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Hope Springs Farm - Virginia Chesapeake Bay Retriever Breeders

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About Hope Springs Farm

Our backyard at Hope Springs Farm

Located in Fauquier County, Virginia, our farm is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our 30 acres of pasture, woods and 3 ponds is the perfect setting to raise and train Chesapeake Bay retriever puppies. Started retrievers occasionally available. Owner is a Regional Director for the American Chesapeake Club, Blue Ridge Retriever Club member and secretary/AKC delegate of Rappahannock River Retriever Club near Warrenton VA.

News Flash: Hope Springs Farm was selected as the Best Breeder in Virginia! Read about it HERE

*~*~*Contact us for our upcoming breeding plans; due to high demand our last 2 litters were not advertised*~*~*

The only retriever made in the USA

(Above) Jezebel of the Hollow at the Chesapeake Bay with a blue crab, circa 1993

The Chesapeake is one of few breeds and the only retriever developed entirely in the U.S., by and for Americans, to retrieve our birds in our country. Chesapeakes originated on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to bring in the day's haul and guard the watermen's crab shacks. It was the first breed recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887. All Chesapeakes are descended from two dogs shipwrecked off the coast of Maryland in 1802.

LIKE US? Become a fan of Hope Springs Farm and follow us on Facebook: share pictures of your Chesapeakes or other retrievers and your hunting adventures! We also put up to date information on planned breedings, training days, and our dogs on our page there.

Puppies are sold with 2 year soundness/genetic guarantee. Parents have hips/elbows xrayed/evaluated by OFA, annual ACVO CERF test on eyes, and other genetic tests including for DM (Degenerative Myelopathy--a devastating disease similar to human MS) and PRA (progressive retinal atrophy; causes dog to go blind). We believe cruciate ligament injuries requiring expensive surgery and lengthy rehab are genetic, so we don't use dogs that have had them in our breeding program. We don't want our own, nor dogs we sell to need expensive surgery/lengthy rehab that such injuries require. Primary emphasis is on good dispositions, trainability and good looks/longevity. Ten generations of our dogs belong to satisfied customers and include those with hunt test and field trial accomplishments, show champions and obedience titles as well as family and hunting companions. We also host regular training sessions for our puppy buyers as well as an annual American Chesapeake Club field day and picnic (for all Chesapeake owners) at our farm.


Follow us on Facebook or check our classifieds here for up to date info. on breeding plans, training days and started dogs. Occasionally we hold back one or two pups from each litter that we like enough to keep for ourselves, but sometimes we can be talked into selling those to the right homes. These are pups that show exceptional promise: extra special, fanatic about birds at a young age, and fancy enough to show.

If we do not have puppies or don't have what you want, we're happy to refer you to litters we like. Occasionally we help broker dogs of other retrieving breeds, and because we enjoy a solid reputation in the retriever community, we are happy to recommend other breeders that we know from competing our dogs in AKC hunt tests and field trials. We do not badmouth other breeders because we don't need to. Our reputation and our dogs speak for themselves.

Our target market is the serious waterfowler, but Hope Springs dogs that have competed have earned placings in field trials and at the highest hunt test levels of AKC and HRC, the breed ring, obedience trials and other venues; and we believe a suitable dog for any athletic pursuit begins with sound, athletic and trainable parents. Some of our dogs currently running include HR Hope Springs Hush Hush MH and his full sister HRCH Hope Springs Dowry MH***, Sterling. Usher and Sterling were both whelped and started/trained here and are out of our retired matron/outstanding producer CH Puffin II JH CD WDX. Puffin, age 13+, is retired but still hunts, bosses the other dogs around, and is sound and healthy. Even Lab owners who rarely look twice at Chesapeakes comment on our dogs' excellent work ethics, style and great dispositions. Usher is a proven sire; he has titled offspring from every litter he's sired including: Hope Springs King Simba SH** and, Hope Springs Double Puff**SH WCX; Hope Springs Storm Surge SH, and (we didn't breed him but Usher is also the sire) of Cavalier Mosby of Parker Creek MH; and more in training that should title soon. Two homebreds we sold and bought back with no training at age 2, Hope Springs Silver Lining WD is show-pointed and showing field promise, and Hope Springs Tanganyika JH is doing nice senior level work, she's one of the 10 puppies picturred in the top photo by the late Tugboat Woods Colt MH WDQ (bred here in 2000 and owned/campaigned by Tugboat Kennels and Bill LaMar of Red Clay Kennels) out of Hope Springs Rufsail**JH WDX.

Above, Ceil's litter sired by Rogue of Rainbow Farm***MH. Pictured below are all Chesapeake colors: ash, deadgrass, sedge and brown puppies. We have a long history of satisified buyers and are happy to provide references. If you want a Hope Springs puppy we strongly urge you to reserve it now, as most are sold before birth. Call Julie at 540/364-9480; we love to talk about our dogs.

Nearly all Chesapeakes love birds, and are proficient retrievers on land and water. These heritable characteristics are, sadly, often overlooked by mass-scale and show-only breeders. Hyper, aggressive and neurotic dogs can win in the show ring, but they're incapable of being trained so we stress disposition above all else. We've successfully developed a good looking line of Chesapeakes known for being tractable, intelligent and sound with high prey drive and plenty of "go" which we encourage:

While we love a good looking dog, ours are capable of much more than mincing around a show ring or earning titles given out for anything on a leash with a pulse. Unlike some who claim their dogs hunt because they chase squirrels, yard dogs, meter men and toddlers, we do hunt our dogs; and they all compete in hunt tests and occasional field trials. BELOW, Panda at 17 months on her first hunt with her first goose, 17 lbs. Read more here The Puppy Nobody Wanted". The good looking dogs in the bottom photo are three generations of homebreds.

Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Additional Services
Hunting, Fishing, Training, Stud Services, Boarding
Breeder Contact Info
Julie Reardon
Hope Springs Farm
Orlean, Virginia 20128
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 32 years.
540-364-9480
703-628-9101
Click here to visit Hope Springs Farm website
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Testimonials (31) You are viewing the 10 most recent - Click here for more reviews
Submitted by: Scott Willard on Jan 02, 2014
We'd really wanted a Hope Springs puppy but there weren't any litters during our time frame, so Julie told us about several other good breedings she knew of, and suggested a great litter within easy driving distance - matched for color, conformation, temperament and drive - very important for our family with four children all of whom cherish their time in the duck blind.

She knew the parents and the bloodline and was very helpful. It was exceptionally nice to deal with someone who so passionately promotes the breed before her own dogs.
Submitted by: Tony Harding on Dec 26, 2013
Skully (Panda x Rogue)
That's one handsome boy... never owned one more photogenic than him. I may have had a crew of rookies, but they handled themselves like pros!
If I'd know how well he'd be doing a year later... well, you could have gotten a few extra bucks from me:)

THANKS! -Tony
Submitted by: Travis Art on Dec 25, 2013
Julie, I don't know if you remember me I bought Waterfowl Xtremes Virginia Sprig from you almost 15 years ago he just made another retrieve for me this morning my heart is heavy it could have been his last based on his age. I will be looking for another my 10 year old son is so attached to Sprig. I moved to Ohio but will definitely come to you for my next Chessie. Let me know when you will have some available. Thanks in advance, Travis Art

Submitted by: Cindy Westmoreland on Dec 14, 2013
I met Julie and the Hope Springs dogs after I lost my Chessie and was looking for a puppy. Although I ended up getting a rescue Lab pup, we stayed in touch and she invited me to come to training sessions and visit/play with her pups when she had litters. Every time I was around them, it made me want to get another Chessie and not just any, I wanted a Hope Springs female. I got my puppy this fall and couldn't be happier with her, and Julie became a friend as well as a resource whenever I have questions. Because of her love and expert knowledge of the breed and because of seeing firsthand how friendly her dogs are, I would highly recommend her as a breeder!!!
Submitted by: Bobby Baldwin on Nov 18, 2013
I've owned, trained, and hunted over Chesapeake Bay Retrievers for many years. I've known Julie Reardon and the dogs she's produced at Hope Springs Farms for many years, also. Hope Springs is dedicated to producing Chesapeakes with a love for birds and an affinity for the work they were bred to perform. It's been a pleasure getting to know the Hope Springs dogs over the years and I was blessed when asked to help train (more like polish up) and handle one of the Hope Springs Chesapeakes in several hunt tests and field trial events this past summer and fall.
I've been so impressed with the style and performance of the dogs that my newest puppy is a Hope Springs Chesapeake (two days shy of 10 weeks old). I love a fast, stylish
retriever, who's smart, trainable, and loves to work and that's what Hope Springs Farm is producing. Thanks, Julie!
Submitted by: David Meteyer on Oct 17, 2013
Julie Reardon and the entire Hope Springs Farm experience was fantastic!!! I was looking for my first Chessie and I had a wide mix of needs. First, I have five kids so I needed a family dog that would behave around babies, toddlers and teenagers. Second, I hunt a lot with my boys so I also needed a dog that would attack the field and water with vigor. Julie let my entire family stop by her farm as much as we wanted to see the dogs, meet her family and simply watch the little pups move around the farm and play in the multiple ponds she has at Hope Springs. While the kids all became attached to their own pup at Hope Springs, Julie was very careful to point out that in the end, it was about studying the pups and properly matching my needs with the pup that best displays those traits. I'm very happy to have met Julie and I'm thankful about getting our Chessie at Hope Springs Farm.
Submitted by: Chris Diaz on Apr 03, 2013
We had been looking for a Chessie puppy when we found Hope Springs
Farm. Not only are they local to us in Virginia but Julie has many
decades experience in the breed and has been very helpful and
courteous. And, we love her dogs!
Submitted by: Tyler on Sep 19, 2012
I met Julie when I had my first Chessie when I was looking for training assistance. I'm now have my 2nd and even though I did not get my current dog from her, she helped me find him and has remained available to answer questions about the breed. Julie, in my opinion, is one of the finest breeders who is a true champion on the breed for all the right reasons. She has a remarkable knowledge of the dogs, bloodlines, training, and what good breeding is all about. I would not hesitate to refer her to anyone looking for a first class waterfowl dog. My dog is 7 and in a couple years I will utilize Julie as a resource to locate another pup....chances are it will be one from Hope Springs
Submitted by: Scott Repass on Sep 18, 2012
I first spoke to Julie in December 2011 when I was looking for a male Chesapeake. I was new to the breed and Julie spent countless hours answering my questions on the telephone and replying to emails. When her planned breeding did not work out as hoped, she immediately referred me to another breeder who she had worked with and owned the sire of a recent litter.
Since getting our male Chesapeake Julie has remained a tremendous resource. She has remained a phone call or email away and has been invaluable in helping me to achieve my goal of having a well trained hunting partner and hunt test competitor. Without her there is absolutely no way that I could have found the right dog and accomplished so much in such a short time with so few mistakes. You will not find a more honest or knowledgeable breeder. Julie is a true advocate for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and we are all lucky to be the beneficiaries.
Submitted by: Mike Ball on Jan 11, 2012
I got a Hope Springs puppy and feel very lucky to have a quality breeder nearby that actually hunts and competes the dogs. Our puppy had been introduced to birds, guns, and lots of things, and my family got to meet the adult dogs and all the puppies. We were impressed. Julie Reardon'
has an excellent breeding program and does a lot of extra socialization and puppy training. We'd highly recommend anyone who is serious about
hunting, competing or getting a confident, trainable puppy that is also good looking to check out Hope Springs.

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