The Flat-Coated Retriever is equally as good at hunting on land or from the water. This smart, happy breed is still very popular today and can be seen at conformation, rally, obedience, and agility events. The Flat-Coated Retriever is also a wonderful companion and therapy dog. They are active dogs that must have a job to complete or boredom will set in, causing them to be unruly and difficult to live with. The Flat-Coated Retriever does best with an active family that has the time to spend training and playing with them. After deciding on a Flat-Coated Retriever for your family and locating a responsible breeder, it will be time for the family to find a name for their new addition.
Flat-Coated Retriever Dog Names in Pop Culture
The Flat-Coated Retriever is a popular breed throughout the world, but especially in the United Kingdom where they originated. They are still a favorite at conformation shows with judges and on March 13, 2011, a Flat-Coated Retriever named Jet won Best in Show at the Crufts Dog Show hosted by The Kennel Club. Jet comes from Edinburgh and competed at Crufts along with 21,422 other purebred dogs. At nine and a half years old, this was quite the accomplishment since the Flat-Coated Retriever has an average lifespan of 10-12 years. Jet’s breeder Jim Irvine of Queensferry was excited to see a dog that he bred take it all at this prestigious Crufts Dog Show. After four days of competition, Jet’s owner, Iain Ross, could not believe that his dog was awarded Best in Show. It is estimated that there were about 138,000 people in attendance to watch Jet win it all.
The Crufts Dog Show was founded by Charles Cruft. Cruft was born in 1852 and died in 1938. He believed in his vision of a dog show that showcased purebred dogs and built a strong reputation for being innovative in sponsorships, advertising and public relations. Cruft became a travelling salesman for the dog biscuit business and later made his fortune in this area. Cruft believed that the most successful salesman would be able to attract attention to the product and excite people’s imagination to make the product desirable to a mass number of people. In 1878, Cruft became the secretary of the Toy Spaniel Club. He then became secretary of the Pug Dog Club and also began dabbling in other specialty shows for Borzois, Setters, and St. Bernards. With the influence of the Duchess of Newcastle, Cruft began gathering backers for his own dog show. He set the scene for London to host a six terrier shows at the Royal Aquarium in Westminster. These shows ran annually from 1886 to 1890. These terrier specialties are the roots of the prestigious Crufts Dog Show. In 1891, Cruft decided to open the annual show for all breeds and this was the first show to be called Cruft’s Dog Show. The first Cruft’s Dog Show was hosted at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, there were a total of 2,437 dogs entered at this show. The Kennel Club, the official sponsor of the Cruft’s Dog Show considers this show to be the very first Crufts show. Queen Victoria even took notice of the first Cruft’s Dog Show and publicity of this event soared.
Flat-Coated Retriever Dog Name Considerations
When adding a Flat-Coated Retriever to your family, you will be adding a playmate, protector, and companion. When properly socialized and trained, you will have a wonderful dog that brings much joy into your life. Being a breed that originated in the United Kingdom, finding a name that has UK roots makes sense. There are a multitude of names that have an English flare and a meaning that appropriately describes your new dog’s personality. Look for a name that does not have too many syllables and does not sound too much like a command you will be using in their training. For instance, Alfie is a cute name that means handsome or wise. Rupert is a classic name that means bright or shining. Girl puppies named after flowers would also be a good choice for a Flat-Coated Retriever such as Lily, Daisy or Poppy. Pay attention to the names of other dogs in your neighborhood, you do not really want to duplicate a name and cause possible confusion when you are out walking. If your new pup is for the entire family, make sure everyone has some input on the name. Make a list of potential names and then start eliminating names until you have reached an agreement.