Flatcoated Retriever Association of Victoria

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Breed Standard


British Kennel Club, London 1994. Amended May 1997 F.C.I. Standard No. 121

GENERAL APPEARANCE - A bright, active dog of medium size with an intelligent expression, showing power without lumber, and raciness, without weediness.

CHARACTERISTICS - Generously endowed with natural gundog ability, optimism and friendliness demonstrated by enthusiastic tail action.

TEMPERAMENT - Confident and kindly.

HEAD AND SKULL - Head, long and nicely moulded. Skull, flat and moderately broad with a slight stop between eyes, in no way accentuated, avoiding a down or dish-faced appearance. Nose of good size, with open nostrils. Jaws long and strong, capable of carrying a hare or pheasant.

EYES - Medium size, dark brown or hazel, with a very intelligent expression (a round prominent eye highly undesirable.) Not obliquely placed.

EARS - Small and well set on, close to side of head.

MOUTH - Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. Upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth sound and strong.

NECK - Head well set in neck, the latter reasonably long and free from throatiness, symmetrically set and obliquely placed in shoulders, running well into the back to allow for easy seeking of trail.

FOREQUARTERS - Chest, deep and fairly broad, with well defined brisket, on which elbows should move cleanly and evenly. Forelegs straight, with bone of good quality throughout.

BODY - Foreribs fairly flat. Body, well ribbed-up showing a gradual spring and well arched in centre but rather lighter towards quarters. Loin short and square. Open couplings highly undesirable.

HINDQUARTERS - Muscular. Moderate bend of stifle and hock, latter well let down. Should stand true all round. Cowhocks highly undesirable.

FEET - Round and strong with toes close and well arched. Soles thick and strong.

TAIL - Short, straight and well set on, gaily carried, but never much above level of back.

GAIT/MOVEMENT - Free and flowing, straight and true as seen from front and rear.

COAT - Dense, of fine to medium texture and good quality, as flat as possible. Legs and tail well feathered. Full furnishings on maturity complete the elegance of a good dog.

COLOUR - Black or liver only.

SIZE - Preferred height: Dogs 59-61½ cms (23-24"), Bitches 56½-59 cms (22-23")

WEIGHT - Preferred weight: Dogs 27-36 kg (60-80 lbs),  Bitches 25-32 kg (55-70 lbs)

FAULTS - Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

NOTE - Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.