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.
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"!
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