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About The Breed
The Flat-Coated Retriever is an eternal puppy, brimming with happiness and energy. They adore people and will greet everyone they meet as if that person were their best friend. After a day of playing with the kids in the back year, the Flat-Coated Retriever will turn into a lapdog – don’t be surprised if you find him sleeping in bed under the covers. Though this breed is friendly and social and gets along well with other household pets, their extended puppyhood and constant energy can make them a challenge for first time dog owners.

Quick Facts
• weight: 55 – 65 pounds
• height: 22– 24 inches
• Life Average: 10 – 13 Years

Ideal Human Companions
• Singles
• Seniors
• Families
• Children

Trademark Traits
• Long, elegant coat
• Cute “chrysanthemum” face
• Lively
• Friendly and fun
• Loyal and obedient
• Easily trained

At first glance, you might think the Flat-Coated Retriever resembles a black or brown Golden Retriever, but no such thing. He’s a distinctive breed, his early popularity, which peaked before World War I, was eclipsed by that of the Golden and Labrador Retrievers, but his fans think that’s for the best, preferring to keep the secret of his fun-loving yet hard-working nature to themselves.’

This is a breed named for its coat, so let’s begin there. The lustrous, flat-lying coat comes in solid black or liver, with feathering at the legs and tail. Beautiful, yes, but also highly functional: it protects these superb retrievers from harsh weather, icy water, and punishing ground cover. Another breed hallmark is the long head—unique among retrievers—that projects a smart and kindly expression. Flat-Coats will stand just as tall as a Lab, but in silhouette they present a leaner, more elegant look.

PET COMPATIBILITY  
Tolerant and friendly, Flat-Coats love everyone, including children and other dogs. They’ll bark to let you know that someone’s approaching, but don’t count on them to serve as any kind of guard dog. Flat-Coats enjoy the company of other dogs and can learn to get along with cats, especially if they’re raised with them. They might be a little too fond of pet birds, if you know what we mean.

PET COMPATIBILITY  
Tolerant and friendly, Flat-Coats love everyone, including children and other dogs. They’ll bark to let you know that someone’s approaching, but don’t count on them to serve as any kind of guard dog. Flat-Coats enjoy the company of other dogs and can learn to get along with cats, especially if they’re raised with them. They might be a little too fond of pet birds, if you know what we mean.

CHILDREN
Flat-Coats are great friends for active older children. They’ll play for hours, whether that involves running, swimming, or chasing a ball. They can be overwhelming for toddlers, however, accidentally knocking them over with one whack of that ever-wagging tail.

Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he’s sleeping or eating or to try to take the dog’s food away. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.

TEMPERAMENT
Flat-Coated Retrievers are a true family dog and can become depressed quickly if left alone for too long. People who work long hours shouldn’t commit themselves to this breed. Families with a stay at home parent or those with flexible work schedules are much better suited. Proper exercise is also important to stave off anxiety.

If you like playing fetch (and, especially if you like playing it for hours), you’ll love having a Flat Coat Retriever. Eager, loving, intelligent and playful, these dogs have boundless energy and very few behavior problems.  Active families are best for the Flat-Coated Retriever, as they love to run and play. They’ll walk, jog and hike and can keep up alongside a biker.