Flat Coated Retriever

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Breed Group: Sporting
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The Flat Coated Retriever was developed in the 1800's and is a cross between the Irish Setter, Labrador, Water Dog, and St. John's Newfoundland. It is also believed that Collie is in the bloodline of this dog as well. This breed is an excellent swimmer and bird dog, but also makes a wonderful companion. He is commonly confused with that of the Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever, however is in a category all his own. This breed does exceptionally well in hunting, tracking, watch dogging, and also agility and obedience. Given the right training, this breed can excel in many different sports and also make a wonderful family companion.
The Flat Coated Retriever is a very high-spirited and devoted family pet. This breed craves human attention and does very well in large families where he can be the center of attention. This breed is very happy go lucky, sweet, and affectionate, but also has a sense of humor and is sure to light up a room with his funny ways. The Flat Coated Retriever is naturally very obedient and has a very even temperament, but with all dogs, he does require training and socialization to become the lovely and very friendly companion that he can be.
The Flat Coated Retriever has a very jolly personality. He gets along well with just about everyone, including small children and does exceptionally well with other dogs. The Flat Coated Retriever is a very intelligent breed and is eager to please, but does require something in return, human companionship and affection. This breed does not do well in a kennel environment and needs to be part of the family, although he does love the outdoors. The Flat Coated Retriever steals the hearts of everyone he meets with his fun loving, endearing, and friendly personality. He would make a wonderful companion for a family of all kinds.
The Flat Coated Retriever does require quite a bit of grooming due to the feathering on the lower quarters of the dog. This breed should be brushed on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, but should only be bathed when necessary. The coat of this breed has the tendency to trap burrs and sticks so if this breed is to have free roam in a yard, the coat should be checked for said items. This breed doesn't need much trimming as the coat is usually of natural length, however some trimming may be required occasionally.
The Flat Coated Retriever has a coat that is of moderate length along the body of the dog and should be of equal fullness. The coat should be straight and flat lying. The coat should never be curly or silky, however a slight wave is acceptable. The coat along the tail, legs, neck, and underbelly should be longer and slightly feathered without being fluffy or wooly in texture.
The Flat Coated Retriever is a highly intelligent and trainable dog and makes a wonderful student. This breed is very jolly and energetic so should require consistency, however excessive repetition is sure to bore him and he will quickly lose interest. Discipline is not required, and correction and positive reinforcement work best. Making training fun with a variety of techniques will be sure to keep his attention, and he will excel much further.
The Flat Coated Retriever is a large breed that enjoys quite a bit of running, a game of fetch, and long jogs with his owner. Being so energetic, this breed should require at least 2 hours of exercise daily, so an average sized fenced in yard would work best. Long daily walks are definitely enjoyed by this breed and without a fenced in yard to give them exercise, this is required and not optional. The Flat Coated Retriever loves to go on hikes with his owner, so an energetic family that loves the outdoors would be the ideal companion for this fun loving breed.
60-70 lbs
Male: 23-24.5; Female: 22-23.5 inches
solid black or liver
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The current median price for all Flat Coated Retrievers sold is $0.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Flat Coated Retriever with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

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Annual cost of owning a Flat Coated Retriever puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Flat Coated Retrievers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Flat Coated Retriever Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 0 Flat Coated Retriever dogs.
  • 1. Baby Girl
  • 2. O'really
  • 3. O'miegh
  • 4. Baby Boy
  • 5. Peeps
  • 6. Warlock
  • 7. Tracker
  • 8. Sweetie
  • 9. Soot
  • 10. Shadow
  • 11. Ranger
  • 12. Puppy Boy
  • 13. Pretty Girl
  • 14. Precious
  • 15. Lonely Boy
  • 16. Linc
  • 17. Jake
  • 18. Eli
  • 19. Cadbury
  • 20. Bravo

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Location: Dayton / Springfield, Ohio
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Home based, dedicated to producing Quality companion dogs for Family and Field. We breed only Flat Coated Retrievers . We are not a commercial breeder of multiple breeds. Our use of American, Canadian, English and European lines promotes a deep genetic pool to promote health and vitality. Our puppies are raised within the home for temperament and socialization. Active hunters with the patience for youth oriented 4H activities Flat Coats are the perfect all purpose dog.

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Anonymous asked:
Concerned about the health of the Flat Coated Retriever dog. Can you comment on health?

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The Flat Coated Retriever is a beautiful breed of dog. Elegant, loyal and sweet. However, the health of the breed can sometimes seem less than desirable. Regular testing of the dam and sire prior to breeding is essential to get the healthiest puppies. This breed should be screened for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, deafness, and eye conditions such as PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) and glaucoma. Unfortunately, this bred is a high cancer risk. Some studies done over the last 10 - 15 years have shown that more than 50% of the purebred Flat Coated Retrievers deaths were due to cancer. The FCRSA (Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America) averages the lifespan of the breed at only about 8 years. While in the UK, another health survey done in late 2010 gave the breed an average lifespan of 10 years. So now it is well known in the Flat Coated Retriever world that the breeds average is between 8 - 10 years. This all depends on the linage and prior health testing of the dam and sire. Many good beeders are trying to break that 10 year barrier with this breed and are working hard to better the breed. Another health problem that is known in this breed is bloat, due to their large size and deep chests. Overall the breed could be healthier, but if the breeder is breeding to better the breed and you as a new puppy owner are diligent on preventative health care, this breed is incredible.

Anonymous asked:
We have had a 10 week old Flat Coated Retriever puppy for a week. She comes from a breeder and is toilet trained. We get up twice at night to let her out. She usually goes back to sleep after her first wake up (about 2 am) but after the next one (4.30 am), she wants to play. We ignore her, but she barks incessantly for half an hour, goes back to sleep for a short period of time and starts barking again until we get up (about 6.45am). We do leave toys with her (kong and hide bone) to keep her entertained until we get up but it only seems to work for a very short while. Has anyone got any advice how to stop the barking? It is very loud and unbearable at times. It keeps us awake and my 13-year-old daughter is still at school. Friends have suggested a crate but I am not sure this is an option now as she has been with us for just over a week and we would still have to get up at night to let her out.



A crate would be a great idea. My Flat Coated Retriever isn't much of a barker, but having a crate to put her back into might help with the barking. It'll tell her "Hey, I gotta go back to sleep." It's also a great idea to crate train her as she enters her chewing phase so she doesn't destroy things when you leave the house. I would also keep ignoring her when she's barking. Giving into her is showing her that barking means good things. It's something that you might have to grin and bear for a little while, unfortunately.


We have a flaty that is now 15 weeks old. We got him when he was 9 weeks old. This is our 3rd flaty. My suggestion is to put her in a small crate to sleep and make sure she tired and wore out before you crate her. She should sleep until 6 or 7 in the morning. Take her water away by 8 the night before. You should not have get up all night with her. You picked a fanaminal dog breed.


A 10 wk old puppy is like a newborn child of a few months old, they don't like to be left alone and scared toys are not a replacement for people. Flatties are people dogs and need the presence of people near them at all times. Also your Puppy had siblings with them until you took it home, now it is alone in the dark. Puppies don't sleep thru the night until closer to 14-16 wks old, sometimes as late at 20 wks, I'm sure that your breeder mentioned that to you when you purchased it. A Crate will help, keep it next to your bed with the leash on top so that you can take the puppy out when it has to potty at night and comfort the puppy by putting your hand to the crate door to let it know that you are there with it. Like a small child give plenty of water during the day, but take up the water early. Puppies pee then follow with a poo so wait for it before going back in, then return the puppy to the crate with a rub and a petting. Comfort will bond your puppy and get it to sleep thru the night securely.


I slept on the floor with mine for 1 week.. no barking. Then moved her bed next to mine. No barking. Good Luck.

Anonymous asked:
I took in two strays that someone had left at the end of our gravel road. The dogs look like a Flat Coated Retriever, only their fur is blonde! It's not white or even yellow; it's blonde. Is it possible that these dogs are Flat Coated Retrievers?

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Yes! Flat-Coated Retrievers can come in yellow. It isn't an accepted color in dog shows because Goldens originated from FCRs and yellow was an unwanted color b/c it a Golden color. Another way you can tell if your pup is an FCR is that their front bottom two teeth are shorter/lower than the rest.

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Is a Flat Coated Retriever harmful to other caged pets such as a rabbit?



Yes! My Flat Coated Retriever would try and chase/eat any other animal. They are very much hunting dogs.


Flat Coated Retriever's are a hunting dog and if the have been used in the field possibly, but they could become fast friends if they are introduced to each other an early age.


My Flatty enjoyed killing Opossums. He made the mistake of falling for that playing Opossum stuff and when the Opossum got up and got away he never made that mistake again. I use to try to stop him but he stopped when he was done. He would pound the poor creature in to the ground repeatedly. In Louisiana there is a lot of Opossums and luckily for the Opossums there is very few Flatcoats.

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My husband just found an abandoned dog that resembles a Flat-Coated Retriever puppy, but we are unsure. She seems to be a puppy but is shy. She didn't eat for at least 4 days and was getting rocks thrown at here. Are there any special needs that she would require besides an exam and shots? Is there some special dog food for this breed?



I have a Flatcoat and can tell you the easiest way to feed her is quality dry kibble and drizzle some olive oil over it. Not only will she eat it up but it gives her coat a great shine. She will really have no special needs other than her regular check ups with the vet. She should be an absolute sweetheart once she is used to everyone and feels safe


She has been shedding a lot is that normal? I don't believe she is purebred, but has long hair and a lot of it.


It's great you have the heart to pick up a stray. Flat Coated Retrievers don't shed more than many long haired dogs, but it's black and you do notice more, Goldens shed tons more. Check your local feed store rather than a "pet" store. There are many quality foods without the premium price, check the ingredients. They should start with meat. A regiment of heartworm and flea medication is advisable.


You should get your dog to the vet to check her for worms. Most dogs found outside have worms, especially heart worm.

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Updated: 7/6/2022