Flat-Coated Retriever

Sporting Group

Flat-Coated Retriever sitting in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 22-23.5 in, Males 23-24.5 in

Weight

60-70 lbs

Life Expectancy

8-10 yrs

History

The Flat-Coated Retriever originated in England during the mid-1800's. They were bred to retriever waterfowl from lakes that hunters had downed. While they used to be Britain's most popular retriever, Labrador and Golden Retrievers surpassed them in popularity. It is believed that the Flat-Coated Retriever's ancestry includes the St. John's Dog and some setter breeds.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Flat-Coated Retrievers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Good-natured, eager to please, and friendly to everyone

Favorite passtime is swimming and playing in bodies of water

Easy going and extremely adaptable to changing circumstances

Slow to mature and keep their playful, puppy-like personality into old age- they're sometimes called the "Peter Pan" of dogs

Tend to be sensitive and don't respond well to harsh training or scolding