Research Projects

Cancer Research

The Flatcoated Retriever Tumour Survey, 25 years on

An article by Dr Jane Dobson, Tess Hoather and Fernando Constantino-Casas from the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge summarising their breed specific work has been published in the Veterinary Times (volume 46 No 27 p14- 18).

Please follow the links to view the article and the figures referenced within the text (in a separate document).

Veterinary Times Article

Figures & Figure Legends


Cancer Research Reports

Tumour Survey Report (2015)

Jane Dobson's Cancer Research Report 2016

Jane Dobson's Cancer Research Report 2017

Jane Dobson's Cancer Research Report 2018

Jane Dobson's Cancer Research Report 2019

Jane Dobson's Cancer Research Report 2020

Jane Dobson's Cancer Research Report 2021

Flatcoated Retriever Histiocytic Sarcoma Research project

This project (formerly a joint project between researchers at the Animal Health Trust and Cambridge University) will be based at Cambridge University since the liquidation of the AHT in July 2020. Details of the project aims can be found in the following link:


Animal Health Trust Flatcoated retriever Histiocytic Sarcoma research project


DNA Research

AHT Glaucoma Research

Click here for the 2018 project report

Click here for the 2017 project report

Click here for the 2016 project report

Click here for the 2015 project report

Click here for the link to the 2016 publication

Click here for the Goniodysgenesis Publication 2013


DNA Archive at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre (KCGC), University of Cambridge (formerly at the AHT)

Cathryn Mellersh and her team at the KCGC are now located at the University of Cambridge. We have received confirmation that all samples previously archived at the AHT will be preserved for future use. The team at the Canine Genetics Centre are once again able to archive DNA samples from Flatcoated Retrievers for breed specific research. Please follow this link for further information about the archiving process.

The team would be grateful to receive updates to the health information for dogs whose DNA is already archived at the KCGC, this can be submitted can by completing and returning this form


The Animal Health Trust (AHT)/Kennel Club (KC) Give a Dog a Genome Project

The AHT and the KC genetics centre launched a research project called ‘Give a Dog a Genome’ (GDG) the aim is to sequence the entire genome (2.4 billion letters of DNA) of 50 dog breeds. The resulting information will increase the ability to identify mutations which cause inherited diseases.

It costs approximately £2000 to sequence a genome however the 50 breed clubs who agree to join the project will be asked to contribute £1000 as the GDG work will be part funded by the KC Charitable trust. In 2016 the Flatcoated Retriever Society’s General Committee agreed to support the participation of our breed in this initiative by making a donation to the research project.

Give a Dog a Genome Project updates 


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