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The Flatcoated Retriever Breed Standard

General
Appearance bright, active dog of medium size with an intelligent expression, showing power without lumber, and raciness without weediness.

Characteristics
Generously endowed with natural gundog ability, optimism and friendliness demonstrated by enthusiastic tail action.

Temperament
Confident and kindly.

Head and skull
Head, long and nicely moulded. Skull, flat and moderately broad with a slight stop between eyes, in no way accentuated, avoiding a down or dish-faced appearance. Nose of good size, with open nostrils. Jaws long and strong, capable of carrying a hare or pheasant.

Eyes
Medium size, dark brown or hazel, with a very intelligent expression (a round prominent eye highly undesirable). Not obliquely placed.

Ears
Small and well set on, close to side of head.

Mouth
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth sound and strong.

Neck
Head well set in neck, the latter reasonably long and free from throatiness, symmetrically set and obliquely placed in shoulders, running well into the back to allow for easy seeking of trail.

Forequarters
Chest deep and fairly broad, with well defined brisket, on which elbows should move cleanly and evenly. Forelegs straight, with bone of good quality throughout.

Body
Foreribs fairly flat. Body well ribbed up showing a gradual spring and well arched in centre but rather lighter towards quarters. Loin short and square. Open couplings highly undesirable.

Hindquarters
Muscular. Moderate bend of stifle and hock, latter well let down. Should stand true all round. Cowhocks highly undesirable.

Feet
Round and strong with toes close and well arched. Soles thick and strong.

Tail
Short, straight and well set on, gaily carried, but never much above level of back.

Gait
Free and flowing, straight and true as seen from front and rear.

Coat
Dense, of fine to medium texture and good quality, as flat as possible. Legs and tail well feathered. Full furnishings on maturity complete the elegance of a good dog.

Colour
Black or Liver only.

Size
Preferred height
Dogs: 58 - 61 cms (23 - 24 ins)
Bitches: 56 - 58 cms (22 - 23 ins)
Preferred weight in hard condition
Dogs: 27 - 36 kgs (60 - 80 lbs)
Bitches: 25 - 32 kgs (55 - 70 lbs).

Faults
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and health & welfare of the dog.

Note
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.