Flat-Coated Retriever Breed Maintenance
The Flat-Coated Retriever's coat is moderately long and should have weekly brushing. Brushing your Flat-Coat will significantly help with shedding as loose and dead hair is removed from the coat. Brushing will also keep your Flat-Coated Retriever's coat shiny and looking well as help with potential "doggy" odor smell. The retriever family tends to develop unpleasant dog odor, especially when wet and the Flat-Coat loves the water. Additional grooming should include clipping or grinding their fast-growing nails and checking their ears regularly to remove any wax build-up. Teeth cleaning is also an important aspect of care, but you should only use tools designed specifically for dogs. You can consult with your veterinarian or dog grooming specialist on the best way to care for your Flat-Coats grooming needs. The Flat-Coat is a large dog and requires between 3.5 and 4.5 cups of dry food, divided into two meals daily. The amount of food you give your Flat-Coat will depend on his age, activity level, and metabolism and you should stay aware any changes related to his diet including weight changes and food allergies. The Flat-Coated Retriever is not well suited for apartment living since this breed stays fairly inactive while indoors. The Flat-Coat needs space and time to run and play to live a happy, healthy life. However, the Flat-Coat does well in a wide variety of climates from cold to hot.