Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club has been bringing British Chesapeake enthusiasts together since 1983. The Club holds two gundog working tests each year, as well as a championship show. Other events include obedience workshops, dog and gun days, training days and breed seminars. Members are kept informed of Club news via a magazine - the Chessie Chat - which is sent out three times a year.

The club show is usually held in the Midlands, while the working tests move around the UK. We have held tests in Hampshire, on the marshes of the Essex coastline, in South Wales and in the Angus Glens of Scotland - plus many locations in between! As members may be travelling a long way to take part in the working tests, we often make a weekend of it. It's good to get together with other brown dogs and their owners.

Most people who have lived with a Chesapeake will usually consider having no other breed. If you are reading this, maybe you are trying to work out whether a Chesapeake is right for you. This website will hopefully help you to decide. We will give you some basic information about the breed, and list some events where you can meet Chesapeakes and talk to their owners.


AGM Trophy Points

As always, trophies will be awarded at the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club's AGM in February. It is time to count up your dog's points towards those trophies! This is a nice way to record for posterity your dog's achievements throughout the last year. The following trophies will be on offer at the AGM:

The Corrie Cup for top working dog/bitch
The Isis Shield for top working puppy
The Westering Plate for top dual purpose dog/bitch
The Chesabay Trophy for top dual purpose puppy
Chase’s Challenge Trophy for top obedience dog/bitch
The Barry Shield for top show dog
The Glaneils Trophy for top show bitch
Ted’s Challenge Trophy for dog retrieving the highest number of species
The Chessie Chat Trophy for the best Chat contribution (as voted for by CBRC members)
The Battle Award for the most improved handler over the past year

Please read the general information about the trophies, and then submit your points on the following forms: top show dog, bitch or puppy points form, top working dog, bitch or puppy points form, top dual purpose dog, bitch or puppy points form, top obedience dog or bitch points form, Ted's Challenge points form.

Send your completed forms to the Trophy Steward, Christine Mayhew, Dumpford Manor Farm, Trotton, nr Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 5JR. Forms need to be in by 10 February 2016.

CBRC Subscriptions

All members' subs are due on 1 January every year. Single membership £10. Joint membership £12. Overseas membership £15.

Please note that the old Bank of Scotland club account will be closing on 1 Feb 2016. If you have paid into the Bank of Scotland account until now, please ensure you have cancel this standing order, and replace it with a NatWest standing order. For more information, contact the Treasurer, Sandy Hastings on 01507 568028.

CBRC Working Test News

The Club's Autumn WT was held in September in Trotton, Hampshire, by kind permission of Bob and Chrissie Mayhew. We had a fabulous weekend of competing and training, with everyone achieving retrieves to be proud of, and learning new skills. Our trainer Jason Mayhew was very pleased with progress made since the last test! A full report will be in the next Chessie Chat.

For the next CBRC working test, we will be heading north to East Yorkshire. More details on the Events page.

Chesapeake Health Survey - the Results

Here are the results of the Chesapeake health survey that many of you contributed to early in 2014. The aim of this first survey was to identify what problems exist in the breed, and determine how common the problems are. The results show that Chesapeakes are a generally healthy breed, with similar conditions to the general dog population, particularly other large, active breeds. Future surveys will look at the most serious and common conditions in more detail, and see how they relate to lifestyle, methods of rearing, vaccinations, etc. Thanks to everyone who took part in this survey.



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Team tests, game fairs, Discover Dogs

There are a few team events each year where we are invited to run a team of Chesapeakes in inter-breed working tests. If you would like your dog to be considered for the team, please contact Jason Mayhew on 07808 518000.

We also get asked to have Chesapeakes available in the Discover Dogs section of Crufts, KC events and at various game fairs each year. If you have a friendly dog that enjoys being patted by the public all day long, and you would like to play your part in representing the breed, please get in touch with Molly Barker (01427 890578 or sec@chesapeakebayretrieverclub.co.uk). She is always looking for volunteers!

Mark and Echo in a second BASC film

Mark Greenhough, Wildfowling Officer for BASC, and his Chesapeake Echo star in a second BASC film, this time an introduction to wildfowling. An Introduction to Wildfowling appears on the BASC homepage: www.basc.org.uk.

Echo stars in latest BASC film

Mark Greenhough's Echo is the star of BASC's latest online video. The Long Retrieve features Echo retrieving a mallard across the Dee Estuary. It appears on the BASC homepage: www.basc.org.uk.

DNA Testing Scheme for Degenerative Myelopathy

Copies of test certificates issued by OFA are now sent directly to the KC, where the test result will be added to the dog's details on the registration database. This will trigger the publication of the test result in the next available Breed Records Supplement. The result will also appear on any new registration certificate issued for the dog and on the registration certificates of any future progeny of the dog. It will be available via the KC's health test result finder.