(Slightly Late) Dog of the Day: Flat-Coated Retriever

So, for those of you who think that ‘flat-coated’ is a silly name for such a fluffy dog, let me tell you why they’re called that.  Apparently, before there were Labrador retrievers at all, there were two similar dogs.  One was the flat-coated retriever.  The other was the curly-coated retriever.  They’re both pretty rare these days.  The flat-coat was fluffy compared to the Labrador, but then, most dogs are.  The curly-coated is, well, definitely curly.  And looks kind of goofy to me.  (By the way, sorry for the late post.  Looking for an apartment is time-consuming, but applying for one (especially when you really, really, really want it, and there are at least four other people ahead of you for it) is very time-consuming, and mentally draining as well.  On the upside, I didn’t have any trouble getting to sleep last night.)

Anyway, flat-coats don’t look goofy.  They look awesome.  (One more pic, after the break!)

Flat-coated retrievers have really soft coats, and are considered 'eminently pettable' by our team of top judges.

Flat-coated retrievers have really soft coats, and are considered 'eminently pettable' by our team of top judges.

I think this guy smelled the dog treats in my backpack.

I think this guy smelled the dog treats in my backpack.

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