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Flat-Coated Retriever

FlatCoatedRetriever

Highly active and eager

Companionate, Devoted, Loves to retrieve, Quick Learner

Flat-Coated Retrievers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Flat-Coated Retrievers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Flat-Coated Retriever and some can be quite irritating!

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:22-25" Weight:60-70 lbs Lifespan:10-13 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Flat Coated Retrievers are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their minds and bodies active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Flat Coated Retrievers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Flat Coated Retrievers are highly intelligent, energetic, and loving. With a strong will to work and a stable temperament, they are an excellent family companion.

Positive Traits:

Even-tempered, affectionate, and happy-go-luck

Highly active and eager to have a purpose

Excellent hunting dog

Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

Good with children and other pets

Outgoing, playful personality

Negative Traits:

Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

Sensitive by nature, a bit slow to mature

Prone to separation anxiety and associated barking and chewing behaviors

Is a bit "mouthy" - likes to carry and chew things

Needs frequent attention from her family

Whether you are considering adding a new Flat-Coated Retriever to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Flat-Coated Retriever will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Flat-Coated Retriever you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Finnish Spitz could encounter:

Cataracts

Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia

Bloat

Eye Problems

Glaucoma

Distichiasis

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Knee Problems

Joint Disease

Cancer

Exercise Induced Collapse

Epilepsy

Thyroid Disease

Heart Disease

The Flat-Coated Retriever originated in the United Kingdom during the mid-19th century. They were bred to flush and retrieve on land and in water. Affectionately called the “Peter Pan of Dogs,” Flat-Coated Retrievers are known to retain their puppy-like enthusiasm for many years. This spirited tail wagger enjoys human attention and is always ready for a game of fetch or a long jog. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-14 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Flat-Coated Retriever shows signs of the following:

Dry heaving or a larger, tight, painful abdomen

Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

Cloudiness to eye lens

Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

General reluctance to run or play

Gums that are a color other than bright pink

Any new or changing lumps or bumps

Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

Collapse while exercising

Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

Vomiting, refusing food, tender abdomen

  • Care

    Routine Care: Flat Coated Retrievers are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their minds and bodies active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

    Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Flat Coated Retrievers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Flat Coated Retrievers are highly intelligent, energetic, and loving. With a strong will to work and a stable temperament, they are an excellent family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    Even-tempered, affectionate, and happy-go-luck

    Highly active and eager to have a purpose

    Excellent hunting dog

    Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic

    Good with children and other pets

    Outgoing, playful personality

    Negative Traits:

    Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

    Sensitive by nature, a bit slow to mature

    Prone to separation anxiety and associated barking and chewing behaviors

    Is a bit "mouthy" - likes to carry and chew things

    Needs frequent attention from her family

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Flat-Coated Retriever to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Flat-Coated Retriever will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Flat-Coated Retriever you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Finnish Spitz could encounter:

    Cataracts

    Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia

    Bloat

    Eye Problems

    Glaucoma

    Distichiasis

    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

    Knee Problems

    Joint Disease

    Cancer

    Exercise Induced Collapse

    Epilepsy

    Thyroid Disease

    Heart Disease

  • History

    The Flat-Coated Retriever originated in the United Kingdom during the mid-19th century. They were bred to flush and retrieve on land and in water. Affectionately called the “Peter Pan of Dogs,” Flat-Coated Retrievers are known to retain their puppy-like enthusiasm for many years. This spirited tail wagger enjoys human attention and is always ready for a game of fetch or a long jog. The Flat-Coated Retriever is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 10-14 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Flat-Coated Retriever shows signs of the following:

    Dry heaving or a larger, tight, painful abdomen

    Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    Cloudiness to eye lens

    Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    General reluctance to run or play

    Gums that are a color other than bright pink

    Any new or changing lumps or bumps

    Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

    Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    Collapse while exercising

    Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    Vomiting, refusing food, tender abdomen

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