Flat-Coated Retriever


As its name implies, the Flat-Coated Retriever is a breed with a smooth coat. The coat is moderately longer from the chest to the tail. The breed has a large and long head with a vague stop. The ears are moderately small in comparison with the head and are positioned flat against the head. The chest is broad and extends long. The body is well developed with strong front and back quarters. The forelegs are straight while the back legs are slightly angular. The breed’s tail is set in line with the back, but typically hangs low. The eyes are medium size and have a significant amount of space between them.


A friendly disposition can be a positive and negative aspect of the Flat-Coated Retriever. It is positive in that it will get along with every member of its family, including other dogs. Its friendly nature can be a negative trait because it may not alert its family of an intruder. the breed can provide endless hours of play with children. Because the breed is so loving, it expects love in return. If kept indoors, the breed tends to be less energetic. The breed can be trained so that it doesn’t jump on visitors to the house.

Height and Weight

The Flat-Coated Retriever weighs an average of 22-23 inches tall and weighs about 60-70 pounds.

Health Problems

Along with common conditions, such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and hip dysplasia, the Flat-Coated Retriever may also develop cancer and diabetes.

Ideal Living Conditions

While the Flat-Coated Retriever would love to stay inside with its family, it is more suited to outdoor living conditions. When kept outdoors, the Flat-Coated Retriever needs attention. If the breed spends too much time without interacting with people it can look for other activities to keep it busy. These other activities are often unpleasant for its owner. Indoor types need more exercise.


The Flat-Coated Retriever is an energetic breed and will generally obtain sufficient exercise. Indoor types require more exercise since they tend to be less active. The breed will appreciate all opportunities for physical exercise. Long walks or runs are great forms of exercise for this breed.

Life Expectancy

The Flat-Coated Retriever tends to live for 10 years.

Litter Size

The Flat-Coated Retriever typically has a litter size of 10 puppies.


The coat of the Flat-Coated Retriever looks as though it requires a significant amount of maintenance. The coat is actually very easy to maintain. Brushing the coat at least once a week is all that is necessary. More brushing is required during shedding months, although the breed is not a heavy shedder.


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The acceptable colors of the Flat-Coated Retriever are reddish brown and black.