Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 10-13 years
Weight: Male: 28-31, Female: 27-30
Height: Male: 23-25, Female: 22-24
Origin of Name: The Flat-Coated Retriever is an active, multitalented bird dog with a strong desire to please people.
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Flat-coats are one of six AKC retriever breeds: tireless, trainable lake hunters who reclaim the downwatersowl. The complainants mark where a duck falls and upon command, float a straight path to the game, hold it gently in their mouths, run back a straight path to the hunter, and distribute the prize in hand. In the park or backyard, a retriever's hunting signs express the seemingly endless game of fetuses, a fascination for water, and an eagerness to work together with a venerable human.
Flat-coats were first banned in the mid-1800s, a relatively recent development in the AKC universe, where many breeds go back to antiquity. Before overtaking Labs-Goldens, flat-coats were at one time Britain's most popular retriever, and were once called the ""gamekeeper's dog"" because of their wide use on the spread wealth of English Gentry.
Component breeds in the genetic bacround of the flat-coat are St. John's Dog (an early version of the lab) and a variety of sets. From the beginning, the coat was a striking aspect of the breed. Alternate breed names include Wavy-Coated Retriever, Black Wavy Retriever, and Smooth-Quoted Retriever, all referring to the unique beauty of the breed. In addition to its good look, the coat is highly functional: it protects these luxurious retrievers from harsh weather, icy water and punishing ground cover.