Flat Coated Retriever

The Smooth-coated retriever is an English breed developed specifically to retrieve game birds, and is characterized by its smooth coat in black or liver colors, and its bangs on the limbs and tail. They are also very energetic, friendly and affectionate dogs.

General details

The breed has a slender appearance and medium size, with a weight ranging between 27 and 32 kilograms and a height varying between 58 and 62 centimeters in males, and between 56 and 60 centimeters in females. The average life expectancy is 8 to 10 years. It belongs to Group 8 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes retrievers and hunting dogs, as well as water dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Smooth-coated retriever emerged in the mid-19th century in England, where it was originally developed as a hunting dog, specifically for retrieving game birds. The breed is believed to have been created by crossing the St. John Newfoundland and different Setters. The breed has been given different names throughout history such as "Wavy Coated Retriever" or "Black Wavy Retriever". Despite having been one of the most popular breeds of retrievers in England, its population was drastically reduced after World War II. However, thanks to the efforts of breeders, the breed was maintained and today is valued as a hunting companion, therapy dog and excellent family pet.

Breed characteristics

The Smooth-coated Cobbler is an athletic looking breed, with a strong, muscular body, deep chest and square loin. Its head is long and the medium-sized eyes are brown or hazel, conveying an intelligent expression. The ears, small and pendulous, and the tail, straight and short, complement its figure. Their coat is straight and dense, and bangs abound on the limbs and tail, especially in the dog's adult years. The color can be solid black or liver. Smooth-coated retrievers are dogs of friendly and confident temperament. They are known for loyalty and devotion to their family members, with an innate desire to please their owners. They are also noted for their high energy levels, requiring regular exercise and mental stimulation to prevent destructive behavior. In addition, they are affectionate and enjoy children and other pets, making them an excellent family pet.

Common health problems

The smooth-coated retriever, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long, healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are diabetes mellitus, cataracts, elbow and hip dysplasia, histiocytosis and progressive retinal atrophy. In addition to the aforementioned conditions, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends an eye evaluation exam, along with a test to assess patellar luxation.

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