Flat Coated Retriever



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Breed Description


The flat coated retriever is a bright, active dog of medium size with an intelligent expression, showing power and raciness. The breed is a subtle mixture of St. John’s Newfoundland (a smaller version of the Newfoundland) with setters, sheepdogs and spaniel.


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Size type:

Large dog breeds



These are intelligent, friendly, equable dos that are happy to work for their handler, pliable, loyal, mad about swimming, with tremendous stamina, but they can have minds of their own. Most of them are not particularly vigilant they rarely bark.


Breed group:

Sporting dog breeds (AKC)
Gun Dogs (UKC)



Female: 22–23 inches (56–59 cm)
Male: 23–24 inches (59–62 cm)



Female: 25–32 kg
Male: 27–36 kg



Mixing with other dogs and animals never presents difficulties and they maker reliable play mates for children provided they do not pester the dog. Strangers will be announced but that is all to be expected.




 The smooth, medium-length hair of the Flat Coated Retriever can be black or liver. Occasionally a blonde example occurs but these are not recognized.



Groom them twice each week with a brush and comb, especially in those places where tangle occur. Check the ear passages at the same time to ensure they are clean and trim excess hair between the pads of the feet. If necessary the Flat Coated Retriever can be trimmed.



This breed is reasonably easy to train. They learn fairly quickly and are intelligent enough to quickly grasp your instructions. They can be stubborn. Attempt to avoid this by being very consistent in your handing of them.


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