Dog of the Month: Flat-Coated Retriever

Black dogs tend to get overlooked in the world of animal sheltering with the favor of lighter colored dogs being more popular.  It’s a hard phenomenon to understand with prime examples like the Flat-Coated Retriever (FCR).  A sleek and gorgeous dog, this all black retriever stands out and is one not to be overlooked.  A brown-eyed cutie, the FCR is resilient and gentle making them a great family dog.  Have you ever met a dog that just makes you smile all the time?  Meet the FCR, a dog that seems to always smile with an energy about them that keeps them young and happy throughout life.


The FCR abounds in energy almost as if they never grow up.  Be prepared for a dog that wants to do everything you do and more.  If you have low energy, this isn’t the dog for you.  An FCR needs lots of exercises to keep up with their rambunctious personality making this dog a great companion for an active household with kids who like to play.

Care Level & Warnings

This breed should only be found in the typical black or liver color scheme, and with a long and silky coat, the FCR needs to be brushed daily to avoid a messy coat.  Pawsmetics detangling spray would work wonders for this dog’s wavy hair.  With floppy ears and working as a sporting breed, it’s important to keep the FCR’s ears clean to avoid buildup and infection.

The Flat-Coated Retriever has very strong and fast-growing nails so keeping their toenails trimmed is important to avoid cracking or splitting with their active personality.

Health Concerns

A larger sized dog, the Flat-Coated Retriever can live 10 – 12 years in age and while all breeds of dogs’ face health risks, the FCR is an overall healthy breed.  The highest risk factors the FCR faces is hip dysplasia or eye disease allowing this breed to rank low in health concerns.


The Flat-Coated Retriever was recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1909.

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