Health Information

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 Myers 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.

Contact Information

  • Cancer support team:
  • Breen lab samples manager:
  • Ostrander lab samples manager:

Assessing Genetic Diversity

A new test is available for flat-coated retrievers to assess Genetic Diversity through Dr. Niels C. Pedersen & the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Lab (VGL). Tests are $50 for the first 400 dogs. There may be financial help up to $25 from the FCR Foundation. See more information about the test for specifics!

Financial Help

The FCR Foundation will reimburse all owners up to $100 for tissue samples submitted and up to $50 for blood samples submitted to any of these studies. Receipts are required. You should contact Cheryl Kistner () with requests for reimbursements.

Cancer Research Study Information

FCR DNA Bank at Animal Health Trust (AHT)

New Eye Clearance Registry

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

AKC Canine Health Foundation

Additional Information on Cancer in Flat-Coats

  • Being an Advocate for the Dog with Cancer: The purpose of this article is to offer tips and suggestions on how to manage the treatment of a dog with cancer.
  • Questions to Ask Your Vet: Items to check after cancer diagnosis, emergency care and general considerations.
  • Health Manual: This comprehensive online health manual contains papers devoted to the various cancers that predominate in our breed as well as orthopedic conditions, epilepsy, bloat and other major problems. It also includes articles by Dr. George Padgett and Jennie Willis which help explain how critical it is to apply genetic insights to breeding and purchasing decisions.

Other Health Information

Purina Parent Club Partnership Program