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.
By World War II, the breed was nearly extinct with just a few dozen dogs left in England and North America.
Breeders worked to revive the Flat-Coat from scarce stock and selective breeding with other retriever types.
Today the friendly, exuberant Flat-Coat is a well-established retriever breed again, though not common.
Modern Day Status