AKC PuppyFinder: Flat-Coated Retriever Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Happy, confident, intelligent, and forever young
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Highly energetic gundogs, Flat-Coats need lots of outdoorsy exercise
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 23-24.5 inches (male), 22-23.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 60-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-10 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Beauty, brains and personality: the Flat-Coated Retriever has it all. The breed is known for both superior retrieving skills and a cheerful, outgoing personality. They excel in the field and at dog sports like agility and obedience. This smart, athletic dog needs plenty of mental and physical exercise to be at his best. Your Flat-Coated Retriever puppy has a desire to please that makes him attentive and trainable. He may continue his puppyish hijinks and mischief-making into old age, making him a life-long playmate and companion.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1915

Breed History & Job Description: Flat-Coats are one of six AKC retriever breeds: tireless, trainable lake hunters who retrieve downed waterfowl. Retrievers mark where a duck falls and, on command, swim a straight path to the game, grip it gently in their mouth, swim a straight path back to the hunter, and deliver the prize to hand. In the park or backyard, a retriever’s hunting traits are expressed in seemingly endless games of fetch, an affinity for water, and an eagerness to work closely with an adored human.

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Flat-Coated Retrievers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Flat-Coated Retrievers are healthy dogs.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:


  • Hip Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.fcrsainc.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 89
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Flat-Coated Retriever Rescue and Referral
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: Janet.Boss.Rescue@gmail.com
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 410.750.7723
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.fcrsainc.org/rescue/index.html
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