by Doris Donnerman
(last updated April 3, 2009)
The Flat-coated Retriever is very popular all over Great Britain, where he is renowned there as a gamekeeper's dog. In Great Britain the Flat-coated Retriever has been used extensively on estates and moors. However, he has never been very popular in America. Still the Flat-coated Retriever can be found in some sections of America. In America the Flat-coated Retriever has been used mainly for the purpose of retrieving. In England they work very well on upland game and waterfowl.
Originally the Flat-coated Retriever was called the Wavy-coated Retriever. There were various strains of this dog which produced types that differed considerably from each other. It is believed that the breed has its roots in the Labrador Retriever, the St. John's Newfoundland, the Gordon Setter, and the Irish Setter. The Flat-coated Retrievers were close working which made it easy to work with them. The dog likes to work in a quiet, business-like manner and takes direction easily. This trait, along with his intelligence, makes this type of dog very easy to train.
The Flat-coated Retriever is a bright dog of medium size (weighing in from sixty to seventy pounds) with an intelligent expression. He shows power without lumber and raciness. The dog's coat should be dense, of fine quality and texture, and be as flat as possible. His color is either black or liver color.
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