Why is the flatcoated retriever so rarely seen in the field now?
The flatcoated retriever was once the celebrated dog of Edwardian England – so why is it so seldom seen now, asks David Tomlinson
Flatcoats make excellent shooting dogs, but they also excel in the show ring Credit: D Tomlinson
Last month I dined at Holkham’s Victoria hotel in North Norfolk. Holkham has long been one of the premier sporting estates in England, covering 25,000 acres of saltings, marsh and farmland; its gamekeepers still wear their traditional bowler hats. On the back of the Victoria’s menu was a picture of a group of Holkham keepers, wearing their bowlers, photographed in 1909. With them is a flatcoated retriever.