Flat-Coated Retriever Breed Profile
Flat-Coated Retriever Breed ProfileFlat Coated Retrievers are extroverts and have a sense of humour. They are slow to mature and retain their playful puppy qualities into adulthood.
History of the Flat-Coated Retriever
The Flat Coated Retriever appeared in England in the late 1800s, and quickly became very popular because he had a softer mouth and a more docile temperament than any retriever in the past.
One particular Flat Coated Retriever called Jack, who lived in Wales, became a self-appointed lifeguard and local hero. He saved 27 people from drowning in Swansea Docks, collected money for charity, and became a national treasure. Jack received numerous awards, and today a stone memorial to ‘Swansea Jack’ stands on the seafront.
Flat-Coated Retriever health
Flat Coated Retrievers are generally a healthy breed but the following conditions are known:
- Patellar luxation.
Flat-Coated Retriever temperament
- Flat Coated Retrievers are extroverts and have a sense of humour.
- Faithful and loving.
- Energetic and playful.
Flat-Coated Retriever lifestyle
Flat-Coated Retriever trainability
- Flat Coated Retrievers are usually easy to house-train.
- They are versatile, tireless, working dogs, and can also take part in other dog activities.
- They get bored easily so keep training sessions short and interesting.
Flat-Coated Retriever general care
- Eager to please.
- Above-average exercise needs.
- Can be boisterous.
Facts about the Flat-Coated Retriever
- Flat Coated Retrievers are natural swimmers.
- They are slow to mature and retain their playful puppy qualities into adulthood, earning them the nickname the Peter Pan of the dog world.
- Founder of the Kennel Club, Sewallis Evelyn Shirley, helped to stabilise the breed type.