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.
If you own a Flat-coat 11 or older, please consider submitting a blood sample to the CHIC DNA Repository.
The UC Davis LONGEVITY STUDY is ON HOLD –
As of February 2022, the FCR longevity study being conducted by Dr. Rebhun and Dr. Bannasch at the University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine (Bannasch Lab) is no longer accepting samples on Flat-coated retrievers 11 years and older.
This study is on hold while an interim analysis is being conducted. More samples may be requested at a later date for older dogs or possibly for a different age group.
The FCR Foundation will reimburse $5 of the $20 fee for samples submitted after the 2022 Specialty. For Foundation reimbursement, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address and attach copies of your vet and UPS / FedEx receipts.