The Flat-Coated Retriever originated in Great Britain. This breed of dog is recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale). The registration took place under standard no. 121, Group 8 – Retrievers, Search Dogs, Water Dogs, Section 1 – Retrievers. A working dog with family pet potential.
History of the Flat-Coated Retriever
The Saint John’s Dog (also known as the Wavy Coated Retriever) is credited with being the progenitor of the retriever breeds. It was a smaller Newfoundland dog. It came to England with seafarers in the mid-18th century. His physique was strong and he was an endurance swimmer. In the 19th century, this “water dog” was crossed with other breeds (possibly setter and collie). Important breeding traits were performance and appearance.
The Flat-Coated Retriever in its current form was already being used as a hunting dog around 1850. The English nobility in particular was enthusiastic about his qualities as a retriever. The author Vero Shaw mentioned the Flat-Coated Retriever in his book “The illustrated book of the dog” in 1881 with a detailed description and a graphic.
The triumph of this elegant dog was eventually ended by the Labrador and the Golden Retriever. After the end of the Second World War, this pedigree dog was threatened with extinction. Committed breeders were able to prevent this. This breed has been recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) since 1954. He made a comeback as a fashion dog in the 80s. This rare retriever species has been bred in Germany since 1980. The German Retriever Club e. V. is responsible for the continued existence of the breed and the care of the breeders.
Essence and Character
The Flat-Coated Retriever is friendly and playful. Both characteristics go perfectly with his child-loving nature. Above all, he keeps his enthusiasm for playing well into adulthood. He is by no means a “couch potato”. This active dog is particularly suitable for sporty families. His urge to please makes parenting and living with him easier. The urge to work can be steered in the right direction by his obedience and willingness to learn. Families with a penchant for dog sports are the ideal partners for these four-legged friends who are willing to work. His family should share his love of water with him.
Purchase of a Flat-Coated Retriever
You should think carefully about whether this friendly and intelligent dog is a good match for you. He is fond of children and gets along well with other pets (dogs, cats). Due to his nature, he is rather unsuitable as a guard dog and greets every two-legged friend by wagging his tail. But, he has high demands on exercise and employment.
The biggest problem is he can’t be alone very well. The Flat-Coated Retriever wants and needs to be a full member of the family. Do your living conditions do justice to this pedigree dog? With a single person with a strenuous professional life away from home, this sensitive four-legged friend becomes unhappy.
What Do I Need to Pay Attention to When Purchasing?
The Flat-Coated Retriever is one of the rare dog breeds. Therefore, purebred specimens are on the market and an offer of a Flat-Coated Retriever Mix is bound to have a catch and is most dubious. You should contact reputable breeders. The waiting time can be months. Responsible breeders want a personal conversation with the future dog owner. This introductory phase is important and will influence the breeder’s decision to sell. In addition, all veterinary examinations are documented for regular puppies. The little ones are chipped, dewormed, and well socialized. The “dog room” is in the living area and the parents’ papers are available. We will be happy to help you in your search for the right puppy:
- German Kennel Club (VDH)
- German Retriever Club e. V. (DRC)
- Puppy development and training
A Flat-Coated Retriever Puppy is high-spirited. A consistent and loving upbringing puts this lively pup on the right track. Above all, education must be varied. A Flat-Coated Retriever will switch off very quickly with a boring “heel”. He wants to please and that is extremely practical for a novice dog, for example. There are numerous puppy courses that practice a “modern style of parenting” without drills. On this basis, the next step “young dog training” can be built. In these courses, two-legged and four-legged friends learn that “school” can be fun. Practical tips for everyday life help to implement what you have learned.