Origin and characteristics

At first glance, the Flat-Coated Retriever resembles a black or brown Golden Retriever. The Flat-Coated Retriever was originally developed as a dual-purpose dog; retriever of game on land and water, and they’re still popular for that purpose today.

They mature slightly slower than other dogs and keep their puppy-like features for years. This playful energy makes them a wonderful and entertaining companion, but it also means extra time and patience when training them. By using positive reinforcement techniques, they can be easily trained. Due to their sensitivity, with harsh verbal or physical treatment, Flat-Coats can become stubborn or stop responding altogether.

They are excellent therapy dogs and are ideal companions for people who are looking for an active dog breed. Tolerant and friendly, Flat-Coats love everyone, including children and other dogs. Therefore, they aren’t recommended as a watch or guard dog. They are great friends for active older children but may be too energetic for toddlers.

These dogs definitely need room to run and play. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a high-energy dog who requires about 90 minutes of exercise a day.

They are best suited to a home where he has many opportunities to run and swim to release his energy. Flat-Coats enjoy the company of other dogs and can learn to get along with cats, especially if they’re raised with them.

  • Lifespan: 10-12 Years

  • Size: 58-60 cm

  • Weight: 25-32 kg

  • Breed group: sporting dogs

  • Coat: medium-length

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

The Flat-Coated Retriever has a straight, moderately long coat that protects him from all types of weather, water, and ground cover. Feathering on the ears, chest, front, backs of forelegs, underside of the tail, and the thighs is part of the coat’s protective function and shouldn’t be excessively long. On the neck, especially in males, is a mane of longer, heavier coat.

How to manage shedding?

Their medium-length coat requires a weekly brushing with a brush and a metal dog comb to remove dirt and loose hair and keep the dog looking his best. Flat-Coated Retrievers’ coat are fairly easy to maintain and require only weekly brushing, unless the dog is shedding.

 During shedding they tend to shed quite a bit. It’s recommended to brush daily to keep the amount of loose hair under control. Some owners like to trim their hair around the ears, feet, belly for a neater look. They don’t need to bath very often, only if they get very dirty or smell.  Otherwise, once a month is enough to keep them clean.

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