FCRS Main Committee Vacancies

Nominations are invited for FCRS Main Committee Vacancies.  All nominations to be sent to Hon Secretary by 31st January 2020 and include a proposer and seconder with a letter expressing willingness to stand and a CV.  The Hon. Secretary's contact details are: Mrs Jenny Bird, 11 Harcourt Road, Kibworth, Leicestershire, LE8 0HP.  The AGM is on the 29th March 2020.

Hon. Show Secretary Vacancy

Nominations are invited for the post of Hon. Show Secretary as Mrs Victoria Goldberg is standing down at next years' AGM.  (29th March 2020).  All nominations for this post to be sent to Hon Secretary by 31st January 2020 and include a proposer and seconder with a letter expressing willingness to stand and a CV.  The Hon. Secretary's contact details are: Mrs Jenny Bird, 11 Harcourt Road, Kibworth, Leicestershire, LE8 0HP.  

The 2020 Flatcoated Retriever Society Calendar

The Flatcoated Retriever Society Calendar 2020, full of beautiful photos of Flatcoats is now available from Shirley Johnson, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. UK Price £8 (£10 with p&p), Europe 15 Euros includes p&p, Elsewhere £15 including p&p. Profits from the calendar sales will go to Bristol Dog Action Welfare Group and the Pet Blood Bank UK.

 

These calendars do sell quickly so get your order in soon!

Contact: Shirley Johnson, Shardelows Retreat, Cavenham Road, Tuddenham St. Mary, Bury St Edmunds, IP28 6SE

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Results of Dual Working/Show Event: 25th,26th May 2019

Flatcoated Retriever Society

Dual Event 25th & 26th May 2019

held at S E Davis & Son by kind permission of the Davis family. 

The Egginton family would like to say a big thank you to one and all who either organised, helped, took part, held demonstrations or spectated, without you events like this are not possible and we hope everyone enjoyed this special weekend as much as we did, celebrating the Dual Flatcoated Retriever. 

 A special thank you to our sponsors, Davies The Veterinary Specialists and Platinum Dog Food. 

We would also like to say a big thank you to all that kindly donated to the raffle or helped with donations, together we raised £200 for the Davis’s family chosen charity, The Air Ambulance. 

Photographs of the teams can be found on the Gallery page or on the Society's Facebook page.

The Overall Best Dual Event Winner was awarded to

Garry Ellison & Ollersett Sparkling Nymph

Reserve Best Dual Event Winner

David Savory & Hopevalley Morning Arizona

The Overall Best Dual Event Winning Team 

‘Redditch Racers’

Alan Moore & Sachbash Prince Olly Moore

Caroline Hewison & Casblaidd Island in the Sky

Julie Matthews & Ollersett Shining Nymph

Garry Ellison & Ollersett Sparkling Nymph

 

2nd The Odd One Out

Heather Harley & Blouet Noelle at Arrowhill

Rachel Birch & Wainhawke Wildsilk

David Savory & Hopevalley Morning Arizona

Graham Clelland & Necessares Sorrel

 

3rd Hazey Daze

Kelly Holland & Ch Kvicksans Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Liz Branscombe & Torinmill Gaelic Aurora

Sue Groom & Little Roe Maud of Piethorn

Amber Nicholls & Featheringay Raven Prince

 

4th Don't Judge us we are Trying

Jane Calverly & Gwenadillo Tweetie Pie

Judith Hart & Cotton Candy

Jane Gould & Starball Midnight Dreamer of Pamberlea

Charoltte Wear & Keveral Glololui

5th Millionaire shortbreads

Vicky Sullivan & Autumnal Flame over Wyrebeck

Chris Hewison & Casblaidd Mirror Lake

Sue Sinnott & Millola Handsome Man

Gill Awty & Venetian Red at Maddistream

6th Molly's Angels

Louise Peers & Tweedisle Lindores

Anne Kitching & Selloana Angels Dream

Natalie Horner & Pajanbeck Young at Heart

Molly Davis & Pajanbeck Heaven Can Wait

 

 

Working Event Team Winners

1st Redditch Racers

2nd The Odd One Out

3rd Millionaire Shortbread

4th Don’t judge us, we are trying

5th Hazey Daze

6th Molly’s Angels

Overall Working Award and winner of Open 

(Winner of engraved tumbler kindly donated by Roz & David Bellamy)

Gill Awty & Venetian Red at Maddistream

Overall Working Novice 1 Award

Caroline Hewison & Casblaidd Island in the Sky

Overall Working Novice 2 Award

Julie Matthews & Ollersett Shining Nymph

Overall Working Novice Dog/Novice Handler Award

Vicky Sullivan & Autumnal Flame over Wyrebeck

Overall Working Puppy Award

Jane Calverly & Gwenadillo Tweetie Pie

Show Event Team Winners

1st Redditch Racers

2nd Hazey Daze

3rd The Odd One Out

4th Molly’s Angels

5th Don’t judge us, we are trying

6th Millionaire Shortbread

Overall Best in Match 

(Winner of engraved tumbler kindly donated by Sarah Egginton)

David Savory & Hopevalley Morning Arizona

Reserve Best in Match

Caroline Hewison & Casblaidd Island in the Sky

Best Puppy Special Award

Jane Calverly & Gwenadillo Tweetie Pie

Best of the Rest Special Award

Louise Peers & Tweedisle Lindores

Reginald Cooke USBs

Due to the high demand for the Reginald Cooke USBs the first batch have sold out. Therefore we will have more available shortly. 
The USB are available through the FCRS Shop by contacting Mandy Romeo-Dieste at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yellow Flatcoated Retrievers

It has been brought to the attention of the Flatcoated Retriever Society that there are some breeders who are intentionally breeding yellow Flatcoats or are intending to introduce them into their breeding programmes. These aims are unsuitable for a variety of reasons and following a discussion at a recent committee meeting it was felt that the following statement should be issued to make everyone aware of the background of the current situation.

YELLOW FLATCOATED RETRIEVERS

HISTORY

In the early 1900s Labradors and Golden Retrievers were emerging as breeds in their own right but, as bloodlines were short, interbreeding was often carried out and at this time the same dogs could be found in Flatcoat, Labrador and Golden Retriever pedigrees. After the Second World War Flatcoats had become scarce and again some interbreeding was carried out in order to preserve the breed.

During the years after the war there were also dogs who had no Kennel Club registration Certificates and ‘2nd Class Registrations’ were allowed. This entailed taking a dog to an authority on the supposed breed and if this expert decided it was a typical specimen a form was signed. This then entitled the dog to be put on the ‘B’ register and its progeny were eligible for Kennel Club Registration.

Due to the foregoing circumstances the retriever breed have at times had close and interwoven blood relationships but this does not detract from the fact that in 1923 the original Breed Standard was drawn up which stated that the Flatcoated Retriever was black (liver was accepted in the 1940s). When most of the cross breeding was taking place genetics, and the mode of inheritance, were not widely known or even considered.

Black is a dominant inherited colour and unless both parents carry yellow genes one genetically pure black parent will ensure that only black puppies are produced. Therefore, if a Golden Retriever or yellow Labrador or Flatcoat is crossed with a pure black Flatcoat only black puppies will result. However these puppies will carry yellow recessive (hidden) genes and these genes can remain hidden for many generations until two dogs, who both carry this gene, are mated and then some yellow puppies can be born.

YELLOW PUPPIES

There are three options available for breeders of yellow Flatcoat puppies:

 

1.        Do not register these puppies but ensure they go to owners who appreciate that they are not registered and should never be     bred from

2.        Register the puppies with the Kennel Club and show their colour as yellow but also use the endorsement (b) which states        ‘Progeny not eligible for Registration’. Again new owners should appreciate that they should never be bred from and only         the breeder can remove this endorsement.

3.        Yellow Flatcoats are not recognised by the Kennel Club so should not be placed if shown under KC rules.

If yellow progeny are registered with the Kennel Club a record of their breeding is available. Registration certificates should be endorsed “Progeny not eligible for registration and they will be listed as “colour not recognised by the Kennel Club” If these puppies are not registered the Society would be grateful for relevant information about them.

It is important that, when possible, owners should be aware if their Flatcoat could carry the yellow gene. If your Flatcoat has produced yellow progeny you should inform any person who would have a direct interest. If you have yellow puppies in a litter the owners of the black siblings should be informed that their puppy could also carry the yellow gene. If a dog has sired yellow puppies any bitch owner wishing to use him should be informed.

It should be remembered that Flatcoats can now be DNA tested to determine whether they carry the yellow gene.

SUMMARY

The yellow gene exists in some Flatcoats  and therefore yellow puppies will occasionally be produced, However, before breeding if it is known that your dog or bitch could carry the yellow gene every effort should be made to reduce the possibility of producing them i.e. do not use similar yellow producing lines. Guidance can always be sought from experienced knowledgeable breeders or consult your veterinary surgeon as Flatcoats can now be DNA tested to determine whether they carry the yellow gene.

If registered it is recommended that their registration certificates are endorsed “Progeny not eligible for registration” and also registered as “Colour not recognised by The Kennel Club”.

Finally it is considered unethical to breed from a yellow Flatcoat and it would not be in the best interests of the breed.

The Moon Isn't Made Of Green Cheese by Joan Mason

The Society have re-produced an interesting article written by the late Joan Mason and kindly allowed by Rosemary Talbot.  Please click on the link below to read.

The Moon Isn't Made Of Green Cheese 
by Joan Mason (first published in 1997)

Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme

The Kennel Club run the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme providing a good level of training for all dogs and owners. It is a non-competitive scheme with standard courses enabling dogs/owners to achieve a Puppy Foundation, Bronze, Silver and Gold award. For more information please visit the Kennel Clubs Good Citizen Training Scheme page which has lots of useful links on the right hand side providing downloads for the above schemes and lists of training clubs.

Microchipping - New Law

From April 2016, every dog in England and Scotland will have to be microchipped in a move which the Government says will help reunite people with lost or stolen pets and track down the owners of vicious or illegal dogs.  Please read the link below for further information.


http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/microchippingfactsheet

Behaviour Problems

Shirley Oxford is a qualified Animal Behaviourist with over 15 years experience and she is willing to help and advise (in confidence) anyone who has a problem with their dog. 

Shirley is well qualified being a member of the Association of Pet Dog trainers (APDT), a chartered member of the Institute of Animal care, a Bereavement Counsellor and member of COAPE.  She has lectured on the subject at a college for several years and has also done a weekly programme on local radio.  Anyone wishing to contact Shirley may do so either by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by telephone 01243 377182.

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