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Health Seminars

March 2021 -Regretfully, given the uncertainty regarding hosting larger gatherings, the Society Health Sub-Committee made the decision to postpone the Health seminar which was arranged for 12th July 2020. We plan to present two of the seminars as webinars on 5th June 2021. Further details are available here:

A Health Seminar day June 2016 , hosted by the Flatcoated Retriever Society and sponsored by Davies Veterinary Specialists 

The speakers have kindly allowed us to post pdf versions of their presentations these can be viewed by following the links below:

‘The Red Eye’
Georgie Fricker BVSc CertVOphthal, DipECVO MRCVS
European Veterinary Specialist in Ophthalmology‘Acupuncture and Pain Management’

Frances Downing BVSc MSc DipECVAA MRCVS
European Veterinary Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia

‘Balanced Breeding Decisions’
Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi
Geneticist, KC Health Team

'Flatcoated Retriever Population Analysis’
Dr Tom Lewis
Geneticist, KC Health Team

‘An Update on Breed Specific Cancer Research’
Dr Jane Dobson MA BVetMed, DVetMed, DipECVIM-CA (IntMed, Oncol, RadOnc) MRCVS

Overview Of The Health Seminar 5/10/13
Overview of Free Flatcoated Retriever Day held at AHT 2/12/13


Fact Sheets

Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot, otherwise known as Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CVRG) is a potentially serious disease relatively recently recognised in the UK. Research into this condition is being carried out at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists. Further advice about the disease, its signs and symptoms can be found by following this link where you can access information sheets: Click here

Elbow Dysplasia

To read the fact sheet please Click here.

Patellar Luxation

Patellar Luxation in Flatcoated Retrievers (background information)
The Conservative Management of Patellar Luxation
Post Surgical Management of Patellar Luxation

Hip Dysplasia

To read the fact sheet please click here.


To read fact sheets please click here

To read an article about cardiomyopathy click here

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Failure

To read the fact sheet please click here.

Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (bloat)

To read the fact sheets please click on the links below:

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (bloat)

Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV)


To read the fact sheet please click here.

Ophthalmic Conditions

To read the fact sheet please click here.

Laryngeal Paralysis

To read the fact sheet please click here.

Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia

To read the fact sheet please click here.

IMHA Newsletter article


To read the newsletter article please click here.



AGM Health Reports

Click on the dates below to read the health report for each year:

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021



Society Breed Health Surveys

2020 health survey -this survey is now closed, collated results will be shared in the latter part of 2021 

2011 results


Canine Blood Donation

click here for more information


Renal Dysplasia

2021 update-The Society continues to work towards collecting DNA from affected dogs which will enable further breed specific research into this condition, this work was supported by Cathryn Mellersh and her team at the AHT until its closure in 2020, click here  to read about work carried out so far. It is hoped that during 2021 the banking of DNA samples will continue and we will post more details when we receive a further update from Cathryn Mellersh.               


Genetic Diversity

The Popular Sire Effect Article

To read the article please click here.

Flatcoated Retriever Sires

2012 (click here) 2013 (click here) 2014 (click here) 2015 (click here) 2016 (click here) 2017 (click here) 2018 (click here) 2019 (click here) 2020 (click here)

Trends In Genetic Diversity Article

Kennel Club Genetic Diversity Information: 

Kennel Club Popular Sire Effect: Infographic

‘Balanced Breeding Decisions’
Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi
'Flatcoated Retriever Population Analysis’ Dr Tom Lewis, Geneticist, KC Health Team

Group Study

The Group Study began in 2011 with the first participants being born during 2010, for the last ten years it has been a rolling study with some new participants joining each year. The study aims to follow the life of a group of Flatcoats without anonymity from the age of 8 weeks with health data collected annually.  Having collected data for ten years the Society Health Committee have now taken the decision to close the rolling study to new participants. We have approximately 50 dogs still actively participating in the group and we will continue to collect annual health reports from these dogs.

We will continue to make an annual Group Study report at the Flatcoated Retriever Society’s AGM, and this will subsequently be posted on the Society website. In time we hope to analyse the full lifetime data from all the dogs that have participated (over 100) in the study and this information will be shared to inform health research as necessary.

We are extremely grateful to owners of past and currently enrolled dogs for their participation.

The annual questionnaire for remaining participants can be downloaded here: Questionnaire


Kennel Club Health Links

Kennel Club website- health section: 

Breed Health and Conservation Plan (BHCP) Project:

Please click here for the KC Information about the project.

To read the Flatcoated Retriever Breed Health and Conservation Plan (BHCP) Summary and Action Plan updated July 2020 click here.

To read the full BHCP document updated July 2020 click here.

Kennel Club Health Resources:

What the Kennel Club does for dog health: 

Health testing and screening: 

Health test results finder: 

KC Health Survey 2014


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