Flat-Coated Retriever

Flat-coated Retriever

Flat-Coated Retriever At a Glance

Country of Origin:

Great Britain

Breed Group:

AKC (Sporting); ANKC (Gundogs); CKC (Sporting); FCI (Retrievers); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)


Large. Weight: Males 60–80 lbs; Females 55–70.5 lbs. Height: Males 23–24.5 inches; Females 22–23.5 inches


Long and flat


Black, Liver

Life Span:

10 to 13 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

Unlike other Retrievers such as the Golden Retriever, the Flat Coat does not have the curls seen in those breeds.


Flat Coated Retriever Overview

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a mix of several type of dogs to create the ultimate hunting dog. He was known as the “gamekeeper’s dog” on British estates and is one of the few retriever breeds to not be split into show and working styles.

Flat Coated Retriever Characteristics

The Flat-Coated Retriever is most noticeable for his characteristic flattened coat. Unlike other Retrievers such as the Golden Retriever, the Flat Coat does not have the curls seen in those breeds. The Flat Coat also has a slightly differently shaped head, with a more elongated snout and flatter skull compared to the blockier heads of the Labrador and Golden.

Flat Coated Retriever Temperament

The Flat Coat is a happy, loyal dog, and very friendly like most Retrievers. His intelligence and close bonds make him an ideal family pet, especially with children. However, The Flat Coat can sometimes bond too closely, leading to separation anxiety if away from his owners too long.

Miniature Bull Terrier

Flat Coated Retriever Care

10 to 12 years are the average life span of a Flat Coated Retriever, typical of the size of dog. A few genetic health concerns are shared between the Flat Coat and other Retriever breeds such as cancer, hip and elbow dysplasia, glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy. Good breeding and examination of these diseases prior to producing puppies can help lower the incidence of disease.

Flat Coated Retriever Coat

The long, flat coat is easy to care for and requires only a moderate amount of brushing. The feathering on the legs and tail should be brushed to be kept lustrous and free of mats and tangles. While the fur can be trimmed, the feathering should never be shaved to avoid odd re-growth of hair.

Flat Coated Retriever Training

Flat-Coats are eager to please and very intelligent. They excel both in and out of the hunting field and their eager natures make them easily trainable. The Flat Coat loves bonding with his owner and a training session is the perfect way to do so. Flay Coats will easily pick up any and all behaviors an owner wishes to teach him.

Flat Coated Retriever Activity

Flat-Coated Retrievers are very active dogs, and do best with regular activity. This can include traditional jobs such as hunting or field trials, however the Flat-Coat will be just as happy on a hike or jog with his owners. Constant, regular exercise is key to keeping the Flat-Coat from becoming bored and anxious, two traits which may lead to destructive behavior if not addressed.

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