The AKC recognizes 6 different Retriever breeds. The Wavy-Coated Retriever and the Flat Coated Retriever are considered two different retriever breeds by the AKC.
The Wavy-Coated Retriever and the Flat Coated Retriever are the same breed. The Flat-Coat was once known as the Wavy-Coated Retriever - AKC
PLD, a condition that leads to glaucoma in dogs, is significantly more common in the FCR than in a random selection of dogs from other breeds.
PLD is significantly more common in the FCR than in a random selection of dogs from other breeds. PLD is inherited in the FCR and has a high degree of inheritability - Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America
FCR's are known as a LOW shedding breed.
FCR's are considered a slow maturing breed and may retain their puppy-like behaviors even as an adult.
Flat-Coats are slow maturing dogs (usually 3 to 5 years) but even in the "mature" Flat-Coat there usually remains a spark of joy and mischief - Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America
Flat Coated Retrievers are prone to certain cancers that tend to appear at a younger age than many other breeds.
The most common cause of death in Flat-Coats is cancer (about 70%). Even more tragic is the young age (around 4 years old) at which cancer appears in so many Flat-Coats - yourpurebredpuppy.com / inverse.com
Identify the Flat Coated Retriever.
1. Labrador Retriever / 2. Flat Coated Retriever
According to AKC breed standard, accepted colors for a Float Coated retriever coat are black, liver and cream.
Color: Solid black or solid liver. Disqualification-Yellow, cream or any color other than black or liver - AKC breed standard
A mutation the the POMC gene as been identified in some Flat Coated Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers. This gene is responsible for the development of brain cancer in these breeds.
the POMC gene mutation has only been shown to play a role in Labrador Retrievers and the closely-related Flat Coated Retriever. the POMC gene, known to regulate appetite, that has been associated with increased appetite and obesity in dogs-these dogs are currently being used as a model for human obesity in some studies-vcahospitals.com
FCR's are known as friendly and intelligent. While they may not make the best guard dogs, they usually make great family dogs,
Flat Coated Retriever's generally do not like the water and are not the best swimmers.