Health slider. Welcome to FCRSA Health Section The Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America, Inc. takes the health of its Flat-Coats very seriously. Health Concerns for Flat-Coated Retrievers include cancer, hip dysplasia, and luxating patellas. The Sharon Myres Health Committee was organized in 1995 to improve the genetic health of Flat-Coated Retrievers. As a result of the committee's efforts, the FCRSA is taking several steps to improve the health of our breed. FCRSA Logo

Mission Statement

To monitor and improve the physical and genetic health of Flat-coated retrievers through data gathering, co-ordination of participation in research, and educational outreach. The Health Committee works in partnership with the Flat-coated
Retriever Foundation, provides health related recommendations to the FCRSA Board, and collaborates with canine health-oriented organizations, institutions and projects, as well as with Flat-coated retriever breed clubs internationally.


  • To identify and monitor health concerns, and to make this information available to Flat-coated retriever owners and breeders.
  • To monitor the genetic health of our breed and to promote preservation of its genetic diversity.
  • To support ongoing comprehensive listing of dogs in the database, to assist in its administration, and to encourage its use by FCRSA members.
  • To facilitate participation in research projects, and to support additions to a DNA repository by encouraging sample collection at Specialties and supported entries, and by individuals.
  • To recommend research projects and other health-related studies to the FCR Foundation for funding.
  • To maintain a clearinghouse for FCR health information on the FCRSA website.
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