The Flat-Coated Retriever is a medium-sized dog with an appearance of strength combined with elegance. His expression is gentle, keenly attentive and clearly shows intelligence.
Personality and Traits
Training is best done in short sessions and in a manner that gives the most opportunity for success. The Flat loves to please and get it right - scolding is not well received.
This breed is very people oriented and has a wonderful temperament. He thrives on attention and interaction with his owners, but does not like being left alone too long.
Flats are slow maturing dogs and retain an exuberance and youthful behavior throughout their lifetime.
Appearance, Coat and CareHeight: 22-24 inches
Weight: 55-70 lbs
Color variations: Solid black or liver
The dense coat is shiny, flat-lying and of medium length. Grooming needs are modest - a bit of time is all it takes about once a week to maintain its good looks.
For the coat, you'll need a slicker brush if your dog gets into a lot of stuff during his walks - this tool is good for easing out the junk. Follow up with a regular brushing to finish the job. You may also need to use a comb along with a Tangle Remover Spray to loosen up any difficult snarls that may be hiding in the longer hair.
During shedding season, the coat will look much better if the routine is done on a daily basis - also to avoid additional housekeeping!
Follow up the coat care with an inspection of the ears and gently clean them if excessive wax is present. If there's any sign of infection, of course you'll consult your vet.
Teeth and Nails: Daily brushing of the teeth is ideal and if you start this early in life, pets become used to it quite quickly. My dog actually comes running to have his teeth cleaned because he loves the taste of this toothpaste. If you can't manage daily, shoot for at least a couple of times a week, because dental care is so important.
Clip the nails as necessary and if this is a bit of a battleground with clippers, try a dremel which is much easier.
Activity Level:The Flat loves to be active and needs regular exercise as well as opportunities to run freely. Long walks, games of fetch and access to swimming, which they obviously adore, are ideal activities.
Space Needs:This breed definitely needs room to run. A home with good-sized yard is the ideal environment or in lieu of that a safe and secure place where he can be taken for the chance to run off leash.
Children:This breed has a gentle easy-going nature and likes to join in the playful activities of children, though they can be a bit boisterous and need to be trained around smaller children.
As always play between children and any pet dog should be supervised by an adult as both can be unpredictable.
Elderly:Although the Flat-Coated Retriever is a warm and gentle companion, the exercise needs would probably be too much for a sedentary family to fulfill.
An account of the breed's history, followed by advice on puppy selection and care, adult management, and coat care.
The breed standard is described in detail (the author is a judge) and the book also covers breeding, color inheritance, whelping and rearing a litter. The working Flat-Coat is discussed as a top class gundog, a popular show dog, and a super companion!
Also includes advice on appropriate training methods as well as many photos of the breed.
Dr. Pitcairn's book is one of the most trusted references for natural pet health care. Anyone who is interested in the holistic approach to natural healing as well as chemical-free nutrition for their pets will find this book invaluable.
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