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Flat-Coats - History Flat-Coated Retriever
All about the Flat-Coated Retrievers, the flat-coats temperament, history, suitability as a pet, how to train and keep a flat-coat:
Flat-coated retrievers came into their own in the shooting crazed 19th Century.
The breed originated in the UK from imported Newfoundland Wavy-Coated Retriever dogs which were then
crossed with Setters. The Flat-Coated Retriever was originally bred as a working hunting
retriever to fetch shot birds that landed in the water, though they make natural
gundogs in and out of the water. Breed Standard colours are black and the rarer liver-coloured. See the
Breed Standard Description page of The Flat-Coated
Retriever for more information.
Flat-coats make great pets due to their great nature - highly affectionate, gentle,
intelligent and obedient. They enjoy an active life and love to play - especially fetching and
carrying objects. Flat-coats love to please and are very attentive dogs who await their master's
commands eagerly - Lucy loves to carry shoes and slippers and distribute these around the
house and garden awaiting a reward or showing her eagerness by confidently wagging her
Flat-coats are such loyal, happy optimists and are very cheerful dogs, which makes them such loveable
and endearing gregarious companions. You can never be sad with one around. However if left
alone they will become quite despondent and unhappy. They just thrive off attention and
Whilst my four legged companion sat beside me I wrote a book which tells the story of The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital which reveals her origins in the QAIMNS and where she meets a QA veteran of Afghanistan. She still walks her wards and tells her story by taking Scott Grey, a QARANC nurse, to the battlefields of World War One and beyond. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by CG Buswell. Read the first chapter for free.
Flat Coated Retrievers Book
Flat-Coated Retriever (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
is a detailed flat coated retrievers book, published by Kennel Club Books, which will prove useful to any owner. Chapters include the history of the Flat Coat dog, advice on choosing a puppy, health care and training tips.
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Be warned though - do not scold flat-coats too much during training or when they are
naughty or they will go into
a deep sulk. Lucy gets a real black mood if chastised and will, without fail, pee on
the floor overnight if I have told her off during the day, or not given her enough
attention. Well that is my excuse for giving her a brush in the evening and a large
kiss and cuddle before bedtime. In fact the wife gets quite jealous of the attention I
lavish upon Lucy in the evening that she calls her the "other woman" in our marriage!
Flat Coated Retrievers And Children
Most enjoy being around children due to their calm, easy going and friendly nature
and Lucy sees herself as one of them! Lucy will allow the children to tease, poke and
prod her without showing any ill nature towards them.
Peter Pan Dog
Flat-coats have often
been described as the Peter Pan of the dog world - they look eternally youthful and are
always playful. Most dogs will maintain their gorgeous black sheen coat through to old age, though
Lucy has a few grey hairs in her beard!
Crufts Winner 2011
Crufts Winner 2011 proved that Flat Coated Retrievers are the Peter Pan of dogs when nine and a half year old Flat Coat Jet won the Crufts 2011 Best Gun Dog
Category and then went on to become the overall Crufts winner for 2011 taking the Best in Show Crufts 2011 award. Jet was owned by Iain Ross from Edinburgh, Scotland and
showed at Crufts by his breeder Jim Irvine from Queensferry in Scotland. Crufts 2011 took place at the Birmingham NEC in March, with Jet the flat coated retriever being
crowned the Crufts winner 2011 on Sunday 13 March. Over the four day event there were 21,422 dogs competing in Crufts 2011 with a live audience of 138,000. The owner of
flat coat Jet described him as having a "happy outgoing personality". The Kennel name of Jet was The Kentuckian.
Like most flat-coats, Lucy loves the water and is an agile and energetic swimmer.
When she spots a rabbit or a large bird she adopts the striking, alert and elegant pose
that make gun dogs so captivating.
As with most dogs they can pout a sad face, but overall
they look noble, elegant and intelligent. If you're after a guard dog then I'm afraid a flat-coat is
not for you - they are far too good natured and friendly and are more likely to ask for a tickled
tummy than bark at strangers!
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Famous Flat Coat Retrievers
In the novel
The President's Daughter
by Jack Higgins, Jake Cazalet, the President of America, has a flat coated retriever called Murchison who loves nothing better than a long walk along the beach.