The Flat-Coated Retriever is a hard working medium-sized dog possessing a sound, balanced confirmation that enables them to function well as a retrieving gundog. Flat-Coated Retrievers are a versatile family companion, while they work for you as hunting retriever. They exhibit a happy and active attitude. The most distinguishing characteristic of the Flat-Coated Retriever is its long, strong, clean, "one piece" head, which is unique to the breed. Flat-Coated Retriever's have dense, thick, full coats, moderate in length. The coat tends to lie rather flat, illustrating a high luster shine. The legs and tail are well feathered, making the coat more beautiful.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are enthusiastic, active bird dogs. Most require large amounts of attention, daily exercise and training to keep the dog in top shape for hunting.
Flat-Coated Retriever are intelligent, good tempered, excellent gundogs. They will use the easily acquired training techniques you have taught them, while they work for you.
Dogs usually measure 23 to 24 1/2 inches, 22 to 23 1/2 inches for bitches. They weigh between 60 and 70 pounds. Both sexes are very hardy dogs, making them great companions that will work well for you.
The Flat-Coated Retriever is either solid black or solid liver. Their coat is very dense, full and shiny. They require daily combing or brushing to keep the hair looking beautiful and untangled. Their coats are slightly feathered making them more luxurious and beautiful when working in the field.
Character is a primary and outstanding asset of the Flat-Coated Retriever. They are responsive, loving members of the family, versatile working dogs, multi-talented, sensible, bright and tractable. The Flat-Coated Retriever demonstrates stability, and a desire to please, with a confident, happy and outgoing attitude. They make good housedogs and are receptive to children.
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