Cle Elum Chesapeakes

Cle Elum Chesapeakes Where Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are bred for the integrity of the breed! We at Cle Elum Chesapeakes take pride in our breeding program.
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The lines behind us are from tried and true stock. You will see Bakken and Krogstadt (now combined into one as MarJan Chesapeakes), Silvercreek, Meadowood and a few other good lines. We have 20 acres for all the dogs and people to run and play on with lots of acreage above that is forested and just a playground for all.

Creek sleeps like any pup from Cle Elum Chesapeakes.
05/11/2023

Creek sleeps like any pup from Cle Elum Chesapeakes.

I’m asleep mom, I’m trying to sleep, mom. MOM,  I’m awake!!
04/25/2023

I’m asleep mom, I’m trying to sleep, mom. MOM, I’m awake!!

Arken is available for stud! All health clearances complete!CH Cle Elum's Marquess of Nottingham Castle (GCH Skywatcher'...
04/19/2023

Arken is available for stud! All health clearances complete!

CH Cle Elum's Marquess of Nottingham Castle (GCH Skywatcher's Golden Arrow x Raia' Tea Island in Cle Elum WD DS CGC) DOB: April 11, 2021.

Hips Good (OFA # CB-12833G24M-P-VPI)
Elbows Normal (CB-EL4502M24-P-VPI)
PRA - Normal/Clear
EIC - Normal/Clear
DM - Normal/Clear
Ectodermal Dysplasia - Normal/Clear
Long Coat - Carrier
Intervertebral Disc Disease - Normal/Clear

Arken is the typical chessie goofball always testing the boundaries. He is in the field and excels in upland game and is re-learning waterfowl.

Arken lives in Edmonds, WA and is available for stud (Fresh and Chilled semen) to approved bi***es only.

Arken owns and loves Ritchie Greening!

This is a Public Service Announcement!There is an on-going case against a trainer in ID.  Jeb Stewart Johnson. I DO NOT ...
04/11/2023

This is a Public Service Announcement!

There is an on-going case against a trainer in ID. Jeb Stewart Johnson. I DO NOT condone his actoins in the treatment of animals nor do I recommend to any of my puppy owners for his training. There are known hurt and dead dogs that were under his care for training. DO NOT send any of your dogs to this trainer. I repeat DO NOT send your dogs to him. He is a disgrace to the professional world of dog trainers. Here's his website. It's named Chaotic for a reason!

https://www.idahoretrievertraining.com/?fbclid=IwAR3OGOBli2A9GOMcId7t4_faO31KcC_U9ZSKbP-dOThpwNGSxuzsAKgbrFc

Chaotic Retrievers is a family owned and operated kennel. As local Idaho Retriever training, We strive to create the best hunting/hunt test dogs we can and try to bring the maximum potential out of every dog whether they are here for obedience, gun dog or hunt test training!

04/11/2023

Happy 2nd birthday to the 10 little pups that are not so little any more! Arken, Nora, Moon Cakes (Lyla), Luna (Bramble), Charlie, Duke, Daisy, Savannah (Lucy), Rosie (Sky) and Moon Stone (Ginger).

Last night was the first night I was able to sleep in my own bed.  Skye and Creek are doing great! Creek has gained a si...
03/14/2023

Last night was the first night I was able to sleep in my own bed. Skye and Creek are doing great! Creek has gained a significant amount of weight!

It's been a long and exhausting couple of days.  The pup was born on March 10. Skye had a C-section since her hormones d...
03/13/2023

It's been a long and exhausting couple of days. The pup was born on March 10. Skye had a C-section since her hormones dont kick in enough to deliver a singleton. Today all is stress-free. Both are doing well.

Skye earned her CGC Saturday! HA, even Mae the mini horse, is smiling! We're slowly getting those titles!Rai'a Tea Islan...
02/28/2023

Skye earned her CGC Saturday! HA, even Mae the mini horse, is smiling!

We're slowly getting those titles!
Rai'a Tea Island in Cle Elum WD DS CGC

Arken received mail!  It's now official! Arken is CH Cle Elum's Marquess of Nottingham Castle! Thank you to Judge Mrs. E...
02/09/2023

Arken received mail! It's now official! Arken is CH Cle Elum's Marquess of Nottingham Castle! Thank you to Judge Mrs. Elaine J Lessig

02/08/2023

Happy 4th Birthday to the Norske Four! Pete, Ollie, Reggie and Skye! Wishing you a day of fun and lots of cuddles!

Love, Momma Bec

02/04/2023

I've been. so remiss at wishing my babies a happy birthday! Yesterday, 5 awesome little brown bears have grown up to be some amazing adult dogs. Still my babies but so well loved by their moms an dads!
Happy 6th birthday to Maya, Fritz, Bravo, Bella (playing with Great Grandma Callie and Grandma Mistee) and Daisy!

Sorry it's a day late but I hope you all had an amazing day!

Love, Momma Bec!

CH Cle Elum's Marquess of Nottingham Castle (Arken) earned his Championship title on Saturday, January 14! Thank you to ...
01/17/2023

CH Cle Elum's Marquess of Nottingham Castle (Arken) earned his Championship title on Saturday, January 14! Thank you to Judge MRS. ELAINE J LESSIG!

It was a girl's trip with Skye to Calgary, Canada. Skye and EB were bred in Zabrina Livingstone's kitchen no less!  It w...
01/13/2023

It was a girl's trip with Skye to Calgary, Canada. Skye and EB were bred in Zabrina Livingstone's kitchen no less! It was pretty icty and cold (below freezing) Do you like making woopy in that weather! LOL
MBVIS GCH Ches-Shores Spotted Eagle x Ria'Tea Island in Cle Elum WD DS

Anyway, pups are due middle of March! Here's to a great litter!
My waiting list is full.

01/01/2023

Happy New Year! 2023 is starting off with puppies in the very near future! Skye will be bred in the next couple of weeks!

Mr Arken is an all around Chesapeake. His favorite thing to do is flush birds with his dad and he’s getting into waterfo...
11/15/2022

Mr Arken is an all around Chesapeake. His favorite thing to do is flush birds with his dad and he’s getting into waterfowl too! Arken plays with me as well! He’s currently in the show ring and has his title in dock diving soon to be followed with scent work.

10/12/2022

My website is currently down. I am working on getting it rectified.

Yes sir!
09/19/2022

Yes sir!

My experience with a reputable, responsible breeder is a very typical example of what you can expect when you purchase a well bred dog. I only wish it was more normalized and people understood why it’s worth it!

I was on a waitlist with my breeder for over a year (I believe closer to a year and a half). She did have an earlier litter during that time but I wasn’t in a position yet for one so I did not inquire on it, as well as I very well could’ve expected that people before me on the waitlist would’ve taken up the spots for that litter anyway.

I completed an application with my breeder before being placed on the waitlist and we discussed my lifestyle and what I was searching for in my future dog privately and at length. We discussed what I planned to do with my dog, the temperament I was searching for, what I could compromise on, and lastly my aesthetic preferences.

My breeder updated me when her next breeding was planned for, when her bitch was actually bred, and when the litter was born. She continued to update me (and the other puppy buyers that would be getting a puppy from this litter) through messages and with weekly photos! It was very exciting!

The litter was temperament tested and evaluated at 7 weeks old. She updated me that two of the boys were testing extremely similarly and she decided to wait it out for a little longer before making a decision on who would be placed where. You see, with a good breeder, the buyer almost never picks their puppy. Your breeder matches you and your puppy based off your preferences and your lifestyle to ensure the best possible home for that puppy and vise versa.

For reference, I told my breeder I was searching for a male sport prospect puppy and was also open to trying out conformation if the puppy was suitable, however I could compromise on that. I wanted a confident, handler orientated puppy. I wanted a puppy that was friendly and sociable but not overly so. I wanted a puppy with drive and a good working attitude. I didn’t want to deal with shyness, timidness, or a puppy that lacks motivation to work. Aesthetically I preferred a red stub puppy but would’ve been happy with anything as long as it was a male.

When the puppies were coming up on 8 weeks old, my breeder messaged me that she had made a decision on my puppy! I was matched with the only stub-tailed boy in the litter. Valo ended up showing more drive than the other brother and so his breeder felt he would be my best match.

I was sent a copy of my breeder’s contract a week before taking my puppy home. She was available for any questions or discussion but everything within the contract was what I expected. I signed a copy upon pick up of my puppy. Her contract ensures that we are on the same page about everything and that my puppy would be returned directly to her if for any reason it didn’t work out (which I can already tell you that nothing will separate me and V at this point anyway!). My puppy also came home with an information packet about the breed, things to expect, vaccination info, tips, pedigree, and of course food and toys.

My puppy is EXACTLY what I described to my breeder that I wanted! He is fearless but sweet, he is incredibly handler orientated even around other dogs / people, he is friendly with everyone but still thinks I am #1, and he LOVES training! His favorite time of day by far is when we have his little training sessions!

My puppy’s parents are fully health tested and are finished conformation champions. This tells me that the risk of my puppy developing genetic health issues are extremely low and that he was bred with his breed standard in mind, and he himself should be within that standard as well. Overall, I have a quality dog that can be expected to live a long, healthy, and temperamentally sound life with me.

So although the wait was long and my puppy was not cheap, every part of it was 100% worth it and I’d do it again and again (and plan to for all future dogs)!

THIS is what should be normalized. You are investing in a companion that you can expect to have for 10-15 years. It is well worth going through a reputable breeder for!

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ETA: Thank you all for sharing this! I am thrilled to see this post reaching such a large audience as it’s something I am quite passionate about. I enjoy reading the comments on the shares! A few notes to address questions / concerns:

• Valo is a Swedish vallhund bred by the fantastic Minikota & Maena Swedish Vallhunds.
• Minikota & Maena Swedish Vallhunds

• I support adoption and rescue! I own a special needs shelter adopted dog and have worked closely alongside adoption groups for years. It is an excellent option for many people!
• My sport dogs / sport and show prospect puppy are not forced to compete for me. This narrative is tiring and it is awfully ignorant and hurtful to the dog community to spread that idea. We do these things because we love dogs and love to work alongside them. Dog sports are modeled after dogs’ original purposes - things they are hardwired to do and LOVE to do! If my dogs aren’t having fun with something, I’m not either. I won’t force them to do things they don’t like to do, I can promise you that.
• My list of wants/needs for my puppy is long and specific because I know exactly what I like to live and work with. That’s why I also carefully chose a breed that typically can meet these preferences… as everyone should! We’d have far less dogs dumped in shelters or being rehomed if everyone did.

Bottom line.. if this post bothers you.. I encourage you to continue educating yourself. 🖤 Happy to discuss in the comments in this original post!

09/04/2022

Mama threw badly and still she did well! Fly Skye!

09/04/2022
Friday and Saturday were big days for Cle Elum Chesapeakes. Arken earned his Doc Senior title and went beyong the length...
09/04/2022

Friday and Saturday were big days for Cle Elum Chesapeakes. Arken earned his Doc Senior title and went beyong the length of 19'11" into the Master Division! Personal Best 20'3"

Skye is working towards her Doc Senior Advance title and needs 13 more jumps to receive that honor!

Skye was a barking fool wanting all other dogs OFF HER DOCK!!!
She didnt beat her Personal Best of 18'2" but was jumpoing in between 16-17'!

Tired pups and handler!

08/19/2022

So much fun at the Enumclaw shows! 4 shows in 2 days! I dont think I've ever been so exhausted!

Wednesday:
RSDA: Arken was so distracted by the pretty smelling girls! He got first in his class
Skye had no love but had a great time showing! The best she's done in awhile. I think she's started having funk again!

ECBRC: Same as before.

Thursday:
RSDA: Arken recieved Winners Dog for 3 points, but continues onto get Best of Winners for a 5 point major! Only 1 more point, Buddy!
Skye takes Reserve.

ECBRC: Arken takes Reserve.

Arken was so distracted the first day by all the smells! His nose was constantly in the ground! The next day, however, his brain must have flipped a switch. He was pretty much a well behaved dog. Skye just didnt like it when I was away from her. She would howl and even started a chorus with all the other dogs while in the stall barn.

I'm more than a dog!
06/20/2022

I'm more than a dog!

I am not a dog.
I am a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
I'm half wolverine, half vampire and all attitude.
I’m Ferrari engine in a Jeep body.
I am either your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on YOUR attitude.
I can retrieve the biggest wing shot snow goose or play with the gentlest child.
I can hunt all day in snow storms, pouring rain or blistering heat and then ask you to throw the ball when we get done.
I will question you at every turn. After all, I know what I'm doing and the best way to get it done.
I am easy to feed. I will eat your steak or the dead, rotten fish I found at the side of the river.
You will never be without a navigator in the truck.
I will protect you from burglars, large wild animals, and that strange pesky shadow in the corner of the house.
I will hog the bed and the couch.
I will steal your sandwich, your chair, your boot, and your heart.
You will never have to go to the bathroom alone ever again.
I will lick your face right after I eat the head off the rabbit I just killed in the yard.
I will sleep next to you when you are sick and heal you with my love.
I am a Chessie.
Respect me.
Love me.
But NEVER underestimate me.






Written by Kathy Case/Whiskey Creek Chesapeakes
Photo credit- Kerrie T
Dog model is CH Whiskey Creek Walker’s Worth RN “Walker”

I'm proud to announce that Arken's genetic test results are in.Cle Elum's Marquess of Nottingham Castle (GCH Skywatcher'...
06/06/2022

I'm proud to announce that Arken's genetic test results are in.
Cle Elum's Marquess of Nottingham Castle (GCH Skywatcher's Golden Arrow x Raia Tea island in Cle Elum WD DS)
Born April 11, 2021

Health Clearances:
PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) - Normal/Clear
EIC (Exercise, Induce, Collapse) - Normal/Clear
DM (Degenertive Myelophathy) - Normal/Clear
Ectodermal Dysplasia - Normal/Clear
Long Coat - Carrier
Intervertebral Disc Disease - Normal/Clear

OFA - Pending

04/24/2022

A few fantastic wins over the weekend at the Tacoma Kennel Club shows! Arken takes Best of Winners both days with a 3 point major on Saturday, 2 points on Sunday! Skye gets Winner's Bitch with a 3 point major on Saturday. Lyla took Reserve on Sunday. Big thank you to the judges, Saturday: Mr Kenneth E Berg, Sunday: Mr Richard Lewis.

Photos to follow!!!

Introducing the latest of the pack and new to the show ring, "Crown Imperial of Cle Elum" aka Lyla, (CH Skywatcher's Gol...
04/15/2022

Introducing the latest of the pack and new to the show ring, "Crown Imperial of Cle Elum" aka Lyla, (CH Skywatcher's Golden Arrow x Rai'a Tea Island in Cle Elum DS) 4/11/2021 Co-Owners: julie Brown and Stephanie Hansen.

04/11/2022

Happiest of birthdays to 10 little troublemakers! You're running with the big doggies now babies! Have a blast today and everyday!
Arken, Nora, Duke, Charlie, Savanah (Lucy), Rosie (Sky), MoonStone (Ginger), MoonCakes (Lyla), Luna (Bramble), and Daisy!

This weekend was a great one for Cle Elum Chesapeakes! First timers Arken, Cle Elum's Marquess of Nottingham Castle,  an...
03/28/2022

This weekend was a great one for Cle Elum Chesapeakes! First timers Arken, Cle Elum's Marquess of Nottingham Castle, and Lyla, Crown Imperial of Cle Elum, (GCH Skywatcher's Golden Arrow x Ra'ia Tea Island in Cle Elum) competed in their first shows in Bremerton. Arken took Best of Winners both days while his little sister took Reserve on Saturday and Winner's Bitch on Sunday.

A huge thank you to judges Mrs. Linda M Riedel and Mrs. Sulie Greendale-Paveza

Over the past few weeks I've had a few of Skye's puppies. They are here for a week or more.  I love having my babies bac...
03/02/2022

Over the past few weeks I've had a few of Skye's puppies. They are here for a week or more. I love having my babies back. This allows me to see how the are growing and their temperaments. I see Arken (the big boy a lot so watching him mature has been a great treat! 2 weeks ago I had two boys. Today I have 2 girls! It's been so fun having them here! Just know that all of you that have my puppies even from past litters, there is free puppy sitting!

Skye’s boy, Charlie, came for a visit. Grandma Bec ❤️ Charlie.  💕
02/21/2022

Skye’s boy, Charlie, came for a visit. Grandma Bec ❤️ Charlie. 💕

02/08/2022

Another February litter has a special birthday! 4 years old and full of vigor! Happy Birthday to the Norske 4! Ollie (Oliver), Thor (Pete), Silvi (Skye) and Inga (Reggie)! I know that Skye is getting spoiled rotten today and I hope that Pete, Reggie and Oliver are as well!

02/05/2022

The results of Skye's ultrasound confirmed pregancy. But it also brought some sad news. She has absorbed most of the litter. No olne really knows what causes this. There are 3 viable puppies that we could see. Skye is now on "bed rest" with walks only in the next month or so. Can you say some prayers that she doesnt absorb the rest of the babies?

02/03/2022

Happy Birthday to the Super Bowl (Atlanta Falcons) litter! Bosher (Fitz), Ice (Bravo), Ryan (Bella), Beasley (Daisy) and Quinn (Fina then called Maya! May you all have the most wonderful day!

All the latest news!StonePeake Chesapeakes
01/20/2022

All the latest news!

StonePeake Chesapeakes

Striving to breed exceptional puppies is our motto. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are a breed all to themselves.

01/12/2022

Ches-Shores Spotted Eagle, aka EB, semen arrived today! A TCI (Trans-Cervical Insemination) was successfully accomplished. All fingers and toes crossed for a successful breeding between EB and Skye!

StonePeake Chesapeakes - Zabrina Livingstone

Words couldn't be said any better!
01/08/2022

Words couldn't be said any better!

Thank you responsible breeders.

There sadly isn't much of a voice for responsible breeders. They often get grouped into the category of backyard breeders or puppy mills, but they are so much more than that. Thank you responsible breeders. Thank you for not being part of the problem, but actually being part of the solution. I can guarantee you that if every breeder followed the guidelines of responsible breeders, "overpopulation" would not be a concern.

It pains me to have clients who come in and are so stressed and concerned about their dogs having one hair out of place. They worry we will judge them because they show and breed dogs and in the past they have been harrassed by the public. I usually just laugh and ensure them that a little dirt means they are loved and having a good time outside. Trust me, I have an English Setter and keeping him show quality groomed everyday would be torture to me and him. They are expected to always be perfect in the eye of the public, because if not a snood comment is likely to be made about their purebred dog. I, and even the clinic I work at, have been harrassed twice this week for supporting responsible breeders. I can't imagine the harrassment some breeders face, I know a few that try to keep the fact that they breed hidden from the public because they are scared of what the public will think.

Don't get me wrong, I love a good mixed breed dog. I work with tons of them everyday and care for each and every one of them the same. Each day I come home and worry about every mixed breed dog I treated that day the same as every purebred dog. I support shelters everyday at work and there are many situations where a rescue dog may be the best fit for you family.

However, there is nothing quite like a dog from a responsible breeder. That dog comes to you from a loving breeder who invested so much time, emotion, funds and research into each puppy that it would shock you. They spend their lives conserving a breed and making it better. That breeder can tell you everything about their personalities, what their traits and quirks will be, and what they were purposefully bred to do. They care about the placement of each puppy, often placing them into the homes themselves based on purpose and personality of each puppy, rather than letting the new owners pick out which one looked cutest online. These puppies go into homes fully vaccinated, with all required health clearances needed. They go into homes already house trained and crate trained to ensure easy transition for the new homes. These responsible breeders keep track of the puppies until they grow old and pass. They want to know about each and every health concern that they have throughout life so that they may alter their breeding program to avoid health concerns in the future. These breeders even make you sign a contract saying that if you can't keep the dog, no matter the age, you will return it to them so that the dog does not end up in a shelter. The list goes on and on.

The next time you meet a RESPONSIBLE breeder, thank them, ask them about their breed, and buy them a drink (trust me they need it 😉).

12/29/2021

We'll be breeding in January!!!!!

A breeding is in Skye's future! CH Ches-Shores Spotted Eagle lives in Canada residing at StonePeake Chesapeakes. Be sure...
11/08/2021

A breeding is in Skye's future! CH Ches-Shores Spotted Eagle lives in Canada residing at StonePeake Chesapeakes. Be sure to watch this page or my website for updates!

Striving to breed exceptional puppies is our motto. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are a breed all to themselves.

10/27/2021

Sorry for the long post here, but it needs to be said. I've stated many times to new requests for puppies that chessies are not for just anybody. These are the reasons why:

Chesapeakes Aren’t For Everyone by James B. Spencer

Ask any Chessie owner whether you should get a Bay dog, and that will probably be the first statement he/she will make. The owner of almost any other sporting breed will normally give you an unqualified endorsement.

You know the routine; great pet, outstanding hunter, perfect watch dog, smartest canine there ever was, beautiful, faithful, will fetch your slippers, set out your decoys, and even shoot your birds for you if you’re having an off day.
But chessie owners will be more cautious, more circumspect. They’ll tell you that their dogs can be difficult, that they are independent, and sometimes a bit cantankerous. Not for everyone: that’s for sure.

And there are always stories that go with the caution. The pro who had to use a garbage can lid as a shield when punishing a chessie. The chessie that “treed” two pros on top of their truck when they tried to use an eletronic collar on him. And on and on.
Not for everyone. Yet the very people who say this most often are fanatically devoted to the breed. If you doubt that, just make an unkind remark about the Bay dogs in their company. Then you will find out what they really think of the breed; best of foul weather dog on earth: tough, fearless, tireless; unbelievable markers: the only breed to have in the blind with you when the chips are down and the odds are against you: something special.
Special, unique, difficult to explain. That is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Developed in (the USA), the Chessie is all Yankee. There is not an English or European trait in his make-up, and perhaps that is why he is so difficult to define, for our canine frame of reference is English or European. To understand a Chessie, you must understand the American character as it has developed over the past four or five centuries, and particular as it evolved during the 19th and early 20th centuries, when the Bay dogs were developed. That is the American character which is reemerging now in the 1980s. Keep that in mind when I tell you about the Chessie.

First off, the Chesapeake is a big, strong dog, taller and more powerful on the average than the other retrievers. I have been steadying my own young, 80-pound Bay dog, “Beaver”, recently, and let me tell you, my left arm is now several inches longer than it used to be. “Beaver” hits the end of the belt cord like no dog I have ever steadied before.

Sometimes I feel like I have lost a fast freight. However, these dogs were developed to retrieve duck and geese from the Chesapeake Bay all day and even into the night back when there were no limits, so their size and strength should be no suprise. Even today a wildfowler looking for a goose dog has a better chance of getting what he wants – a dog that will tangle with and subdue a tough, old crippled giant Canada – if he opts for the breed from the Bay.

That is not to say that there are no good goose dogs from other breeds, for there are, but the odds are better on a pup if it is a Chessie.

The Chesapeake also has a coat more suited to really bad weather than other retrievers. His harsh, oily, outer coat hides a woolly, water-resistant undercoat, and the combination will normally keep his skin dry even after hours of retrieving. Most retriever breeds have double outer coats, but not like a Chessie’s. The pungent aroma of this oily, outer coat may make him less than welcome in the confines of the living room, but it smells like perfume to a duck hunter when the dog brings in a cripple after a long chase.

Originally, the dogs were dark brown, but the lighter “deadgrass” color was developed somewhere along the line to better camouflage the dog. However, dogs do not disturb the birds, so the only real advantage in all these shades is that they allow each hunter to choose his personal favorite. I like the dark ones; if you like the lighter shades, fine. We can both be happy.

The overall conformation of the breed is functional rather than beautiful. For those hunters who feel that “handsome is as handsome does”, the Chessie is gorgeous, above all the other breeds, for one look tells you the dog “can do.” He is not as pretty as a Golden or as sleek as a Labrador, but he catches your eye nevertheless. He isn’t the fleet-footed scatback or wide receiver, he’s more the pulling guard, the linebacker, or the tight end, and he has his own poetry, his own meter.

The Chessie is mentally, as well physically, tough. He attacks a job with a single-minded determination and a sense of self-confidence that makes him difficult to dissuade. He marks well, remembers well, and has the cunning to deal with most situations that come up in a day’s waterfowler, so he prefers to hunt with someone who will allow him some latitude. He seems to say, “You call and shoot the birds, and then leave the rest to me; I won’t interfere with your job if you won’t interfere with mine. “Handling” a Chessie with whistle and arm signals, especially on a fall that he thinks he saw, is apt to be difficult; even on a blind retrieve, you had better put him on the bird quickly or he will decide he can find it quicker on his own, and turn you off. He is a free spirit who wants to do his own job his own way, without having the boss breathing down his neck all the time.

The Chesapeake’s love for water is so pronouced that sometimes it seems they would rather swim than walk.......

The Chessie is a good friend and a bad enemy. If he has accepted you as one of his people, he will die for you or kill for you. He will protect you, sometimes when you don’t really need it, which can be embarrassing. I remember a Saturday many years ago when I had lunch in Marge and Sam Wolsey’s fifth wheeler which was parked at pro D.L Walter’s place. Sam and I were sitting on a sofa and Marge was in the kitchen. Their young Chessie jumped up on the sofa and sat between Sam and me. He didn’t look to the left or right, just sat there staring ahead. As the three of us talked, I unconsciously reached up to scratch the dog’s chin. Still looking straight ahead, he started a low growl that told me I had just made a mistake! I took my hand away, but that didn’t change a thing. The dog continued to growl almost inaudibly – although I could hear him distinctly, believe me. I told Sam that his dog was about to have me for lunch. Then Sam noticed the growling, so he told the dog to go over to the other side of the room and lay down. The dog obeyed, but he never took his eyes off me all the time I was there. Later, I figured out what the problem was. The dog wasn’t sitting on the sofa to be sociable; he was protecting Sam – since he didn’t know me at all.
Understanding that protective quality is crucial to getting along with Chessies. If you don’t know the dog, don’t “violate its space” or that of its owner. Actually, that is a pretty good rule to follow with any dog of any breed. However, the rube who just has to show what a great hand he is with dogs runs a greater risk of ending up with a punctured epidermis if he takes uninvited liberties with a Chessie than he does with most other sporting breeds. On the other hand, the person who uses common sense, allows the dog make the initial overtures, and even then takes it easy until the dog is comfortable will have little difficulty with most Chessies. Chessies form definite opinions about people and choose their friends cautiously.

They have a strong sense of dignity, and insist that friend and enemy alike respect that dignity.

Probably the best one-word description for the breed is “passionate”. They love with great intensity; they hate the same way; and even their indifference toward strangers has a passion in it – their eyes say a steely, “You had better leave me alone, buddy.

Because of this passionate nature, a Chessie is best trained by his owner, that on human being the dog accepts totally. The dog will do things simply to please that one person that no amount of punishment could induce it to do for anyone else.

Sure, a good pro can train a Chessie, but it will not be easy. The reason the breed has the reputation for being tough, hard-headed, independent, and just plain mean is that they don’t really give much of a hoot what anyone thinks except for that one special man or woman. A pro can use training techniques that works nicely for Labs, but the Chessie couldn’t care less what the pro wants, so he doesn’t respond like Labs do. Sometimes a pro can get rough enough to gain grudging compliance but more often the dog just endures the pain and continues to figuratively flip off the pro.

The best way to involve a pro training of a Chessie is for the owner to train the dog under the pro’s guidance. Most pros have a fee structure for this kind of work. It allows the Chessie to learn new ways to please the boss: it allows the boss to learn how to train the dog; and it saves the pro the problems he would have in motivating a dog that is passionately indifferent in the normal pro/dog relationship.

Now, I’ll let you in on the best-kept-secret of Chessie training; they are a soft breed! Yeah, those tough critters that show no sign of fear or pain when subduing an equally-tough giant Canada, those weather-proof ice-breakers that seem not to notice the difference between an early bluebird day and a-late-season blizzard, those unbelievably tough Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are soft and sensitive to the approval or disapproval of their owners. In this characteristic they are the equal of the Golden retriever.

Train a Chessie like you would a Golden, with lots of praise and appreciation, and your training will go easy. Use the harsher approach that works well with the Lab, and he will turn you off – in fact, he may turn on you if you go too far. Where the Golden will sulk and quit under too much pressure from his owner, the Chessie will brood and be resentful.

Many of the most successful Chessie trainers have been women, because of their greater sensitivity of the animal’s need for praise and appreciation. I have to chuckle when I hear someone say that the Chessie is the ideal dog for the hardboiled, heavy-handed, macho man. Actually, the Chessie is the worst dog possible for such a person- the dog probably won’t accept his training, and he may take the man apart if pushed too far.

This doesn’t mean that a Chessie won’t accept correction. He will, but it should be within a framework of positive motivation (praise and petting) and the dog should understand what he did wrong. The owner’s disapproval is heavy punishment for the dog – there’s seldom any need for a whip or high voltage. If he dog is conditioned to work to please his owner, and if the owner shows his pleasure regularly with praise and petting, the withdrawal of those rewards plus a few unkind words are usually enough to convince the toughest Chessie.

One more importand point: Chessies can be a problem around other dogs. While I’ve seen Chessies romping and playing together like a bunch of lap dogs, I am not anxious to allow my own Chessie, “Beaver”, out with dogs he doesn’t know well. He’s fine with kennel mates, and he has never been in a fight with any other dog – but I want to keep it that way, so I am very careful with him.

It may seem that I am saying, “Chessies are not for everyone”, just as so many other Chessie owners do. Maybe, I am too, but my intention is not to disparage the breed. I want to make sure that each Chessie pup is properly matched with a suitable owner, one who understands ALL the breed’s characteristics and finds them not only acceptable but fascinating. I have seen what too much popularity has done to the Lab and Golden, and I don’t want to have any part of giving serious Chessies breeders those same kinds of problems, believe me. Right now the Chessie is a distant third to the Lab and golden in the annual AKC
registrations. That’s fine, as long there are enough Bay puppies to take care of all the people who really need them and wouldn’t be satisfied with any other breed.

Then he/she will be determined to do the training rather than farming it out to a pro.

Finally, he/she will accept the passionate, protective nature of the breed and be willing to see that these traits do not get the dog in trouble. That means having proper kenneling at home, and maintaining reasonable control while training and hunting. I guess what I am saying is that Chesapeakes may not be for everyone, but they just might be for you.

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