The Flat-Coated Retriever is a great family dog, with a reliable temperament. Friendly, sweet and high-spirited, they love everyone, even strangers. They have a puppy-like attitude and always appear to be in good spirits. They love to play and retrieve, and with enough exercise they will be quiet indoors, saving the activity for the outside. They are active, obedient and highly trainable, and can get bored easily without variety. They react well to short and fun training sessions.
Major Health Concerns: Although generally a healthy breed, cancer is common in the Flat-Coated Retriever. Hip dysplasia, PRA, CHD, epilepsy and diabetes are occasionally seen.
Interesting Fact: The Flat-Coated Retriever was developed in England in the mid-1800’s from the St. John’s Dog, combined with the working field setter, sheepdogs and spaniels.
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