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Flatcoated Retriever

The Flatcoated Retriever is a long and lean, and is the most racy-looking of the retrievers. They are bright and active with an intelligent expression. The dense, flat coat has a high shine, legs and tails are well feathered, giving an impression of a smart, attractive and athletic animal.  

8 – 14 years
27-36kg for males and 25-32kg for females
58-61cm for males and 56-58cm for females
Black or liver
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Basic training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

Flatcoated Retrievers can be prone to:
- Hip dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Histiocytic sarcomas which are a serious type of cancer that starts in a particular type of immune cell.
- Glaucoma which is a painful condition where the pressure in the eye builds up.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme
- Eye testing for pectinate ligament abnormality testing to look for signs that a dog is affected by glaucoma.


Kindly, lively yet gentle, the Flatcoated Retriever is less prone to the rather over-enthusiastic and potentially boisterous nature that some other retrievers are known for! Slow to mature and rather sensitive in nature, the Flat Coat is even-tempered and highly adaptable. A good family dog with the right training and an understanding home, the Flattie will enjoy accompanying family on long walks and taking part in training, and competitive dog sports. Snuggling up on the sofa is also a popular activity for the well-exercised Flatcoated Retriever! 

What owners say about this breed...

Flatcoated Retriever
Dog Owner

Meet Islay

"They love human company, they don't like being alone, they love variety - a different walk, new games to play or just a new treat."

Flatcoated Retriever
Dog Owner

Meet Bronte

"I knew FCRs were “air scenters” but I hadn’t fully appreciated what it meant. There is temptation everywhere for them to explore so make sure you’ve worked together on your recall."

flatcoated retriever
Dog Owner

Meet Scully

"Their zest for life is infectious and you need a sense of humour to live with them."

Did You Know?

  • The Flat Coated Retriever was originally named the ‘Wavy Coated Retriever’ however as breeders bred primarily for function rather than appearance, the wavy coat was slowly lost and eventually the name was changed to Flat Coated Retriever to reflect their appearance.
  • They are known amongst fans as the ‘Peter Pan’ breed due to their slow maturing, puppy-like behaviour that extends well into adulthood and even old age.
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