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Flat-Coated Retriever (Lying, Black)
Lying, Black

Breed Information


2022: #103

2021: #93

2020: #102

2019: #104

2018: #91

2017: #96

2016: #89

2015: #86

Name Flat-Coated Retriever
Other names Flatcoat, Flattie, Flatte
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group

Sporting (AKC:1909)

Gun Dogs (UKC)

Size Medium to Large
Type Purebred
Life span 10-13 years







Height 22-23 inches (56-58 cm)

Male: 65-85 pounds

Female: 55-70 pounds




Litter Size 4-8 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $3000 USD

A Flat-Coated Retriever puppy is going to cost more than most other types of Retriever because of its rarity. You can expect to pay $1,500 to $3,000 for a good quality pet from a good breeder.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

1 stars

The Flat-Coated Retriever is not recommended for apartment life. It is relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard. This breed needs to be with his family to be happy. It does best when it is allowed to live inside and play outside.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

4 stars

Exercise Needs

5 stars

This active dog needs a daily walk or jog to be on its best behavior. Be sure the dog is made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. It especially enjoys the chance to hunt or swim. The Flat-Coated Retriever makes an excellent jogging companion.


2 stars

Low Maintenance: This breed has a straight, moderately long coat that stands up to cold weather, cold water, and rough brush. The beautiful coat may look high-maintenance, but it’s easy to care for with weekly brushing to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils.

Health Issues

5 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoCancer is common in this breed. Hip dysplasia, PRA, CHD, epilepsy and diabetes are occasionally seen.


5 stars

Ranking: #18 Full Ranking List


5 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


5 stars

Easy Training: The Flat-Coated Retriever is eager to please and enjoys learning, though it may require a little more time to learn than a Golden Retriever. Brief, varied, gentle training sessions are recommended. The Flat-Coated Retriever excels in retrieving, agility and obedience trials, and showing. Early obedience training is recommended.

Watchdog Ability

5 stars

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Flat-Coated Retriever Puppy (Puppies, Reddish-Brown & Black)
Puppies, Reddish-Brown & Black

Flat-Coated Retriever Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Lucy
02 Cooper Daisy
03 Lucky Molly
04 Oliver Lola
05 Teddy Maggie
06 Cody Ellie
07 Milo Stella
08 Riley Bailey
09 Buster Coco
10 Louie Penny
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


"Power without lumber and raciness without weediness" is the traditional description of the flat-coated retriever. It is strong but elegant, never cobby, among the most streamlined of the retrievers. It is slightly longer than tall, of moderate substance. The head is distinctive, long and of "one piece," all parts flowing smoothly into each other. The gait is ground-covering, smooth and efficient. The coat is thick and flat, of only moderate length, providing protection without adding weight. These attributes have resulted in a versatile and athletic hunter capable of retrieving over land and water.

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a sweet, exuberant, lively dog that loves to play and retrieve. It is on the go outdoors, but quiet indoors. This breed is among the most devoted and companionable of dogs, a true family dog. It needs regular exercise to be on its best behavior, however. It is a sensitive breed and very responsive to training. Its hallmark is its wagging tail.


The Flat-Coated Retriever was once considered a generic "Labrador" type dog, called a "Retriever Proper." It was developed in the 1800s from various retriever and spaniel water type dogs such as the Newfoundland, Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel and possibly the Collie. Some of these dogs were born with a flat, wavy coat and eventually they were categorized as a separate breed becoming the Flat-Coated Retriever. The Flat-Coats became very popular until the beginning of the World War when their numbers dwindled and their popularity never reached those high numbers again. More people choose to own a Labrador or Golden Retriever because they are cheaper and easier to find. The dogs were used by fisherman and hunters. They have a superior sense of smell, are excellent swimmers, and are able to work well in marshy areas. They are wonderful bird dogs, doing very well retrieving on plains and in areas thick with trees and bushes. The Flat-Coated Retriever was recognized by the AKC in 1915. Some of the Flat-Coated Retriever's talents are retrieving, hunting, tracking, watchdog and agility.

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