Flatcoated Retriever Grooming

Flat Coated Retriever Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 27 – 36kg (60 – 80lbs).
Female – 25 – 32kg (55 – 70lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 58 – 62cm (23 – 24.5in).
Female – 56 – 60cm (22 – 23.5in).

Coat:
Straight, flat coat.

Average Life Span:
8 – 12 years.

Average Litter Size:
4 – 8 puppies.

Flat Coated Retriever Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
Their flat coat means Flatcoated Retriever grooming is not required very often and, when it is, it is not too difficult.  In fact, the main grooming tips can be found in the name – always preserve a flat coat and groom them with a Retriever trim.  While grooming, you can always keep in mind that these Flat Coated Retrievers are working dogs so their coat reflects that.  The breed requires a healthy coat, resistant to water and brambles and other ill effects of nature.  A natural look will look best but the trim is down to individual preference.  Most Retriever grooming incorporates feathering and, as a general rule, the coat does not need to be barbered, only given the occasional trim.

Your Flatcoated Retriever grooming should always include brushing, although this does not need to be done too often.  Going through the coat with a slicker brush once or twice a week will help to remove any mats or tangles, as well as any loose or dead hairs.  You may also wish to use a comb on the feathering to ensure it lies in the right direction according to your dog’s body.  True to its name, Flatcoated Retriever grooming should never involve fluffing for volume, although a slight waviness is acceptable.

Other Flatcoated Retriever grooming tips include trimming hair from between the toes and pads, as well as keeping whiskers at a natural length; you can also use a pair of thinning scissors to eliminate any stray hairs.  The ears can be trimmed with thinning scissors or hand stripped and you should also check and clean them regularly for signs of infection.  In general, Flatcoated Retriever grooming does not require much effort but the steps you do take will help keep your dog looking its best.

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