Flat-Coated Retriever: A Loyal and Active Breed
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a gundog that is known for its outgoing and affectionate personality. This breed originated in the United Kingdom during the mid-19th century, where they were crossbred with Newfoundland dogs, Setters, Water Spaniels, and possibly other retrievers to create an excellent retriever of game on land or water.
The Flat-Coated Retriever has a well-proportioned body with strong bones and musculature. They stand between 22-24 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh around 60-70 pounds. Their coat is thick, flat or wavy, dense black or liver color; some white markings may be present on chest ad forelegs.
This breed loves companionship but also retains their hunting instincts so adequate daily exercise should always be provided. They are friendly towards children, adults as well as other pets which make them great family dogs. The breed’s eagerness to please makes it easy to train; however positive reinforcement training techniques must be used rather than punishment-based methods.
Like all breeds of dogs, there are health concerns associated with the Flat-Coated Retrievers such as hip dysplasia and certain eye disorders (e.g., cataracts). Additionally cancer incidence rate for this breed appears higher compared to many others ones.
Itâ€™s important for potential owners to research reputable breeders who ensure proper screening tests have been performed before breeding two parents together.
Flat-coats have an average lifespan of 10â€“12 years which can be extended by maintaining good health through regular checkups , healthy eating habits i.e diet rich in nutrients required by dog’s body need & sufficient physical activity every day!
Given their origins as hunters this active sporting dog requires regular exercise i.e long walks/jogs/swimming sessions/fetch games in a secure area with control of the dog. Because they need regular exercise to stay healthy, this breed is perfect for families who enjoy spending time outdoors.
Special Grooming Needs
Their thick coat should be brushed daily or frequently during shedding seasons & occasional baths are necessary (once every 3-4 months) to keep them clean. Additionally routine grooming appointments by professional groomers can help maintain their coat and reduce matting.
Owners should trim nails regularly since if left untrimmed it can cause discomfort or pain while walking/jogging/runs.
Flat-Coated Retrievers excel at obedience training; it’s important not to use heavy-handed methods as these dogs respond best when trained using positive reinforcement techniques such as treats/praise etc.
Itâ€™s also important that the socialization process starts early so pups get used to other people/animals and grow up confident rather than fearful timid ones later on.
Compatibility with Children/Pets
Flat-coats are generally friendly towards children/pets but proper introductions still must take place especially while house training period . An adult supervising both sides, giving rewards/treats can ensure better relationship building between animals/people which will create lifelong bonds!
Some flat-coats have an enthusiastic greeting response, some love digging holes, some become very noisy upon greeting others! The intelligence and exuberance associated with the breed make them great family pets but may require extra attention/training depending on your particular pet’s individual quirks
Notable Flat-Coat Retrievers include Mocha “the ball catcher” known for her exceptional fetching skills and Freedom “the therapy dog”. Others include Calypso from Pixar’s Inside Out movie!
The breed has been owned by notable figures such as Theodore Roosevelt & Dwight D Eisenhower.