Flat-Coated Retriever

Flat-Coated Retriever

Flat-Coated Retriever


The Flat Coated Retriever originated from crossing the Irish Setter, Water Dog, St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador during the 1800's. It's believed that the Collie may be a part of their bloodline, too. These dogs are companions, and excellent bird dogs and swimmers. They're commonly confused with Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, but they're in their own category. Their talents are tracking, hunting, obedience, agility and keeping watch. When they have the right sort of training, these dogs can be number one in many various sports while also being a great family pet.


Flat Coated Retrievers are large dogs that love lots of running, long jogs with their owner, and games of fetch. Since their so energetic, they need to exercise at least 2 hours daily, so they do best with average size fenced in yards. They also love long walks daily as well as hiking with their owner so they need an energetic family.


The Flat Coated Retriever requires quite a bit of grooming because of the feathering on their lower quarters. They need to be brushed regularly using a firm bristle brush. However, they only need to be bathed if necessary. Their coat tends to trap sticks and burrs so if they're roaming freely in a yard, their coat needs to be checked frequently. They don't need a lot of trimming since the coat is typically a natural length, but some trimming might be needed at times.


The Flat Coated Retriever has lots of energy and enthusiasm as well as being very devoted to their family. These dogs adore having attention from humans and make great pets for large families, especially if they're the center of attention. They're sweet, affectionate and easy going but have a sense of humor that's sure to delight everyone. Even though the Flat Coated Retriever is a naturally obedient dog with a great temperament, he still needs training and socialization to be the loving and friendly pet that he's capable of being.


The coat of a Flat Coated Retriever is moderately long and should be equally as full. Their coat should lie flat and be straight. It should never be silky or curly but can have slight wave. Around their tail, neck, underbelly and legs, the coat should be longer as well as feathered slightly but isn't woolly or fluffy.


The personality of a Flat Coated Retriever is a very jolly one. This dog likes nearly everyone, including small children. He also gets long great with other dogs. This is a breed of high intelligence and they're eager to please. However, they do require much human attention and companionship. These dogs aren't meant for kennels as they need to be part of a family. However, they do love being outside. This breed will steal your heart away with their amazing personality. They make ideal pets for all kinds of families.


Flat Coated Retrievers are very intelligent and trainable. They're very energetic and happy. Training them requires consistency, although don't use excessive repetition or they'll get bored. You don't need to discipline them. Positive reinforcement and correction works better. Make training fun through a variety of methods and you'll be sure to keep their attention.