Southern Flatcoated Retriever Club         



Health Research in the Breed

Tumour Survey


The tumour survey is winding down, Jane Dobson will now liaise directly with the Flatcoated Retriever Society Health Sub Committee regarding her future work. Jane is keen to stress that despite the winding down of the survey she and her team will maintain a strong interest in the health of the Flatcoated Retriever via their Cause of Death register. They are especially interested in Histiocytic Sarcomas and would still like to hear of affected dogs, and will offer advice on diagnosis and management to vets treating these cases if required. We would still appreciate owners taking the time to report incidences of cancer directly to the Society via the “Health Form” available on the “more health matters” page of the website. Or click the link to the right.

Health Form

Cause of Death Register:


A cause of death register for the Flatcoated Retriever has been set up by Dr Jane Dobson, Cambridge School of Veterinary Medicine. Data should be entered as dogs die from now, rather than historically, as the results will be more robust this way. Please note that this Register is for ALL causes of death not just cancer, and the only person able to see the data entered is Dr Jane Dobson.

A statement from Dr Jane Dobson:


This is a link to a statement issued by Dr Jane Dobson with regards to the "Cause of death register". Please read the document, as it offers some interesting information, and future reference for our breed and what we can do for it.


Banking of Flatcoat DNA with the AHT:


The Flatcoated Retriever Society Health Sub Committee are encouraging owners who have Flatcoats with certain conditions to submit their DNA to the Animal Health Trust (AHT) to be banked for future research. For full information please follow the link to the right.

DNA Banking

Kennel Club Population Analysis for the Flatcoated Retriever


The report comprises of an analysis of pedigree information held by the Kennel Club over the period 1980-2014 for each breed to determine the rate of loss of genetic diversity within each breed. The reports aim to be a useful resource in the management of the genetic diversity of breeds in order to maintain a good balance between inbreeding and genetic selection.

Breed Report

Give a dog a Genome Project


The Animal Health Trust (AHT) / Kennel Club (KC) Give a Dog a Genome Project


The AHT and the KC genetics centre have recently launched a research project called ‘Give a Dog a Genome’ (GDG) the aim is to sequence the entire genome (2.4 billion letters of DNA) of 50 dog breeds. The resulting information will increase the ability to identify mutations which cause inherited diseases.


It costs approximately £2000 to sequence a genome however the 50 breed clubs who agree to join the project will be asked to contribute £1000 as the GDG work will be part funded by the KC Charitable trust. The Flatcoated Retriever Society’s General Committee has agreed to support the participation of our breed in this initiative by making a donation to the research project.


Further information about the project can be found by following the link to the right. Alternatively contact Liz Branscombe (KC Breed Health Co-ordinator for the Flatcoated Retriever) at [email protected]

October 2017 Update Register

AHT Research Project


Please see a statement issued by the Flatcoated Retriever Society with regards to the Animal Health Trusts Histiocytic Sarcoma research project.

Research Project

Animal Health Trust Closure


Please follow the link for an update (July 2020) with regards to the closure of the AHT.

AHT Update

Flatcoated Retriever Breed Health Survey 2020/21


Please follow the link for a new survey regarding Flatcoated Retriever residents in the UK...

Health Survey 2020/21