Responsibilities of Members
and familiarize yourself with the American Chesapeake Club
Standard for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever that is approved
by the American Kennel Club. Support and abide by the rules
of the American Chesapeake Club and the American Kennel Club.
the unique nature of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and try to
develop the characteristics this dog has inherited through
selective breeding (intelligence, desire to mark and retrieve
with style, love of water, and keen scenting ability).
the responsibility of proper feeding, maintenance, health care,
and training at all times.
conduct yourself in a manner which will reflect credit on yourself
and the breed. Refrain from public criticism or malicious degrading
of others or their dogs.
knowingly sell or place a Chesapeake Bay Retriever with unethical
persons or those who would not provide proper and humane care
to the dog. Refuse to sell any Chesapeake Bay Retriever to
any pet shop or to any wholesale dealer in dogs.
- Should you become aware of the
mistreatment, abuse, or need for relocation of any Chesapeake Retriever,
make every effort to be of assistance by notifying the breeder of the
dog involved, the local authorities, and helping in any other way in
which you are able.
II. Responsibilities of Breeders/Brood Bitch/Stud Dog
American Chesapeake Club Board of Directors strongly recommends that
only animals with
orthopedic and current ophthalmologic
be used for breeding.)
- Do not breed Chesapeake Bay
Retrievers that are not registered by the American Kennel Club or by
kennel clubs recognized by the American Kennel Club.
in each breeding to improve the breed according to the ACC
plan each breeding based on parents of appropriate temperament,
appearance, and other desirable qualities.
aware of genetic defects which can be harmful to the breed.
When breeding, endeavor to select animals that will reduce
the incidence of genetic problems while enhancing the positive
attributes and abilities of the breed. Be open with all persons
interested in the welfare of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and
discuss possible physical or temperament defects in your own
not breed any bitch which is not mature (never before the
second heat) and in good health. Do not allow puppies to
go to their new homes until at least 7 weeks of age.
responsibly toward all puppies produced by your brood bitch
or stud dog for the lifetime of the puppies. (Recommend that
the breeder encourage the owner to contact him if he can no
longer keep a dog at any time in the dog's life.)
that written contracts are strongly recommended for all transactions,
such as sales, guarantees, co-ownerships, breeding rights agreements,
bitch leases, stud services, etc. Keep accurate records and
pedigrees and give new owners registration papers or forward
as soon as possible.
and promote the use of the American Kennel Club non-breeding
registration on pet quality puppies which are sold or placed