Flat-Coated Retriever Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Flat-Coated Retriever so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited Kingdom flagUnited Kingdom
Other Names
What other names does the Flat-Coated Retriever have?
FlatteFlattieFlatcoat
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Flat-Coated Retriever Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Flat-Coated Retriever puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Flat-Coated Retriever, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Flat-Coated Retriever for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Flat-Coated Retriever gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Flat-Coated Retriever?
Very frequent: The Flat-Coated Retriever is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Flat-Coated Retriever Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Flat-Coated Retriever weigh? Flat-Coated Retriever weight:
60-70 pounds (27-32 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Flat-Coated Retriever? Flat-Coated Retriever average weight:
65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Flat-Coated Retriever? Flat-Coated Retriever height:
22-23 inches (56-58 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Flat-Coated Retriever average height:
Male: 23 inches (58,5 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Flat-Coated Retriever Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Flat-Coated Retriever have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
ThickShiny
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Flat-Coated Retriever's coat?
LiverBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Flat-Coated Retriever and how often?
Easy to groom: The Flat-Coated Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Flat-Coated Retriever is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Flat-Coated Retriever dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Flatte?
Flat-Coated Retrievers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Flat-Coated Retriever need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Flat-Coated Retriever every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Flat-Coated Retriever Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Flat-Coated Retriever have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
FriendlyDevotedOutgoingConfidentOptimisticIntelligent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Flat-Coated Retriever? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Flat-Coated Retriever is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Flat-Coated Retriever dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Flat-Coated Retriever sensitivity:
Sensitive: Flat-Coated Retrievers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Flat-Coated Retrievers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Flatte need? Flat-Coated Retriever social needs:
Flat-Coated Retrievers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Flat-Coated Retriever dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Flatte bark?
Average: The Flat-Coated Retriever barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Flat-Coated Retriever good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Flat-Coated Retriever dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Flat-Coated Retriever dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Flat-Coated Retriever bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Flatte? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Flat-Coated Retriever? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Flat-Coated Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Flat-Coated Retriever has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Flat-Coated Retriever bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Flat-Coated Retriever, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Flat-Coated Retriever do?
Flat-Coated Retrievers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Flat-Coated Retrievers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Flat-Coated Retriever to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Flat-Coated Retriever roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Flat-Coated Retriever is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Flat-Coated Retriever have high 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. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Flat-Coated Retriever good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Flat-Coated Retriever breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Flat-Coated Retriever indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Flat-Coated Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Flat-Coated Retriever Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Flat-Coated Retriever temperament with other people:
Flat-Coated Retrievers are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Flat-Coated Retriever dogs get along with other pets? Are Flat-Coated Retriever dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Flat-Coated Retriever dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Flat-Coated Retriever temperament with children:
Flat-Coated Retrievers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Flat-Coated Retriever dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Flat-Coated Retriever good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Flat-Coated Retriever dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Flat-Coated Retriever can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Flat-Coated Retriever breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Flat-Coated Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Flat-Coated Retrievers good office dogs? Do Flat-Coated Retrievers make good office friendly dogs? Can Flat-Coated Retrievers be office dogs?
No
Flat-Coated Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Flat-Coated Retriever dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Flatte temperament with senior people? Are Flat-Coated Retriever dogs good for elderly owners?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Flat-Coated Retriever Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Flat-Coated Retriever dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Flat-Coated Retriever rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Flat-Coated Retriever breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Flat-Coated Retriever breed? Most common health risks of Flat-Coated Retriever:
Cancer
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Flat-Coated Retriever breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Flat-Coated Retriever see the vet?
Rare
The Flat-Coated Retriever should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Flat-Coated Retriever dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Flat-Coated Retriever be? What is the age limit of the Flat-Coated Retriever? How many years can the oldest Flat-Coated Retriever live?
9-13 years
The average lifespan of Flat-Coated Retriever: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Flat-Coated Retriever breed hypoallergenic?
No
Flat-Coated Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Flat-Coated Retriever have? What is the activity level of the Flat-Coated Retriever?
Flat-Coated Retrievers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Flat-Coated Retriever dogs require per day?
Flat-Coated Retrievers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Flat-Coated Retrievers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Flat-Coated Retriever need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3-4 cup high-quality commercial dog food (that is formulated for large-breed dogs), divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Flat-Coated Retriever risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Flat-Coated Retriever's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Flat-Coated Retriever's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and 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.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Flat-Coated Retriever has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Flat-Coated Retriever drool?
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Flat-Coated Retriever could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Flat-Coated Retriever. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Flat-Coated Retriever As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Flat-Coated Retriever be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Flat-Coated Retriever is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Flat-Coated Retriever be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Flat-Coated Retriever be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Flat-Coated Retriever is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Flat-Coated Retriever be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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. Flat-Coated Retriever is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Flat-Coated Retriever be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Flat-Coated Retriever is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Flat-Coated Retriever be a boat dog?

Yes

Flat-Coated Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Flat-Coated Retriever be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Flat-Coated Retriever is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Flat-Coated Retriever dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Flat-Coated Retriever Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Flat-Coated Retriever: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Flat-Coated Retriever have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-8 puppies

Flat-Coated Retriever Recognition

AKC Group
Is Flat-Coated Retriever recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1915 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Flat-Coated Retriever recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Flat-Coated Retriever breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryAustralian National Kennel CouncilCanadian Canine RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Flat-Coated Retriever Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Flat-Coated Retriever is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Flat-Coated Retrievers are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Flat-Coated Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Flat-Coated Retriever is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Flat-Coated Retrievers are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Flat-Coated Retrievers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Flat-Coated Retrievers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Flat-Coated Retrievers are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Flat-Coated Retrievers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Flat-Coated Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Flat-Coated Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Flat-Coated Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Flat-Coated Retriever breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Flat-Coated Retriever's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Flat-Coated Retriever is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: Flat-Coated Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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  • riggins owner jhw

    Jul 29, 2020, 8:04:37 PM:

    best dog ever. smart. connected. loving and playful (even after seven years). so friendly and engaged with people. obedient and trainable.

  • Flat-Coated Retriever

    Dec 9, 2019, 5:39:49 AM:

    Best dog EVER❣ He lived to the ripe old age of 15❢ As loyal as they come, and that in spite of the fact that we adopted him when he was two years old. I wouldn't have traded him for the world❣❣❣