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.


Chesapeake Breed Seminar

There is a breed seminar for show judges and anyone interested in learning more about the breed on 7 April 2018. For more details, see the Events page.

Chesapeake Calendars 2018

You can order Chesapeake calendars featuring UK Chesapeakes from Mark Straw. The cost is £10 + postage. Postage for 1 calendar is £1.30, postage for 2 calendars is £1.74, postage for 3 calendars is £2.52.
To order, please send a cheque made out to 'Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club' to Mark Straw, 161 Polperro Way, Hucknall, Notts NG15 6JZ.

CBRC Annual General Meeting

Notice of
of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club
Sunday 11 February 2018
Meeting begins at 10.30 am (Tea/coffee available 10.00–10.30 am)
Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, nr Coventry CV23 0LA

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 31 January. The 2017 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.

CBRC Annual trophies to be awarded at the AGM

Every year the Chesapeake Club awards annual trophies to dogs and owners for different categories. All points and nominations need to be emailed or posted to the Club's Hon. Secretary Molly Barker by Thursday 8th February 2018 at the latest. Trophies for 2017 will be awarded at the 2018 AGM.
Please nominate your dog by sending in your dog's points. These trophies are often won by dogs with very few points as we do not have many tests or shows for the breed, so do not think that your dog has not won enough, and put his or her name forward!

List of trophies awarded at the AGM
Corrie Cup for Top Working Dog or Bitch
Isis Shield for Top Working Puppy
Dawnflight Trophy for Field Trial Dog or Bitch
Westering Plate for Dual Purpose Dog or Bitch
Chesabay Trophy for Dual Purpose Puppy
Chase Challenge Shield for Obedience Dog or Bitch
Barry Shield for Top Show Dog (male)
Glaneils Cup for Top Show Bitch (female)
Fudge Tankard for Top Show Puppy
Ted's Challenge Shield for Most Species Retrieved
Chessie Chat for Best Article
John Battle Award for Most Improved Handler

You can find out how to calculate your dog's points here.

Chesapeake Health Survey 2018

If you have a Chessie that was born in the UK, or has been imported into the UK, please take a few minutes to take part in the latest breed health survey. It will help us to gain a better understanding of the health and well being of Chesapeakes in this country. We would ask you to complete it even if your dog has never been affected by any of the conditions listed. Dogs with no health problems are just as important as they can give us an idea of the prevalence of conditions in the breed.

The results from the survey are anonymous and will be sent to the breed's Health Coordinator, Sue Worrall, who can also be contacted for further information by emailing chesapeakeblue@btinternet.com. Analysis of the survey findings will direct research into areas of the breed's health that require further attention for the future.

The survey can be found by clicking here

So, please fill in the questionnaire regardless of whether your dog has ever been affected by a health problem or not – it is important that questionnaires are collected from healthy dogs as well as those with health conditions, so that the number of affected Chesapeakes can be put into context. We would be very grateful if you could complete and submit the questionnaire before the 1 March 2018. Please fill in the questionnaire as accurately as you can.

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

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). Molly is always looking for volunteers!

CBRC Autumn Working Test

The 2017 Autumn Working Test weekend was held on Sunday 1 October at Upper Barnbow Farm, Barwick-in-Elmet, W Yorks, by kind permission of Mr Andrew & Mrs Diane Nicholls. Judges were Mr Steve Burns & Mr Mike Pilling. The results were as follows:

1    Riverrun Everybody's Friend - Des & Mary Murray

1    Migwell Deutsher Passion - Carole Harris
COM    Migwell Deutsher Stealth - Gemma & Dan Pearce

1    Riverrun Caution to the Wind - Des & Mary Murray
2    Penrose Keen Machine - Mark Poulton
3    Chesepi Parsippany for Migwell - Caroline Griffin-Woods
4    Puntgunner Princess Ebony - Mark Greenhough

1-4     Withheld
COM    Riverrun Caution to the Wind - Des & Mary Murray

JUDGES' CHOICE went to Carole Harris's Migwell Deutsher Passion

CBRC Championship Show and Limit Show

The biggest annual gathering of Chesapeakes in the UK took place at Baginton, near Coventry, on Sunday 9 July 2017. Full report in the next Chessie Chat.

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.

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.



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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.