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.
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
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:
Hemolytic Anemia and Thrombocytopenia
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Exercise Induced Collapse
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