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Flat-Coated Retriever

Country/Date of Origin: Europe/1800s

The Flat-Coated Retriever was developed in the 1800s by crossing several already established breeds, including the Irish Setter, Labrador, Water Dog and the St. John's Newfoundland, though one source also mentions the Collie. The breed was fairly popular until the beginning of the World War, but was then overshadowed by the Labrador and Golden Retriever.

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AKC Group: Sporting

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Body Type:

  • Height: 22-23 inches
  • Weight: 60-70 pounds


  • Superb with children and a great family dog
  • Smart, active and friendly
  • Known to get along well with dogs and other pets


  • Needs only weekly brushings and little
  • Average shedder

Health Concerns:

  • Prone to Cancer
  • Hip dysplasia
  • RA, CHD, epilepsy and diabetes are occasionally seen
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • The Flat-Coated Retriever is not recommended for apartment life. It is relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard

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