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Flat Coated Retriever

Flat Coated Retriever

Flat Coated Retriever Characteristics: The gregarious and faithful Flat Coated Retriever is a breed of Medium to Large dog classified as a member of the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1915).

The Flat Coated Retriever, is characterized by its noble appearance with a long, sleek head and an enthusiastic expression.

Other characteristics include dark, medium sized, almond shaped eyes; small, triangular shaped pendulous ears; a level, strong back; wagging tail and a jaunty gait. The temperament of the Flat Coated Retriever can be described as Outgoing, Devoted, Confident. The coat type of the Flat Coated Retriever is described as medium, flat, straight or wavy coat in black coat color. 

Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Flat Coated Retriever demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Water retriever dog and is known by its nick name the "Water Dog". The origin of the Flat Coated Retriever dog breed was in United Kingdom where it was developed in the 1800's.

Flat Coated Retriever Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1915): The Flat Coated Retriever is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1915).

Other names for the Flat Coated Retriever: The Flat Coated Retriever is known by the nickname of the "Water Dog". Other names for this breed of dog include the Flattie, Flatte, Flatcoat, Labrador and Retriever Proper.

Origin of the name Flat Coated Retriever: The origin of the name "Flat Coated Retriever" derives from the description of the dog's flat coat and its ability as a retriever. The retriever dogs hunt by air scent and were trained to pick up, or retrieve small game or waterfowl and return the quarry to the Hunter.

Flat Coated Retriever History and Origin: The country of origin of the Flat Coated Retriever breed was in United Kingdom during the mid 1800's. The ancestor of the Flat Coated Retriever was the, now extinct, St. John's water dog and the Labrador Retriever that were bred in Canada during the early 1800's.

Both of these breeds were natural water-dogs with coats that would protect the dog from any ill effects of frequent immersion in water. A black-coated dog  was introduced into England from Labrador and this became the forbear of the Flat Coated Retriever. The soft-mouthed, substantial and intelligent Flat Coated Retriever was a great success retrieving grouse and partridge and waterfowl without damaging the game. Initially the coats of the dogs were decidedly 'wavy' and were in fact named 'Wavy-coated retrievers'.

The Flat Coated Retriever was traditionally described as showing "power without lumber and raciness without weediness". The coat is dense, fine, glossy, and as flat as possible and resilient to the touch. Mr. Sewallis Evelyn Shirley, best known as the founder of England's Kennel Club,  is credited with being the first to develop the flatter coated types of retrievers. 

The breed was introduced at the Cremorne dog show in 1873 but was put into the same class as the Curly Coated Retriever.  In 1880 a dog breeder named Mr. G. Thorpe Bartram produced a dog called "Zelstone" which was the first to have a really flat straight coat. Separate classes for two types of retrievers were introduced in 1890. The Flat-Coated Retriever was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1915.

Flat Coated Retriever Modern History: The modern history of the Flat Coated Retriever moved on and the Flat Coated Retriever Society of America (FCRSA) was formed in 1960.

The Flat Coated Retriever is now used as guide and assistance dogs and due to their excellent scenting abilities are also used as search and rescue dogs in earthquakes and terrorist disasters. The keen sense of the Flat Coated Retriever has resulted in the breed become a "super-sniffer" and is used as a drug detection dog.

Flat Coated Retriever Height: The Flat Coated Retriever breed is classified as a Medium to Large sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a Flat Coated Retriever male dog is 22 - 23 inches (56 - 58 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.

Flat Coated Retriever Weight: In this medium to large sized dog, the weight of a Flat Coated Retriever male dog is 60 - 70 pounds (27 - 32 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.

Flat Coated Retriever Coat Type: The coat type is described as medium, flat, straight or wavy coat.

Flat Coated Retriever Coat Colors: The colors of the Flat Coated Retriever dog breed include black and liver coat colors. The word "liver" signifies any shade from yellow to brown.

Flat Coated Retriever Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Flat Coated Retriever is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate in order to maintain a healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections.

The modest grooming needs of the Flat Coated Retriever is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.

Flat Coated Retriever Litter Size: The litter size of the Flat Coated Retriever dog breed ranges from 4-8 puppies. Flat Coated Retriever puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Flat Coated Retriever puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Flat Coated Retriever Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Gregarious, Outgoing, Devoted, Confident and Faithful.

Flat Coated Retriever Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Flat Coated Retriever requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a jaunty, light gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.

Flat Coated Retriever Diet: A fully grown Flat Coated Retriever should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family.

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Flat Coated Retriever Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Flat Coated Retriever breed include Knee Joint problems, Diabetes, Hip Dysplasia. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Flat Coated Retriever dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Flat Coated Retriever Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Flat Coated Retriever breed is 10-13 years.

Flat Coated Retriever Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Flat Coated Retriever breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Flat Coated Retriever names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Winston *** Tucker *** Buddy *** Toby *** Sammy *** Zeus *** Riley *** Oscar *** Bandit *** Josh *** Teddy.

Flat Coated Retriever Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the Flat Coated Retriever girl dog. Our top choice of good female Flat Coated Retriever names are Lady *** Sasha *** Cinders *** Empress *** Bobbi *** Abby *** Reba *** Katie *** Roxy *** Missy.

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