Chesapeakes are a structurally well balanced breed. These are the four main health checks as advised by the breed club and the Kennel Club:
- Hip Dysplasia: hip x-rays are scored under the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia scheme, scores are from 0 - 53 per hip - the lower the score the better. At present the breed mean score is a total of 11.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy: dna/pra blood test available with Optigen.
- Degenerative Myelopathy: DM dna test kit available from OFA.
- Eyes: BVA/KC/ISDS eye tests are recommended to be done annually.
The first three test above are once only tests. The PRA and DM status of a dog may be known through parentage in which case no test is necessary. All my dogs are tested for Hip Dysplasia, are eye tested annually and dna tested for PRA and DM or are clear/normal by parentage.
Glossary of some common gundog terms used in the UK:
- FT: Field Trial. All Ft's in the UK are Kennel Club licensed and are run on live game, award winners gain a KC Stud Book number. They are run as normal shoot days and can be either driven or walked up. Trials are called stakes.
- FTW: Field Trial Winner, a dog that has won a Field Trial.
- FT Ch: Field Trial Champion, for retrievers a dog that has won three 12 dog Open stakes or one 12 dog and one 24 dog Open.
- WT: Working Test. Run with the knowledge of the KC but are not licensed, winners do not gain any recognition. Tests are on cold game or canvass dummies (bumpers). Usually run throughout the summer by FT and breed clubs and sometimes other organizations such as game fairs and country shows. Can be team and/or individual events. See KC website for full rules and regulations.
- ACC WD X & Q: American designed series of tests on cold game (live game is used in the US) to assess a dogs ability and to encourage owners to work their dogs. See ACC website for full rules and regulations.
- Driven Shoot: organised shoot where game is driven towards standing guns by a team of beaters.
- Walked Up Shoot: Where guns, beaters (if needed) and dogs walk in a line and shoot game going away - usually in roots and similar cover.
- Scurry: A single or double retrieve with dummies against the clock, run as a fund raiser at game fairs and country shows.
- Picking Up: the retrieving of shot game on organised shoots.
- Dogging In: driving straying birds back towards main coverts where there is food and shelter.
- Beating: the driving of game with a team of people (beaters) forward over standing guns.
- Covert: thicket or wood for holding game.
- Cover: roots, bushes, brambles etc that a dog drives through to flush and/or retrieve game.
- Roots: crops such as sugar beet, turnips or swedes, planted mainly as fodder for sheep, cattle etc. Provides excellent food and cover for game.
- Game mixture: purposely planted mixture of crops to provide food and cover for game.
- The Chesapeake Bay Retriever edited by Dyane M. Baldwin published by The American Chesapeake Club
- The Complete Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Eloise Heller Cherry ISBN 0-87605-074-7
- The New Complete Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Janet Horn and Dr. Daniel
Horn ISBN 0-87605-099-2
- Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Nona Kilgore Bauer ISBN
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