A brief history of the Flat-Coated Retriever

The Flat-Coated Retriever was developed in England in the 1800s as an all-purpose water dog and retriever for hunters


With its keen retrieving instincts, biddable nature and willingness to work in water, the Flat-Coat was a top-notch working gundog.

 Value as a Gun Dog

The Flat-Coat's multi-use functionality made it a popular choice among English game hunters and sportsmen in the late 1800s.

Popular for Hunting 

After World War I, the Flat-Coat population declined as other retriever breeds rose in prominence.

Population Decline  

By World War II, the breed was nearly extinct with just a few dozen dogs left in England and North America. 

Near Extinction  

Breeders worked to revive the Flat-Coat from scarce stock and selective breeding with other retriever types.

Concerted Revival 

Today the friendly, exuberant Flat-Coat is a well-established retriever breed again, though not common.

Modern Day Status

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