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Flat-Coated Retriever

Nickname: Flatcoat, Flattie

Breed origin: England
Original purpose: Bird dog.

AKC recognized: 1915
AKC group: Sporting

Size: Weight: males 60 to 80 lbs; females 55 to 70 lbs
Size: Height: males 23 to 24½ inches; females 22 to 23½ inches
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Color: Solid black or solid liver.

Life span: 8 to 10 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Flat-Coated Retriever is friendly, outgoing, confident, sensible, bright, and tractable. They are versatile hunting retrievers working both on land and in water. Cheerful and affectionate, they make devoted family companions. They are generally great with children, although they might knock over small children due to their exuberant, playful nature. Many are said to retain puppy-like playfulness well into old age. They have a strong desire to please, but are easily bored with repetitive training techniques and can be strong-willed at times, so might be slightly more difficult to train than the more popular breeds, Labrador and Golden Retrievers. They are highly adaptable to changing circumstrances both as working dogs and as family pets. As adults, they will generally give warning barks when visitors come to the door, but because of their tendency to be friendly to strangers, they do not make good guardians.

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Good with children? Yes with older children.

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Exercise requirement: Physical and mental activity and stimulation required regularly.

Known health problems: Cancer, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, epilepsy.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Flat-Coated Retriever (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By John Wakefield and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2005
160 pages

Flat-Coated Retrievers Today
By Joan Mason
Published in 2002
160 pages

The World of Dogs: Flatcoated Retrievers
By Brenda Phillips
Published in 1997
288 pages

The Complete Flat-Coated Retriever
By Paddy Petch
Published in 1988
160 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America Rescue and Referral

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