Congratulations! You are lucky enough to have a Flat-Coated Retriever in your life. The Flat-Coat is not a breed you will see everywhere, but they have a charm all of their own. Much more than a rangy Lab, the Flat-Coated Retriever has a long history of doing their job and loving every minute of it!

Obviously, you can see the Labrador Retriever and Newfoundland dog in his genetic makeup. Spaniels, steers and local water dogs were also used to develop the breed in the mid-1800s in England. They were used for "close-work" shooting, which is just what it sounds like. The Flat-Coat had to be unflappable and able to stand right next to his person firing a gun. At one time they were called Wavy-Coated Retrievers, but some British hairdresser must have set them right and thus they are now referred to as Flat-Coated Retrievers. Tah Dah.


While the Flat-Coat is not as bedeviled by a dry, crusty nose as some of his other retriever relatives, their paws can need attention. Plus, elbow calluses can be an issue. We have you covered! And for the Flat-Coat who IS stressed by any of the common triggers our dogs react to...we have RELAX Dog Aromatherapy.