The flat-coated retriever was developed in England about a century ago. One of the earliest retriever breeds, he counts among his ancestors the Newfoundland and the now extinct St. Johns Labrador. He excels as an upland-shooting dog and is an efficient water retriever. Today’s flat-coat is an active, cheerful dog; a truly versatile family companion hunting retriever. A dog that needs a job, he has found success in many activities including tracking, agility, obedience and service work. He is a strong, bold, elegant dog characterized by a flat, dense, lustrous coat and a happily wagging tail.