Choosing a sire for your litter

  • Go to see and meet the dog you are planning to use.
  • Temperament is very important – not only with people but with other dogs too. Try to see the dog in the company of other dogs, preferably male dogs.
  • Does the dog conform to the standard for the breed? The Chesapeake breed standard is a description of what a Chesapeake should look like in order to perform his work, i.e. does he look like a Chesapeake?
  • Is he sound (i.e. not lame), and does he move effortlessly?
  • What parts of your bitch, if any, would you like to improve on, i.e. coat, head, etc.? Choose a dog that is not lacking in any of these areas.
  • If you want the puppies to work then check that the stud dog works. If you want the puppies for showing then check that the stud dog has a show record or is good looking enough to show.
  • The club recommends that all dogs and bitches used for breeding have had hips and elbows scored, know what status they are for DM and PRA, and has a clear eye certificate.
  • Check that the dog has had all the necessary health checks and that his eye test certificate is up to date (i.e. within the past year). Ask to see copies of certificates – no decent stud dog owner will object.
  • If your bitch is a DM or PRA carrier the stud dog MUST be clear (carrier to carrier matings can produce affected puppies).
  • The best way to assess any dog as a sire is to see what his puppies are like from different bitches.
  • Agree a price for the stud fee and whether this is payable at the time of breeding or when the pups are born. Some stud dog owners do not charge if the bitch does not get in whelp.
  • If you are travelling a long distance to use the dog, check that he is fertile, i.e. has already sired pups or has had a fertility test.

List of health-tested stud dogs

Sh. Ch. Arnac Weatherdeck Buoy

Born 6/10/2015
Sire: USA Grand Ch. Chestnut Hills Windjammer JH
Dam: Arnac Bay Arapahoe

Christine Mayhew, Bent Farm, Bent Lane, Hambledon, Hampshire PO7 4QP
Email bobmayhewqhorses@aol.com

Arnac Chesapeakes

Hip score: 3-2
Elbow score: 0-1
PRA status: clear by parentage
DM status: clear by test
Clear eye certificate: 31/15/2019
Other test results:
EIC – clear
Ectodermal dysplasia – clear
Long coat gene – negative

Sh. Ch. Arnac Bay Exe

Born 14/05/2012

Sire: USA Ch. Swed. Ch. Double Coats Christmas Joy
Dam: Arnac Bay Brooklyn

Philip Uncles, 12c Rhyd-hir, Longford, Neath Abbey, Neath SA10 7HP
Tel 07968 810828
Email philipuncles@outlook.com

Hip score: 3-6
Elbow score: 0-0
PRA status: clear
DM status: carrier
Clear eye certificate: 30/8/2018
Migwell Soloman’s Puzzle (AI)

Born 21/02/2017
Sire: Next Generation’s Smooth Operator JH
Dam: Chesepi Parsippany for Migwell

Caroline Griffin-Woods, 3 Copse Close, Immingham, NE Lincs DN40 2JD
Email griffinwoods@btinternet.com
Migwell Chesapeakes

Hip score: 6-6
Elbow score: 0-0
PRA status: clear
DM status: clear by test
Clear eye certificate: 12/5/2019
Other test results: EIC – clear
Ectodermal dysplasia – clear
Long coat gene – negative
Sh. Ch. Next Generations Chesepi Range Rider (USA Imp)

Born 01/05/2015
Sire: USA Grand Ch. Chestnut Hills Windjammer JH
Dam: Next Generations Show Me Some Mercy

Molly Barker, Cornley Farm Kennels, Westwoodside, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN9 2ES
Tel 07968 810828
Email chesepi@chesapeakesuk.com
Chesepi Chesapeakes

Hip score: 3-4
Elbow score: 0-0
PRA status: clear
DM status: carrier
Clear eye certificate: 21/11/2018
Other test results: EIC clear by parentage

Inclusion on the above list does not constitute a recommendation from the CBRC. The Club does not recommend specific dogs. Please read the guidelines regarding your choice of stud dog.

If you own a stud dog that you would like adding to this list, you must be a member of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club, and your dog must have had the recommended health checks, i.e. hip and elbow scores, DM and PRA status, and a current clear eye certificate (within the last 12 months). Please contact Sue Worrall at chesapeakeblue@btinternet.com with all your dog’s details.

Please note that as of 1 Oct 2018, there is new legislation regarding licencing of breeding dogs. Different local authorities will enforce this new legislation in different ways. For more information, see the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 or contact your local Council.

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