Flat-Coated Retriever

Other name: Flat Coated Retriever

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The Flat-Coated Retriever is a medium to large dog, with harmonious lines, presenting an overall appearance of power, but without heaviness. The expression of the Flat-Coated Retriever is lively and intelligent. He has several points of resemblance to the Golden-Retriever and the Labrador-Retriever, but he is less well known.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Britain
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 32 kg From 56 cm to 59 cm
Male From 27 kg to 36 kg From 59 cm to 62 cm
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History of the breed

The origins of the Flat-Coated Retriever are believed to be on the island of Newfoundland, in present-day Canada . It appears that this dog had been used by local fishermen to help them retrieve fish that escaped from their fishing nets. The Flat-Coated Retriever was then imported to England, where, from the 19th century, breeders crossed it with several other breeds (including the Irish Setter, Labrador-Retriever and arguably the Newfoundland) in order to ” optimize your hunting qualities. Cousin of the Golden-Retriever and the Labrador-Retriever. The Flat-Coated Retriever breed was definitively recognized by the FCI on December 23, 1954.

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Physical features

His hair: long and generous, especially on the limbs and tail. Dense, fairly fine in texture, lying flat. The whole gives it an additional touch of elegance.
Its color: black or brown (liver).
His head: long, well molded, with a flat and moderately broad skull, a slightly marked stop between the eyes, never accentuated.
His ears: small in size, well attached and well applied against the head.
His eyes: medium, dark brown to nutty, displaying an expression of liveliness and intelligence. Never prominent.
Its body: the kidney is short and square, the chest well let down and quite broad, the front ribs quite flat and well sprung in the center (less towards the back).
Its tail: short, well attached, straight, carried happily, but never too much above the level of the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Flat-Coated Retriever is an alert, energetic, extremely cheerful and very kind dog. Very attached to his family , he is particularly gentle with children . Devoid of aggressiveness, he does not tolerate loneliness quite well . The Flat-Coated Retriever is naturally good at hunting. He is indeed a top-notch working dog who always works with enthusiasm. He is a very sociable dog with all animals .

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The Flat-Coated Retriever must receive an education based on both firmness and consistency, without seeking the balance of power. Lively, intelligent and spirited, the Flat-Coated Retriever learns quickly through play and rewards. He is a very easy to train and very obedient dog.

Living conditions

A little more fiery than other retrievers, the Flat-Coated Retriever is intended for rather young and active owners , available and able to offer him enough daily activities. He adapts very well to apartment life , but will prefer to live in a house with a garden and enjoy the large countryside spaces, for example. An excellent companion, he remains a dog cut out for work: hunting, assisting people with reduced mobility, rescue …


Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold
Ease of gaining weight

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a dog of a robust constitution and does not fear much when it comes to health. The Flat-Coated Retriever is, on the other hand, a dog with a moderate appetite, which reduces the risk of diabetes in the breed. The risk of epilepsy is also very low in this particularly resistant dog.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 8 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Flat-Coated Retriever is, on average, between 10 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Flat-Coated Retriever can shed a lot of hair when molting . For the rest, its maintenance is quite simple and basic.

It is recommended to brush the dog with a FURminator type brush in order to get rid of dead hair , especially during the moulting period.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Flat-Coated Retriever is between 900 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Flat-Coated Retriever is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Flat-Coated Retriever needs long daily walks and regular exercise for their balance. Born for hunting, he is always inclined to exert himself, even (especially) when it comes to swimming. The Flat-Coated Retriever is indeed one of the water rescue dogs and never hesitates to take a swim when he has the opportunity.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 8: Retrieving game dogs – Game-raising dogs – Water dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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