The Flat-Coated Retriever looks like a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Labrador, in black or brown colours. But they are actually not cross breeds at all. They have quite a long history, and were used for hunting and retrieving waterfowl for decades before making it into our family homes.
Their temperament a similar to a Golden Retriever, but with triple the amount of energy, playfulness and endurance. They are powerful adventurers and are naturally inquisitive. Their love and affection for their owners motivates this breed to always perform their best. Flat-Coated Retrievers are fast athletes that do well at any kind of action-packed dog sports like Agility or Fly Ball.
When joining a family as a pet, this dog is sure to exhaust the children through playing ball with them for hours, but once your kids are resting he will want to move on and do something else. Make sure you have enough time to let him burn off all that energy.
This breed is very trainable, intelligent and quite attentive towards their owners. Their thick flat coat makes them resilient to any kind of rough weather. If you feel like going on a kayak trip and want to take your dog with you, you might just have found the right dog breed. He sure will retrieve you back to land if you fall into water and is more than capable of doing so!
|Life expectancy:||8-10 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||high|