Flat Coated Retriever
The breed was the main Gamekeeper’s Dog during the mid 19th Century.Dogs were selected primarily on their ability to do the job asked of them, and only later were they selected on show points.
The Flatcoat is reputed to be am amalgamation of the lesser Newfoundland dog (not to be confused with the larger Newfoundland) and the Black Welsh Setter, once owned by the Earl of Carmarthen.
Flatcoats are called the ‘Peter Pan’ of the gundog world. They retain their exuberance and love of life well into old age. Their constantly wagging tale is evidence of this!
Most flatcoats are easily trained given the correct guidance by a trainer who does not use harsh methods. They show their adaptability by their successes in field work, agility, obedience, tracking, and even assistance dogs.
A flatcoat does not thrive if separated from his human family for a long time – they will find something to amuse themselves with that may not be on your agenda! They may be too bouncy around very young children, or fragile older folk.
All breeding stock should be screened for Hip Dysplasia and their eyes tested for common anomalies and especially glaucoma. It is recommended that the dog is tested also for Patella Luxation.
This breed, as well as others, has a recognised incidence of cancer . This is possibly due to environmental causes interacting with a certain inherited factors, although the exact causes are yet to be determined.