For those wanting to know more about Chesapeake Bay Retrievers in the UK
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.
It's the CBRC Show weekend on 2-3 July, so if you love Chesapeakes, or even just want to know more about them, come and join us at Bretford in Warwickshire!
The main events are the two club shows on Saturday 2 July, starting with the Championship Show on Saturday morning, where we are lucky to have USA Breed Specialist Dyane Baldwin (Pond Hollow) judging. The Championship Show will commence at 10.00 am, and the Limit Show will follow on afterwards, at approx. 1.00 pm. The Limit Show judge is Annette Mappin (Bryerdale). There will also be a gundog scurry and a silent auction running throughout the day. The evening is still being planned.
On Sunday morning, there is the opportunity to take part in a handling class, given by Dyane Baldwin - a great opportunity to learn! You and your dog will also be able to have a go at rally obedience.
The show entries have now closed, but you are welcome to come along and spectate.
With people travelling from all over the UK, you may wish to stay over for the whole weekend. Camping is available, both tents and caravans, but you do need to book in advance. You can download a booking form on the Events page. Bookings need to be received by 24 June.
Give a Dog a Genome is a new initiative launched by the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust that will create the UK’s largest canine genome bank to help generations of dogs. This genome bank will improve dog health by radically increasing our understanding of the canine genome. The project aims to sequence the entire genomes (all 2.4 billion letters of DNA) of 50 different dog breeds by the end of 2016. The KC Charitable Trust have donated £50,000 to the project. The cost of sequencing one genome is £2000. The AHT is appealing to dog breed communities to donate £1000 towards the cost of their breed being included in the project. In return, the breed will represent one of the 50 genomes sequenced and will help to make a significant contribution to the future of canine genetics research.
There is lots more information on the Give a Dog a Genome pages of the Animal Health Trust website.
Thanks to the generous donations of our Chesapeake lovers in the UK and abroad, we managed to raise the £1000 required in just a couple of days. THANK YOU! There will be updates posted here as the project progresses.
The Club's Autumn Working Test will be held in early October, on a marsh in Essex. For more details, see the Events page.
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 closed 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.
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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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 email@example.com). She is always looking for volunteers!
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.
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.
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.