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Flat Coated Retriever Dog Breed Profile

Flat Coated Retriever
The Flat Coated Retriever has common ancestors with the Newfoundland and the Labrador.

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Origin: England

Breed Purpose: To retrieve birds and small game.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Gundog

Height: Bitch 56-59cm., Dog 58-61cm.

Weight: Bitch 25-34kg., Dog 27-35kg.

Lifespan: 12-14 years

Exercise Needs: The Flat Coated Retriever needs to run, retrieve and swim as often as possible to prevent the dog becoming destructive through boredom. This is a high energy dog that will enjoy hours of long walks through the countryside.

Feeding Needs: This dog can be rather greedy and is a talented begger! They are easy to feed as they have good appetites but stick to the recommended amounts to prevent obesity.

Common Ailments: Generally a healthy dog with few breed problems. Hip dysplasia and primary glaucoma (an eyelid malformation) can be avoided by only choosing dogs that have been tested for genetic anomalies.

Physical Description: The overall appearance of this dog is one of a moderately sized dog displaying strength and power. The head is long with a flat skull and a medium stop. The muzzle is broad and long going down to open nostrils and strong jaws. The eyes are round and the ears are small and lie against the head. The Flat Coated Retriever has a long neck travelling down to a sturdy body with a deep chest. The forelegs are straight and the hind quarters are well muscled. The tail is feathered and straight. This dog has a dense medium textured flat coat with some feathering. The colour is solid black or solid liver.

Flat Coated Retriever K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

The Flat Coated Retriever is a dog that is equally at home on land or in the water.

As a young dog they can be rather boisterous and need firm, consistent training from an early age.

These dogs form strong bonds with their owners with whom they are devoted. The owner must be in control but never train using harsh methods.

They are docile, fun loving, intelligent dogs that have retained all their working instincts. The owner should make use of this and teach the dog to retrieve on land and in the water.

The Flat Coated Retriever does not like to be left alone for long periods and would rather be outdoors in all weather conditions.

Because of this dog’s friendly nature, they make excellent family pets for anyone that loves the countryside.
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