The Flatcoated Retriever Society
The Flatcoated Retriever Society
The first Flatcoat Breed Club was the Flatcoated Retriever Association, which was founded in 1923 and a Breed Standard was drawn up and accepted by the Kennel Club. This Standard is substantially the same today and was retained when the Flatcoated Retriever Society was formed in 1947.
The Objects of the Society are:-
a) To promote the breeding of a type of Flatcoat as laid down in the Breed Standard.
b) To encourage the training and working of the Breed.
c) To run Shows, Field Trials and Working Tests.
An Annual General Meeting is held every March in the Midlands when Officers and Committee Members are elected and any important business is discussed and voted on. All Members of the Society are entitled to attend the AGM.
|PATRON||Mrs Shirley Johnson|
|President||Mr Brian Izzard|
|Hon Vice Presidents||Mr Bob Allen, Mrs Anne Brook, Mrs Jenny Bird, Mr Brian Jones and Dr Tim Woodgate-Jones|
|Chairman||Mrs Jane Jones|
|Vice Chairman||Mrs Jan Egginton|
|Hon. Secretary||Mrs Roz Bellamy|
|Hon. Treasurer||Mrs Heather Harley|
|Hon. Show Secretary||Ms. Louise Jones|
|Hon. Field Trial Secretary||Mrs Jane Manley|
|Hon. Working Test Secretary||Ms. Sarah Young|
Hon. Health Secretary and Kennel Club Breed Health Co-ordinator
|Miss Liz Branscombe|
|Rescue, Rehoming and Welfare Secretary||Mrs Jan Egginton|
Mr Brian Broadbent (Membership Secretary), Mrs Shirley Oxford (Area Rep Co-Ordinator), Miss Sarah Egginton (J & S Sub), Mrs Charlotte Wear, Miss Lauren Broome (Junior Members Coordinator), Mrs Jenny Campbell, Mrs Sharon Henesey, Mrs Lindsay Swan
Please see under Contacts or the Membership List for contact details
Committee Meeting Dates:
23rd April 2023
16th July 2023
29th October 2023
Code of Ethics
Members' Code of Conduct
FCRS Constitution and Rules
A bright, active dog of medium size with an intelligent expression, showing power without lumber, and raciness without weediness.
Foreribs fairly flat. Body well ribbed up showing a gradual spring and well arched in centre but rather lighter towards quarters. Loin short and square. Open couplings highly undesirable.
Generously endowed with natural gundog ability, optimism and friendliness demonstrated by enthusiastic tail action.
Muscular. Moderate bend of stifle and hock, latter well let down. Should stand true all round. Cow hocks are highly undesirable.
Confident and kindly.
Round and strong with toes close and well arched. Soles thick and strong.
Head and Skull
Head, long and nicely moulded. Skull, flat and moderately broad with a slight stop between eyes, in no way accentuated, avoiding a down or dish-faced appearance. Nose of good size, with open nostrils.
Short, straight and well set on, gaily carried, but never much above level of back.
Long and strong, capable of carrying a hare or pheasant.
Free and flowing, straight and true as seen from front and rear.
Medium size, dark brown or hazel, with a very intelligent expression (a round prominent eye highly undesirable). Not obliquely placed.
Dense, of fine to medium texture and good quality, as flat as possible. Legs and tail well feathered. Full furnishings on maturity complete the elegance of a good dog.
Small and well set on, close to side of head.
Black or Liver only.
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, ie: upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth sound and strong.
Size: Preferred height
Dogs: 58-61 cms (23-24 ins); bitches: 56-58 cms (22-23 ins).
Head well set in neck, the latter reasonably long and free from throatiness, symmetrically set and obliquely placed in shoulders, running well into the back to allow for easy seeking of trail.
Size: Preferred weight in hard condition
Dogs: 27-36 kgs (60-80 lbs); bitches: 25-32 kgs (55-70 lbs).
Chest deep and fairly broad, with well-defined brisket, on which elbows should move cleanly and evenly.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.