The Breed Standard is a description of the ideal representative of a specific breed
of dog and is written by The Kennel Club's standards Committee. Below is their Breed Standard
for the Flatcoated Retriever:
General Appearance: An active, bright medium sized dog showing an
intelligent expression. Power without lumber and raciness without weediness.
Characteristics: Optimistic and friendly; full of enthusiasm - demonstrated by the
tail wagging (the only breed standard to mention this!)
Temperament: Confident and kind.
Head and Skull: A long and nicely rounded head with a flat skull that is broad, but with
a slight stop between the eyes. A good-sized nose with open nostrils. Jaws are long and strong.
Eyes: Medium sized round prominent eyes of dark brown/hazel colour with an
Ears: Close to the side of the head and well set.
Mouth: Strong jaws with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite (upper teeth closely
overlap the lower teeth and square to the jaws). Teeth are sound and strong.
Neck: Head is well set in the neck, long and free from throatiness. Symmetrically set
and obliquely placed in the shoulders which runs well into the back.
Whilst my four legged companion sat beside me I wrote a book which tells the story of
The Drummer Boy.
This novel is about the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo who haunts a modern day army nurse.
Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty's Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War.
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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