The ancestry of the Flat-Coated Retriever lies in two prominent breeds: the Newfoundland and the Labrador Retriever. The blend has created what breed-aficionados call “Flatties” — sporty, happy dogs always looking for a good time.
Flat-Coated Retrievers are hunting dogs, bred to be athletic and active. However, they can adapt well to city living as long as they get enough outdoor exercise and at least a 45-minute daily walk. They’ll keep going as long as you do. A game of fetch will go a long way towards their happiness. (They’re retrievers after all–It’s in the name!)
Like other retrievers, Flatties will shed a fair amount, so you will notice lots of hair around the house.
Barking and Volume:
If Flat-Coated Retrievers get nervous, they may bark more than usual but their barking is not generally excessive.
Flatties can be distracted easily, but they’re also very intelligent. They’ll learn the basics with little effort but extensive training may be difficult and require more time and help.
Health Factors: Cancer is prevalent, as are hip dysplasia and low thyroid. *A responsible breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is adequate.
Training: Basic training will be sufficient for most.
The Flat-Coated Retriever’s coat is glossy and serves as a waterproof outer layer, so they don’t need a lot of maintenance: An occasional bath and weekly brushing is enough to keep them looking and feeling their best.
The good-humored temperament of Flatties means they play well with others and are happy to entertain (and be entertained by) kids. They are larger dogs, so they may be a bit much for small children, but they mean well. Early socialization is helpful.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
Flatties love to frolic and play, so they get along very well with other dogs.
Friendliness Towards People:
Flatties are optimistic, happy and good natured. They will treat everyone they meet like a new best friend and are happy to play with anyone. They’re friendly, but also loyal to their families.
BE PREPARED FOR: A bubbly, happy dog that wants to be by your side all the time, but who is also easily distracted and may need to be roped in sometimes.