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.


Working Test Entries

Entries for the spring working test close on Monday 7 April, so not long to go! See the Events page to download your entry form as soon as possible.

Chesapeakes looking for new homes

There are three adult Chesapeakes and a litter of puppies looking for new homes with experienced and knowledgeable owners. For more information, see the Rescue page.

Breed Health Survey Part 1 - Please complete the survey form by the end of April 2014

Please take a few minutes to complete the new health survey. It is very short! Please complete a separate form for each dog you have owned. Only dogs born in 1995 or afterwards to be included. Please complete it for healthy dogs as well as dogs that have had a health problem.


Part 1 of the survey will run until the end of April 2014. Please keep an eye on the website for the results and details of Part 2.

The survey asks for the KC registered name of your dog, as well as your own name. These details are required only to verify that each completed form is a separate dog. Several people have realised after submitting their form, that they forgot to include something, so it is useful to be able to identify dogs as they come in. However, none of the dogs will be identified in the results. Only the Breed Health Coordinator will see the individual responses. The survey results will be a summary of the information supplied, and the details of individual dogs will remain completely anonymous.


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Show diary

Kirsty Watts has compiled a list of shows that usually have Chesapeake classes, which you can download here.

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.