Breed Organization Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America Website: http://www.fcrsainc.org Native Country Great Britain Other Names NA Life Expectancy Approximately 8-12 Years Litter Size Average 5-7 Puppies Breed Group AKC Sporting
Breed Appearance Flat-Coated Retrievers have strong muscular jaws and a relatively long muzzle to allow for the carrying of birds and upland game. Their head is unique to the
breed and is described as being "of one piece" with a minimal stop and a backskull of approximately the same length as the muzzle. They have almond shaped dark brown eyes that
have an intelligent, friendly expression. The ears are pendant, relatively small and lie close to the head. The occiput (the bone at the back of the skull) is not to be accentuated
(as it is in setters, for example) with the head flowing smoothly into a well-arched neck. The topline is strong and straight with a well feathered tail of moderate length held
straight off the back. Flat-coats should be well angulated front and rear, allowing for open, effortless movement. They are lighter, racier and more elegant in appearance than
the other retriever breeds.
Breed Description Breed Description Head: Long. Flat, moderately broad skull. Slight stop. Long, strong jaws. Ears: Small, lying flat against the head. Eyes: Medium-sized, dark brown or hazel. Round eyes are not tolerated. Body: Short and rounded. Neck without dewlap. Chest well let-down, fairly broad. Short, angular loin. Tail: Short, straight, well set-on, carried gaily but never much higher than the topline. Hair: Dense, moderately fine, as flat as possible. Abundant feathering on the legs and tail. Coat: Solid black or brown (liver). Size: Dog: 58 to 61 cm. (22.8-24 in).Bitch: 56 to 59 cm. (22-23.2 in). Weight: Dog: 27 to 36 kg. (59.5-79.5 lb).Bitch: 25 to 32 kg. (55-70.5 lb).
History Of English origin, the Flat-coated Retriever existed by the early nineteenth century as the Wavy-coated Retriever. The Irish
Setter, the Newfoundland, and the English Pointer are thought to have contributed to the breed; breeders also added a splash
of Labrador blood. The Flat-coated Retriever was first shown in 1860. He was commonly used as a utility dog during World War
I and was recognized by the FCI in 1935. In the late nineteenth century.
Behavior Very hardy, tough, lively, swift, and bursting with energy, the Flat-coated Retriever could be called the "Formula 1 of
retrievers". He has exceptional drive and a very subtle nose, and he can swim like an otter. Apart from hunting in fields
and woods, he specializes in tracking and retrieving waterfowl. Intelligent, affectionate, merry, gentle, and good-natured,
he makes a good pet. He needs gentle but firm training.
Health Cancer is common in this breed. Hip dysplasia, PRA, CHD, epilepsy and diabetes are occasionally seen.
Advice He is not a city dweller. He needs space and exercise, as well as brushing twice weekly and regular attention to the ears.
Function Hunting Dog, Utility Dog: Guide Dog, Drug Detection Dog, Companion Dog.