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.
Flat-Coated Longevity Study by UC Davis
If you own a Flat-coat 11 or older, please consider participating in this UC Davis study sponsored by The Flat-coated Retriever Foundation.
About the study: “Cancer represents one of the major causes of mortality in dogs. Many current studies are aimed at trying to identify genes associated with diseases in dogs including heart disease and cancer, but we are looking to see if there might exist ‘protective genes’ that could help protect against these same life-limiting diseases in the dog. We have used genome wide association to screen for genes that are possibly associated with longevity in aged golden retrievers. It is hoped that identification of such genes might help us to understand why some individual dogs or dog breeds live longer, and we sincerely hope that it might someday lead to improved lifespans for our faithful companions.”