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Is a flat-coat right for me?

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Do you think that you want a flat-coated retriever? Here is a short quiz that may help you decide if you might be a good potential owner.

How active a dog do you want?

    1. I want a couch potato
    2. I might take the dog out a couple of times a week.
    3. I can provide a lot of exercise almost every day.

If you are interested in a flat-coat, the correct answer is "C". Flat-coats require a lot of exercise, usually at least an hour a day. A tired flat-coat is a good flat-coat!

Do you want a dog for protection?

    1. Yes.
    2. No.

If you are interested in a flat-coat, the correct answer is "B". Flat-coats love everyone and are not good protection dogs.

Do you have children?

    1. Yes, under the age of 3.
    2. Yes, older children.
    3. No.

If you are interested in a flat-coat, the correct answer could be any of these, but since flat-coats are active and rambunctious dogs, they need to be carefully supervised around toddlers so they do not knock them over or lick them to death!

Do you plan on participating in any dog sports?

    1. No.
    2. I don’t know much about them, but I’d be interested in learning.
    3. Yes, definitely!

If you are interested in a flat-coat, the correct answer is "B" or "C". Flat-coats are naturals at many dog sports, including field work (of course!), obedience, agility, flyball, and therapy dog work. Participating in these sports helps keep a dog’s mind and body active and happy.

How long are you willing to wait for a dog?

    1. I want a dog very soon.
    2. I can wait a little while.
    3. I am prepared to wait a year or more for the right dog.

If you are interested in a flat-coat, the correct answer is "C". Flat-coats are a relatively rare breed, and it is not uncommon for prospective owners to wait a year or two for a puppy.

Where will your dog stay?

    1. Outside
    2. Outside except when we are home.
    3. Inside.

If you are interested in a flat-coat, the correct answer is "C". A flat-coat left alone outside will become bored and destructive, and will suffer from loneliness.

What will you do with your puppy when you are not home?

    1. Put it outside.
    2. Put it in a crate or pen
    3. Let it have free run of the house.

If you are interested in a flat-coat, the correct answer is "B". Flat-coat puppies can be very destructive (and they stay puppies for a long time!).

What would you do if your puppy chewed up your best shoes?

    1. Take out a rolled-up newspaper and it the puppy.
    2. Take out a rolled-up newspaper and hit myself for leaving the shoes out.

If you are interested in a flat-coat, the correct answer is "B". You must puppy-proof your house if you have a flat-coat!

How would you feel about a dog that eats dog poop?

    1. Gross! Not the dog for me!
    2. I guess I could handle it, and work on training the dog not to do it.

If you are interested in a flat-coat, the correct answer is "B". Lots of flat-coats eat dog poop. They also have a predilection for ingesting foreign objects such as socks, pantyhose, and rocks.

How do you feel about owning a dog that could die at an early age from cancer?

    1. No thanks.
    2. If it’s the right dog for me, I’m willing to take the risk.

If you are interested in a flat-coat, the correct answer is "B". Unfortunately, flat-coats are prone to cancer, and many die at an early age. The average lifespan in the breed is only 8, considerably shorter than most other retriever breeds.

If, after reading this, you decide that you would like to know more about flat-coated retrievers, please check the following links:

The Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America
A nice new site with lots of information.

The Flatcoated Retrievers of Sterling and Omega
A very nice site with lots of general information and links to other pages.

The Flat-Coated Retriever
The AKC's page on the breed, with breed standard and pictures.

The Flat-Coated Retriever Page
A nice site with lots of info, but it hasn't been updated in a long time.

The following are clubs devoted to flat-coated retrievers:

The Flat-Coated Retriever Society of Canada

The Great Western Flat-Coated Retriever Club (Southern California)

Capitol Region Flat-Coated Retriever Club (Washington, D.C. area)

Upper Midwest Flat-Coated Retriever Club (does not seem to be maintained)

 

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