That’s my question: what happened with the Flatcoated Retriever? The reason for posing the question, is the interconnections between the history of the Flatcoat and the Golden. Both originate from the Wavy-coated Retriever. So, you would expect two similar looking dogs with exception of their colour. However, that’s not quite the case. The Flatcoat is smaller-boned in comparison with the Golden. Moreover, the Flatcoat’s head is different. The stop is far less pronounced and the head is more narrow-built.
See what I mean?
It’s interesting to compare older pictures as well. See for example a famous, winning black Flatcoat in the first decade of the twentieth century: Sweep of Glendaruel and contrast him with, for example, Bess of Kentford (b.1920).
The heads of these two dogs are very similar, with a pronounced stop. So,brings me back to my question: what happened with the Flatcoated Retriever? There have been rumours about crossings with Borzoi’s. That theory seems quite unlikely. Far more simple is the thought that breeders selected upon this very property. I know of some breeders who are very keen to maintain bloodlines with the typical Flatcoat head.
I wonder whether it would be possible to breed the ‘original head’ back? I definitely would like it!