Welcome to the official site of the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of Canada. The Society was formed in 1974 and is fully dedicated to this wonderful purebred dog.
In 2016 the Society has 167 members. 75% of these members are actively involved in Conformation, Obedience, Field, Tracking and Agility. Membership in the Society is open to anyone and membership is currently made up of members from Canada, the United States and Great Britain.
Under the Canadian Kennel Club rules, the Society annually holds a National Specialty as well as many boosters (supported entries) and field events across the country.
The Society's newsletter "Flatout" is sent to members 3 times a year, in April, August and December, and is filled with informative articles and information keeping members abreast of club activities.
If you have general questions about the Flat-coated Retriever, or you would like to receive a breed information package, please use our General Contacts form and select "Information" for the recipient. Here's a link to our 2016 breeders list, who have agreed to have their contact info posted on the FCRSC site. They are all members in good standing with the Flat-coated Retriever Society of Canada.
A little information from the past: Written by Mr. Read Flowers, a well-established Fenrivers Kennel - taken from the 1994 June edition of the Flatout.
History and Development of the Flat-Coated Retriever
During the 19th century, with the improvement of firearms and ammunition, and the more widespread adoption of the art of "shooting flying", sportsmen began to discover the need of the specialist dog to retrieve their bag and especially to find wounded birds, instead of, as hitherto, leaving the work to their Setters and Pointers. The basic ingredients for this new type of gundog seem to have been the lesser Newfoundland or Labrador (a great water dog which was imported in some numbers by the cod fisherman and sailors on the timer boats), the larger Spaniels and the Setters and Pointers. By crossing and selection, improved retrieving performance was obtained. One variety, then known as the wavy-coated retriever, became very popular, and with its curly cousin was widely used both by gamekeepers and sporting men. These wavy-coats were the progenitors of the modern Flat-coat. It is likely that Collie blood was introduced around the 1890's to produce the flatter coats which were becoming fashionable. The efforts of Mr. Shirley, of Ettington Park, Warwickshire, and other shooting men developed the Flat-coat into a breed of such known excellence that it was quite the most popular variety of Retriever in Britain from around 1890 up to the First World War. When breeding resumed after the war, the position had altered. Labradors and Goldens had become recognized varieties and their popularity grew as that of the Flat-coat waned, until the mid-1950's since when the position is much improved. Today the breed, although not numerous, is gaining in numbers and supporters annually.
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