Flat Coated Retriever Breed Information

Flat Coated Retriever

The Flat Coated Retriever has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.

The Flat Coated Retriever was developed in Britain during the middle to late 19th century to be an ideal bird dog. Numerous breeds are believed to have contributed to the Flat Coated Retriever including the setter, sheepdog and spaniel-like water dog.

The Flat Coated Retriever weighs 55 to 70 pounds and measures 22 to 24.5 inches.

Grooming Needs
The Flat Coated Retriever has a long, straight coat that sheds lightly most of the year and more heavily with the change of seasons in the spring and fall. The Flat Coated Retriever just needs to be brushed once a week then more often during their heavy shedding seasons. The Flat Coated Retriever should also have a bath when dirty.

Like all dogs, the Flat Coated Retriever needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  

The Flat Coated Retriever is both a dedicated hunter and a loving family companion.

The Flat Coated Retriever thrives as part of an active family. The Flat Coated Retriever is outgoing and enthusiastic, happy to tag along on car rides and participate in backyard games. They are slower to mature than some other breeds and can be mischief makers. Flat Coated Retrievers are always on the lookout for an adventure.

Flat Coated Retrievers love interacting with their families and considers themselves to be lap dogs despite their large size. While they enjoy the outdoors, they are not outdoor dogs and will grow unhappy and depressed if left in the yard all day. Flat Coated Retrievers generally like everyone and are highly people-oriented.  

Although they can be clownish and rambunctious, Flat Coated Retrievers do make wonderful hunting dogs. When it comes to work, they are steady and reliable in the field and water. Flat Coated Retrievers relish the opportunity to explore during a hunting expedition.

Training Needs
The Flat Coated Retriever is smart and learns quickly, but also bores quickly.  The Flat Coated Retriever responds best to short training sessions and lots of variety. Once they have the basics down, Flat Coated Retrievers can go on to participate in obedience and agility.

Activity Level
Like most hunting dogs, the Flat Coated Retriever has lots of vigor and stamina. If not used for hunting, the Flat Coated Retriever needs plenty of activity and exercise to channel their energy.  
The Flat Coated Retriever should have a long daily walk and especially loves to swim. They also require regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play.

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