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Flat-Coated Retriever Dog Breed

Originating from England, the Flat-Coated Retriever was developed in the 1800s. The breed used to be considered a generic “Labrador” type dog known as “Retriever proper” and was created as a retriever for both land and water. The Flat-Coated Retriever was brought about from mixing breeds such as the Newfoundland, Irish Setter, Labrador, Water Spaniel and also possibly with some Collie breed. This is a medium to large-sized dog weighing 60 to 70 pounds and standing at a height of 22 to 23 inches. It has a fairly long head, a deep and long muzzle with a gradual stop. Eyes are almond shaped and come in dark brown or hazel. It has well-feathered ears that hang to the sides and are small compared to the size of its head. A deep and wide chest and a back that is short and square characterize its balanced build. Its coat is of medium length, made of fine hairs but thick and lays flat to the body. Colours are usually in solid black or solid liver with abundant feathering on legs, tail and chest.

The Flat-Coated Retriever is an excellent bird dog with a keen sense of smell and excellent swimming ability. They can retrieve game birds on plains and even in areas with thick trees and shrubbery. Its other talents include retrieving, hunting, tracking, and competitive agility. As a house pet, it makes for a great family dog with its friendly and balanced temperament. They are excellent with children, love to play and very sociable. Active, obedient and intelligent, the breed is highly trainable. They can live up to 10 years.

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