A Versatile Family Companion Dog
The creating of this dog breed took many years,
starting about the early 1800s. S.E. Shirley, a founder of
the Kennel Club is credited with stabilizing the breed about
the year 1880. Many breeds contributed to this outstanding
and versatile hunting dog, including the Newfoundland Dog,
some setters, collie, and spaniel-like water dogs. Interest in
the breed rose to a high before World War I, then ebbed to a
low about the time of World War II. Since then, interest
has increased in Britain, Europe and North America.
The Flat-Coated Retriever comes in two colors only,
solid black or solid liver. It is a superb hunting dog, very
intelligent, sensible, tractable and very willing to work. In
the home, it is a most happy, friendly, and devoted family dog.
It is very companionable, good with children and bonds to the
whole family. It is a moderately active dog needing a large
living quarters and exercise several times a day. It does
shed, but not excessively, so grooming once a week is
usually sufficient. A good family addition!
Flat-Coated Retriever dog
Dog: 23 - 24½ in. (58 - 62 cm) at withers.
Bitch: 22 - 23½ in. (56 - 59.6 cm) at withers.
Weight: 60 - 70 lb. (27.3 - 31.8 kg).
Trainabilty: Very high.
Watchdog: Very good.
Life Expectancy: 10 - 14 years.