Results FCRS South West Area Working Test April 25th 2021

Sara Thurgood, FCRS South West Area Organiser's report and results:

Firstly thank you all for supporting our Working test today,  It certainly looked as if both handlers and dogs all had a lovely day.

Many thanks to our Judges: Mary-Jane Opie, Helen Ford, Beth Payne and Zoe Townsend for setting such great tests and being so encouraging!  The Judges really enjoyed seeing so many promising dogs working today.

Thanks also to all my helpers, both Stewards, Car parking attendant and dummy throwers - days like today only work with lots of willing helpers

Also I would like to thank the venue owners Roger and Rosemary Bland, I think we all agree its a great place to hold a test day. We are also extremely grateful to Skinner's Dog Food who kindly sponsored the event. 

We were also blessed with good weather which always makes the day easier!

Fiona Crawford today's photographer will send out the link to the photos she took so please support her if possible.

Lastly, please find the finalised results here.  Very well done to all!


The awards will be sent by post asap.

Hopefully we will run an Autumn test day and will see you all again then.

250 Club Annual Draw

A special 250 Club Christmas draw has been held in place of the annual AGM draw which it was not possible to hold in April this year. Results of the draws can be viewed here.

Training and Behaviour Advice

The Society would like to offer all owners of Flatcoated Retrievers advice and support if you feel you need some help in training your Flatcoat.

We will endeavour to give you advice and where possible put you in touch with trainers who are experienced in training Flatcoated Retrievers in various disciplines. 

We have the working pages of this website for those interested in training their dogs for gundog work and Area Representatives will endeavour to help you find suitable training if you are interested in obedience, showing, agility and other activities.

We are also available to help with any behaviour problems with your dog, no matter what age they are.   We are keen for you to know we are here to help you in any way that we can. For further information please contact Shirley Oxford (Tel: 02392 264703)

Advice will be given in good faith, however the Society and the person giving advice cannot be held legally responsible.

We ask that you telephone at a reasonable time and unless an emergency not after 9p.m.

All information will be treated in confidence

Shirley Oxford COAPE  ChMIACE 

Flatcoated Retriever Society Calendar 2021


The Flatcoated Retriever Society Calendar 2021 can now be ordered from Mandy Romeo Dieste. Many Flatcoat owners look forward to the Society calendar which make beautiful Christmas presents. The calendars are £10 each for postal delivery in the UK and 15 Euros each for delivery in Europe.

Details of how to order and pay for the calendar can be found here.

Puppy Enquries

The Litter Secretaries have been overwhelmed recently with emails about puppies, please telephone rather than email as we do not send out details of available puppies by email to maintain a personal touch and offer advice to potential new owners. Thank you.

We have prepared some guidance for potential puppy owners during this time of high demand, it can be viewed here.

Trophy Winners 2019

Congratulations to the Trophy Winners 2019, the awards are normally handed out at the AGM, but due to the postponement of the AGM can now be viewed here.


The H Reginald Cooke Books

If you are interested in the history of the Flatcoated Retriever and especially the working side of the breed this is a must for you.

Transferred onto a USB stick the Cooke Books are the journals of H. Reginald Cooke, a journey in photographs and news cuttings from 1903 to just before his death in 1951.  Comprising of nine volumes the historical value of these books will keep you spell bound for hours.

The USB sticks presented in a display box are available from the Society Shop and also on the Flatcoated Retriever Society stand at Crufts.  Cost £10.

First Ever Flatcoated Retriever Obedience Champion

Huge congratulations to Caroline Eley and Tangle (Kywidden Morvenna OWCEx) who is the FIRST EVER Flatcoated Retriever to become an Obedience Champion. Gaining her third CC at Lichfield on 2nd September 2017. Well done Caroline !



Founder Members Memorial Fund

The Founder Members Memorial Fund information sheet and application form have been updated and now available for download by clicking on the links below.  The aims of the Founder Members Memorial Fund are to provide educational grants for those wishing to study a wide range of conservation subjects and dog related activities, in particular those pertaining to the Flatcoated Retriever.

Found Members Memorial Fund Information Leaflet
Founder Members Memorial Fund Application Form


Appeal From Pet Blood Bank

Help save lives by registering your dog as a donor today:


Pet Blood Bank UK (PBB) is the first and only charity of its kind in the UK, calling on all large dog owners to consider registering their dog to give blood and help save lives.

Access to blood can make all the difference between life and death for a much loved family pet and last year alone,over 1,000 dogs needed a blood transfusion.

Similar to us, dogs have blood types too. For our canine companions, it’s either DEA 1.1 Negative or DEA 1.1 Positive, and research has shown that certain breeds are more likely to be Negative than others.

Flatcoated Retrievers are one of the few breeds that are more likely to be Negative.

After the busy festive season, stock levels of Negative are extremely low and we desperately need more lifesavers through the doors in 2015.

Can your dog help?

Donation sessions run across the country. Not only will your dog help save lives but they will also benefit from regular health checks, giving you reassurance across the year.

To register your dog today, please call 01509 232222 or via our

To watch a dog giving blood, please follow this link:
Donor Giving Blood for the Pet Blood Bank

Thank you so much for helping us.

Every unit of blood helps save up to four other lives.

'Without Pet Blood Bank UK, our family would not be a family any more. We owe so much to them for helping save Buster aka ‘our world’s’ life.’ 

Mrs Shirley Radburn Legacy

The FCRS was left a very large legacy in 2012 by Mrs Shirley Radburn.  Her main interests were in the working side of the breed and also the health of the breed.  This legacy was discussed at the recent committee meeting where it was decided that the National Working Tests will now be run in her memory.  We will also purchase trophies to be presented to the winners.

Extended Breed Standard

The Flatcoated Retriever Society have produced an extended Breed Standard which was prepared by Miss Becky Johnson and has been sent out to all judges on the Society's current judges list.

Copies of the extended Breed Standard are available to all Members free of charge and to Non Members for £5.

If you would like a copy please contact Mandy Romeo-Dieste : email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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