Flat Coated Retriever
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Origin: United Kingdom
Size: Medium/Large - Males from 58 to 61 cm, females from 56 to 58 cm
Weight: Males between 27 to 36 kg, females between 25 to 32 kg
First known as the Wavy Coated Retriever, the Flat Coated Retriever is a bright and active medium sized dog. Basically a country dog, the Flat Coat is endowed with natural gundog ability, optimism, friendliness and an enthusiastic constantly wagging tail.
Although comparatively rare in Australia, the Flat Coat is nonetheless quite an old breed. It originated with the St Johns Dog or Lesser Newfoundland crossed with local retriever and setter types. These dogs formed the basis of a number of retrieving breeds. Some believe the change in coat structure trom wavy to flat was through crossing with Collies, but there is no proof of this.
The first Flat Coats were rather heavy but selective breeding has created a lighter, more athletic breed. Early this century the Flat Coat was probably the best known working retriever in the UK. A hardy breed, natural retriever and good water dog, he was used extensively on rabbit, hare and pheasant.
The Flat Coated Retriever is a tireless worker in the field. His long head is nicely moulded with a flat skull, moderately broad with a slight stop between the eyes. He has a good sized nose with open nostrils and strong jaw.
Although well muscled, there is a slight raciness in the build which adds elegance.
His constantly wagging tail is carried happily but never over the level of the back. He has a dense, fine, medium textured coat which lies flat without waviness. Mature dogs have feathering on the legs and tail. Colours are black or liver only. The Flat Coat has a free and flowing action.
Easy to train, the Flat Coat possesses a sense of fun and makes a good family dog. Pleasant natured, he is easy to please, loves human companionship and is good with children.\
Care and Grooming
The Flat Coat needs plenty of exercise and is perfectly content to sleep in an outdoor kennel. Little grooming is needed, just regular brushing, occasional bathing and wipe over with a hound glove. He should be kept in hard, muscular condition.