Flat-Coated Retriever Description
The Flat-Coated Retriever is an impressive dog that has a shiny black coat. The coat is moderate in length, and the head is long. The muzzle is wide, and the eyes should be hazel or brown in color. These dogs convey the impression of intelligence. The small ears should lie against the head, and the nose should be black in color. If the dog has a liver-colored coat, the nose color will be brown. The Flat-Coated Retriever has a broad chest, and the legs are well defined.
These dogs were first bred in the early 19th century, and it is mixed with such breeds as the Water Dog, Labrador, and possibly the Collie. This breed became popular during the Second World War however; it has not yet reached the popularity of the Labrador Retriever.
This is an excellent breed for children. In fact, the Flat-Coated Retriever is the ideal family dog. It is friendly, calm, and gets along with everyone. The primary problem with these dogs is that they may be too friendly to guests, and they do not make good guard dogs. The Flat-Coated Retriever can frequently be seen wagging its tail, which showcases its cheerful disposition. These dogs are sociable, and must constantly receive attention from those that care for them. The Flat-Coated Retriever will behave well with other dogs and pets. These dogs are simple to train but will need to be mentally stimulated, as they can easily become bored.
Cancer is a disorder that is commonly seen with these dogs. In addition to this, they may also suffer from hip dysplasia, PRA, and epilepsy. The Flat-Coated Retriever has a maximum life expectancy of 10 years.
This is an active breed that needs extensive amounts of exercise. These dogs are great for people who enjoy jogging, and they enjoy swimming or hunting as well. Owners will want to make sure these dogs are exercised on a daily basis. The Flat-Coated Retriever is not a good breed for those who live in apartments. It will function best in a moderate sized yard. Even when it is placed in the yard, owners will want to spend time with it, as it can become lonely.
Special Grooming Needs
The Flat-Coated Retriever has a coat that needs to be brushed each week. There is little need to cut the coat, and these dogs will shed a standard amount of fur.