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Flat-Coated Retriever

Flat-Coated Retriever

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Breed Organization
Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America
Native Country
Great Britain
Other Names
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).

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.

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.

Cancer is common in this breed. Hip dysplasia, PRA, CHD, epilepsy and diabetes are occasionally seen.

He is not a city dweller. He needs space and exercise, as well as brushing twice weekly and regular attention to the ears.

Hunting Dog, Utility Dog: Guide Dog, Drug Detection Dog, Companion Dog.

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