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Flat-Coated Retriever

Size: Large

Weight: 60 - 70 lbs.

Height: 22" - 24"

Life Span: 10 - 14 years

Health Problems: Patellar luxation; osteosarcoma

Origin: England (1800s)

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Flat-Coated Retriever needs daily exercise and will enjoy running, swimming and fetching games.

Grooming Needs

The Flat-Coated Retriever requires brushing several times per week.


The Flat-Coated Retriever is known to be extremely friendly. Although this breed enjoys children and other animals, early socialization and obedience training is necessary to prevent it from becoming unfriendly toward strangers. This breed is intelligent and tends to be a quick learner.

Compatibility with Kids

The Flat-Coated Retriever is known as a devoted family dog.


The breed originated in England during the 1800s, where it was developed to retrieve hunted birds. It is thought to be a descendant of the Labrador and Newfoundland. It was recognized by the AKC in 1915.

Pet Facts

The Flat-Coated Retriever is known for its constantly wagging tail.

Dog Food for Your Flat-Coated Retriever

Large Breed Puppy 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Puppy

Lower protein and fat levels than our Puppy Select Formula.

Large Breed Adult 15 lb. Front Counter

Large Breed Adult

Carefully formulated for the care and nutrition of large breed dogs.

Reduced Fat 6 lb. Front Counter

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.