Flat-Coated Retriever Information

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Flat-Coated Retriever

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The Flat-Coated Retriever At a Glance
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Country of Origin
Great Britain 
Life Expectancy
7 - 9 yrs 
Height Range
22 - 24.5 in 
Weight Range
55 - 70 lbs 
Solid black or liver 
Highly trainable although easily bored. Training sessions should be kept short and fun and with a light hand 
With Children
Flat-Coated Retrievers are excellent with children, although no dog should be left unattended with children 
With Animals
They do well with a variety of other pets 
Tolerates moderate heat and cold well 
They do best living indoors with their family and playing outdoors 
Exercise Reqd
High. Flat-Coated Retrievers require ample exercise with some burn off to be at their best behavior. 
Grooming Reqd
Brushing as needed and trimming of the feathering on ears and legs 
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The Flat Coated Retriever is a hardworking and geenlalry healthy breed; they have a naturally strong stamina and will stay most healthy with plenty of Exercise and rest. Still, it is important to note that cancer is quite common in this breed. Regular tests and clearances for hereditary conditions are important, and these dogs will require these on a regular basis. There are also some special medical conditions to be aware of. Hip dysplasia: Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) can cause mild to severe la
- Posted by Giovanni from uSQLZdNalZtl
All dogs have Health issue. Run if a breeder says there cetolemply healthy as it not possibleMy major concerns would be:Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. Flat Coated Retrievers MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored which they usually express by barking and destructive chewing. Bored Flat-Coats can make a shambles of your house and yard.If you simply want a pet for your family, and don't
- Posted by Karisma from ojCVDJyGpfgKAxpnoJE
This breed is not for everyone. They are NOT black Golden Retrievers. While they do come in Yellow, liver or black...yellow is a disallowed color and should not be used in a breeding program. They are one of the best kept secrets of the dog world and responsible breeders wish to keep them that way...so they may be hard to find...and equally hard to adopt. Proper training and a sense of humor is a MUST when owning this breed.
- Posted by K. Yates from Dare Kennel, Virginia
The Flat-Coated Retrievers come in yellow, liver and brown.
- Posted by Kathleen Cruz from Chatham Hill Kennels, Pennsylvania
Flat-Coated Retriever Information
The Flat-Coated Retriever was developed in Great Britain in the late 1800's with the advent of the breachcock shotgun requiring a need for a faster retriever. Dogs used in developement were Setters, Spaniels, Collie, St. John's Water Dog, and Wavy Coated Retriever. The Flat-Coated Retriever was deveoped from the start to be a dual-purpose breed as both a working retriever and show dog. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a medium sized active dog that shows power without lumber and raciness without weediness. They are natural retrievers and make an excellent family companion hunting retriever for upland game as well as waterfowl. (They love water.) Flat-Coated Retrievers are slow to mature and often carry on their enthusiam for life (exhibited by a constant wagging tail) and playfullness into their late years. Flat-Coated Retrievers should be trained early with a "light" hand and consistency. They are eager to please but do not respond well to harsh punishment. If left un-trained and un-attended the Flat-Coat could develope into a destructive dog. Being a retriever they like to carry things in their mouths and need plenty of toys to chew. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a family/companion working retriever that is at it's best with family interaction and a job to do. With the proper traing and family interaction the Flat-Coated Retriever will make an excellent addition to the family.

Information courtesy of flat-coat.com

Flat-Coated Retriever Common Health Screenings
The following health screenings are often performed by responsible Flat-Coated Retriever breeders:

CERF Screening (Canine Eye Research Foundation)
Hip Dysplasia (OFA or PennHIP)
Patellar Luxation Test - OFA

Flat-Coated Retriever Health Issues
The following conditions may be a concern in the Flat-Coated Retriever: