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Flat-Coated Retriever





A dog can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes.
- Gene Hill

Flat-Coated Retreiver puppy

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Flat-Coated Retriever adult
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A separate and distinct breed of retriever, the Flat-Coated Retriever was the British gamekeeper's gun dog of choice from the mid-1800s to well into the 1900s. 

He is believed to have developed from a combination of various sporting breeds and the Collie. 

A natural hunter and intense retriever both on land and in water, the Flat-Coated Retriever is prized in the field for his endurance and stamina. 

The Flat-Coated Retriever stands up to 24.5 inches tall at the shoulder, and has a glossy black or liver-coloured coat that protects him in the most frigid waters. His coat is of medium-length and lies as flat as possible.

The Flat-Coated Retriever's sparkling eyes, ever-wagging tail, and head held high sum up his personality. Friendly, exuberant, and lively, this dog thrives on pleasing his owner. As a real people dog, the Flat-Coat is not happy when left alone for long periods or if kept confined. Affectionate and devoted, he needs daily contact with his family.

An excellent family pet, the Flat-Coat is great with children but remember, he is a big, bouncy dog so supervision is required. The owner of a Flat-Coat should be a firm, strong leader who loves the mischievous and fun-loving nature inherent in a breed known as "the Peter Pan of dogs"! 

Obedience training is a must for this breed. With his spirited disposition and tendency to jump up on everyone he meets, the Flat-Coat can be a handful without proper training. Boredom can lead to nuisance behaviour such as digging and chewing. This dog is boisterous and has a high energy level. He needs lots of exercise and is particularly fond of water. Swimming is the true joy of his life!


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Clubs and Organizations

The Flat Coated Retriever Society of Canada

Flat Coated Retriever Society of Alberta 

National Retriever Club of Canada
(field trials)
Mountain Valley Retriever Training Club

Regina Retriever Club

Saskatoon Retriever Club

Manitoba Gun Dog Association

Vancouver Island Retriever Club

Retrievers ONLINE Magazine
(field trials/hunting)

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CKC Flat-Coated Retriever Breed Standard

Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Sophia Fanous, Affinity
British Columbia 

British Columbia


Sophia Fanous DVM
7312 Martin Road
Agassiz, BC    V0M 1A2
(604) 796-2720


Clea Shogren
Prince George, BC  V2N 1L1
(250) 565-1035





Loreen Frost
120 Pamely Avenue
Red Deer, AB  T4P 1J1
(403) 340-2443


Joan Grainger
33 Kentish Drive SW
Calgary, AB  T2V 2L4
(403) 680-6684





Hans and Margareta Berin
21085 - 2105 8th Street East
Saskatoon, SK  S7H 5N9
(306) 382-2698

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Brent and Judith Byers
Box 396
Dalmeny, SK  S0K 1E0
(306) 933-1861

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Judith Limbrick
12211 Five Side Road
Georgetown, ON  L7G 4S6
(905) 693-0102


Barry and Pauline Harrison / Steven Schmidt
1183 Aldersbrook Road
London, ON    N6G 4T3
(519) 473-6156 or (519) 857-2547





Nicole Germain
176 Montcalm
Ste. Catherine de la Jacques Cartier, QC  G0A 3M0
(418) 875-0255

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Nova Scotia


Kathy Howland
2346 Hwy 201 RR#3
Bridgetown, NS  B0S 1C0
(902) 665-2030



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