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 [...]

About Spaying and Neutering

June 12th, 2017|Categories: Health|

Spaying and neutering (sometimes collectively referred to as speutering or de-sexing) is the sterilization of a dog or cat. Spaying typically refers to the surgical removal of a female animal’s ovaries and uterus (ovariohystorectomy) and neutering refers to the surgical removal of a male animal’s testes (castration). An animal retaining it’s sex organs is “intact” [...]

Understanding the Flat-Coated Retriever Head Part 2

June 11th, 2017|Categories: Breeders, Conformation, Judging|

By Sally J. Terroux (Re-posted from AKC Gazette, July 2008, Vol. 125, No. 7) Part Two The best guidelines for examining and evaluating the Flat-Coat head are the two outline drawings that appear in our illustrated breed standard. The Flat-Coat head should be evaluated from the side, as shown in one of the outline drawings, to [...]

Fetch It Up

January 10th, 2017|Categories: Field, Training|

by Doris Ehret (reprinted from Tailfeathers, newsletter of the Flat-Coated Retriever Club of Illinois) Greetings everyone. My name is Doris Ehret, and I am addicted, you might say, to the field. I obtained my first Flat-Coat in 1989. Gus was a natural in the field and was a favored hunting companion as he often went “on [...]

Choosing a Responsible Breeder

January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Breeders|

Purchasing a Flat-Coated Retriever puppy is a commitment that will last the lifetime of that puppy.  The best way to obtain a healthy, properly raised and socialized FCR puppy is to purchase your puppy from a conscientious breeder with a long term commitment to the breed.  FCRSA maintains a list of member breeders who have signed [...]

So You Want to Breed Your Flat-Coat? Think Again!

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Breeders, Education|

By Andrea Holsinger Most Flat-Coat owners love their dogs. As a matter of fact, it has been the relationship between dog and owner that is the heart of the Flat-Coat breed. However, loving your dog is not a reason to breed your dog. Instead, you must love the breed enough to become the most knowledgeable and [...]

Is A Flat-Coat Right For You?

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Education, FAQ - Purchasing a FCR|

By Diane Badget How true is it that not everyone should be owned by a Flat-Coat? Try this tongue-in-cheek list of requirements on for size! You can sneak a dog hair out of the butter with dinner guests present and not get caught. You can convince the world that you are a fashion trendsetter, and that [...]

The Forever Adolescent Flat-Coat

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Education, FAQ - Purchasing a FCR, Training|

By Sally J. Terroux Flat-Coats are slow maturing dogs (usually 3 to 5 years) but even in the "mature" Flat-Coat there usually remains a spark of joy and mischief. One of the leading authorities on the breed, Dr. Nancy Laughton of Great Britain, refers to the Flat-Coat as a canine Peter Pan. This is an endearing [...]

The Flat-Coated Retriever

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Conformation, Education, Field|

By Stanley J. O'Neill Some have said the Flatcoated Retriever fell between two stools, show and work. Purcell Llewellin, whose name will never die whilst an English Setter lives wrote "I have always been handicapped by trying to combine type and working points. If I had ignored type, and gone, as my opponents do, for work [...]

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