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Flat-Coated Retriever

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Of English origin, the Flat-Coated Retriever already existed at the start of the 19th century under the name of Wavy-Coated. The Irish Setter, the Newfoundland and the Pointer would have contributed to this dog breed. English breeders would have also cross-bred them with Labradors. A working dog in the first World War, the breed was recognized in 1935. Currently, this dog is used for hunting, working (guide dog, drug search, etc) or as a companion. This breed is not extremely well-known outside of England.

This dog, listed in Group 8, is a retriever of game and waterfowl as they are excellent swimmers. They are one of the bigger dog breeds: 23 to 24 inches at the withers for 60 to 80 pounds in the males and 22 to 23 inches tall for 55 to 70 pounds in the females. Only black or brown coats are accepted. The Flat-Coated Retriever has thick hair that''s as flat as possible. The legs and tail are feathered with hair. Its head is long and quite big with a slight stop. The ears are medium and fall flat on each side of the head. Its body is short and round but powerful. The legs are muscly and supported by a strong bone structure. Its tail is short and straight off the back.

This animal is very tough. They are sturdy, lively, very fast and energetic. The Flat-Coated Retriever is often called a tireless dog. This dog also has an impressive nose. Sensitive, affectionate and happy, they make excellent companions and they are confident and gentle. However, you should know that these dogs are not always easy to train. In their first or even second year of life, the Flat-Coated Retrievers can be very up and down: one day, they are very obedient, the next, off in their own world. Their training must be done gently but firmly. This quirky personality often fades away by the time they''re adults. If well-trained, they are never aggressive but will normally need a human presence at their sides to stop them destroying everything. This animal gets easily attached to humans and won''t hesitate to go say hello to strangers most of the time.
The Flat-Coated Retriever is not a city-dweller as they need space and exercise to burn up their extra energy.
Un Retriever à Poil Plat noir dans un champ de coquelicots
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Un Retriever à Poil Plat couleur chocolat debout dans un champ
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Un Retriever à Poil Plat bondit dans une rivière
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