Flat-Coated Retriever: Cute Water Rat with Many Talents

The qualities of the Flat-Coated Retriever impress both hunters, sports enthusiasts, and families with children. It combines powerful elegance with a noble appearance, is a docile, easy-to-care companion in windy and bad weather, as well as a sensitive friend for your children. He also gets along well with other animals.

Flat-Coated Retriever: History

The stocky Newfoundland was the ancestor of all retrievers. By crossing slender breeds such as the Setter, the Compact Water Dog became a uniquely elegant yet powerful dog that showed a pronounced talent for hunting on land and in the water. From this harmonious combination came the Flat-Coated Retriever. In the middle of the 19th century, this breed entered the stage of registered dog breeds.

Personality: Gentle Angel in Dark Coat

It’s actually surprising that you don’t see this dog more often. He’s a real insider tip, and that’s what keeps him from becoming an overly thoroughbred fashion dog. His personality is gentle, adaptable, and extremely friendly without being intrusive. Don’t underestimate his intelligence and willingness to move. Flat-Coated only becomes a homebody when the mind and body are put to the test. Jumping, running, swimming – his favorite program suits both active people and children. Difficult tasks, such as working as an assistance dog for the disabled, are well suited to the dark Retriever.

Easy to care for, easy to train, willing to work and play – does a Flat-Coated Retriever look like a picture book dog? Yes, yes – after all, a smooth-haired athlete is “only” a dog. Like all representatives of the Retriever family, he is prone to a certain voracity. A balanced high-quality lining that matches his activities ensures that he maintains his slim figure. No treats are needed during training. Flat-Coated loves to live up to your expectations without the extra calories. Daily long walks, after training, when the dog was two years old, also cycling, and swimming – this is your future joint sports program.

Health: Impeccable

The Dark Retriever has good genes and is in good health, mostly without any known hereditary diseases.


If you value a dry couch, you should train the Flat-Coated for the dog basket beforehand. Thanks to their Newfoundland and Water Spaniel genes, every retriever is magically attracted to the river, lake, and ocean surf. A puddle is enough for a puppy. Luckily, shiny coats match this preference perfectly. However, daily brushing is part of a fixed program. Only then will the coat typical of the breed (thin hairs on the legs, tail, and belly) remain beautiful.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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