The flatcoated retriever is like Peter Pan, an exuberant and cheerful dog that never wants to grow up. Developed by British sportsmen and gamekeepers at large estates in the mid-1800s, it was once the premier retriever, valued for its marking, air scenting and persistence in the field.
The flatcoated retriever’s constantly wagging tail expresses its outgoing, friendly demeanour. Its unique head, elegant silhouette and freely flowing gait make it one of the most handsome gundogs. It is an ideal companion in the working home with children and is usually friendly towards strangers and other dogs. As a sensitive breed with its own methods and style, it requires more time and patience to train.
This gundog has been bred to hunt and retrieve dead and wounded game on varied terrain and in water. It is popular picking up dog with gamekeepers. Some are also trained for a variety of service roles and excel in canine sports like agility and obedience.