The Flat-Coated Retriever: Character, Education, Health, Price | Dog Breed


Among the large Retrievers family, the Flat-Coated Retriever is one of the least known. And yet he deserves to be in the spotlight with his golden character full of enthusiasm and devotion. Although it specializes in hunting waterfowl, this breed will also fully find its place with families.

The Flat-Coated Retriever, a little-known dog breed

Characteristics of the Flat-Coated Retriever

The Flat Coated Retriever is a gun hunting dog, measuring between 56 and 61 cm for a weight of 25 to 36 kg depending on age and sex, recognizable by its medium head. This breed is distinguished by its balanced build. It is elegant and powerful, but does not reveal any heaviness. Its kidney is square and short while its chest is broad and deep. The animal shows an easy and clear demeanor. It wears a relatively long head with a more or less broad and flat skull, a light stop, a nose neither too large nor too small and strong jaws articulated in scissors which help it to bring game to the hunt. Medium in size, eyes reveal a clever expression and are hazelnut or dark brown in color. They are not positioned obliquely. The ears are hanging down, properly attached and small in size. The Flat Coated Retriever has a long, smooth, flat coat of high density. Long and beautiful bangs appear at the tail as well as the limbs. The dress is necessarily brown (liver) or black.

History of the Flat-Coated Retriever breed

The Flat-Coated Retriever was born in Canada, more specifically on the island of Newfoundland. It is said that he would also have the Newfoundland dog as his ancestor. However, other hypotheses say that the two dogs simply have a common ancestor. At the time, the Flat-Coated Retriever was popular with fishermen who used it as an aid in catching fish. From the 20th century in England, the breed has been worked on to specialize in hunting activities. Collie’s blood is probably flowing through his veins as well as an Irish Setter. It appears that this retriever’s coat was initially wavy before becoming smooth, which is why it was nicknamed “Wave Coated Retriever”. This breed will not be officially recognized until 1954 by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale).

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Flat-Coated Retriever

Like most Retrievers, the Flat-Coated Retriever is a very affectionate dog, very kind and always in a good mood. Although he is an outstanding hunting dog, he also stands out as a family animal dedicated to young people or active people. Indeed, to be fully developed, the Flat-Coated Retriever needs a maximum of physical activities. He can live in an apartment just as he will like living in a large house with a garden. A country environment will be particularly suitable.

Diet and main health problems of the Flat-Coated Retriever

The Flat-Coated Retriever is not in fragile health. Nevertheless, elbow and hip dysplasia problems should be monitored. As for food, this Retriever is not a big foodie and does not need specific food.

Price of a Flat-Coated Retriever Dog or Puppy

  • Male Flat-Coated Retriever Price: nc
  • Female Flat-Coated Retriever Price: nc

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