About workingflatcoats

Our objective is to support owners and their dogs in all aspects of training and working.

The workingflatcoats.org website is being developed to support all owners training and working their Flatcoats but, we have wider aims too. We also want to encourage beginners inside and outside of our network to work their Flatcoats, to support novice and experienced handlers, and to promote Flatcoated Retrievers as a ‘dual-purpose’ breed.

The Flatcoated retriever is recognised as a dual-purpose breed. It possesses both good conformation and good working ability. In recent years, the show side of this breed has gone from strength to strength and the number of Flatcoats entering field trials has fallen dramatically over the past 30-40 years.

For those of us who own and work with the breed, we know that the true beauty of the Flatcoated Retriever lies with its natural marking, hunting and game finding abilities, and we hope that over time others will  come to know and appreciate the breeds qualities.

At workingflatcoats our goals are to:


Do I need to be a FCRS member to get involved? Can an old dog learn new tricks? What is a working test or a field trial? Should I do a Shooting Dog Certificate? All these questions and more are answered for you over on our FAQ page where we have tried to cover the common questions that we get asked.

Learn the benefits of working

Discover why working your flatcoat is a great way to keep your dog healthy and happy.

Go to our gallery

View all of our latest pictures of flatcoats from our events and training in our gallery
Links and friends of workingflatcoats:

Other links and friends of workingflatcoats

The FCRS Rescue, re-homing and welfare homepage

The FCRS Facebook page has regular updates and news posted to keep you in the know.

Anne specialises in Flatcoated Retriever prints and sculptures with donations being given to Flatcoated Retriever health studies.

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