2019 Calendar - Now Available

The 2019 Calendar is now available, the number is limited this year so please buy early to avoid dissappointment.  Contact Shirley Johnson by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 01638 718231.  UK price £8.00 (£10.00 including p&p); Europe 14 Euros (including p&p); Elsewhere £15.;00 including p&p.


A Days Talk About Flatcoated Retrievers - Update

Join us for a day talking about Flatcoated Retrievers.
Saturday 30th June  10.00a.m. – 3.30p.m.

Lavant Memorial Hall Pook Lane
Chichester PO18 0AH

**Update : There is now to be a puppy walk during the lunch time of this event** 

We will have various short talks and demonstrations including Health, Training, Trimming, Showing, Working Tests and Field Trials and Behaviour.  There will also be a chance to discuss other disciplines, such as Tracking, Trialling, Obedience and more.

We hope this will give participants a chance to ask questions and enjoy a day finding out about the many different things a Flatcoated Retriever would enjoy doing with their owners.

We will supply Tea and Coffee on arrival, and there will be tea and coffee available during the day.

We ask that you bring a packed lunch.   Cost will be £10.00

Contact:-  Shirley Oxford   Tel No 02392 264703  for further details or to book a place. 

Breed Specific Seminar

The Judges and Show Sub Committee is organising a Breed Specific Seminar on 8th July 2018 at the Kennel.club Building Stoneleigh, Warks. The seminar will be aimed at those judges who are currently on the ‘B’ list and who wish to progress to the A3 judging list. An A3 assessment will be carried out. There will only be a limited number of places available, and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The cost, including lunch is £15 for members and £25 for non members. Anyone wishing to attend the seminar, or who requires further information please contact Jane Jones on 01530 834318 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2018 FCRS Calendar - few remaining!

There are a few 2018 calendars' available from Shirley Johnson for £8.00 (or £10.00 post and packing), Europe 14 Euros, elsewhere £15.00.   Please contact Shirley Johnson email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain your copy.

Flatcoated Retriever Society Privacy Policy

The "About" page of the website has been updated to include the Flatcoated Retriever Society's Privacy Policy.

Yellow Flatcoated Retrievers

It has been brought to the attention of the Flatcoated Retriever Society that there are some breeders who are intentionally breeding yellow Flatcoats or are intending to introduce them into their breeding programmes. These aims are unsuitable for a variety of reasons and following a discussion at a recent committee meeting it was felt that the following statement should be issued to make everyone aware of the background of the current situation.




In the early 1900s Labradors and Golden Retrievers were emerging as breeds in their own right but, as bloodlines were short, interbreeding was often carried out and at this time the same dogs could be found in Flatcoat, Labrador and Golden Retriever pedigrees. After the Second World War Flatcoats had become scarce and again some interbreeding was carried out in order to preserve the breed.

During the years after the war there were also dogs who had no Kennel Club registration Certificates and ‘2nd Class Registrations’ were allowed. This entailed taking a dog to an authority on the supposed breed and if this expert decided it was a typical specimen a form was signed. This then entitled the dog to be put on the ‘B’ register and its progeny were eligible for Kennel Club Registration.

Due to the foregoing circumstances the retriever breed have at times had close and interwoven blood relationships but this does not detract from the fact that in 1923 the original Breed Standard was drawn up which stated that the Flatcoated Retriever was black (liver was accepted in the 1940s). When most of the cross breeding was taking place genetics, and the mode of inheritance, were not widely known or even considered.

Black is a dominant inherited colour and unless both parents carry yellow genes one genetically pure black parent will ensure that only black puppies are produced. Therefore, if a Golden Retriever or yellow Labrador or Flatcoat is crossed with a pure black Flatcoat only black puppies will result. However these puppies will carry yellow recessive (hidden) genes and these genes can remain hidden for many generations until two dogs, who both carry this gene, are mated and then some yellow puppies can be born.


There are three options available for breeders of yellow Flatcoat puppies:


1.        Do not register these puppies but ensure they go to owners who appreciate that they are not registered and should never be bred from

2.        Register the puppies with the Kennel Club and show their colour as yellow but also use the endorsement (b) which states ‘Progeny not eligible for Registration’. Again new owners should appreciate that they should never be bred from and only the breeder can remove this endorsement.

3.        Yellow Flatcoats are not recognised by the Kennel Club so should not be placed if shown under KC rules.

If yellow progeny are registered with the Kennel Club a record of their breeding is available. Registration certificates should be endorsed “Progeny not eligible for registration and they will be listed as “colour not recognised by the Kennel Club” If these puppies are not registered the Society would be grateful for relevant information about them.

It is important that, when possible, owners should be aware if their Flatcoat could carry the yellow gene. If your Flatcoat has produced yellow progeny you should inform any person who would have a direct interest. If you have yellow puppies in a litter the owners of the black siblings should be informed that their puppy could also carry the yellow gene. If a dog has sired yellow puppies any bitch owner wishing to use him should be informed.

It should be remembered that Flatcoats can now be DNA tested to determine whether they carry the yellow gene.


The yellow gene exists in some Flatcoats  and therefore yellow puppies will occasionally be produced, However, before breeding if it is known that your dog or bitch could carry the yellow gene every effort should be made to reduce the possibility of producing them i.e. do not use similar yellow producing lines. Guidance can always be sought from experienced knowledgeable breeders or consult your veterinary surgeon as Flatcoats can now be DNA tested to determine whether they carry the yellow gene.

If registered it is recommended that their registration certificates are endorsed “Progeny not eligible for registration” and also registered as “Colour not recognised by The Kennel Club”.

Finally it is considered unethical to breed from a yellow Flatcoat and it would not be in the best interests of the breed.

Request for Historical Photographs of Flatcoats

The Society has received the following message from a lady called Ingemar Borelius requesting historical photos of Flatcoats.

"I have left my active "dog years" behind me now but I keep contacts with my old friends and I do what I can to support the breed. To inform the younger breeders about the breed history I have written an article that will be published in the club papers Christmas edition and the following edition. I have a lot of photos of old dogs but I'm lacking useful photos of historical Flatcoats from the twenties and thirties. Is there anyone in FCRS that has gathered photos of Flatcoats from the early days. I know that Doc. Nancy Laughton had an archive with quite a lot of photos but I don't know who has taken over the guardianship of her archive?"

If anyone can help Ingemar in anyway perhaps they could email photos to her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Moon Isn't Made Of Green Cheese by Joan Mason

The Society have re-produced an interesting article written by the late Joan Mason and kindly allowed by Rosemary Talbot.  Please click on the link below to read.

The Moon Isn't Made Of Green Cheese 
by Joan Mason (first published in 1997)

Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme

The Kennel Club run the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme providing a good level of training for all dogs and owners. It is a non-competitive scheme with standard courses enabling dogs/owners to achieve a Puppy Foundation, Bronze, Silver and Gold award. For more information please visit the Kennel Clubs Good Citizen Training Scheme page which has lots of useful links on the right hand side providing downloads for the above schemes and lists of training clubs.

Microchipping - New Law

From April 2016, every dog in England and Scotland will have to be microchipped in a move which the Government says will help reunite people with lost or stolen pets and track down the owners of vicious or illegal dogs.  Please read the link below for further information.


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