The one thing not mentioned too much in this thread are health clearances. About 10 years ago the ACC did a survey on the diseases of the Chesapeake. (Results here: http://amchessieclub.org/survey/) Since then a bit more information and testing has developed regarding DM and EIC. Know what diseases are prevalent in the breed and what the overall implications are for a pup that is genetically predisposed to one of these diseases. Know also that you can minimize your probability of getting a pup with one of these diseases if you insist on the proper health clearances and checking the genetic pedigree of the breeding. While most breeders will be open and honest with you regarding the health certificates their dogs may have, don't be afraid to check them out! Good places to look include http://www.offa.org/ and http://www.chessieinfo.net/ .
Also, if you have any further questions don't be afraid to ask.
Well so far I have learned that the people into chessies really know their stuff about the breed and history! Holy cow I have a lot to learn. But I am enjoying it. Spoke to Bill tonight got some good leads, learned a lot of info and now I am researching a lot of names and pedigrees he threw at me. If anyone hears of any good breedings, MH on both sides, please let me know (preferably in the midwest).
I know of a repeat breeding of a DC/AFC to a MH/QAA female. PM me and I can put you in touch with the owner.
Julie R., Hope Springs Farm
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers since 1981
Trust me Jim, he does! I love to train this dog, but I will never take him to another trial. All his "humor" comes out when he has an audience.
And let's not forget the "bumper attack" story. Truly shows the intelligence and sense of humor.
Scout has a habit of picking up the bumpers correctly, then slowing down as he gets close and then cigaring them. Why? Because he can. It's a little game he plays. I suggested seeing if we could clean it up, so we used a bumper with a PVC pipe reducer on the tab end. When Scout realized he couldn't get hold of the tab end, he got so frustrated! The look on his face was priceless. Anyway, that bumper got tossed into the pile behind us with all the others we'd used on that setup. As we are all standing there talking, Scout went over to the pile, dug out that particular bumper, and attacked it, trying to get rid of the pipe reducer. He wanted that PVC off of there NOW!
What can you do except laugh?