Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a duck retrieving dog. He loves water and has a virtually waterproof, short, thick coat which requires minimal grooming. He has energy, strength and stamina and needs an owner who is equally energetic. He needs to live in a house with a garden, preferably near to open countryside. He needs plenty of exercise with frequent opportunities to run free.
Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)
The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 7.4% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'
Effective Population Size - EPSTBC
EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.
Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)
As a deep chested breed the Chessie is prone to Gastric dilatation volvulus (Bloat/torsion) where the stomach twists. Causes acute pain, vomiting and collapse (urgent vet treatment essential).
- Hip dysplasia (malformation of the hip joint causing pain and disability): breed mean score 8.8 (parents should be lower)
- Elbow dysplasia (scores ideally 0:0)
- Eye disease: Hereditary cataract (HC) (annual testing); Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) (annual testing) (gradual loss of sight)
Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are now available for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia:
DNA Tests Available
- Progressive retinal atrophy (prcd-PRA)
- Degenerative myelopathy (DM)
- Exercise induced collapse (EIC)
- Ectodermal Dysplasia
Unofficial (Breed Club) Schemes
Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.
Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)
- Cranial cruciate ligament rupture (hind limb pain and lameness) (US data)
- Shoulder osteochondrosis (males – abnormal cartilage and bone, causing pain and arthritis) (US data)
- Panosteitis (bone inflammation) (US data)
- von Willebrands disease (bleeding disorder) (US data)
- Cancer: Melanoma (skin) (US data)
Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.
Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.
You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP): www.puppycontract.org.uk
You are also advised to buy from a breeder who follows the Dog Breeding Reform Group’s (DBRG) Standard for Dog Breeding: