Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Flat Coated Retriever

Retriever (Flat Coated)


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
28.07.2009.
KC
September 2000

UTILISATION

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FCI
Gundog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 8Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
Section 1Retrievers
With working trial

KC
Gundog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
A bright, active dog of medium size with an intelligent expression, showing power without lumber, and raciness without weediness.
KC
A bright, active dog of medium size with an intelligent expression, showing power without lumber, and raciness without weediness.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Generously endowed with natural gundog ability, optimism and friendliness demonstrated by enthusiastic tail action.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Generously endowed with natural gundog ability, optimism and friendliness demonstrated by enthusiastic tail action; confident and kindly.
KC
Confident and kindly.

HEAD

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FCI
Long and nicely moulded.
KC
Head, long and nicely moulded. Skull, flat and moderately broad with a slight stop between eyes, in no way accentuated, avoiding a down or dish-faced appearance. Nose of good size, with open nostrils. Jaws long and strong, capable of carrying a hare or pheasant.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat and moderately broad.

Stop

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FCI
Slight stop between eyes, in no way accentuated, avoiding a down or dish-faced appearance.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Good size, with open nostrils.

Muzzle

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KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth sound and strong.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws long and strong, capable of carrying a hare or a pheasant, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth sound and strong.

Eyes

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FCI
Medium size, dark brown or hazel, with a very intelligent expression (a round prominent eye highly undesirable). Not obliquely placed.
KC
Medium size, dark brown or hazel, with a very intelligent expression (a round prominent eye highly undesirable). Not obliquely placed.

Ears

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FCI
Small and well set on, close to side of head.
KC
Small and well set on, close to side of head.

NECK

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FCI
Head well set in neck, the latter reasonably long and free from throatiness, symmetrically set and obliquely placed in shoulders, running well into the back to allow for easy seeking of trail.
KC
Head well set in neck, the latter reasonably long and free from throatiness, symmetrically set and obliquely placed in shoulders, running well into the back to allow for easy seeking of trail.

BODY

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KC
Foreribs fairly flat. Body well ribbed up showing a gradual spring and well arched in centre but rather lighter towards quarters. Loin short and square. Open couplings highly undesirable.

Loin

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FCI
Short and square. Open couplings highly undesirable.

Chest

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FCI
Deep and fairly broad, with well defined brisket. Foreribs fairly flat. Body well ribbed up showing a gradual spring and well arched in centre but rather lighter towards quarters.

TAIL

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FCI
Short, straight and well set on, gaily carried, but never much above level of back.
KC
Short, straight and well set on, gaily carried, but never much above level of back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs straight, with bone of good quality throughout.
KC
Chest deep and fairly broad, with well defined brisket, on which elbows should move cleanly and evenly. Forelegs straight, with bone of good quality throughout.

Elbow

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FCI
Moving cleanly and evenly on chest.

FORELEGS

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FEET

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KC
Round and strong with toes close and well arched. Soles thick and strong.

Forefeet

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FCI
Round and strong with toes close and well arched. Soles thick and strong.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Muscular. Should stand true all round.
KC
Muscular. Moderate bend of stifle and hock, latter well let down. Should stand true all round. Cowhocks highly undesirable.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderate bend.

HIND LEGS

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Hock

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FCI
Moderate bend, well let down. Cowhocks highly undesirable.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Free and flowing, straight and true as seen from front and rear.
KC
Free and flowing, straight and true as seen from front and rear.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Dense, of fine to medium texture and good quality, as flat as possible. Legs and tail well feathered. Full furnishings on maturity complete the elegance of a good dog.
KC
Dense, of fine to medium texture and good quality, as flat as possible. Legs and tail well feathered. Full furnishings on maturity complete the elegance of a good dog.

COLOUR

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FCI
Black or liver only.
KC
Black or liver only.

SIZE

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KC
Preferred height: dogs: 58-61 cms (23-24 ins); bitches: 56-58 cms (22-23 ins). Preferred weight in hard condition: dogs: 27-36 kgs (60-80 lbs); bitches: 25-32 kgs (55-70 lbs).

Height at withers

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FCI

Preferred height Dogs 59 - 61,5 cm (23-24 ins),
Bitches 56,5 - 59 cm (22-23 ins).

Weight

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FCI

Preferred weight in hard condition Dogs 27 - 36 kg (60-80 lbs),
Bitches 25 - 32 kg (55-70 lbs).

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.