by Karen Peterson
The introduction of shotgun use for hunting in the early 19th century brought a need for biddable dogs to work alongside the hunters, flushing game within gun range, and retrieving on land and in water. The Flat-Coated Retriever was one of the breeds developed on the estates of landed gentry in the British Isles, to work on upland game and waterfowl......READ FULL ARTICLE.
About the Author: Karen Peterson
Karen Peterson is a writer, mostly of fiction, living outside of Chicago. She has had Flat-Coats since 1988, and has become increasingly drawn to field work. Her homebred bitch (actually, co-bred with Lori Kunz) - Artic Sun's Caldera at Thira, WCX *** - won the FCRSA Field Trophy in 2009 and 2010.