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Understanding the Flat-Coated Retriever Head

By | 2017-06-12T17:06:00+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Categories: Breeders, Conformation, Judging|

By Sally J. Terroux (Re-posted from AKC Gazette, October 2007, Vol. 124, No. 10) Part One In the United States we seem to be chasing length of muzzle, which is commendable except that we are losing breadth and depth. British authority Stanley O’Neill said of this, “All writers agree that the foreface should be broad at [...]

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Understanding the Flat-Coated Retriever Head Part 2

By | 2017-06-13T21:16:52+00:00 June 11th, 2017|Categories: Breeders, Conformation, Judging|

By Sally J. Terroux (Re-posted from AKC Gazette, July 2008, Vol. 125, No. 7) Part Two The best guidelines for examining and evaluating the Flat-Coat head are the two outline drawings that appear in our illustrated breed standard. The Flat-Coat head should be evaluated from the side, as shown in one of the outline drawings, to [...]

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The Flat-Coated Retriever

By | 2017-06-13T20:50:59+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Conformation, Education, Field|

By Stanley J. O'Neill Some have said the Flatcoated Retriever fell between two stools, show and work. Purcell Llewellin, whose name will never die whilst an English Setter lives wrote "I have always been handicapped by trying to combine type and working points. If I had ignored type, and gone, as my opponents do, for work [...]

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Breed Ring Basics

By | 2017-06-13T20:56:23+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Conformation, Training|

By Maria White On June 4, 1874, a group of dedicated sportsmen gathered in Chicago for a field trial. Before that trial, they held an exhibition, comparing their dogs to each other purely for beauty’s sake without regard to their hunting ability. They recorded the results of that exhibition and thus the dog show was born. [...]

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Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America

The Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America is
committed to protecting and advancing the
interests of the breed through health, education,
research, responsible breeding and rescue.

About the Flat-Coated Retriever

A determined hunting dog with a small head and mouth can retrieve a large bird, but will not be able to hold it as gently and securely and retrieve repetitively with as much stamina and longevity as the dog with the long head, long muzzle and large, strong jaws.