Groenendael vs Flat-coated Retriever

Compare the Groenendael to the Flat-coated Retriever. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Groenendaels and Flat-coated Retrievers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Groenendael and the Flat-Coated Retriever are good for new owners, but the Groenendael is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both the Groenendael and Flat-Coated Retriever are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Flat-Coated Retriever is easier to groom.
  • Barking - The Flat-Coated Retriever bark/howls frequently. The Groenendael has a low tendency to bark.
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Groenendael vs Flat-Coated Retriever
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Breed NameGroenendaelFlat-Coated Retriever
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan11-13 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Height22-26 in.22-24½ in.
Weight60-75 lb55-80 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryBelgiumUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1890 AD1859 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 80°F20°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh-Very High
Top Running Speed30 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighMedium
SheddingHighMedium
DanderHighMedium
Drool AmountLowNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameGroenendaelFlat-Coated Retriever
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsHighAverage
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingHighBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameGroenendaelFlat-Coated Retriever
Lifespan
Lifespan11-13 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CancerNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HyperthyroidismYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameGroenendaelFlat-Coated Retriever
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
LiverNoYes