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FlatCoated Retriever Breed Standard


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 intelligent expression.

Flat-coat 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.

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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.

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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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Forequarters: Chest is deep and broad with a well-defined brisket. The elbows should move evenly and cleanly. The forelegs are straight.

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Body: Flat foreribs with a body that is well ribbed up showing a gradual spring and well arched in the centre though lighter towards the quarters. Loin is short and square.

Hindquarters: A muscular dog, with a moderate bend of stifle and hock. Should stand true all round.

Feet: Soles should be thick and strong and the feet should be round and strong with close toes that are well arched.

Tail: A gaily-carried tail that is short, straight and well set.

Gait/Movement: Seen from the front and rear the dog should be free and flowing, straight and true.

Coat: A fine to medium dense texture, being as flat as possible. The legs and tailcoat should be feathered.

Colour: Black or liver.

Size:   Male - 58 - 61 cms 23 - 35 kgs
             Female - 56 - 59 cms 25 - 34 kgs

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