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flat coat retriever

Post by JasonW77 » Mon May 24, 2010 9:49 pm

Need some help for a friend who is looking to get a flat coat retriever. He lives in the northwest WA and is looking for a good hunting dog breeder any help on this would be great.

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Re: flat coat retriever

Post by FLocker » Mon May 24, 2010 10:07 pm

A time machine to go to Lord Tweedmouth's kennels, circa 1890?

Why a flatcoat? I think they are beautiful dogs (though some lines have the muzzle of a collie), but it was my impression that most a bred for the show ring.

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Re: flat coat retriever

Post by Fireside » Mon May 24, 2010 11:09 pm

Our old flattie Boomer was by your definition a show dog, but he spent he later years as a working retriever, hauling geese back... don;'t count them out as a nice personal hunting dog!

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Re: flat coat retriever

Post by JasonW77 » Tue May 25, 2010 7:11 am

He has done some research and found that they make a great hunting dog. And the size and temperament of the breed is what he is looking for.

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Re: flat coat retriever

Post by Karen » Tue May 25, 2010 8:05 am

Be VERY careful. My sister had one, did her research, found a reputable breeder, waited quite a while for a pup....wonderful temperament, passed at 7 yrs old from cancer (was VERY quick.....fine in the morning, took a nap, didn't wake up...had tumor attached to heart wall that burst). I was told that there is such a small gene pool with this breed that cancer is just rampant.
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Re: flat coat retriever

Post by Gordon Guy » Tue May 25, 2010 9:05 am

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Re: flat coat retriever

Post by Wildweeds » Tue May 25, 2010 8:21 pm

Jason,

Had one of those 20 years ago,alright dog but not much good for hunting,REALLY REALLY good at frisbee,Got her from up on the Mt. Baker Highway near Kendall.My suggestion would follow others ,pretty small gene pool,A bred for pure hunting version of the flatcoats golden cousin would be a carbon copy fit as far as temperment went.I believe there is a flat coat breeder in Agasiz B.C.. In my experiance the darker the color of coat on a golden retriever = a better hunter.

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Re: flat coat retriever

Post by JasonW77 » Wed May 26, 2010 6:47 pm

Thanks everyone I'll pass on the information

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Re: flat coat retriever

Post by Birddogz » Wed May 26, 2010 9:38 pm

They don't live long.
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Re: flat coat retriever

Post by Fireside » Sat May 29, 2010 6:48 pm

Birddogz wrote:They don't live long.
Boomer lived to 14

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Re: flat coat retriever

Post by Cora's Shadow » Mon May 31, 2010 8:23 am

I think your friend should consider contacting Mary Wilson. She has bred several generations of Flatcoats for years in Minnesota. I don't think she's planning to have another litter but she could tell you who will be producing a litter and which lines are better gundogs than showdogs. Shoot me a PM if you would like Mary's contact information.

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