The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club has been bringing British Chesapeake enthusiasts together for almost 40 years. The Club holds two gundog working tests each year, as well as a championship show and an open show. Other events include training days, breed seminars, non-competitive test days, and show handling workshops. 

The club shows are 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.


Find out more about the characteristics of the breed


If you think the Chesapeake is the breed for you, how do you find one?


How to become a member of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club


Come and meet some Chesapeakes and their owners and join in the fun


If you are looking for a puppy, or would like to breed from your dog, what health testing is essential


Which shows have Chesapeake classes and who is qualified to judge

CBRC Working Chesapeake Tests

The third WCT event was held on 27 March 2022 at Kitridding Farm, near Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.

Judges were Claudia Atkinson and Paul Dixon

LEVEL 1 passes
Mary Murray with Ir Ch Riverrun Everybody’s Friend
Kevin Amaira with Petsalls Canuck

LEVEL 2 pass
Mary Murray with Ir Ch Riverrun Everybody’s Friend

Congratulations. Thank you to our judges and to Kitridding Farm for allowing us to use the brilliant grounds. What smashing food too! Thank you also to dummy throwers and all the helpers throughout the weekend. 

Read more about it on the Breed News Weekly page, and as always, there will be a full report in the next yearbook.

Notice of the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club

10 April 2022  – 10.30 am for 11.00 am start

Bretford Village Hall, Bretford, Warks CV23 0JZ  

Following the meeting, there will be an interesting photographic presentation about the history of the breed for everyone to see on the day. Please bring a packed lunch and relax while viewing the old photos.

According to the club rules, half the committee retire annually. The Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and Chairman retire annually. The Hon. Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman 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 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 2021 AGM minutes will be available at the meeting, or by prior request from the Secretary.

Open to ALL club members. We hope you will attend the AGM and look forward to seeing you there.

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 AGM Trophy Steward. Points submitted must have been gained between 1 January and 31 December. You can look up the points here, then complete the form for whichever trophy you would like to apply for.

Don’t forget the Chessie Chat Trophy! This trophy is awarded to club members’ favourite article in the previous yearbook, so please let us know who YOU think deserves this award. 

Please email your trophy points to Ros ( or post them to her (address in Chat). 

The deadline for submitting points is 20 March 2022. If you previously won a trophy, and still have it, please ensure it is brought back to the AGM in good, clean condition. The new recipient should be proud to take it home.

If you have ever wondered what a Chesapeake was bred to do – what he was designed for – spend a couple of minutes watching this film of Mark Greenhough’s wonderful Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Echo, on the Dee Estuary.