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2021 National Specialty Canceled

December 18th, 2020|Categories: 2020 Specialty, 2021 Specialty|

It is with a very heavy heart that the Specialty Show Chairs and the FCRSA Board have made the decision to cancel our April 2021 Flat-Coated Retriever National Specialty  for the health of all our judges, exhibitors and facility workers.  It was not an easy decision to make but given the state of our nation’s health [...]

Don’t Worry Be Happy

March 7th, 2019|Categories: Conformation, Education, Field|

by Claire Koshar Show-Sight Magazine If my Flat-Coated Retrievers could choose a theme song, surely it would be the 1980's hit "Don't Worry Be Happy". At home, the Flat-Coat is a happy and loving member of his family. His sweetness is part of his intrinsic charm.....READ FULL ARTICLE. About the Author: Claire Koshar Claire Koshar, FCRSA [...]

A Brief History of The Flat-Coated Retriever

March 7th, 2019|Categories: Education, Field, History|

by Karen Peterson Show-Sight Magazine The introduction of shotgun use for hunting in the early 19th century brought a need for biddable dogs to work alongside the hunters, flushing game within gun range, and retrieving on land and in water. The Flat-Coated Retriever was one of the breeds developed on the estates of landed gentry in [...]

JUDGING THE FLAT-COATED RETRIEVER

March 7th, 2019|Categories: Conformation, Education, Judging|

by Kurt Anderson Show-Sight Magazine The first impression a judge may get when judging the Flat-Coated Retriever is a ring full of exuberant dogs, all with tails wagging furiously. If judging a puppy class, the "happy and active demeanor" cited in the standard might often be perceived to be taken to new heights. It is the [...]

FCRSA Endorses BetterBred

January 24th, 2019|Categories: Health|

by Barbara D Krieger kriegersridge@gmail.com As of January 9, 2019 the FCRSA Board has voted to endorse and recommends the use of the BetterBred Breed Management online software to assist members in analyzing and sharing UC Davis VGL Diversity test results. Purchase your Genetic Diversity Tests on their website: BetterBred.com Same $80 price as UC Davis VGL- [...]

Being an Advocate for the Dog with Cancer

June 13th, 2017|Categories: Health|

By Carl PozziThis is for Lucy, who was lost to malignant histiocytosis in July 2003, a week short of her fifth birthday.The purpose of this article is to offer tips and suggestions on how to manage the treatment of a dog with cancer. As you know, the incidence of cancer in Flat Coated Retrievers is disturbingly [...]

Photographing Black Dogs

June 13th, 2017|Categories: Art & Photography, Education|

By Christopher Butler, cjb@adobe.com Use low contrast film such as that used for weddings. It's designed for grooms in dark suits and brides in white dresses, similar to the problem you state. Fuji NPH (ASA 400), Fuji NPS (ASA 160), Kodak PRN (ASA 100, discontinued), Kodak Portra (160 or 400), Kodak VPS (ASA 160) are all [...]

Understanding the Flat-Coated Retriever Head

June 12th, 2017|Categories: Breeders, Conformation, Judging|

By Sally J. Terroux (Re-posted from AKC Gazette, October 2007, Vol. 124, No. 10) Part One In the United States we seem to be chasing length of muzzle, which is commendable except that we are losing breadth and depth. British authority Stanley O’Neill said of this, “All writers agree that the foreface should be broad at [...]

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