Flat Coated Retriever

Breed Details


Exercise Requirements:

Grooming Requirements:


25-35 kg (approx)

Life Span:

10 years (approx)


A bright, active dog of medium size with an intelligent expression, showing power without lumber, and raciness, without weediness. The colours allowed are Black and Liver.


Flat-Coated retrievers became popular in the 19th century. The breed originated in the UK from St John's Newfoundland which were then crossed with Setters. The Flat-Coated Retriever was bred as a working hunting retriever to fetch shot birds that land on land or in water, they make natural gundogs in and out of the water. The Flat-Coat population reduced by the Second World War, and the increasing popularity of The Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever also affected the Flat-Coat numbers. A few dedicated breeders kept the breed going. In 1980 Shargleam Blackcap won BEST IN SHOW at the famous Dog Show Crufts.


Flatcoats make great pets due to their highly affectionate, gentle, intelligent, and obedient nature. They enjoy an active life and love to please, many love to just carry objects in their mouth enthusiastically wagging their tail, and showing off to all who can see. Flat Coats are loyal and happy optimists, which makes them fantastic companions. However, if the Flat-Coat is left alone for long periods and not given the time they deserve they will become unhappy quickly and may not be the dog for you. If you work during the week you must spend good quality time with your dog, walking playing, retrieving, and/or swimming, and having them involved in family activities. They just thrive off attention and exercise.


Weekly brushing of your dog will remove dead hairs and stimulate the natural oil that your dog's coat contains and will give the coat a lovely natural shine and a healthy look. You can trim the feet between the pads and toes and ears, to make your dog look tidy and to help keep out grass seeds.