Flat Coated Retriever Puppies?

Power without lumber and raciness without weediness is the traditional description of the FlatCoated Retriever. Their head is distinctive, long and of one piece, all parts flowing smoothly into each other. The gait is ground covering, smooth, and efficient. The coat is thick and flat, of only moderate length, providing protection without adding weight. These attributes have resulted in a versatile and athletic canine capable of retrieving over land and water.

With the development of more advanced firearms, hunters were increasingly able to shoot on the wing, but they needed a dog to mark the fallen bird and bring it back. The fishery dogs were unrivaled swimmers and natural retrievers, and crosses between them and British breeds such as setters or pointers honed the dogs bird sense.

In fact, it was among the earliest breeds to be shown at English dog shows. Near the end of the 1800s, crosses with a straighter-haired breed were made because the wavy coat was thought to be less water repellant. The breed was not recognized by the AKC until 1915, by which time it had already begun to drop in popularity.

By the end of the Second World War, the number of Flat-Coats had dwindled to the point that the breed was threatened with extinction. Concerted efforts to bring the breed back slowly succeeded, and the Flat-Coat now enjoys modest popularity as a companion and show dog, but has not regained its field presence. This active dog needs daily exercise and fun, and especially enjoys the chance to hike or swim.

The coat needs only weekly brushing and little, if any, minor trimming occasionally. Major concerns: malignant histiocytosis Minor concerns: CHD, glaucoma, patellar luxation, hemangiosarcoma, osteosarcoma, lymphosarcoma, gastric torsion, fibrosarcoma Occasionally seen: seizures, diabetes Suggested tests: eye, hip, knee Life span: 8 years Note: While the characteristics mentioned here may frequently represent this breed, dogs are individuals whose personalities and appearances will vary.

Please consult the adoption organization for details on a specific pet.

What is the average cost of a flat coated retriever puppy?

Flat-coated retrievers are not nearly as common as some other retrievers. It can be significantly more difficult to find them than other retrievers. Their overall costs are about what you’d expect from a larger dog. Typically, a puppy from a qualified breeder costs about $1,500 to $2,500.

What two breeds make a flat coated retriever?

St. John’s water dogs from Newfoundland, water spaniels and possibly collies were used specifically to develop the flat-coated retriever.

Do flat coated retrievers make good pets?

Flat-coated retrievers are wonderful family dogs. They are loving toward children, friendly to everyone and extremely sociable. They live to be with their family, and they thrive on attention and affection.

Do flat coated retrievers shed less?

Flat-coated retrievers are moderate shedders. They are not hypoallergenic but they do not shed as badly as other breeds. Dog owners who want to get a Flat-Coated retriever will need to keep up with regular grooming and brushing of their dog to make sure that the shedding is kept to a minimum.

We have been showing, hunting and breeding FlatCoated Retrievers for since 1990. Our breedings are done with careful consideration of proper breed type, structure, health, biddability and exceptional correct retriever temperaments to be the multipurpose hunting companions their heritage requires.

The Peter Pan of the Sporting Group, the forever-young FlatCoated Retriever is a gundog of relatively recent origin. Happy, self-assured, and willing to please, a good Flat-Coat will retrieve a duck or a show ribbon with equal aplomb.

History

One of the earliest uses of retrieving dogs was to help fishermen retrieve fish and objects from the water. In the nineteenth century, such retrieving dogs were especially popular with the cod fisheries around Newfoundland. Of these dogs, the most popular breeds were the Labrador (not to be confused with the present Labrador Retriever) and several sizes of Newfoundlands.With the development of more advanced firearms, hunters were increasingly able to shoot “on the wing,” but they needed a dog to mark the fallen bird and bring it back. The fishery dogs were unrivaled swimmers and natural retrievers, and crosses between them and British breeds such as setters or pointers honed the dog’s bird sense. The result was the Wavy-Coated Retriever, and it became quite popular in America and England. In fact, it was among the earliest breeds to be shown at English dog shows.Near the end of the 1800s, crosses with a straighter-haired breed were made because the wavy coat was thought to be less water repellant. Crosses to setters and collies of the time may also have been made. The resulting FlatCoated Retrievers became tremendously popular. The breed was not recognized by the AKC until 1915, by which time it had already begun to drop in popularity. By the end of the Second World War, the number of Flat-Coats had dwindled to the point that the breed was threatened with extinction. Concerted efforts to bring the breed back slowly succeeded, and the Flat-Coat now enjoys modest popularity as a companion and show dog, but has not regained its field presence.

Temperament

The FlatCoated Retriever is a sweet, exuberant, lively dog that loves to play and retrieve. They are on the go outdoors, but quiet indoors. This breed is among the most devoted and companionable of dogs, a true family dog. They need regular exercise to be on their best behavior, however. They are a sensitive breed and very responsive to training. Their hallmark is their wagging tail.

Upkeep

This active dog needs daily exercise and fun, and especially enjoys the chance to hike or swim. This is a family-oriented dog that does best when allowed to live inside and play outside. The coat needs only weekly brushing and little, if any, minor trimming occasionally.

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