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Flat-Coated Retriever Dog

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Flat-Coated Retriever Dog

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Flat-Coated Retriever Dog

  • Given the Flat-Coat’s bouncy nature, it’s appropriate that one of his forebears was named Old Bounce. Old Bounce, and her daughter, Young Bounce–natch!–were important to the development of the breed. They were members of a working strain of retrievers owned by gamekeeper J. Hull in 1864.But the man most credited with the breed’s development was S.E. Shirley, who helped mold them into a stable type. Also contributing to their advancement was H. R. Cooke, whose Riverside Kennel produced many fine field and show Flat-Coats.The Flat-Coated Retriever was a popular hunting dog through the end of World War I, but then Labrador and Golden Retrievers began to steal his thunder. His numbers became dangerously low, and he flirted with extinction a time or two. Fortunately, his fans were able to bring him back from the brink by the mid-1960s. The Flat-Coat never regained his early popularity, but breeders count that as a plus. It has helped them to preserve his natural working ability, intelligence, and sweetly goofy nature. He is still a rare breed, ranking 100th among the 155 breeds and varieties registered by the American Kennel Club. If you want a Flat-Coat, expect to spend a year or more on a waiting list, not to mention undergoing the third-degree from a protective breeder who wants to make sure you will provide just the right home for one of his or her puppies.

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