CH CoolWaters RipTide - "Rip"

New AKC Champion! CH CoolWater’s RipTide aka “Rip”

I’m happy to report that we have a new AKC Champion, CH CoolWaters RipTide aka “Rip.” Rip is a beautiful Chesapeake who picked up the last point needed at the DeLand, FL dog show under judge Mrs. Billings. He earned his championship in basically 5 1/2 weekends of showing. During that time he took Best of Breed twice over Specials for two 4-point majors. Rip is the third AKC Champion out of his litter – the other two being “Oak”  (GCh Jala Misty Hill CoolWater Oak) and “Jesse”  (Bronze GCh CoolWaters The Tide Is High). His littermate, Nova, is only needing 5 single points and we hope she will pick them up sometime this year.


Show Report: Atlanta Georgia

I’ve been very lax in posting lately – I’ve just been busy with other things.

This weekend, two of our boy Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Oak – Jala Misty Hill CoolWater Oak – and Rip – CoolWater’s RipTide – were entered in the shows in Atlanta, GA.

Oak, took Best Of Breed two of the four days entered. This earned him his Grand Champion title. As such, he is now GCh Ch** Jala Misty Hill CoolWater Oak.

Rip, took WD/BOW three of the four days entered. He received some very nice compliments from the judges. He now needs just one point for his championship. We’re so close… so very close.

CoolWater's RipTide - Rip

Show Report: Florida

Rip has had a very good couple of weekends on the Florida show circuit. Last Saturday he took Best Opposite Sex (BOS) for one point. Sunday, he again took BOS for a point – picking up two points his first weekend out since he was a puppy.

This weekend, on Saturday, Rip took reserve winner dog (RWD). Sunday, however, he took Winners Dog (WD), Best of Winners (BoW) and Best of Breed (BOB) under judge Robert Vandiver – earning his first major win. Judge Vandiver was very complimentary of Rip and said some very nice things.

Also, to add to the wonderful weekend, I received a very special surprise. Liam’s owner (CoolWater’s Wish Me Luck O’ The Irish RN) gave me this wonderful chair. I was taken aback by the lovely surprise. I will most definitely be using it all the time and, each time I do, I’ll be thinking about the wonderful person it came from. A nice weekend, it definitely was.




Don’t Buy a Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Copied and expanded upon an article by Pam Green (©1992), titled “Don’t Buy a Bouvier.”

Interested in buying a Chesapeake Bay Retriever? You must be or you wouldn’t be reading this. You’ve already heard how marvelous CBRs are. Well, I think you should also hear, before it’s too late, that


As a breed they have a few features that some people find charming, but that some people find mildly unpleasant and some people find downright intolerable.

There are different breeds for different needs. There are over 200 purebred breeds of dogs in the world. Maybe you’d be better off with some other breed. Maybe you’d be better off with a cat. Maybe you’d be better off with goldfish, a parakeet, a hamster, or some house plants.


are attracted to the breed chiefly by its appearance
don’t intend to educate (train) your dog
lack leadership (self-assertive) personality
want a totally unaggressive and unprotective dog
are unwilling to share your house and your life with your dog 
don’t value laid-back companionship and calm affection
are fastidious about the neatness of your home 
dislike daily physical exercise
believe that dogs should run “free”
can’t afford to buy, feed, and provide health care for one
want the “latest, greatest ferocious killer attack dog”
Don’t Buy A Chesapeake
Don’t Buy A Chesapeake

DON’T GET A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you are attracted to the breed chiefly by its appearance. From a distance, the appearance of the Chesapeakes you have seen may indicate that they are a chocolate, wavy-haired version of a Labrador Retriever. They are the largest of the retriever breeds and are not from the same lineage as a Labrador – the breedings are entirely different.

Chesapeake Bay retrievers are not related to Golden or Labrador Retrievers – and because of this very basic genetic difference, you cannot compare Chesapeakes to these breeds. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are the result of crosses with Newfoundlands, hounds, setters, water spaniels and other dogs and were first recognized as a distinct breed in America in the middle of the 19th century. They were ducking dogs used by market hunters for retrieving waterfowl and protecting the day’s catch. These early objectives in breeding and selecting for outstanding ducking dogs has endured in today’s Chesapeakes – they are still remarkably tough working dogs and loyal, protective companions. Chesapeakes are not “happy-go lucky” retrievers – they will not “love” everyone they meet. They are indifferent to other people and dogs – very different from Goldens and Labradors. Chesapeakes are unique, intensely loyal, protective, sensitive, and serious dogs – traits that require thoughtful consideration before adopting a dog.

DON’T GET A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you don’t intend to educate (train) your dog. Basic obedience and household rules training is not optional for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. As an absolute minimum, you must teach him to reliably respond to commands to come, to lie down, to stay, and to walk at your side, on or off leash and regardless of temptations. You must also teach him to respect your household rules: e.g., is he allowed to get on the furniture? Is he allowed to beg at the table? What you allow or forbid is unimportant; but it is critical that you, not the dog, make these choices and that you enforce your rules consistently. You must commit yourself to attending an 8 to 10 week series of weekly lessons at a local obedience club or professional trainer and to doing one or two short (5 to 20 minutes) homework sessions per day. As commands are learned, they must be integrated into your daily life by being used whenever appropriate and enforced consistently.

Young Chesapeake puppies are relatively easy to train: they are eager to please, intelligent, and calm-natured, with a relatively good attention span. Once a Chesapeake has learned something, he tends to retain it well. Your cute, sweet little Chesapeake puppy will grow up to be a large, powerful dog with a highly self-assertive personality and the determination to finish whatever he starts. If he has grown up respecting you and your rules, then all his physical and mental strength will work for you. But if he has grown up without rules and guidance from you, surely he will make his own rules, and his physical and mental powers will often act in opposition to your needs and desires. For example: he may tow you down the street as if competing in a sled-dog race; he may grab food off the table; he may forbid your guests entry to his home. This training cannot be delegated to someone else, e.g., by sending the dog away to “boarding school,” because the relationship of respect and obedience is personal between the dog and the individual who does the training. This is true of all dogs to a greater or lesser degree, but definitely to a very great degree in Chesapeakes. While you definitely may want the help of an experienced trainer to teach you how to train your dog, you yourself must actually train your Chesapeake. As each lesson is well learned, then the rest of the household (except young children) must also work with the dog, insisting he obey them as well.

Many of the Chesapeakes that are rescued from pounds and shelters show clearly that they have received little or no basic training, neither in obedience nor in household deportment; yet these same dogs respond well to such training by the rescuer or the adopter. It seems likely that a failure to train the dog is a significant cause of CBR abandonment. If you don’t intend to educate your dog, preferably during puppyhood, you would be better off with a breed that is both small and socially submissive, e.g., a Shetland Sheepdog. Such a dog does require training, but a little bit goes further than with a Chesapeake. Chesapeakes can, with adequate training, excel at such working competitions as field trials and hunt tests, obedience, agility, and tracking.

DON’T BUY A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you lack leadership (self-assertive) personality. Dogs do not believe in social equality. They live in a social hierarchy led by a pack-leader (Alpha). The alpha dog is generally benevolent, affectionate, and non-bullying towards his subordinates; but there is never any doubt in his mind or in theirs that the alpha is the boss and makes the rules. Whatever the breed, if you do not assume the leadership, the dog will do so sooner or later, and with more or less unpleasant consequences for the abdicating owner. Like the untrained dog, the pack leader dog makes his own rules and enforces them against other members of the household by means of a dominant physical posture and a hard-eyed stare, followed by a snarl, then a knockdown blow or a bite. Breeds differ in tendencies towards social dominance; and individuals within a breed differ considerably.

Chesapeakes as a breed tend to be of a socially dominant personality. You really cannot afford to let a Chesapeake become your boss. You do not have to have the personality or mannerisms of a Marine boot camp Sergeant, but you do have to have the calm, quiet self-assurance and self assertion of the successful parent (“Because I’m your mother, that’s why.”) or successful grade-school teacher. If you think you might have difficulty asserting yourself calmly and confidently to exercise leadership, then choose a breed known for its socially subordinate disposition, such as a Golden Retriever or a Shetland Sheepdog, and be sure to ask the breeder to select one of the more submissive pups in the litter for you. If the whole idea of “being the boss” frightens or repels you, don’t get a dog at all. Cats don’t expect leadership. A caged bird or hamster, or fish doesn’t need leadership or household rules. Leadership and training are inextricably intertwined: leadership personality enables you to train your dog, and being trained by you reinforces your dog’s perception of you as the alpha.

DON’T BUY A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you want a totally unaggressive and unprotective dog. Most Chesapeakes have an assertive and confident personality. When confronted with a threat, a proper Chesapeake Bay Retriever will be somewhat more ready to fight than to flee. Thus he may respond aggressively in situations where many other breeds back down. Most Chesapeakes have some inclination to act aggressively to repel intruders on their territory (i.e.,your home) and to counteract assaults upon their packmates (you and your family). Without training and leadership from you to guide him, the dog cannot judge correctly whom to repel and whom to tolerate. Without training and leadership, sooner or later he may injure an innocent person who will successfully sue you for more than you own. With good training and leadership from you, he can be profoundly valuable as a defender of your home and family. (See also remarks on stability and socialization below.)

If you feel no need of an assertive dog, if you are embarrassed by a barking dog at your door, or if you have the slightest doubts of your ability and willingness to supply the essential socialization, training and leadership, then please choose one of the many breeds noted for thoroughly unaggressive temperament, such as a Sheltie or a Golden Retriever.

DON’T GET A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you are unwilling to share your house and your life with your dog. Chesapeakes were bred to share in the work of the family and to spend most of their waking hours working with the family. They thrive on companionship and they want to be wherever you are. They are happiest living with you in your house and going with you when you go out. While they usually tolerate being left at home by themselves, they should not be relegated to the backyard or kennel. A puppy exiled from the house is likely to grow up to be unsociable (fearful and/or unprovokedly aggressive), unruly, and unhappy. He may well develop pastimes, such as digging or barking, that will displease you and/or your neighbors. An adult so exiled will be miserable too. If you don’t strongly prefer to have your dog’s companionship as much as possible, enjoying having him sleep in your bedroom at night and sharing many of your activities by day, you should choose a breed less oriented to human companionship. Likewise, if your job or other obligations prevent you from spending much time with your dog. No dog is really happy without companionship, but the pack hounds are more tolerant of being kenneled or yarded so long as it is in groups of 2 or more. A better choice would be a cat, as they are solitary by nature.

DON’T GET A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you don’t value laid-back companionship and calm affection. A Chesapeake becomes deeply attached and devoted to his own family, but he doesn’t “wear his heart on his sleeve.” Some are noticeably reserved, others are more outgoing, but few adults are usually exuberantly demonstrative of their affection. They make remarkable eye contact with their favorite people. They like to be near you, usually in the same room, preferably on a comfortable pad or cushion in a corner or under a table, just “keeping you company.” They enjoy conversation, petting and cuddling when you offer it, but they are moderate and not overbearing in coming to you to demand much attention. They are emotionally sensitive to their favorite people: when you are joyful, proud, angry, or grief-stricken, your Chesapeake will immediately perceive it and will believe himself to be the cause. The relationship can be one of great mellowness, depth and subtlety; it is a relation on an adult-to-adult level, although certainly not one devoid of playfulness – Chesapeakes are famous for their vocalization with their people (the “roo-roo-roos” and the snorts). As puppies, of course, they will be more dependent, more playful, and more demonstrative. In summary, Chesapeakes tend to be sober and thoughtful, rather than giddy clowns or synchophants. A number of breeds retain into adulthood a more puppyish and playful disposition, e.g., Australian Shepherds, Malamutes, and others. Quite a few are far more dramatically demonstrative and/or more clingingly dependent, e.g., the Golden Retriever.

DON’T GET A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you are fastidious about the neatness of your home. The Chesapeake’s unique, water-repellent coat and his love of playing in water combine to make him a highly efficient transporter of dirt into your home, depositing same on your floors and rugs and possibly also on your furniture and clothes. You must realize that you should be prepared to get wet when you and your Chesapeake are near water. Although it is technically true that Chesapeake do not shed long coats and do not require professional grooming, they do “blow coat” at least twice a year and your house will be full of brown “dust bunnies” tumbleweeding their way about your house. I don’t mean to imply that you must be a slob or slattern to live happily with a Chesapeake, but you do have to have the attitude that your dog’s company means more to you than does neatness and you do have to be comfortable with a less than immaculate house. All dogs, like all children, create a greater or lesser degree of household mess. The Basenji is perhaps the cleanest, due to its cat-like habits; but cats are cleaner yet, and goldfish hardly ever mess up the house.

DON’T GET A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you dislike daily physical exercise. Chesapeakes need exercise to maintain the health of heart and lungs and to maintain muscle tone. An adult Chesapeake should have a morning outing of a mile or more, as you walk briskly, jog, or bicycle beside him, and a similar evening outing. For puppies, shorter and slower walks, several times a day are preferred for exercise and housebreaking. But, more than just walks, you need to “work” your Chesapeake. Chesapeakes were bred to work hard and the modern dogs still thrive on work. Anyone who owns one should be able to devote at least 20 minutes a day either working, training, retrieving or playing with them. Chesapeakes that are not worked – both physically and mentally – are prone to mischief and will not “think.” Because of their love of water, 20 minutes of water retrieves is usually much more intense work than an hour walking around the neighborhood nicely on the leash. These active, intelligent dogs need jobs and responsibilities – it is best if you designate what these jobs are – you might not agree with what your Chesapeake decides is important!

All dogs need daily exercise of greater or lesser length and vigor. If providing this exercise and work is beyond you, physically or temperamentally, then choose one of the many small and energetic breeds that can exercise itself within your fenced yard. Most of the Toys and Terriers fit this description, but don’t be surprised if a Terrier is inclined to dig in the earth since digging out critters is the job that they were bred to do. Cats can be exercised indoors with mouse-on-a-string toys. Hamsters will exercise themselves on a wire wheel. House plants don’t need exercise.

DON’T GET A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you believe that dogs should run “free.” Whether you live in town or country, no dog can safely be left to run “free” outside your fenced property and without your direct supervision and control. The price of such “freedom” is inevitably injury or death: from dogfights, from automobiles, from the Pound or from justifiably irate neighbors. Even though Chesapeakes are home-loving and less inclined to roam than most breeds, an unfenced Chesapeake is destined for disaster. The unfenced city Chesapeake is likely to exercise his inherited retrieving instinct on joggers, bicyclists, and automobiles. A thoroughly obedience-trained Chesapeake Bay Retriever can enjoy the limited and supervised freedom of off-leash walks with you in appropriately chosen environments. If you don’t want the responsibility of confining and supervising your pet, then no breed of dog is suitable for you. A neutered cat will survive such irresponsibly given “freedom” somewhat longer than a dog, but will eventually come to grief. A better answer for those who crave a “free” pet is to set out feeding stations for some of the indigenous wildlife, such as raccoons, which will visit for handouts and which may eventually tolerate your close observation.

DON’T GET A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you can’t afford to buy, feed, and provide health care for one. Chesapeakes are not a cheap breed to buy, as running a careful breeding program with due regard for temperament, trainability, and physical soundness (hips & eyes especially) cannot be done cheaply. The time the breeder should put into each puppy’s “pre-school” and socialization is also costly. The “bargain” puppy from a “back-yard breeder” who unselectively mates any two Chesapeakes who happen to be of opposite sex may well prove to be extremely costly in terms of bad temperament, bad health, and lack of essential socialization. In contrast, the occasional adult or older pup is available at modest price from a disenchanted owner or from a breeder, shelter, or rescuer to whom the dog was abandoned; most of these “used” Chesapeakes are capable of becoming a marvelous dog for you if you can provide training, leadership, and understanding. Whatever the initial cost of your Chesapeake, the upkeep will not be cheap.

Being large dogs, Chesapeakes eat relatively large meals. (Need I add that what goes in one end must eventually come out the other?) Large dogs tend to have larger veterinary bills, as the amount of anesthesia and of most medications is proportional to body weight. Spaying or neutering, which costs more for larger dogs, is an essential expense for virtually all pet Chesapeakes, as it “takes the worry out of being close”, prevents serious health problems in later life, and makes the dog a more pleasant companion. Chesapeakes are subject to hip dysplasia which can be costly to treat. (Your best insurance against dysplasia is to buy only from a litter bred from OFA-certified parents and (if possible), grandparents. Yes, this generally means paying more. Finally, the modest fee for participation in a series of basic obedience training classes is an essential investment in harmonious living with your dog; such fees are the same for all breeds, although conceivably you will need to travel a bit further from home to find a training class teacher who is competent with the more formidable breeds, such as the Chesapeake. The modest annual outlays for immunizations and for local licensing are generally the same for all breeds, although some counties have a lower license fee for spayed/neutered dogs. All dogs, of whatever breed and however cheaply acquired, require significant upkeep costs, and all are subject to highly expensive veterinary emergencies. Likewise all cats.

DON’T GET A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you want the “latest, greatest ferocious killer attack dog”. Although the Chesapeake has been bred to be protective of his owner’s home, and he may be described as the “Rottweiler of the retrievers,” the Chesapeake is less capable in these respects than half  a dozen other protection breeds. Chesapeakes must have great respect for the leadership of his handler and must be solidly trained in basic obedience to that handler. Equally essential, he must have a rock-solidly stable temperament and he must also have been “socialized” out in the world enough to know that most people are friendly and harmless, so that he can later learn to distinguish the bad guys from the good guys. Please don’t buy any dog for protection training unless you are absolutely committed to the extreme amount of work that will be required of you personally. Also talk to your lawyer and your insurance agent first. In contrast to the protection-trained dog, trained to bite on direct command or in reaction to direct physical assault on his master, the “deterrent dog” dissuades the vast majority of aspiring burglars, rapists, and assailants by his presence, his appearance, and his demeanor. Seeing such a dog, the potential wrong-doer simply decides to look for a safer victim elsewhere. For this job, all that is needed is a dog that is large and that appears to be well-trained and unafraid. Chesapeake’s are suited to this type of protection, since they usually bark at people who approach the property or the home. On a leash, however, most people equate the Chesapeake with the Labrador, a notoriously friendly dog.

Other breeds of dog which are suitable for protection or for deterrence include the Doberman, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Briard, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, and Belgian Malinois. Of these the first 3 are recognized by the general public as “police dogs” and are probably far more feared by most potential criminals would be by a Chesapeake. The Malamute, though not suitable for protection, is quite effective for deterrence due to his highly wolf-like appearance.

DON’T GET A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER if you are not willing to commit yourself for the dog’s entire lifetime. No dog deserves to be cast out because his owners want to move to a no-pet apartment or because he is no longer a cute puppy or didn’t grow up to be a beauty contest winner or because his owners through lack of leadership and training have allowed him to become an unruly juvenile delinquent with a repertoire of undesirable behaviors. The prospects of a responsible and affectionate second home for a “used” dog are never very bright, but they are especially dim for a large, poorly mannered dog. A Chesapeake dumped into a Pound or Shelter has almost no chance of survival unless he has the great good fortune to be spotted by someone dedicated to Chesapeake Bay Retriever Rescue. The prospects for adoption for a youngish, well-trained, Chesapeake whose owner seeks the assistance of the nearest Chesapeake Club or Rescue group are fairly good; but an older Chesapeake has diminishing prospects. Be sure to contact your local American Chesapeake breeder or Rescue group if you are diagnosed as terminally ill or have other equally valid reason for seeking an adoptive home. Be sure to contact your local Chesapeake breeder or rescuer if you are beginning to have difficulties in training your Chesapeake, so these can be resolved. Be sure to make arrangements in your will or with your family to ensure continued care or adoptive home for your Chesapeake if you should pre-decease him.

The life span of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever is from 10 to 15 years. If that seems too long a time for you to give an unequivocal loyalty to your Chesapeake, then please do not get one! Indeed, as most dogs have a life expectancy that is as long or longer, please do not get any dog!

If all the preceding “bad news” about Chesapeake hasn’t turned you away from the breed, then by all means DO GET A CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER! They are every bit as wonderful as you have heard!

If buying a puppy, be sure to shop carefully for a responsible and knowledgeable breeder who places high priority on breeding for sound temperament and trainability and good health in all matings. Such a breeder will interrogate and educate potential buyers carefully. Such a breeder will continue to be available for advice and consultation for the rest of the puppy’s life and will insist on receiving the dog back if ever you are unable to keep it.


CoolWater Chesapeakes

For the Love of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Sherman tank of water dogs.

Tough and tenacious, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a serious hunting dog developed to withstand the brutally cold, rough waters of the Eastern Seaboard, in particular, the Chesapeake Bay where he was bred by hunters in need of a dog to hunt all day and then some. The Chessie is one of the relatively few breeds completely “Made in America.” 

What Others Have to Say


James, Florida

Overall a very pleasurable experience with a breeder who is truly dedicated to the breed.

Gretchen, South Carolina

Kerrie from Coolwaterchesapeakes was amazing to work with! We recently drove 500+ Miles to pick up our pup, and it was more than worth all of the miles! We felt that we already knew our pup, because of the photos and videos she posted during the first 8 weeks of the puppy's life. Even though we have only had the pup for a month, we know (this being our 3rd Chessie) that the quality of her breeding program is second to none and can't wait to see her grow. THANK YOU KERRIE!

Jason, Oklahoma

I am new to Chessies and my experience with CoolWater Chesapeakes has been nothing short of amazing. From the first contact, inquiring about the breed Kerrie was exceptionally knowledgeable and enthusiastic about teaching me about Chessies. Through picking up the puppy and after getting her home I was always being pushed information and she is readily available with answers for any questions I have. I explained what I was looking for in a puppy and I think they matched me with the best Chessie possible. I could not be any happier with my girl. I would highly recommend if anyone was wondering about the breed and was looking for a new family member and hunting partner.

Nicole, Florida

I am the very proud owner of CoolWater's Southern Gentleman aka "Brantley." He is my beautiful one year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever and my very best friend. He is exactly the dog I wanted and I could not be happier with my decision to purchase a Chessie from CoolWater Chesapeakes. That being said, Brantley is a whole lot of dog. Anyone considering a Chessie should be prepared to invest a lot of time and TLC into their pet. After months of research I had settled on getting a CBR and it was still over a year before I finally brought my little guy home! Potential Chessie owners really need to be sure this is the dog they want. Kerrie with CoolWater was the third breeder I contacted once I started looking for my Chesapeake. From the first time I spoke with her I could tell she had a true love for the breed. She spent hours on the phone with me discussing the breed and helping me be sure this was the right one for me. She even met with me and my family at a park so I could spend time with her dogs. She kept me updated with messages and pictures throughout the whole pregnancy and the first eight weeks after the pups were born. Kerrie really worked with me to make sure I got the puppy that was the best match for me and my personality. If are looking for a Chessie look no further than CoolWater Chesapeakes! Overall wonderful experience and truly incredible dog 🙂 Thanks Kerrie!!

Jeanne, Georgia

I waited over a year for my Coolwater Chessie, and it was worth every minute of the wait. Last Novemeber I drove down to Florida to pick up my new pup, Coolwater's Chessie on the Rocks - aka Roxy. She immediately won my heart. Roxy is just 14 months old now, and she is an incredible dog. Roxy is all about retrieving. She will go all day if allowed. Roxy loves the water and swims with both speed and purpose. She is focused on the ball or bumper, and will not rest until she returns with her prize to drop at our feet. I have had Chessies before, as well as other hunting breeds, but I have never seen a dog with more drive than my Roxy. She is also an extremely devoted family dog. She LOVES her family, and readily welcomes all friends and guests, but will take very seriously the role of patrolling the yard for unwanted types such as squirrels and deer. She is affectionate and truly loves nothing more than to just be with us regardless of the activity, a drive to the bank, a romp at the park, or a lazy day spent watching football, it's all about being part of the gang to Roxy. My kids have grown and are off at college so I call Roxy my "empty nest" puppy, and boy has she filled up this nest! Her intelligence is evident, and growing every day. We have to stay sharp to stay one step ahead of her. Sometimes she performs well, even when I mess up the training. It is as though she wants me to look good. Kerrie was very helpful and very patient with me when it was time to pick out the pup. She listened to what I was looking for and narrowed it down to a few pups for me choose from. Turns out, that Roxy was a perfect fit for us. I could not be happier with my Coolwater Chesapeake, or with my continued relationship with Kerrie. We still exchange emails and photos. Kerrie has a genuine interest in all her pups, and loves to hear about all their antics and personality traits, delighting in their achivelments big and small. Having taken the time and deligence to find a reputable breeder, devoted to her dogs, their health, temperment,and placement, has paid off in huge dividends. I would encourage anyone looking for a quality Chesapeake Bay Retriever to look at Coolwater Chesapeakes. My experience has been first rate all the way, and I could not be happier with my Chessie on the Rocks - Roxy aka Rock Star.

Karen, Kentucky

I cannot say enough about Kerrie, her dogs, and her enthusiasm for the breed. From the very beginning, choosing her as our breeder has been an absolutely incredible experience. She has continued to be available to answer any and all questions that have popped up and has shown genuine interest in Skylar's continued training. I feel confident that our outstanding dog was the product of someone who cares so much about this breed and each pup individually. We are truely grateful for the entire experience!

Jon, Florida

Jon, Florida

I was recommended to Kerrie through another Chessie breeder when i first started looking for a puppy. Kerrie really took her time to make sure that I completely understood what I was in store for when I got the puppy home and what type of dog I would have when the puppy matured. It was evident to me that she wanted to make sure my household and lifestyle were going to be a good match for life. My partner and I got to visit the puppy at about six weeks and observed that the "kennel" environment was clean, the adults and puppies well cared for. Kerrie again, pointed out what she liked and did not like in each of the puppies. We were looking for a show/obedience pup and left feeling quite confidant in Kerrie's recommendation in the pick of the litter. Posy has been with us now for almost a year and is quite the wonderful Chessie. She is highly trainable, an avid water dog and possesses a warm, outgoing, friendly disposition. I can tell by her actions in the pool and yard she would be a gifted hunting dog as well. I look forward to our show career in both conformation and obedience and I know that Kerrie will be right there rooting us on.

Connie, Alabama

I am the proud owner of Risk and Nova, both CoolWater Chesapeakes. Risk has the greatest disposition and loves everyone. My 5 year old son claims he is his best friend and they are devoted companions. Risk can do anything....dock diving, hunting, retrieving anything you ask him to retrieve. His passion shows in everything he does. Nova has the same amazing attitude and we get lots of compliments on our beautiful girl. Nova will beginning training for the field and hunt tests after she weans her litter and I know she will excel in her training quickly. Kerrie is a friend, we originally met through rescue where we volunteer together and we have quickly bonded over Risk and Nova. Risk is incredibly special to us both and if you met him you would know why.

Kristin & Glen, Florida

We had a Chessie for 10 1/2 wonderful years! Our baby, Bailey, ended up with a disease called degenerative myelopathy, a disease that breeders should be more educated in so they can start to “breed out” this depilating disease out of the wonderful Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed. In 2010, we moved from Philadelphia, PA to Florida. We were hoping that moving to a one story home might prolong Bailey’s life a few more months, but unfortunately that was not the case and just a few days after the move, we had to make the extremely difficult decision to put our baby down. To say we were heartbroken and devastated would be a complete understatement. Knowing that we still had so much love to give and could not be without a Chessie for too long, we began researching breeders all over the country. Although we wanted a new puppy to love, we also wanted to make sure that we took our time to find a breeder who shared our passion for the breed, was responsible and diligent with their health screenings. We were so fortunate to find Kerry. Not only was she extremely educated in the breed and in breeding puppies, she understood and shared our concern for wanting a healthy puppy and takes all the precautions to ensure she produces the healthiest of puppies. After doing a lot of research, she carefully selected a sire, named Bodie to breed with her Morgan. Knowing how excited we were, Kerry remained in constant contact with us throughout the entire process, sending us updates and pictures of Morgan. Kerry took the time to get to know us, know what we were looking for in a new puppy and when it finally came down to selecting our puppy, Kerry could not have done a better job with choosing the right puppy for us! We are now the proud parents of a beautiful 11 month old female named Nola. Like most Chessie puppies, Nola is a lot of puppy but she is super smart, has a great personality and a real sweetheart. We are talking about possibly getting a sister for Nola and will definitely work with Kerry again to get us the perfect match!! Kerry is an excellent breeder, a great person and a wonderful friend!

Sylvia, Florida

While I have been a long time dog owner, I have never owned a Chesapeake. I lost two dogs last year due to old age and cancer and decided to look for a Chessie breeder since I have always been interested in the breed and intrigued by their love of the water. Being a Maryland native, I researched breeders back home and in Florida. Kerrie was an hour away so we met at a dog park which had a pond so I could observe the dogs in action-their retrieving skills and their superb swimming capability. I was impressed with her knowledge of the breed and her commitment to have healthy, personable litters. I also liked the fact that she keeps her dogs in her house and not a kennel. Anyone can breed animals. What is key is to have a responsible breeder who does the proper health screenings, is educated in the behavioral characteristics of the breed, is contentious of the potential owner’s needs for what they want the dog for and is accessible. Once I decided on CoolWater Chesapeakes, Kerrie kept me informed of the condition of the dam during gestation and sent pictures of the litter as they grew. She has also maintained contact and has been very helpful in answering questions as they arise. Liam is almost a year old and I am hoping next month we can start testing for his pet therapy certification. He has been excellent in obedience and received his AKC Canine Good Citizen certification when he was 7 months. I look forward to doing obedience trials with him in the future and possibly field trials. He is an avid retriever and has been since I brought him home. He is going to be a great companion for years to come. In the next year or so I will be looking for a playmate for him and will definitely turn to CoolWater Chesapeakes for another exceptional pup.

Tom, Virginia

Tom, Virginia

I obtained my CoolWater dog, Jesse (Morgan x Nash), 2 years ago and I couldn't be happier with my dog or my experience with Kerrie. Having owned several other Chesapeakes, Jesse is everything I was looking for - she's healthy with a wonderful temperament; is an outstanding retriever and strong swimmer; has a real desire to please and conformationally she's beautiful. I often get many compliments on her. Even though it's been two years since I brought Jesse home, Kerrie and I still talk regularly. She is always there to answer my questions and to cheer us on. I couldn't be happier with my dog from Kerrie and with the friendship that has developed. I would highly recommend her and her dogs to anyone.

Steve, Florida

Connie and Kerrie did a fantastic job keeping us up to date on the pups from birth to the day we picked our up. Lots of pictures and lots of information about the litter. We also were very pleased with their diligence in selecting the right pup for the owners. We got exactly what we wanted and that was a pet. We do not plan to breed our guy or show him. We wanted a family pet that would blend in with our older Chessie female. We could not be happier and highly recommend Coolwater Chesapeakes.

Camden, Floria

Connie and Kerrie at cool water were fantastic. They were very friendly and helpful in working with us on getting our new pup. This is our first chess, so they were very honest with us what it would be like owning one and are very patient and helpful in helping us adjust. It was a pleasure working with them throughout the whole process. They provided tons of info, status on the breeding progress, and lots of pics of the entire family and history on the dogs. I would highly recommend them to anyone interested in a Chessie.

Kaitlyn, Florida

CoolWater has excellent puppies! They are as smart as they are beautiful puppies. They pick out puppies that will fit into your life perfectly. I was in love my puppy the moment I met him. They have great service and their pups are just a joy!

Gale, Florida

They are awesome. We were given the Best match for us, puppy to owner. They go above and beyond when you have questions or concerns because you become extended family. We are thrilled with our boy 'River' and we know they are just as interested in his future as we are. Thank You 'Coolwater Chesapeakes' you are the BEST!

Paula, New Mexico

I am the happy owner of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy from CoolWater Chesapeakes. I've owned several Chessies in the past, and after much research, was most most impressed with the quality and care with which Kerrie Tatarka at CoolWater breeds her dogs. The sire and the dam are fabulous examples of the Chesapeake breed at its very best, and all of CoolWater's dogs exemplify the unique combination of strength, intelligence and temperament that highly recommend this breed to anyone looking for a loyal, energetic companion.

Derek, Alabama

I purchased my Chesapeake Bay Retriever (Oakley, ~5 months now) from Coolwater Chesapeakes well before the litter was born. From the day I committed to buying a pup, they were very helpful and informative in providing as much information as they possibly could. I am a first time Chessie owner, but have owned other retrievers in the past. They helped point out some of the differences I would see between the Chessie and my retrievers past...and they were right. I was able to use the advice they offered in training the dog from day one, and at five months I have a beautiful and obedient chesapeake that is full of personality. I am absolutely amazed by both the dog's instincts and her ability to learn. She is as loyal as can be and will retrieve until you're ready to stop. That applies to both in and out of water retrieving. This pup LOVES to swim. I've spent plenty of time talking to the folks at Coolwater Chesapeakes and I've come to know them well. They're great people with a passion for bettering the breed. I definitely look forward to buying another dog from them in the future.

Haley, Kentucky

Haley, Kentucky

Coolwater Haley's Comet "Comet" Chesapeake 11 weeks. Comet has been perfectly healthy at all vet checks and is a wonderful dog. Great personality, was handled young and is very friendly. She is smart and learning commands quickly. Kerrie from Coolwater does an excellent job

Scott, South Carolina

Scott, South Carolina

I have owned Chessies since 1989 and CoolWater Chesapeakes exhibit all the great qualities I have come to admire in a hunting retreiver.

Kevin, Mississippi

Kevin, Mississippi

Have been really pleased with the care and dedication to detail Coolwater has shown for the breed in general and more specifically with our pup. Being primarily a waterfowl hunter, I am extremely happy with our Gabby. She's shown great intelligence and drive throughout the training process. Great disposition in the breeding pair. Kerrie and Connie have been a great source of knowledge about the breed. I highly recommend this breeder.

Sandra, Florida

Coolwater Chesapeake breeder gives you pictures and updates of puppy progress from pregnancy to 8 weeks when you bring your pup home. This makes you bond with your pup before you even meet him. I received a bright, beautiful, good mannered pup from Coolwater.

Christine, Florida

Kerrie at Coolwater Chesapeakes breeds outstanding Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. I was lucky enough to get my puppy "Surge" from Kerrie. Surge is a beautiful dog with outstanding temperament and attitude. I love this puppy. If a Chessie is the right dog for you then don't hesitate to contact Kerrie for a pup or a young dog. I would recommend Kerrie to anyone that is looking for a Chessie and I would buy a dog from Kerrie again.

Todd, Massachusetts

Todd, Massachusetts

I have had the good fortune to meet Kerrie through a mutual friend and breeder. Kerrie and CoolWater Chesapeakes came highly recommended by someone I trust. I now own my third CBR. I am completely satisfied with CoolWater Chesapeakes in every way; from the pre-purchase interview; regular communications through the gestation and whelping periods; advise in the selection of my puppy and follow-up since the puppy has been in my home. Both Kerry and Connie have maintained high interest in the progress of my puppy and are eager to assist in anyway. Clearly both are well-informed about the breed, are highly motivated to ensure their puppies are going to a good home, and that the integrity of the breed is maintained. CoolWater Chesapeakes is a conscientious member and valuable contributor to the CBR Community. They have my thanks and appreciation.

Cheryl, Canada

Cheryl, Canada

I am the happy owner of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy from CoolWater Chesapeakes. I've owned a Chessie in the past, and after much research, was are most most impressed with the quality and care with which Kerrie Tatarka at CoolWater Chesapeakes breeds her dogs. She was able to help us through the documentation and red tape to bring a pup to Canada and is easily accessible if you have any questions/concerns. The pup we purchased, possesses the combination of intelligence, loyalty and temperament that we were looking for. 'Chica' is water loving, quick at learning new skills and is eager to please us. We highly recommend CoolWater Chesapeakes to anyone looking for a loyal hunting partner and energetic companion.

Taylor, Alabama

Taylor, Alabama

My experience with CoolWater Chesapeakes has been nothing short of amazing. They are not only nice people but they are always available to answer any questions I might have about training my dog. I explained to them what I was looking for in a puppy and I think they matched me with the best Chessie possible. I could not be any happier with my girl Scarlett. I would highly recommend them when looking for your next dog. I feel very blessed to have met such great people.

Brent, South Carolina

I recently purchased a Chesapeake Bay retriever through Coolwater Chesapeakes. From the first phone call to the breeder they were very helpful and very knowledgeable. I picked up my puppy in August 2013, and since then I have had contact with the Breeder and she has followed the progress of each puppy from that litter, and from conversation I gather that they follow the progress of each puppy. I am very pleased with the puppy and the bloodline is what you would expect from a quality breeder. I would recommend that any individual especially any hunter that is looking for a Chesapeake Bay retriever to contact Coolwater Chesapeakes. My pup is now five months old and I am very pleased with his progress. I have worked with dogs professionally for over 15 years and I have heard many stories about stubborn Chesapeakes, and I really was looking forward to the challenge. However so far most tasks have come naturally for Chase and he picks up new tasks very quickly. I believe with any dog that time, patience and repetition is a big key to training, but having the right dog makes it so much easier.

Laurea, Georgia

Laurea, Georgia

I am so very pleased with my CoolWater's puppy, born 6/8/13. She has remarkable drive and marking ability, very birdy and her trainability and work ethic are amazing. She is bold and friendly, very well socialized and has no fear of anything. Her drive and intelligence make training so easy, but she also has a great 'off' switch so she's a great relaxed companion in the house as well. At four months old she won the Puppy Stake at the Chesapeake National Field Trial Specialty and I can't wait to see what the future holds for her.



GCH CoolWater's The Tide Is High - "Jesse"
SILVER GCH** CoolWater’s The Tide Is High – “Jesse”

Co-owned, and residing in VA, Jesse is a beautiful Chesapeake Bay Retriever. She is a daughter of Morgan (CH Silvercreek’s Spiced Rum) x Nash (CH** Misty Hill Nash). She is medium brown in coloring and has a very correct short dense course coat and is in the middle of the Chesapeake standard at about 22″ and 65 lbs.

Jesse has many positive attributes about her – including little ears, lovely length of neck, beautiful shoulders, short in loin, ample substance and a gorgeous head and expression. Her movement, too, is very correct  and sound – clean coming and going  with good reach and drive.

With very limited showing, Jesse earned her AKC show championship with one 4-point major earned at a Regional Chesapeake Show Specialty and TWO 5-point majors earned during an American Chesapeake Club Supported weekend.  All shows had good competition with 20 or more Chesapeakes entered. Also, in September 2011, the same weekend she turned 2 years of age, Jesse took the Select Bitch award at the Chesapeake National Show Specialty. This was one of the largest specialty’s in breed history – with over 400 Chesapeakes entered. Like her Championship, Jesse went on and earned her Grand Championship very quickly and in 2013, Jesse took the Best Opposite Sex win at the AKC/Eukanuba show.

Temperament wise, Jesse has a very happy-go-lucky go-with-the-flow attitude. Like many Chesapeakes, she bonds strongly to those she knows. She gets along well with other dogs – both male and female. We are very excited about Jesse’s future and more information on her will be forthcoming.

Jesse is handled exclusively by Darlene Bergan.

OFA Hips: Good
Elbows: Normal
PRA: A by Parentage
CERF: Normal

CH** Misty Hill Nash CH Prince Hannibal of Jala
Chesacola’s Brutus Beefcake
Haute Southern Bell of Jala
CH Ches-Shores Misty Hill Genesis CH Chestnut Hills Marketeer
CH*  Ches-Shores Princess Tala

Silvercreek’s Spiced Rum
Cabinridge’s Crack Me A
CH Chesabar’s Mt’n Bruiser CD JH WDX
CH Cabinridges Favorite Fergie

Silvercreek Casbar’s Cheers

CH*/Can BIS CH** 
Silvercreek Remington Steele JH WD

Mattamuskeet’s Diamond Maggie G



Making a commitment to obtain a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy shouldn’t be taken lightly. It is a long-term commitment as the average lifespan for a Chesapeake is 8-15 years.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a hardy active breed. As puppies, Chesapeakes requires a lot of socialization, basic obedience, and a firm but honest owner. If you cannot provide these basic items, then a Chesapeake puppy might not be for you.

Chesapeakes are best suited with a job to do – whether it be retrieving the morning paper to retrieving ducks from a blind to obedience work to agility trials. If you aren’t sure whether a Chesapeake Bay Retriever is right for you, but you’d like to learn more, please contact me. I’m happy to help guide you through making the right decision for you and your family.

For more information: [email protected]


Sire TBD x Salty

Sire TBD x Pond Hollow Sea Swept to CoolWater


Pond Hollow Sea Swept to CoolWater


OFA Hips: Good EIC: Clear PRA: Clear DM: Clear Salty is a 24″, 85 lb light sedge girl. She has excellent substance, a thick heavily waved coat, great depth of body and sound movement. She is PERSONALITY PLUS-sweet, intelligent, sassy, easy to live with and HAPPY. Salty has never met a stranger and is a HUGE smiler and will regularly Roo Roo Roo when she’s happy had has something to tell you. Salty is a strong swimmer and a fast stylish retriever. She produces puppies with good conformation, excellent bone and substance, great coats and wonderful dispositions. While we do not place puppies based on color, we anticipate all colors will be possible.