The Flat-Coat excels as a family companion. He requires regular vigorous exercise, however, due to his working heritage. He is a versatile working dog, multi-talented sensible, bright, and tractable. Dog sports such as obedience, agility and hunt tests provide both mental and physical exercise. The Flat-Coat demonstrates stability and a desire to please with a confident, optimistic, and outgoing attitude characterized by a wagging tail.
Did You Know?
The Flat-Coated Retriever was admitted to AKC registration in 1915.
By 1918, the Flatcoat's popularity was overtaken by the modern Labrador Retriever, and by the end of the 1920's by the Golden Retriever. At times, particularly during the two World Wars, registrations dwindled to dangerous levels.
The Flatcoat's most famous patron was H. R. Cooke, who for over 70 years kept the breed in his fabulous "Riverside" kennel - a kennel perhaps unique among those for any breed of dogs in numbers, quality and awards won in the field and on the show bench.
Stanley O'Neill, one of the greatest authorities on the breed, showed selfless devotion in putting the Flatcoat on as sound a footing as possible and in advising new patrons on correct type in order to build stock in the 20th century.
The Flatcoat developed out of the same "Labrador" family as the well-known Labrador Retriever.
Flatcoat lineage holds evidence of Newfoundland, setter, sheepdog, and spaniel-like water dogs; regarded as a "mongrel" breed for many years.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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