Flat-Coated Retrievers are splendid sporting dogs with a shiny black coat, albeit they also appear in dark liver colours. This breed is considered a large dog, standing 56 to 61 centimetres at the withers and weighing 55 to 70 pounds. It is lean, athletic and highly energetic. The head is nicely formed and is defined as "of one piece." It has a flat skull, and the back part is about the same length as its muzzle. Its eyes are almond-shaped, either hazel or dark brown in colour, with an intelligent and friendly expression. The ears are well set, relatively small, pendant-shaped and lying close to the head. This breed must be angular from the front and rear to allow for open and graceful movement.
Flatcoats are outfitted in a thick coat that is straight, flat and moderate in length, able to protect the breed from water and the harsh weather. Its coat is slightly heavier around the neck while there is feathering on the ears, chest, front, thighs, backs of the forelegs and tails, but should never be excessively long. Flatcoats come in solid black, liver or deep reddish brown colours. Since Flatcoat Retrievers have medium to long coats, they need to be brushed daily to avoid matts and tangles from forming most particularly when they are shedding.
Also, don't forget other grooming regimens aside from coat care. Trim its nails at least once a month to avoid painful overgrowth and getting your shins scratched. Ears must also be cleaned with a soft cotton moistened with a vet-approved solution to prevent infection. Brush the Flatcoat's teeth at least twice a week to remove tartar and bacteria that may develop into an infection.