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|Country of Origin||Great Britain|
|Type of coat||Dense, fine to medium texture, medium length and lying flat.|
|Grooming||Minimal grooming, a brushing of his coat weekly will keep his coat beautiful. Bathe only when necessary, keep nails trimmed, clean ears, trim ears and feet.|
|Average height||22 - 23 inches|
|Average weight||60 - 70 lbs.|
|Activity level||Moderate to high|
|Intelligence||High, trainability is excellent, but needs to start early.|
|Trainability||Regular daily exercise of walks, free run and swimming when possible. Without proper outlets for his energy, a bored Flat-Coated Retriever may resort to digging in gardens, chewing or other nuisance behavior. Training should begin when young.|
|Compatibility with children||Yes, but can be too exuberant.|
|Character||Attentive, friendly, intelligent|
|Ideal home environment||City or country; house with a fenced yard.|
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The Flat-Coated Retriever is an easy-going and alert dog who's lively spirit is demonstrated by his head being held high, his eyes sparkling and his tail wagging. He is a good natural retriever on land and in the water, a natural in obedience, he thrives on training and pleasing his owner. He has a beautiful mane making him look very noble. (Note: In the name "Flat-Coated Retriever", it is the coat that is flat, not the dog itself).
Most likely developed from the Newfoundland and Labrador and possible the Collie or Setter. He was originally known as the "wavy-coated retriever". He gained tremendously popularity because of his temperament and working ability. Not as popular as the other retrievers, you may find him at a local hunting test or dog show.
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