About workingflatcoats

We are a part of the Flatcoat Retriever Society and exist to promote and support owners and their dogs in all aspects of training and working.

As a part of the Flatcoated Retriever Society, we exist to support our members in 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 Society 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.

Find out about our committee

Find out all about our committee members and how to get in touch with us here.

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
Working flatcoats and the FCRS are affiliated with:

Other links and friends of Working Flatcoats

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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