Flat-Coated Retriever


The Flat-Coated Retriever’s history can be traced to the 1800s, to dogs who served fisherman by retrieving fish and objects from the cold waters of Newfoundland. Crosses with these Retrievers and British Setters and Pointers eventually led to the Flat-Coated, which had the skills of both water dogs and bird dogs. Originally suited for hard work in the field, the Flat-Coated is an enthusiastic competitor and family member.


Medium to large, 60 to 70 pounds; females 22 to 231/2 inches; males 23 to 241/2 inches.


Black, liver.


Lively, sweet, eager to please, outgoing, and playful; one of the most devoted breeds. Known for its ever-wagging tail.

Determined in the field, with a great desire to hunt.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Hunter, athlete, or active family.


Vigorous exercise and mental challenges (agility and obedience), fenced yard, early and consistent training, family bonding, occasional brushing and bathing.

Life expectancy:

10 years.