22-25" (56-62 cm) 60-80 lb (27-37 kg) Moderate length coat, straight or slightly wavy, flat-lying, weather resistant. Feathering. Black or liver colour.
In the mid to late 1800s, S.E. Shirley produced a close-working gun dog he called the Flat Coated Retriever. Crossed from a variety of breeds such as Newfoundland, Labrador, setter, water spaniel and Collie, the Flat Coated Retriever became a popular show and working breed at the turn of the century. Later interest in Labrador and Golden Retrievers saw a decline in the breed, and many remaining dogs did not survive the two World Wars. Stanley O’Neill revived the breed in the 1960s. Today, the Flat Coated version of the breed remains uncommon, though he is recognized as an effective sporting dog. Efforts to maintain both type and working traits allowed the breed to remain consistent through working and showing lines.
Sometimes referred to as the Peter Pan of the dog world, the Flat Coated Retriever has a puppy-like personality he maintains throughout his life. He is a keen and intelligent hunter who loves children and bonds closely to his family, preferring to be around them as much as possible. The Flat Coated Retriever is quick to learn and does very well in sports such as agility, flyball or obedience.