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 [...]

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 [...]

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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