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Reason for Breeding...

We strongly believe in the importance of quality breeders. Without them, the breed wouldn't be what it is today. When the decision was made to breed, we were determined and committed to do it the right way, where it would benefit the breed. We make sure to prove quality dogs with exceptional backgrounds by obtaining the proper health clearances, and choosing the best stud dogs. This dedication to excellence has kept the breed as one of the very few breeds who can win in the show ring in the morning, and excel in a hunt test the same afternoon! As one of the few Chessie breeders in New England who is also an avid waterfowl hunter, this all was very important to me. Not just for myself, but for the future of the breed that I so deeply care about.

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Doing it right...

The correct way is a long process of finding the right male or female, raising him or her properly to determine if the temperament, trainability, and attitude is desirable. You need to make sure the dog's structure is proper and sound. This is what lessens the possibility of injury while working. Many tests should be done to reduce the incidence of certain inherited diseases and conditions. These would include, but not limited to, Degenerative Myelopothy (D/M), Progressive Retinal Artrophy (PRA), Exercise induced collapse (EIC), Hip/Elbow xrays and certifications, Eye exams, among others. Then, and only then, does the responsible breeder begin the search for an equally qualified mate.

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Raising these Dogs...

The importance of raising Chesapeake Bay Retrievers in the home can't be undervalued. They are very social dogs who don't do well raised in kennels. The difference can be amazing. The old myth that your hunting dog should be raised as an outside dog away from people can't be further from the truth with Chessies. Ours have always been a valued part of the family from day one! They're loyalty is truly amazing and being followed from one room to another is just another part of being owned by a Chessie. They have been called velcro dogs for a reason.

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Training

Training of a Chessie is NOT an option. You must begin from the moment they come home.With proper guidance you will find them to be a joy to train and eager learners.You should be the trainer as it lends to the authority figure you must be with a Chesapeake.While a heavy hand is NOT the best method for training their should be no in the dogs mind you are in charge! If you are not in charge they may feel they have to be. They are extremely intelligent dogs that need limits and challenges or they will find there own ... and you might not like what they find!

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Hunting with a Chessie ....

Hunting with a properly trained Chessie is a delight ! Teaching a Chessie to hunt is almost not needed... Their ability is nearly instinctual. There toughness is unmatched in all kinds of weather and waters. This can make training a bit more of a challenge but by no means difficult. Once training is done to a level your happy with you will have a hunting partner like you've never had before!

My pledges to you .....

* We will never breed to fill a "want" ...

* We wont breed unless doing so will benefit the breed ...

* We will never breed without all proper health clearances.....

* We will always breed to maintain hunt and conformation qualities...

* We will support our pups throughout  their lives...

ARTICLES AND DOWNLOADS

 For the first timer considering a Chesapeake... I strongly recommend reading this..

   " DON'T BUY A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER "


http://www.cbrrescue.org/articles/dontbuy.htm