- WEIGHT: 35 to 55 lbs
- HEIGHT: 19 to 24 inches
- COLOR(S): Solid colored with or without white trim, and predominantly white with mask.
- BREED GROUP: Herding
Flat Coated Retriever
WEIGHT: 60 to 70 lbs
HEIGHT: 22 to 25 inches
COLOR(S): Black or liver.
Flat Coated Retrievers are attentive, friendly, and intelligent. They are lively, exuberant and joyful in personality. They love to play with children, although they are too large to handle by small children. They get along well with other animals, and are good as watch dogs. Although fun loving, they are also hard workers. They excel in retrieving. They are hardy and sound, a very easygoing breed. Flat Coated Retrievers are less popular than the Golden or Labrador, making their temperament and health more trustworthy due to lack of excessive breeding.
Minimal grooming, a brushing of the Flat Coated Retriever's coat weekly will keep their coat beautiful. Bathe only when necessary, keep nails trimmed, clean ears, and trim ears and feet.
Hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, glaucoma, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and cancer. Flat Coated Retrievers have a higher than normal tendency to have cancer.
Regular daily exercise of walks, free run and swimming when possible. Without proper outlets for their energy, a bored Flat-Coated Retriever may resort to digging in gardens, chewing or other nuisance behavior.
Training should begin when they are young. The Flat-Coated Retriever gets along well with dogs and other pets. They are active, obedient and highly trainable, and can get bored easily without variety. Keep training sessions short and fun, without excessive repetition.
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