Dog Breed profiles
Flat-Coated Retriever Breed Profile
Flat-Coated Retriever fact file
KC Group: Gundog
Good with children?: Yes
Exercise requirement: Lots
Good guard dogs?: No
Moulting level: Medium
Jogging partner: Short runs
The 'clown' of the gundog breeds, the Flat-coated Retriever is also an extravagant working dog. They were the breed of choice for gamekeepers up until the 1900s. Sadly, by the end of the Second World War the breed had nearly died out. Thankfully, successful breeding programmes since have made the breed popular and plentiful once again.
Flat-Coated Retriever Character
Don't be fooled by their affable comic qualities, the Flat-coat is a highly intelligent and sensitive breed. They love water and will happily splash in puddles and streams with great enthusiasm.
Flat-Coated Retriever Size
The Flat-coat is a large dog ranging in height from 56-61cm.
Flat-Coated Retriever Health
Cancer is a problem with this breed. A free monitoring scheme is currently operated by Cambridge Veterinary School; removed lumps, blood samples and pedigree can be sent for analysis. The breed has also been added to glaucoma-affected list.
Flat-Coated Retriever Special Care
Flat-coats are a people orientated breed, which just wants to please. They are best kept as house dogs and don't kennel well
Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.