Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows, Books, Group classes with a professional
Florida, United States
Posted May 11, 2012
Flat-Coated Retrievers are a joy to own! They are extremely active and as with most retrievers do not "grow a brain" until they are about one year of age. I say this because it takes awhile for them to calm down. They are hyperactive! Manic! Flat-coats are very lovable and always have a happy face. They have a sunny disposition and love most everyone including strange animals. They are relatively easy to train and have a hardy disposition. Our Scout was found hiding under boat when he was a mere 8 weeks old. They love the outdoors and are great at agility training. They are excellent bird dogs and have a soft mouth (for retrieving). They are excellent swimmers (and love to swim), and have light-weight bones in comparison to other retrievers.