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.




Two year old Earl needs a forever home with patient, experienced Chesapeake owners. For more details, see the Rescue page.

Chesapeake Training Weekend, 2-3 August, Derbyshire

By popular demand, following recent successful training days, Jason is arranging a weekend of gundog training in Derbyshire on 2-3 August. The nearby pub is able to cater for those wishing to camp (tents and caravans), and there are several B&B and hotels within 2 miles. The cost is £60 for the weekend or £30 if you can only make it for one day. Please contact Jason on 07808 518000 for more details.

Chesapeake Health Survey

Many thanks to everyone who has completed the online health survey. The information supplied is currently being analysed. The results will be made available in the Chessie Chat and on this website very soon.

CBRC Spring Working Test

On 12-13 April the CBRC held a training day and spring working test. A few of those training in the open class on Saturday afternoon are pictured below. The working test on the Sunday was held at Delph, Saddleworth, and was judged by long-time Chesapeake owners Mr John Battle and Mr Mark Straw. The results were as follows:

Training on Saturday afternoon


1 Arnac Bay Fleetwood - owned/handled by Christine Mayhew


1 Northsolway Sand Sprite - owned/handled by Anthony Ciraolo
Award of Merit Arnac Bay Clifton - owned/handled by Brenda Ditchfield


1 Northsolway Sand Sprite - owned/handled by Anthony Ciraolo
2 Penrose Rainbows End at Rodaralbay - owned by Kate and Paul Roberts/handled by Kate
3 Arnac Bay Arapahoe - owned/handled by Christine Mayhew
4 Riptide Beaver - owned/handled by Richard Playle


1 Lateshift Nightshine - owned/handled by Sue Worrall
2 Penrose Rainbows End at Rodaralbay - owned by Kate and Paul Roberts/handled by Kate
3 Northsolway Sand Sprite - owned/handled by Anthony Ciraolo
4 Arnac Bay Brave - owned/handled by Paula Graystone
COM Petsalls Pride Lila - owned/handled by Paula Graystone

The working test was lots of fun!


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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.