Thinking about purchasing an Flat Coated Retriever? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Flat Coated Retriever breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Flat Coated Retriever owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Flat Coated Retriever and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Flat Coated Retriever Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Flat Coated Retriever and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Flat Coated Retriever Profile
The Flat Coated Retriever is an easy-going and alert dog whose lively spirit is demonstrated by their high-held head, sparkling eyes and wagging tail. They are a good natural retriever on land and in the water. Flat Coated Retrievers are naturally obedient, and thrive on training and pleasing their owner. They have a beautiful mane, making them look very noble. They greatly enjoy romping around with children, although they may get too rowdy for small children. They get along well with everyone, being friendly and happy. They are hard workers, versatile and energetic. Flat Coated Retrievers require only moderate exercise and care for their coat, making care for them easy. They are almost the same size and shape as the Golden Retriever, except with a solid black or liver coat that is moderately flat, but sometimes wavy. This led them to first be called the Wavy Coated Retriever. They are a large athletic dog, with a flat head and drop ears. Their legs, chest and tail are heavily feathered. The Flat Coated Retriever's happily high-held tail is a hallmark of their personality.
Type: Gun Dog
22 - 24.5 inches.
black or solid liver only.
Coated Retrievers are attentive, friendly, and intelligent. They are
lively, exuberant and joyful in personality. They love to play with children,
although they are too large to handle by small children. They get along well
with other animals, and are good as watch dogs. Although fun loving, they are
also hard workers. They excel in retrieving. They are hardy and sound, a very
easygoing breed. Flat Coated Retrievers are less popular than the Golden or
Labrador, making their temperament and health more trustworthy due to lack of
Watch-dog: Yes. Flat
Coated Retrievers are very alert.
Flat Coated Retriever Care and
Training: Minimal grooming, a brushing of the Flat Coated Retriever's
coat weekly will keep their coat beautiful. Bathe only when necessary, keep
nails trimmed, clean ears, and trim ears and feet. Regular daily exercise of
walks, free run and swimming when possible. Without proper outlets for their
energy, a bored Flat-Coated Retriever may resort to digging in gardens, chewing
or other nuisance behavior. Training should begin when they are young.
Activity: Medium to high.
Flat Coated Retriever Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, glaucoma, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and cancer. Flat Coated Retrievers have a higher than normal tendency to have cancer.
Life Span: 8 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
Copyright1997-20013 by Puppy Shop Inc. All rights reserved.
Monday, August 19, 2013