- Weight: 60 – 70 pounds
- Height: 22 – 23 inches
The Look of a Flat-coated Retriever
Flat-Coated Retrievers have graceful, medium-sized frames covered in thick, flat, well-feathered coats that grow long on the legs, tails and chests. Flat-Coats usually come in black or shades of liver. Their long, clean-cut heads have flat skulls, well-defined cheeks and dark, almond-shaped eyes. They have strong necks, deep chests and long tails that are usually carried horizontally. Overall, Flat-Coated Retrievers look powerful but light.
Ideal Human Companion
- Active singles
- Hikers and joggers
What They Are Like to Live With
Flat-Coated Retrievers are warm, loving and amazingly adaptable: active and spirited outdoors, calm and easygoing indoors. After a long day running, fetching and playing in the yard, the Flat-Coated Retriever will easily hop on the couch for a good, long cuddle.
Not the best watchdogs, Flat-Coats are welcoming and gentle to just about anyone. When it comes to affection, they can really dish it out. Flat-Coated retrievers form very strong bonds with their families, and they get along famously with kids. They are also very easy to train. A happy Flat-Coated Retriever is one that gets plenty of love, loads of exercise and the occasional swim.
Things You Should Know
Flat-Coated retrievers can live as long as 10 years. Common health issues include hip dysplasia, epilepsy and glaucoma. Flat-Coated Retrievers are also prone to some forms of cancer. They are fairly easy to groom, needing only occasional brushing and very little trimming.
Flat-coated Retriever History
In the 19th century, English gamekeepers developed the Flat-Coated Retriever from a number of top-notch canines including the St. John’s Water Dog, the Irish Setter and the Newfoundland. The result was a durable, accommodating retriever that could excel across field and stream. Sometimes upstaged by the Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever, the Flat-Coat has slowly built a following as a dependable sporting dog and family companion.