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Flat-Coated Retriever vs Newfoundland vs Labrador Retriever – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Flat-Coated Retriever Newfoundland Labrador Retriever
OriginsUnited Kingdom Canada England Canada
Group Gun Dog Working Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank96361
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Other Names Flatcoat, Flattie, Flatte Newf, Newfie, The Gentle Giant, Blackbear Labrador, Lab
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1915 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Working breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry
Price $1000-$1200 $1500-$2000 $1000-$2000

General Appearance - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Newfoundland vs Labrador Retriever

Size Large Giant Large
Weight 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) Male: 130-150 pounds (59-68 kg), Female: 100-120 pounds (45-54 kg) Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight 65 pounds (29.5 kg) Male: 140 pounds (63.5 kg), Female: 110 pounds (49.5 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height 22-23 inches (56-58 cm) Male: 27-29 inches (69-74 cm), Female: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm) Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58,5 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 28 inches (71.5 cm), Female: 26 inches (66 cm) Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Newfoundland vs Labrador Retriever

Coat Thick Shiny Fluffy Waterproof Thick Dense Waterproof Hard Short
Colors Liver Black Gray Brown White Black Yellow Chocolate Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Flat-Coated Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Flat-Coated Retrievers shed moderately.
Newfoundlands are heavy shedders.
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Newfoundland vs Labrador Retriever

Temperament Friendly Devoted Outgoing Confident Optimistic Intelligent Cheerful Intelligent Social Gentle Courageous Loyal Sweet Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Flat-Coated Retriever is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Newfoundland's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Trainability
Flat-Coated Retrievers are easy to train.
Newfoundlands are easy to train.
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Newfoundlands, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Flat-Coated Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Flat-Coated Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Newfoundlands are highly affectionate dogs.
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Social Needs
Flat-Coated Retrievers need for social interaction is average.
Newfoundlands are a social breed.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Flat-Coated Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Newfoundland rarely barks.
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Flat-Coated Retrievers are one of the best watchdogs.
Newfoundlands are one of the best watchdogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Flat-Coated Retrievers are average defenders.
Newfoundlands are extremely protective guard dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Flat-Coated Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Newfoundland has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Flat-Coated Retrievers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Newfoundlands have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Labrador Retrievers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Flat-Coated Retriever is strong enough to escape from home.
Newfoundlands have average wanderlust potential.
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Flat-Coated Retrievers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Newfoundlands have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Flat-Coated Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Newfoundlands adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Labrador Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Newfoundlands do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Newfoundland vs Labrador Retriever

Stranger Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are stranger friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are stranger friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are kid-friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are very kid-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
Newfoundlands are very cat-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are dog-friendly dogs.
Newfoundlands are dog-friendly dogs.
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Flat-Coated Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Newfoundland is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Newfoundlands are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Flat-Coated Retrievers are generally with other pets.
Newfoundlands are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Flat-Coated Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Newfoundlands are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Labrador Retrievers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Flat-Coated Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Newfoundland breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Newfoundland vs Labrador Retriever

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
Very healthy dog breed.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cancer Addison's Disease Bloat Cancer Cataracts Cherry Eye Cystinuria Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis Acute Moist Dermatitis Bloat Cataracts Cold Tail Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Myopathy Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 9-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Flat-Coated Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Newfoundlands have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Flat-Coated Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Newfoundlands have an average exercise need.
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Flat-Coated Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Newfoundlands sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Labrador Retrievers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3-4 cup high-quality commercial dog food (that is formulated for large-breed dogs), divided into two meals. 5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Flat-Coated Retriever can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers cold weather
The Newfoundland can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Flat-Coated Retriever has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Newfoundland has a high chance of bad smell.
High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Newfoundland is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Flat-Coated Retriever vs Newfoundland vs Labrador Retriever

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-8 puppies 4-12 puppies 5-10 puppies

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