The Flat Coated Retriever is a type of gun dog that is specifically bred to help hunters to find and retrieve their kill, which usually consists of birds. Originally known as a Retriever Proper, the Flat Coated Retriever was developed in the 1800’s and it was considered as generic kind of Labrador Retriever at the time. During World War I, its population significantly dwindled. Many people began to choose Golden and Labrador Retrievers since they are more inexpensive compared to the Flat Coated Retriever.
Like all retrievers (Golden and Labrador), a Flat Coated Retriever is perfect with kids and can be a great family companion. It is usually friendly, very sweet, playful, exuberant, and loves the attention of everyone (including strangers!) Even if it is fully grown, it still has a puppy-like demeanor that many people find so adorable. With regular exercise outside, it can be quiet and calm at home. A Flat Coated Retriever loves to run, play and retrieve. It is known for its intelligence and eagerness to please attitude hence, making this pleasant canine very easy to train. It is sociable with other dogs and can get bored quickly. It has an average lifespan of 10 years. Due to its active nature, it is not advisable for apartment living. It is very easy for you to identify a Flat Coated Retriever. Read on to learn more.
- The size. Unlike its Golden and Labrador Retriever cousins that are usually medium in size, the Flat Coated Retriever is a medium to large-sized dog. It looks intimidating at first but once you get to know this lovely canine, you will immediately see its endearing nature.
- Its facial features. The Flat Coated Retriever has a strongly built muzzle that is long. It has a big nose that varies in color depending on the dog’s color (black for black colored ones and brown for dark brown dogs). Its teeth are leveled and its expressive, almond shaped eyes (its color is usually hazel or dark brown) are moderate in size. It has a pair of small slightly furry ears that droops adorably on the sides of its big head.
- Its body built and color. Due to its hyperactive nature, this pooch has an athletic, solid built with pure apt muscles that are perfect for running and retrieving. It has a wide, fluffy chest and a short back. It has round, very strong paws and a tail that is a bit shorter than that of a Golden or Labrador Retriever. It is known for its thick, short and flat coat that is solid black or plain liver in color.
- The height and weight. The weight of a Flat Coated Retriever usually ranges between sixty to seventy pounds. Its height usually extends up to 23 inches, with a minimum of 20 inches.
These are the things that you need to consider to effectively distinguish a Flat Coated Retriever. Do not forget to groom your dog regularly. Although it normally sheds, it is important that you still brush its coat at least once a week. Trimming is not at all needed. Unfortunately, health problems such as cancer, hip dysplasia, epilepsy and diabetes are common for this type of breed. Make sure that you make regular visits to the vet. Now what are you waiting for? If you truly like a Flat Coated Retriever, make sure that you have a keen eye for its key features to successfully distinguish it from other dogs. Good luck and have fun!