land and water are great activities. The Flat-Coated Retriever is an excellent bird dog.

Ownership:The Flat-Coated Retriever makes a fine family pet that lives inside and exercises outside the house. Owners must be prepared to show affection and establish a personal bond with this devoted pet. Keep this breed active and stimulated to reach its physical and mental potential. The Flat-Coated Retriever behaves well towards other pets and strangers. Because of its friendly nature, the Flat-Coated Retriever makes only an adequate watchdog. This breed is not suited to apartment life. The Flat-Coated Retriever enjoys a 10-year life span.


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