The Flatcoated Retriever Association of Victoria (FCRAV) was officially formed on 11th November 1976 after considerable
effort by a combined working party consisting of Flat Coated Retriever and Curly Coated Retriever owners. Affiliation was
achieved with the Kennel Control Council of Victoria, now known as the Victorian Canine Association in the same year.
Several of the original 1976 Committee still serve. The Association was incorporated in July 1992.
The FCRAV is the only club representing the breed in Australia. It's members are comprised of Conformation
exhibitors, Obedience and Agility Trial Athletes and Retrieving Trial Competitors, some of which participate in
all avenues of competition. Many of our members do not compete in any field but provide a staunch support group of
individuals and families that own a cherished pet and family companion; a Flat Coated Retriever.
The Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) maintains a national code of practice for hereditary diseases. This code
requires all potential breeding Flat Coated Retrievers to be assessed as clear of Glaucoma, and assessed for both hip
dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. The Flat Coated Retriever Association of Victoria (FCRAV) fully supports the current