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Ty Brown

Ty has been featured in National TV and Radio shows like Voice of America and has been

training dogs ever since he was 14 years old.

NBA players, NFL players, professional golfers, singers, wrestlers, governors, CEOs, billionaire entrepreneurs, and many other celebrities trust Ty because of his unique approach to training their pets.

He has trained dogs in 18 states in the U.S.A and four other countries worldwide and has spent several years working with high level executive protection dogs who make wonderful family pets, but potent guardians if called upon.

Val Heart

Val is an internationally recognized Expert Animal Communicator and Master

Healer who has authored 6 books on Animal Communication and has been featured in several TV and Radio shows such as the Wayne & Jayne Radio Show and Whole Life Radio with Carmen & John LaMarca.

Her uncanny insight into 'animal thought' comes from having intimately worked with over 6,200 animals during the past 30 years, which is why we trust her profound experience when she speaks.

Dr. Susan Lauten

Dr. Lauten has a Masters in Animal Nutrition and a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences.

Recently a guest of

Dr. Marty Becker on "Top Vets Talk Pets" and interviewed by The Oregon Live, she has authored several peer-reviewed articles and veterinary nutrition reference book chapters.

With 5 years of experience teaching Veterinary Nutrition at a Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Dr. Lauten brings unequalled veterinary perspective into how your dog should be cared for both medically and nutritionally.

Sally Rushmore

Sally has a current practice which teaches nearly 200 young dog owners to train their dogs in obedience and

agility each year.

Having spent over 40 years training dogs, Sally has proven experience in helping dogs to love and obey their owners and bond deeply with them - while guiding owners to truly appreciate the wonderful gift of friendship this inevitably brings.

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Group: AKC Sporting, KCGB Gun Dog

Also Known As: Flattie, Flat-coats


About Flat-Coated Retriever

Country of Origin, History of the breed

The Flat-Coated Retriever is a relatively new breed. It was developed in the 1800s by crossing Irish Setters, Labrador Retrievers, Water Dogs, and the St. John’s Newfoundland. The breed was fairly popular with cod fishermen off the coast of Newfoundland and was one of several breeds referred to as “Labradors.” At some point sheepdogs – probably Collies – were added into the breeding.

The Retriever classification of the 1859 British dog show included Curly-Coated, Wavy-Coated, and Smooth-Coated Retrievers. Flat-Coats were shown as Wavy-Coated. The breed gained popularity with breeders in England. However, it was nearly lost by the end of World War II. Stanley O’Neill, a great authority on Flat-Coats, revived the breed. By the mid-1960s it was flourishing in the United States as well as Europe.

It is a very highly regulated breed by those who raise Flat-Coats. Those desiring to own them must sign contracts with very strict rules on breeding and not relinquishing a dog and must be tightly screened for appropriateness of placement of each puppy.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The silhouette of a Flat-Coated Retriever is unforgettable. Often described as a cross between a Golden Retriever and an Irish Setter, the Flat Coat is lean, sleek, and powerful. The Flat-Coated Retriever’s back is level and his head and neck appear to be a single part. His head is narrower than a Golden’s.

A Flat-Coat is well-balanced and extremely elegant. Although his legs appear small in diameter, they are very strong and springy. Flat-Coated Retrievers look proud and intelligent and act alert, happy and ready to go. The medium length black or brown coat is extremely shiny and lies flat against the body. The legs and tail are well feathered.

Coat Color

The Flat-coated Retriever comes in two colors – black or liver. Both colors are solid and cannot have even one hair of any other color. The coat is very shiny and lies flat against the body.

Coat Type

The medium length black or brown coat is extremely shiny and lies flat against the body. There is also an undercoat which becomes much heavier in the fall and winter. The legs and tail are well feathered.

Flat-Coated Retrievers are constant shedders with extremely heavy shedding in the spring and fall. Using a shedding blade on them is often necessary during their heavy shedding times. Your house will always have black or brown fur floating around and on the floors.


Males: 23 – 24.5 inches
Females: 22 – 23.5 inches

The English version of the Flat-Coated Retriever tends to be taller than the American version.


60-70 lbs for both male and female is appropriate.

This breed should look lean and muscular. The ribs should be able to be seen. Do not overfeed.

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Temperament of the Dog

Flat-Coated Retrievers are very active dogs. They are smart and friendly and learn quickly, but sometimes they can be too friendly. Regular, consistent obedience training can help prevent this problem.

Flat-Coats are always cheerful and ready for a game, a run, or a ride in the car. Their puppy-like exuberance lasts well into later years.

Flat-Coated Retrievers seldom bark except to ask to go play with someone, so do not get them to be a watchdog. They are known to be ‘counter cruisers’ – stealers of food left on the kitchen counter!

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

Flat-Coated Retrievers are very excitable dogs when outdoors and love to swim, hunt, and retrieve. They are very soft-mouthed and are great retrievers of waterfowl.

However, when they get indoors, they quiet down and are very sociable, although they demand quite a bit of human contact and attention. Flat-Coats always want their heads rubbed, backs scratched or someone with which to curl up and sleep.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

The Flat-Coated Retriever is superb with children. The more people in the family (even if they are only there sometimes) the happier he is! As a family dog, he has a gentle, even temperament. He is smart, active, and friendly with everyone. The Flat-Coat never snaps and seldom growls, usually moving to allow another pet to eat his food rather than fight for it.

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Training Your Flattie

Flattie training and socialization should start early and be consistent throughout their life, or they will not be consistent in obeying. They need plenty of short training sessions and training games because they are easily bored and distracted. They do best when their training is mixed up some, with games and other things mixed in with training.

They make excellent obedience and agility dogs. They are also very good at flyball and hunting trials. They make excellent companions for those who jog or run or camp and hike.


Activity Level

How active is the Breed?

Flat-Coated Retrievers are one of the most active breeds. They remain very active throughout their lives.

Exercise Need

Flat-Coats need to run and play every day. They like a large, fenced yard with activities outside the yard to watch. A farm or ranch suits them fine, especially if there is a creek to play in and other animals to run with. However, they will settle down indoors.

Adult Flat-Coats can live in an apartment if they have a couple of long, brisk walks a day and a romp in a dog park or safely fenced area several times a week. Always keep them on a leash as they will run to see other people and animals with no regard for traffic no matter how well obedience-trained they are and the consequences will be tragic.



A weekly brushing is necessary to keep the Flat-Coats beautiful coat free of debris. Daily brushing will help with the amount of shedding. During the spring and fall, it may be necessary to use a shedding blade on the Flat Coat on an almost daily basis to help him get rid of his coat.

The monthly trimming of the toenails can be a real problem with this breed as his feet and legs are very sensitive and ticklish. Handle his feet often when he is young and always use a firm (not harsh) touch.

Flat-Coated Retrievers are prone to “Retriever Ear” and ear infections. Clean the ears at least once a week.


Health and Care

Genetic Problems

Health problems of the Flat-Coated Retriever include cancer, luxated patella (displaced kneecap), eyelash problems, cataracts, Ectropian, Entropian, glaucoma, hip dysplasia, PRA, CHD, diabetes, and epilepsy.

Breeding the Dog and any Cautions

Many litters in this breed have at least one puppy that is born with problems that need extensive medical care. Spend time with breeders who have had several litters to understand the extent of the care that is needed for whelping and raising a litter.

Litter Size: Litters can be as large as 13 puppies, but most litters are 6-10.

Life Span: About 10 – 12 years.

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National Breed Clubs

British – FlatCoated Retriever Society - www.flatcoated-retriever-society.org
US – Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America, Inc. – www.fcrsainc.org


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