The Flat-Coated Retriever is a medium to large sized dog, with harmonious lines, presenting a global aspect of power, but without heaviness. The expression of the Flat-Coated Retriever is lively and intelligent. It has several points of resemblance to the Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever, but is less well known.
The origins of the Flat-Coated Retriever would be on the island of Newfoundland, in present-day Canada . It seems that this dog was used by local fishermen to help them recover fish escaping from their fishing nets. The Flat-Coated Retriever was then imported to England, where, from the 19th century, breeders crossed it with several other breeds (including the Irish Setter , the Labrador Retriever and probably Newfoundland ) in order to optimize your hunting skills. Cousin of the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever. The Flat-Coated Retriever breed was recognized definitively by the FCI on December 23, 1954.
Its hair: long and generous, especially in the limbs and tail. Dense, rather fine texture, lying flat. The set gives it an extra touch of elegance.
Its color: black or brown (liver).
Its head: long, well molded, with a flat and moderately wide skull, a slightly marked stop between the eyes, never accentuated.
Its ears: small, well attached and tight against the head.
Its eyes: medium, dark brown to hazel, displaying an expression of vivacity and intelligence. Never prominent.
Its body :the kidney is short and square, the breast well down and wide enough, the anterior ribs quite flat and well arched in the center (less towards the back).
Its tail: short, well tied, straight, carried happily, but never too high above the level of the back.
Behavior with others
The Flat-Coated Retriever is an alert dog , energetic, extremely cheerful and very kind. Very attached to his family , he is particularly gentle with children . Denuded of aggression, he tolerates loneliness quite badly . The Flat-Coated Retriever is naturally good at hunting. He is, in fact, a first class dog that always works with enthusiasm. It is a very sociable dog with all the animals.
The Flat-Coated Retriever must receive an education based on both firmness and consistency, without seeking the balance of power. Lively, smart and bouncy, the Flat-Coated Retriever learns quickly through play and rewards. It is a dog very easy to educate and very obedient.
A little more spirited than the other retrievers, the Flat-Coated Retriever is intended for rather young and active masters , available and able to offer enough activities daily. It adapts very well to apartment living , but will prefer to live in a house with garden and enjoy large country spaces, for example. Excellent companion, he remains a dog cut for the work: hunting, assistance of people with reduced mobility, rescue ...
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a dog of robust constitution and who does not fear very much health side. The Flat-Coated Retriever is also a dog with a moderate appetite, which reduces the risk of diabetes in the breed. The risk of epilepsy is also very low in this particularly resistant dog.
Maintenance and hygiene
The Flat-Coated Retriever can lose a lot of hair during moulting. For the rest, its maintenance is quite simple and basic.
It is recommended to brush the dog with a brush FURminator type to get rid of dead hair , especially during moulting.
The Flat-Coated Retriever needs long daily walks and regular exercises for balance. Born for hunting, he is always inclined to spend himself, even (especially) when it comes to swimming. The Flat-Coated Retriever is indeed part of the rescue dogs in the water and never hesitate to afford a swim when he has the opportunity.