Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

United Kennel Club

Flat Coated Retriever

Retriever (Flat Coated)

Flat Coated Retriever


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
UKC
Gun Dog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
The breed was developed in Britain. It was probably the result of crosses of the St. John's Newfoundland, the setter, the sheepdog and spaniel-like water dogs. The founder of the Kennel Club of England, Mr. E. Shirley, did a great deal to promote the breed in the 1870s. It was developed to be a versatile hunting companion, and has remained that way into the present. The Flat-Coated Retriever was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1984.

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.
UKC
The Flat-Coat is a dog of distinct silhouette with its “one-piece” head, prominent prow, level topline and characteristically wagging tail. He is a balanced, utilitarian Retriever that has historically been described as 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.
UKC
Correct temperament is a hallmark of this breed. It is endowed with great enthusiasm for work and play, natural hunting ability, boundless good humor and friendliness towards people and other dogs.

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.
UKC
The head is long and cleanly molded, giving the appearance of being “cast in one piece”.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Flat and moderately broad.
UKC
Moderately broad and flat. Stop is gradual and barely perceptible. Brows are slightly raised and mobile, giving life to the expression, which is intelligent and kindly. Cheeks are flat.

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.
UKC
Large, with well opened nostrils, fully pigmented, black in the black dogs and brown in the liver dogs.

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.
UKC
is nearly as long and as broad as the skull, well filled in from eye to nose. Jaws are strong and the lips are clean and tight.

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.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite, which is preferred, but a level bite is acceptable.

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.
UKC
Medium sized, almond shaped, dark brown or hazel, with fully pigmented, tight eye rims. 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.
UKC
Relatively small, well set on, lying close to the side of the head and thickly feathered.

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.
UKC
Moderately long, strong and slightly arched, free from throatiness, flowing smoothly into the well-laid-back shoulders.

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.
UKC
Topline strong and level. Chest deep, moderately broad, with well-defined and prominent forechest. Rib cage deep showing good length from forechest to back rib, and only moderately broad. Loin strong, well muscled and at least long as it is wide, allowing for freedom of movement and length of stride. Moderate tuck up. Croup slopes slightly.

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.
UKC
Fairly straight, well set on as a smooth extension of the topline and reaching approximately to the hock joint; carried happily but without curl, never much above the level of the 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.
UKC
Shoulder blades and upper arms long and well laid back to allow for efficient reach. Muscles smooth rather than bulky.

Elbow

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FCI
Moving cleanly and evenly on chest.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The forelegs should be perfectly straight, with bone of good quality carried down to the feet. Pasterns strong and springy, with a slight slope. Dewclaws may be removed.

FEET

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KC
Round and strong with toes close and well arched. Soles thick and strong.
UKC
Feet tight, with well-arched toes and thick pads.

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.
UKC
Powerful, with angulation in balance with forequarter.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderate bend.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Stifle and hock joints strong, with good angulation. Rear pasterns short and parallel. No dewclaws.

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.
UKC
From the side, movement appears effortless and well-coordinated. Front legs move forward with a long reaching action. Hindquarters reach well forward and well back to achieve a long stride in balance with the front movement. Topline is strong, level and supple while the dog is in motion. Viewed from the front or rear, the legs should turn neither in nor out, nor should the feet cross or interfere with one another.

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.
UKC
Coat is of moderate length, dense, flat lying and free from curl, though some wave is allowable. Texture is fine and coat is glossy. Amount of coat should be sufficient to adequately protect the dog from all types of weather and cover, yet never bushy or overly profuse. The Flat-Coat should be shown with as natural a coat as possible. Minor tidying is allowable, but no shaving or barbering of the coat is permissible.

COLOUR

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

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).
UKC
The height is 23 to 24 inches at the withers for males, and 22 to 23 inches for females. Weight in hard, working condition for males is 60-80 pounds, for females 55-70 pounds.

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.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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