Flat-coated Retriever Puppy

Flat coated retriever puppy

The Flat-Coated RetrieverOpens in a new tab. is an exuberant, playful, and happy breed full of sweetness and devotion.

This retriever is not as well known as the other band of retrievers, especially the Golden retriever Opens in a new tab.and the Labrador retriever. They do in fact, resemble the golden, but only have black or liver coats.

If you are considering adding a Flat-Coated retriever to your familyOpens in a new tab., they make a wonderful addition, being devoted and loving.

They are generally quiet dogs indoors but very busy, energetic, and lively, outdoors. Their energy is limitless and knows no bounds.

This breed is great for families on the go, but if you are more sedentary and view going “out” just for bathroom time, this breed isn’t for you. They do need plenty of exercises and do well with active owners.

The Flat-Coat is also a rarer breed that many have never even heard of. Keeping this in mind, they are sometimes hard to come by and it may be difficult to even locate a breeder of Flat-Coats. The price of a Flat-Coated retriever Opens in a new tab.can range from $1500 to $3000, which is pretty steep.

In the following post, I will give you information on Flat-Coated retriever puppies and include a Flat-Coated retrieverOpens in a new tab. puppy growth chart. Also contained in this article will be Flat-Coated retriever feeding.

To check your Flat-coated Retrievers’ health status or their DNA checks, please visit the Embark vet Opens in a new tab.website for all the help you may need.

The Flat-Coated Retriever

The Flat-Coated retriever originated in Britain in the 1800s from hunting and retrieving breeds, the Newfoundland, Irish Water spaniel, Irish setter, and some collie mixed in for good measure.

Because these dogs had a flat and somewhat wavy coatOpens in a new tab., they were called Flat-Coated retrievers and became a separate breed from other retrievers.

Before World War I, the Flat-Coated retriever was highly sought after, but after the war, the

The Golden RetrieverOpens in a new tab. and the Labrador Retriever far surpassed the pup in popularity. Those retrievers were easier to come by and less expensive.

Today the Flat-Coat has had a resurgence with those that are familiar with them and their amiable and affectionate ways.


The Flat-Coated retriever has a keen sense of smell, has a single coat of thick shiny fur, is a tremendous swimmer, and can find and retrieve game in choppy waters as well as marshy and thickly-wooded terrain.

This can all be accomplished with graceful elegance, speed and without the lumbering of a stocky dog.

The Flat-Coat makes an excellent family dog always ready for fun, retrieving games, and their next exciting adventure.

They can even be a bit mischievous and remain “puppy-like” for years. They do need plenty of exercises to stay healthy and to keep their energy level on an even keel, so they are best suited for an active family or owner with an outdoorsy lifestyle.

The Flat-Coat does get along famously with children, grown-ups, strangers, dogs, and even cats. This is one friendly and welcoming breed.


Flat Coated Retriever Puppy Growth Chart

A full-grown Flat-Coated retriever will weigh from 55lbs – 80lbs. These are average weights and males generally weigh more than females.

Below is a chart of the average weight of these puppies as they growOpens in a new tab.. The lower number correlates with female puppies’ weight while the higher number to males.

Flat-Coated retriever ages Flat-Coated retriever weight in-lb Flat-Coated retriever weight in kilograms
At birth0.88lb – 1lb 0.40kg – 0.45kg
Eight weeks 5lbs. – 11lbs2.27 kg – 4.99kg
Three months22lbs. – 28lbs9.98kg – 12.70 kg
Four months28lbs. – 37lbs12.70kg -16.78kg
Five months35lbs. – 46lbs15.88kg – 20.87kg
Six months39lbs. – 54lbs17.69kg – 24.49kg
Seven months44lbs. – 59lbs19.96kg – 26.76kg
Eight months46lbs. – 64lbs20.87kg – 20.03kg
Nine months49lbs. – 68lbs22.23kg – 30.84kg
Ten months52lbs. – 71lbs23.59kg – 32.21kg
Eleven months53lbs. – 73lbs.24.04kg – 33.11kg
Twelve months53lbs. – 75lbs24.04kg – 34.02kg
Thirteen months54lbs. – 77lbs24.25kg – 34.93kg
Fourteen months55lbs. – 77lbs24.95kg – 34.93kg
Fifteen months55lbs. – 78lbs24.95kg – 35.38kg
Sixteen months55lbs. – 79lbs24.95kg – 35.83kg
Table 1 Flat Coated Retriever PuppyOpens in a new tab. Growth Chart

Flat-Coated Retriever Puppy Growth Stages


Below are some of the growth stages in the development of Flat-Coated retriever puppies Opens in a new tab.beginning at birth.

  • Birth to Eight weeks

This is a crucial and important time in a Flat-Coated retriever’s life. At birth, their eyes are closed and they cannot see or hear.

They cannot regulate their body temperature and are dependent on their mother for warmth and food.

By two weeks, their eyes begin to open and they will have gained more body mass by 5 to 10%. In the following weeks, the Retriever puppyOpens in a new tab. will sit and stay on their own, wag their tail, begin to socialize and be seeing and hearing well.

They will still rely on their mother’s milk for sustenance but by four weeks will be eating more puppy food.

By five weeks, the Flat-Coat puppy will love to play and run with littermates, begins finding their voice by barking, and their teeth are developed and strong.

By six weeks and seven weeks, they need to eat five or six smaller meals a day and are completely weaned.

Plenty of socialization is needed at this time for a well-adjusted pup that isn’t fearful of people, situations, or surroundings.

  • Eight weeks

Your Flat-Coated retriever is ready to go to its new home. This is when the fun and excitement begin! Your puppy will need trainingOpens in a new tab. from day one, starting with potty training and more socialization. Your puppy needs to become familiar with you and your home, but gradually. Too many introductions can be overwhelming.

  • Three Months


Your puppy’s learning is high level at this age. Continue training but on their level as puppies Opens in a new tab.have a short attention span and need rest too.

Keep sessions short and to the point. Also, at this age, they need to learn the order of the pack, always showing that you are the leader and in charge. Vaccines will be needed now too.

  • Four Months

Flat-Coats begin to lose the puppy look, beginning to appear more grown-up. Continue training, and puppy classes are excellent for trainingOpens in a new tab. both you and your pup and to polishing up those socialization skills.

  • Five Months

Playtime with fetching and retrieving and short walks are necessary for exercise and to avoid boredom. Playing at dog parks with other puppies helps with more socialization.

Teething continues, so provide chew toys, even frozen ones. Pup will soothe gums by chewing on these rather than furniture.

  • Six Months


By six months, your Flat-Coated retriever puppyOpens in a new tab. will be at two-thirds of its adult weight. Female dogs may have their first season.

  • Seven Months


Your pup should be down to two meals a day and have all of their forty-two grownup teeth.

  • Eight Months

This is your pup’s adolescent period. Your Flat-Coat may try to challenge you by being stubborn or willful, but be consistent, patient, and firm with training. Continue socialization as well.
The Flat-Coated Retriever is highly intelligent and easily trainable. One thing to keep in mind though, they may look like an adult, but this breed keeps their puppy ways of playful exuberance, mischievous tricks, optimistic and positive attitude well into adulthood.

Other breeds may settle down by one or two but this one keeps going like the Energizer bunny!

Flat Coated Retriever Feeding


Feeding your Flat-Coated retriever shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially when considering the type of food you choose. A healthy nutritious diet is best for lifelong optimal health.

Puppies will be given several smaller meals daily during their puppy years but by adulthood, two meals should be offered.

One meal a day is no longer recommended anymore. Splitting the amount in two for their weight will leave them less hungry and is better for digestion.


Limit treats because Flat-Coats can be prone to weight gain. Treats are fine as just that; a treat. They are also filled with unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients. Treats can be used for training purposes but don’t overdo them.


Below are different types of food for your Flat-Coated retriever. Whatever type or brand you choose, make sure they are high-quality products or use healthy, fresh ingredients.

Raw diet

The raw or BARF (bones and raw food) diet can be prepared by you if you like, but it can be time-consuming.

Commercial brands of raw food can be bought already made. Raw foods are available freeze-dried or frozen.

These can be found in a pet or grocery store or ordered online. You add water to the freeze-dried and just thaw and serve the frozen.

These are complete meals and contain all the necessary vitamins and minerals your pup needs. You can also combine them with kibble for healthier dry food. Pre-packaged raw foods can be expensive.

Homemade diet


In this diet, you can make yourself using meat, veggies, and fruits that are acceptable and safe for dogs.

Some fruits and vegetables can be poisonous, so it’s best to get a book on the subject with homemade recipes or some information from your veterinarian.

Commercial dog food

There are three types of commercial dog food available.

  • Cooked

Cooked – These are extremely healthy, come pre-made and packed, some right to your door if ordered online. They can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to serve them.

  • Kibble

Kibble – Kibble has been around for years and is probably the most convenient and popular dog food.

You do need to buy a high quality brand without fillers and preservatives, made mostly with real ingredients and minimal junk.

As they say, “less is more.” If you’re not sure about healthy brands, ask your veterinarian for their opinion or information on comparing brands. You can also jazz up kibble with healthy safe fruits and vegetables.

  • Canned food

Canned food is another choice for feeding your Flat-Coat. This does have to be a healthy brand.

Many canned foods contain a lot of just plain junk and are loaded with fat, salt, and fillers. As an option, you can occasionally mix canned food with kibble for some added flavor. Do your research before choosing any dog food, especially canned food.

Who doesn’t love puppies? The Flat-Coated retriever puppy is an excellent choice for an active and busy family.

Puppies are a lot of work as they grow, requiring much patience and consistency, with training, teaching manners, and exercise.

Feeding will seem constant with a hungry puppy in the beginning, but food needs to be nutritious to ensure good health, especially in later years.

Choosing a Flat-Coated retriever puppy is just the right fit if you like all of that puppy optimism and enthusiasm to last long after your pup has grown.

This will keep everyone in the family laughing with your retriever’s antics and young at heart for years to come.

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