Flatdoodle:Flat Coated Retriever and Poodle Mix

Hybrid Breed

Flat Coated Retriever + Poodle


Origin and history of the Flatdoodle

The Flatdoodle, a dog breed not officially recognized by the FCI, is a hybrid dog. The ancestors of this charming and versatile dog are the Poodle and the Flat Coated Retriever.

The Poodle, a breed established in Western Europe for about 400 years, was originally a reliable hunting dog, specializing in tracking waterfowl. The name "Poodle" is derived from the Old High German word "Pfudeln", meaning pond and pool. This breed is known for its intelligence and was even used in circus performances. The official breed standardization took place in 1889.

The Flat Coated Retriever, also a former hunting dog, specializes in tracking pheasants, hares and ducks. Official recognition by the FCI did not occur until 1954.

Breeding of the Flatdoodle began in recent years with the goal of combining the best qualities of both breeds.

Suitability and keeping of the Flatdoodle

The suitability of a hybrid dog like the Flatdoodle can vary, as the breeding goals of the original breeds are different. Nevertheless, the Flatdoodle is characterized by high intelligence and trainability, making it an excellent family and companion dog.

In conclusion, the Flatdoodle is a versatile and loyal companion, suitable for both families and individuals looking for an intelligent and easily trainable dog. Its mixed ancestry makes it a unique breed that combines the best features of its parent breeds.

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Alternate Name -
Origin UK - Germany
Life expectancy 10 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance - high-maintenance
Activity level average - high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

The Flatdoodle is a cross between a Poodle and a Flat Coated Retriever, combining two remarkably versatile and intelligent breeds. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Flatdoodle itself is an active, friendly and studious dog.

Character and Temperament of the Flatdoodle

Flatdoodles are known for their active and lively character. They are energetic animals that need regular exercise and mental stimulation. Therefore, the ideal Flatdoodle owner should lead an active lifestyle and be able to provide their dog with daily exercise and a varied recreational program. These dogs love to go for long walks and explore new environments.

In addition, Flatdoodles are known for their social compatibility. Both the Poodle and the Flat Coated Retriever are friendly and compatible breeds, and these traits are often passed on to the Flatdoodle. They form deep bonds with their owners and generally get along well with other dogs.

Another notable trait of Flatdoodles is their friendliness to children. They are affectionate and patient with children, which makes them excellent family dogs. With their quick perception and eagerness to learn, they can be taught tricks and commands quickly.

Attitude and care of the Flatdoodle

Flatdoodles are easy to care for and require less grooming than purebred Poodles. Their coat care is relatively straightforward, though regular brushing is recommended to keep the coat healthy and clean.

Raising and Training the Flatdoodle

A characteristic trait of the Flatdoodle is his "will to please", that is, his desire to please his owner. This characteristic makes him an ideal training partner. He is eager to learn and to please his owner, which makes training easier.

It is important to start consistent training at a young age. Once the basic commands are in place and the dog is leash trained, you can easily take him on trips and even to restaurants.

In summary, the Flatdoodle is an active and versatile dog that is suitable for both individuals and families. Its intelligence, friendly temperament and willingness to learn make it an excellent companion. Keeping a Flatdoodle requires commitment and activity, but the joy and companionship these dogs provide are worth it.


Health of the Flatdoodle

As with all dogs, certain health problems can occur in the Flatdoodle. Both the Flat Coated Retriever and the Poodle can be prone to certain breed-specific diseases. These include elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia. In addition, the Poodle is prone to eye diseases such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Cataracts. However, the specific health problems that can occur in a Flatdoodle vary from dog to dog and are partially genetic.

Despite these potential health problems, the Flatdoodle is generally a healthy dog with an average life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Care and health management

To maintain the Flatdoodle's health, regular grooming and health monitoring is necessary. This includes regular vet visits, a balanced diet and adequate exercise. Coat care is usually straightforward, but regular brushing can help keep the coat healthy and clean.

Flatdoodle breeding and purchase

Choosing a healthy Flatdoodle puppy requires care and attention. When choosing a breeder, care should be taken to ensure that the animals look well-groomed and are kept in a species-appropriate manner. A responsible breeder will have both parents available to give an idea of what the puppy might look like one day.

Flatcoated Retriever Dog, Flatdoodle

A cross between a Poodle and a Flat Coated Retriever, the Flatdoodle combines the characteristic traits of both breeds into a unique blend. This hybrid breed stands out for its versatile appearance, which varies from coat texture to size.

Hypoallergenic characteristics of the Flatdoodle.

One of the most notable features of the Flatdoodle is its hypoallergenic coat. This heritage of the Poodle makes the Flatdoodle an excellent choice for allergy sufferers. Unlike many other dog breeds, the Flatdoodle does not shed because its coat grows back continuously, much like human hair. This significantly reduces the amount of allergens that are released into the environment. However, it is important to note that the Flatdoodle's coat must be groomed and trimmed regularly to keep it healthy and trimmed.

Size and weight of the Flatdoodle

The size of an adult Flatdoodle usually varies between 56 and 60 centimeters. In terms of weight, a Flatdoodle can weigh between 22 and 35 kilograms. As with all dog breeds, the size and weight varies depending on gender and individual genetics.

The coat of the Flatdoodle

The coat of the Flatdoodle can come in a variety of colors. While black and liver brown are typical colors of the Flat Coated Retriever, silver, blue, and beige can be added through crossbreeding with the Poodle.

The texture of the coat is often a mixture of the slight waves of the Flat Coated Retriever and the curly hair of the Poodle. However, it is not uncommon for the curly coat of the Poodle to prevail. The length and texture of the coat can vary depending on the genetic influence of the parents.

Overall, the Flatdoodle is a versatile and unique dog breed that excels in both appearance and characteristics. Its hypoallergenic coat, sturdy size and friendly temperament make it an excellent companion and family dog. With proper care and attention, the Flatdoodle can live a long and healthy life and give its owner many years of pleasure.

Fur length medium
Fur flat coated - curly
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail fanned out - lang
Anatomy slim, sporty
Size ♀ 56 - 60 cm
Weight ♀ 22 - 35 kg
Size ♂ 56 - 60 cm
Weight ♂ 22 - 35 kg
Suitable For suitable for allergy sufferers


  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.

  • Elbow dysplasia (ED)

    Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.

  • Cataract

    Cataracts are still one of the most common causes of blindness, even in dogs.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

    Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.

  • The size of a Flatdoodle can vary, as it is a mixture of two different breeds. However, Flatdoodles usually reach a shoulder height of 56 to 66 cm and a weight of 25 to 40 kg.

  • Flatdoodles need moderate to intense daily physical activity to stay healthy both physically and mentally. They should get at least one hour of exercise per day, but they may also enjoy longer walks or more challenging activities.

  • Flatdoodles have a dense, curly coat and therefore require regular brushing to prevent matting and tangles. Brushing once a week should be sufficient, but it may be necessary to brush them more often if the coat is very long or if they are outdoors a lot

  • It is often thought that Poodles and their mixes like the Flatdoodle are hypoallergenic because they shed less hair and produce less dander than other dogs. While this may be true in some individuals with allergies, there is no guarantee that a Flatdoodle is hypoallergenic.

  • Flatdoodles are intelligent and eager to learn and respond well to positive training with rewards and praise. They can also be very sensitive, so sensitive and patient training is important. The use of toys and games can also help with training.

  • Flatdoodles are usually friendly and loving and can make excellent family dogs. They are often very gentle with children and can form a close bond with them. However, it is always important to teach children how to treat dogs respectfully and to supervise when interacting with them.

  • The average life expectancy of a Flatdoodle is about 10 to 14 years.

  • The price for a Flatdoodle puppy can vary depending on the breeder and location. However, as a rule, you can expect a price of about 1000 to 3000 euros.

  • Flatdoodles can have health problems typical of their parent breeds, such as hip dysplasia, eye disease, cancer, and gastric distortion. It is important to buy a Flatdoodle from a reputable breeder.

Sources and relevant links


Accessed on 09.03.2023

Flatdoodle Mila Daum

Accessed on 09.03.2023

John Wakefield (2012). Flat-Coated Retriever. Fox Chapel Publishing.

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