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The Flat Coated Retriever is a cross breed of many dogs, getting its strength from the Newfoundland, its scenting ability from Setter-type dogs, and its sporting attitude from Spaniels and other water dogs. It was originally bred in mid-19th century England to flush and retrieve game and waterfowl.
This cheerful breed makes a great family companion today. Due to its working history, vigorous daily exercise is required. Flat Coated Retrievers excel with mental and physical exercise such as obedience training, agility activities and hunting trials. They are generally easy keepers, requiring only occasional brushing and bathing depending on their lifestyles.
Despite their athletic nature, Flat Coated Retrievers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Flat Coated Retrievers are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts, entropion and progressive retinal atrophy; and joint problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Flat Coated Retriever inherits more than just a love for joining their family in the field and at home, you’re covered.