About this group
The Flat-Coated Retriever makes a fantastic family dog, as it is sweet natured, energetic, friendly, loves everyone, even strangers, and gets along with other dogs and pets.
The breed originated in the mid-1800s in England. The exact ancestry of the breed in uncertain, but is thought to include Newfoundland dogs, Setters, Water Spaniels and Collies. They started out very popular as gundogs, particularly with fishermen and hunters, for their superior sense of smell and swimming ability, but, by the end of the Second World War, they were nearly extinct, thought to be in part due to the rise in popularity of the Labrador and Golden Retrievers. Thankfully, careful breeding saved the breed and today they enjoy moderate popularity in the UK as both working dogs and family pets.
Health wise, Flat-Coated Retrievers are prone to cancer, hip dysplasia, eye problems and diabetes. However, they are considerably less prone to luxating patellas than other medium sized breeds.
They require daily exercise to stay healthy and happy and are at their best when they are allowed to live indoors with their family, where they tend to be quiet and inactive, and play outdoors, where they can use up their puppy-like energy levels.
By joining this group, you club together with other Flat-Coated Retriever owners to get a great deal for your loyal companion.