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Dog First Aid Basics

By |2017-06-13T22:49:01+00:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: Health|

by Janet Ciarico riversongfcr@adelphia.net Among the most important topics in canine health is first aid. Whether at home in the back yard, out in the field, or on a Sunday afternoon walk with your Flat-Coat pal, you never know when an unforeseen accident will happen resulting in your dog needing first aid. This article discusses the [...]

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Being an Advocate for the Dog with Cancer

By |2017-06-26T15:23:36+00:00June 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 [...]

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Photographing Black Dogs

By |2017-06-13T21:16:29+00:00June 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 [...]

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Understanding the Flat-Coated Retriever Head

By |2017-06-12T17:06:00+00:00June 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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About Spaying and Neutering

By |2017-06-12T15:48:55+00:00June 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” [...]

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Understanding the Flat-Coated Retriever Head Part 2

By |2017-06-13T21:16:52+00:00June 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 [...]

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Fetch It Up

By |2017-01-10T18:52:03+00:00January 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 [...]

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Choosing a Responsible Breeder

By |2017-06-13T20:45:02+00:00January 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 [...]

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

By |2017-06-13T20:06:53+00:00January 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 [...]

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Puppies and Tracking

By |2017-07-10T17:54:58+00:00January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Education, Tracking, Training|

By Joe Hamzy My experience in training puppies to track is limited to my own dogs.  All are Flat-Coated Retrievers.  Kelsey was two when we started tracking training so she doesn’t count as a puppy, even though she acted like one.  Rory started tracking at 6 months old.  The others started at six to eight weeks [...]

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Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America

The Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America is
committed to protecting and advancing the
interests of the breed through health, education,
research, responsible breeding and rescue.

About the Flat-Coated Retriever

A determined hunting dog with a small head and mouth can retrieve a large bird, but will not be able to hold it as gently and securely and retrieve repetitively with as much stamina and longevity as the dog with the long head, long muzzle and large, strong jaws.