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.


Optigen discount offer

Optigen are now offering better than ever discounts off DNA tests. If you are thinking of having your dog DNA tested, you can get a discounted price at Val Tiller's postal Optigen 20/20 Clinic, shipping 22nd February. Chessies are invited to be DNA tested for prcd-PRA, DM, EIC and Curly. For full details, and test kits, contact Val now at val.tiller@talk21.com or telephone (01372) 273597.

Notice of ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club

Sunday 26 February 2017
Meeting begins at 10.30 am
(Tea/coffee available 10.00–10.30 am)
Long Lawford Memorial Hall, Long Lawford, nr Rugby CV23 9BA

Directions: From Rugby, take the A428 Rugby to Coventry road. About half a mile past Rugby Cement Works turn right at the Sheaf and Sickle pub crossroads into Back Lane. Follow it, and turn left almost immediately after the railway bridge. Straight on, and the hall is on your right in Railway Street.

According to club rules, half the committee retires annually. The committee members retiring in 2017 are as follows:

Dave Lowther is standing down. Chris, Jason and Dave are willing to stand for re-election. There are five vacancies on the committee. The Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer and Chairman retire annually. All are willing to stand for re-election.

Items for the agenda and nominations (in writing) for Committee, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman of the Club, signed by both proposer and seconder, must be with the Secretary by 29 January.

The 2016 AGM minutes will be printed in the forthcoming Chat issue. Copies of the agenda and minutes of the last AGM will be available at the meeting or by prior request to the Secretary.

Annual Club Trophies

The Club’s perpetual trophies for various categories will be awarded at the AGM in February. Would those interested in putting their dogs or themselves forward, please fill in the appropriate forms, i.e. working, show or dual purpose, and then email or send to Chrissie Mayhew, Dumpford Manor Farm, Trotton, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 5JR or email bobmayhewqhorses@aol.com BY 12TH FEBRUARY AT THE LATEST. Nominations are also needed for the best CHAT article for 2016. The forms for the points can be downloaded here:

Subs due 1 January

Don't forget that all members' annual subscriptions are due on 1 January every year. See the membership page for more details.

Chesapeake Breed Seminar

The Club will be holding a breed seminar on Chesapeake Bay Retrievers in February. This is both for judges and for anyone wanting to learn more about the breed. For more information and a downloadable booking form, see the Events page. *Please note, the judging assessment in the afternoon is now FULLY BOOKED. You can still book a place on the breed seminar in the morning, but please do not try to book a place on the judging assessment in the afternoon.*

Give a Dog a Genome - the latest news!

For the latest update on the Give a Dog a Genome Project, take a look on the Give a Dog a Genome project website pages.

CBRC Working Test Weekend

This autumn's Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club Working Test was held on the marshes in Essex. It was a brilliant location for the test, and we are very grateful to the Dengie One Hundred Wildfowlers for letting us use the ground, as well as to the very generous hospitality of Richard Playle and Tilly Thomas for letting us invade their home for the whole weekend. Catharina and Kaj Lindstrom travelled over from Sweden to judge the test, and also helped with the training day on Saturday. We had several people travel over from Europe to run their Chesapeakes in the test. Full details will be in the next Chessie Chat issue.

Give a Dog a Genome

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.

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 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.

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.