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.

General Committee

PATRON Mrs Shirley Johnson
President Mr Brian Izzard
Hon Vice Presidents Mrs A. Brook, Mrs C. Dugdale and Dr T Woodgate-Jones
Chairman Mrs Jane Jones
Vice Chairman Mrs Jan Egginton
Hon. Secretary Mrs Jenny Bird (and Litter Book Co-Ordinator)
Hon. Treasurer Mrs Heather Harley
Hon. Show Secretary Ms. Louise Jones
Hon. Field Trial Secretary Mrs Helen Ford
Hon. Working Test Secretary Mr Graham Clelland
Hon. Health Secretary and Kennel Club Breed Health Co-ordinator Miss Liz Branscombe
Rescue, Rehoming and Welfare Secretary Mrs Jenny Morgan

Mrs R Bellamy (J & S Sub), Mr B Broadbent (Membership Secretary), Mrs S Oxford (Area Rep Co-Ordinator), Miss S. Egginton (J & S Sub), Mrs C. Wear, Miss Lauren Broome (Junior Members Coordinator), Miss K Holland, Mrs J Campbell, Mr S Ashby

Please see under Contacts or the Membership List for contact details

Committee Meeting Dates: 

23rd January 2022

24th April 2022

17th July 2022

23rd October 2022

Upcoming events

Yearbook & Newsletters

Sarah Egginton - Newsletter Editor

Jane Jones - Yearbook Editor

Breed Standard

General Appearance

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.