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.


CBRC Autumn Working Test, 12-13 September 2015

The Autumn Working Test is going to be held on the weekend of 12-13 September 2015, at Trotton, near Petersfield in Hampshire. The test will take place on the Saturday. On the Sunday, Jason Mayhew will be running a training day, giving us the opportunity to put right where we may have gone wrong in the test the previous day. Alternatively, on the same Sunday, Richmond Show is only half an hour away from the test venue, where Chesapeake classes have CCs for the first time. Either way, why not make it a Chesapeake weekend to remember! Try to book your accommodation early as there is a big event on at nearby Goodwood the same weekend, so room availability could get tricky if you leave it too long.

CBRC Weekend in Derbyshire

The CBRC held its spring working test in Derbyshire on Sunday 5 April, with kind permission of club member Peter Milner. Judges for the test on Sunday were Melvyn Hirst and Dave Gresty. The results were as follows:

1 Roly Hoare & Paula Graystone's Petsalls Pride Ash
2 Gemma Andrews' Migwell Deutsher Stealth
3 Angela Corcoran's Penrose Dallas
4 Caroline Griffin-Woods' Migwell Deutsher Intrigue

1 Maria Kapsali's Aquamandas Kind of Special
COM Dave Lowther's Chesepi Jacobs Creek

1 Gerlinde Boross's Chesapeakeheart Cashew
2 Phil Uncles' Arnac Bay Exe
3 Paula Graystone's Petsalls Pride Lila
4 Gerlinde Boross's Pond Hollow Vibrant

1 Gerlinde Boross's Chesarengs Isabella
2 Kate Roberts' Penrose Rainbows End at Rodaralbay
3 Gerlinde Boross's Double Coats Nicholas Nickleby
4 Anthony Ciraolo's Northsolway Sand Sprite

Gerlinde Boross's Chesapeakeheart Cashew

We also had a training day on the Saturday, with trainers Jason Mayhew and Andy Kinta. It was a great weekend, with a large entry and a great atmosphere. Special thanks to Peter Milner for his amazing hospitality over the weekend. A full report will follow in the next Chessie Chat.

Help required

Experienced owners and their Chessies are needed to represent the breed at the following country fairs:

26/27 Sept 2015 - Bowood House Country Fair, Wilts

If you would like to spend a day telling the general public about what Chesapeakes are like to live with, train and work, and have at least one dog that enjoys being patted all day long, please contact the Secretary Molly Barker on 01427 890578 or email chesepi@chesapeakesuk.com as soon as possible.

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. It is now closed.


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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.