About the Flat Coated Retriever

Flat Coated Retrievers share a range of characteristics with other retrievers, including sociability with humans and other dogs, natural retrieving skills and a love of water.

These affectionate, energetic dogs maintain their puppy-like excitement well into adulthood and are best suited to active, outdoor orientated families.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

United Kingdom
FCI Group 8, AKC Sporting Group
Avg life expectancy
10–13 translations.feature.breeds.years

Lively / Intelligent / Friendly / Enthusiastic / Confident / Loving


  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Requires outdoor space
  • Patient with children and other animals