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 twice 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.


of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club

Sunday 24 February 2019
Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks CV23 0JZ

Meeting begins at 11.00 am
(Tea/coffee available from 10.30 am)

According to the club rules, half the committee retire annually.
The Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and Chairman retire annually. The Hon. Secretary and Chairman are willing to stand for re-election. The Treasurer will be standing down.

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 at least 28 days prior to the AGM. Please include a brief biographical note (around 200 words) detailing your interest and involvement with Chesapeakes.

The agenda and 2018 AGM minutes will be available at the meeting, or by prior request from the Secretary.

CBRC AGM Trophies

Every year, trophies are awarded at the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club's AGM. Trophies are open to all club members. All you need to do is send your points to the Trophy Steward, Mr Dave Thompson. Points submitted must have been gained between 1 January and 31 December 2018. You can look up the points here, then complete the form below for whichever trophy you would like to apply for.

Don't forget the Chessie Chat Trophy for your favourite article in the last yearbook! Please email your trophy points to Dave at meadowaychessies@btinternet.com or post them to him (address in Chat). If you have any queries, you can phone Dave or Thelma on 01952 680114. The deadline for submitting points is 15 February 2019.

If you won a trophy last year, please ensure it is brought back to the AGM in good, clean condition. The new recipient should be proud to take it home.

Show Handling Seminar

The Club will be holding a show handling seminar on Saturday 9 February at Bretford Village Hall, near Rugby. This is an opportunity for people to find out how to best stand and move their dogs in the show ring and how to train for it. James Newton, who has handled Chesapeakes in the ring for many years, will be taking the seminar. Places are limited to 12, on a first booked basis. Handlers at £35 each for club members, £45 for non-club members. (Membership is £10 so why not join?) Spectators welcome at £10. All places include a light lunch. Please complete a booking form if you wish to attend.

Any enquiries to Christine Mayhew by emailing bobmayhewqhorses@aol.com

List of puppies available

The CBRC is going to add a list of litters currently available to this website. To include your litter, you must be a member of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club, and both parents of the litter must have had all the recommended health checks, i.e. hip and elbows scored, known DM and PRA status, and a current clear eye certificate. If you would like your litter including on the list, please contact Sue Worrall at health@chesapeakebayretrieverclub.co.uk.

List health-tested stud dogs

The CBRC has recently added a list of health-tested stud dogs to this website. To add a dog to the list, you must be a member of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club, and your dog must have had the recommended health checks done, i.e. hip and elbows scored, known DM and PRA status, and a current clear eye certificate. If you would like your dog adding to the list, please email your dog's details to health@chesapeakebayretrieverclub.co.uk. You might like to include one small photo.

Autumn Working Test 2018

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club held its Autumn Working Test on Sunday 16 September 2018 at HMP Lindholme, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster by kind permission of Mr Simon Walters and Mr David Chappell. The Judge was Mrs Tilly Thomas. 

Results were as follows:

1st Wild Goose Chaser, owned/handled by Dave Lowther

1st Wild Goose Chaser, owned/handled by Dave Lowther
2nd Migwell Confederate Star, owned/handled by Craig Wafford

1st Puntgunner Princess Ebony, owned/handled by Mark Greenhough
2nd Arnac Bay Grouse, owned by Cathy and Vincent Acheson, handled by Vincent
3rd Arnac Bay Esk, owned/handled by Sue Worrall

1st Penrose Keen Machine, owned/handled by Mark Poulton
2nd Arnac Bay Grouse, owned by Cathy and Vincent Acheson, handled by Vincent
3rd Chesepi Parsippany for Migwell, owned/handled by Caroline Griffin-Woods

Thanks to everyone who helped make this small, friendly event a great success.

New event: CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests

One of the main objectives of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club is to encourage the training and working of the breed. While the Club runs training days and two gundog working tests each year, not everyone wants to enter competitions. In 2019, the Club will be holding a new event – the CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests – a series of tests that aim to encourage the natural working ability of our dogs. These are non-competitive pass/fail tests, set at three levels of increasing difficulty. All members of the Club are invited to take part in the first Working Chesapeake Tests, which will be held on Sat 4 May 2019 at Rogate, West Sussex. The entry fee will be £10 per dog per test. There will be a training day at the same venue on Friday 3 May 2019. A full description of the tests and rules for the event can be downloaded from the Events page. An entry form will be available nearer the time.

DNA Testing at the Club Show

Another 16 Chesapeakes are having DNA tests done for hereditary diseases, thanks to the Laboklin discount session we held at the Club Show on 15 July. Thanks to everyone who took part in the session. Please let the Breed Health Co-ordinator know when you get your results, for club records.

Championship Show 2018

The CBRC held its 11th Championship Show at Bretford, Warks on 15 July 2018. Judge Per Iversen awarded Best in Show to Paula Graystone and Roly Hoare's Ch. Petsalls Pride Lila, who won through from the Veteran Bitch class. Best Dog and RBIS went to Janet Morris's Ch. Swe. Ch. Penrose Jack Tar. Best Puppy in Show was Dave Lowther's Wild Goose Chaser.

BIS, RBIS and BP at the 2018 CBRC Champ show

Open Show 2018

The CBRC held its Open Show at Bretford, Warks on 15 July 2018, the first CBRC open show since the breed was awarded CCs. Judge Stephen Bardwell awarded Best in Show to Molly Barker's Chesepi Santana. Best Dog and RBIS went to Sue Worrall's Arnac Bay Esk. Best Puppy in Show was Dave Lowther's Wild Goose Chaser.

BIS, RBIS and BP at the 2018 CBRC Open show

Minor Breeds Working Test

The annual Minor Breeds Working Test was this year hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club. It took place on Sunday 24th June by kind permission of the Kennel Club and their Gamekeeper Raymond Holt on Emblehope Estate, Northumberland.

Laboklin DNA Testing Discounted at CBRC Show

Laboklin DNA testing is discounted at Club Show

The CBRC is pleased to announce that we will be able to offer a 10% discount on LABOKLIN DNA testing for all samples submitted at the CBRC Show (excluding the PRA Option 2 test).

If you are thinking of breeding from your dog, the Club strongly recommends that you genetically screen your dog for Degenerative Myelopathy and PRA.

Laboklin offer tests for both these conditions and samples submitted at the Club Show will qualify for a 10% discount. You can either get your dog swabbed at the show, or order the swab kit direct from Laboklin before the show, take your swabs at home, and bring them with you to the show (preferable if you have several dogs). Bring the swab samples to the show to qualify for the discount.

Please note, Laboklin offers two options for PRA testing. The 10% discount only applies to the PRA (Option 1) test.

If you want to bring your swab samples to the show, you can order them direct from Laboklin, free of charge, prior to the show, from http://www.laboklin.co.uk/laboklin/dispatcher.jsp

For more information, or to book a place at the testing clinic, please contact Cathy Broomfield on 01229 465880 or Sue Worrall on 07984 439349.

CBRC AGM Trophies

At the CBRC AGM on 11 February 2018, the annual trophies for achievements in 2017 were awarded as follows:

Corrie Cup - TOP WORKING DOG OR BITCH - Gueneau's Arnac Bay Delta
Isis Shield - TOP WORKING PUPPY - Kinta's Mattaponi's Tainn at Lateshift
Dawnflight Trophy - FIELD TRIAL DOG OR BITCH - not awarded
Westering Plate - DUAL PURPOSE DOG OR BITCH - Playle's Arnac Bay Grebe
Chesabay Trophy - DUAL PURPOSE PUPPY - Playle's Arnac Bay Grebe
Chase Challenge Shield - TOP OBEDIENCE DOG OR BITCH - not awarded
Barry Shield - TOP SHOW DOG - Mayhew's Arnac Weatherdeck Buoy
Glaneils Cup - TOP SHOW BITCH - Mayhew's Arnac Bay Flax
Fudge Tankard - TOP SHOW PUPPY - Nash's Cheselbay Appalachian
Ted's Challenge Shield - MOST SPECIES RETRIEVED - Riptide Beaver
Chessie Chat Trophy for BEST CHAT ARTICLE - Donna Laurie
John Battle Award - MOST IMPROVED HANDLER - Kate Roberts

Chesapeake Health Survey 2018

Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey, which is now closed. The data are now being analysed, and results will be printed soon.

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 was closed in 2016. Please ensure you have cancelled this standing order, and replace it with a NatWest standing order. For more information, contact the Treasurer, Sandy Hastings on 01507 568028.

Representing the breed: team tests, game fairs, Discover Dogs

Chesapeakes take part 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 at Discover Dogs, please get in touch with Molly Barker (01427 890578 or sec@chesapeakebayretrieverclub.co.uk). Molly is always looking for volunteers!

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.

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.

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.


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.