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    Question Flat Coated Retriever


    Hi all,

    Im new this website, my name is Tara I'm 25years old and live in Melbourne,
    I am hoping that you can help me. My partner and I have decided to add an additional member to our family, we already have a 20month old son, and we have now come to decision that we would like to have a dog in our family, a flat coated retriever, I was wondering if any of you know of any breeder’s in Melbourne, Victoria, that I might be able to speak to about getting a puppy or meeting the dog’s they already own. I can’t seem to find any is Victoria they all seem to be in Western Australia or New South Wales. I would greatly appreciate any help that I can get. I look forward to hearing from you soon.


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    Hi, welcome. Lovely breed you have chosen. You may want to consider waiting until your son is older as puppies are an awful lot of work (think toddler with fur) or perhaps looks for an older dog.

    This is the person to contact in regards to flatcoats in VIC
    http://www.vca.org.au/BreederLitters...ed%20Retriever

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    Hello and welcome to the site!

    Another link for you....

    http://www.flatcoated.org.au/dog_contact.htm

    Take your time and ask all the questions you can think of! Consider the puppy phase carefully (bit like a new bub even when you are ready so many things pop up!), also groomimg, training, yard size/ safety and what quality time you can offer a dog.

    I know you have a gorgeous new bub, sometimes it is perfect timing for a new family member as you may be home full time and go for lots of lovely long walks, esspecially during the witching hour!

    Training will be important with a young baby.....

    I wrote something somewhere...will try to find the link for you.

    Good luck and let us know how you are getting along!

    Nic

    "There is enough love and concern for animals in every community to overcome the irresposibility of the few"
    Nathan Winograd.

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    Here it is...I dont know if it will help. Last page...

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...py-farm-4.html

    Nic

    "There is enough love and concern for animals in every community to overcome the irresposibility of the few"
    Nathan Winograd.

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    Thanks so everyone for replying to me so fast! I am a fulltime stay at home mum during the day and my partner is home every night. We have a unit with a fair size backyard, but we love to walk everynight, Kai, that's our son, has grown up with dog's in his short little life, and is really good with them.

    I have thought alot about it, and i think it's time to add to the family and these dog's just seem so perfect for us. Do you think its the right choice?

    I have looked at those link's they were very helpful, i emailed them to ask them heap's of question's.

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    They're a gorgeous breed. Generally really sweet temperments but they are a retriever and need training.

    If you aren't sure on the breed what are you looking for in a dog?

    Size, temperment, etc?

    You will have to go to training with any puppy you have - first puppy preschool, then obedience and with a flatty you might want to consider going further with training beyond that. Very clever dogs. Not a terribly popular breed - not like goldens and labs - but that is probably a good thing as less people breeding for a pet market and thus more focus on the health and breed standard.

    Here is some info on hereditary diseases in flatcoats - make sure to ask breeders about them Flat-Coated Retriever Hereditary Problems

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    I always planned to wait till my youngest was at school before getting a puppy ( I wanted a puppy so it could be raised with the kids) but changed my mind we have a 7 mo puppy and my little one only turned 2 it hasnt been that bad the kids are still the biggest problem
    I think it is a personal choice whats right for you you will know

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    Tara, please be careful if importing a Flatcoat from WA - one of the main breeders is nothing more than a puppy farm. Do plenty of research before buying. Good luck!

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    Good morning one and all,

    I have some news. I've found a breeder in Victoria; her name is Judy Kennon
    from Bushman Kennels. I have told her what I have told you all, and she seem's so lovely and very fourth coming in us coming up and meeting the breed and then making up our mind.

    I was saying to her that Kai has grown up with a heeler/kelpie cross and a greyhound. That's why we are keen on a Retriever, my mum had a curly coated retriever and she was the most amazing dog. We have looked into puppy pre-school and then the follow on course which is just puppy school, is that the best way to go with a retriever?

    We want a large dog, affectionate, love’s to walk or run, can come to our family’s house, is sociable with other dog’s and people, a dog we can play with but also cuddle up with on the couch. The dog will be like another child to Dayne and I we want a dog that wants’ to be around us.

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    Curlys and Flatys are both lovely lovely dogs. A little too "nice" for me personally but just sensational family pets if brought up in the right environment. Best of luck and I am glad you have a good breeder on board, they are paramount!

    Ask her about post purchase support as well.

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