The Wyndham Chesapeake Bay Retrievers represent up to 15 generations of ownership and selection for a healthy, sound, durable and easily trainable hard core hunting dogs. Chesapeakes that are coincidentally as correct for breed type and over all rugged good looks.
Ed Atkins received his first Chesapeake bay retriever female in September of 1953, a couple of months before his 10th birthday and now just about 60 years later remains an ardent and serious a fancier of the breed and a "crazy hunting fool". Current members of the Wyndham shooting team range downward from three 13 year olds that have more than earned their keep hunting both waterfowl and upland game, down to two 11 month olds that show every promise of continuing this tradition.
All Wyndham Chesapeakes are tested rigorously to maintain a high standard. The testing begins in the nest when newborns are evaluated for correct breed coat, proper proportions of the front end structure and any other obvious faults. As the pups grow attention is taken to observe general vigor, attentiveness to their surroundings, receptivity to human handling, response to early training such as coming on whistle during the weaning process, willingness to give up toys to a human and in general how they fit in with the litter pack and respond to human attention. Early puppy training here continues through various learning stages and the mental ability to learn and work with the human is constantly evaluated. Youngsters are introduced to game, many new situations, gunfire in the presence of other adults in the pack, retrieving and tracking live game, swimming in various types of water and general boldness. At two years old all wyndham dogs are given a complete skeletal body evaluation (4 xray plates) by board certified radiologists, who provide detailed reports on joint structures, spine and bone quality. Animals showing any bone changes in their skeleton; ie degeneration, calcium deposits, remodeling, etc are rejected from the program. All animals that have proven their worth in the shooting field, at home and any other endeavor are again total body scanned (xrayed) at 8 to 9 years of age with the second set of plates similarly evaluated by board certified radiologists and also compared to the first series of evaluations done 6 to 7 years earlier to note durability and strengths as well as any points of conformation needing attention in future breeding decisions. This xrayng protocol has been used since 1986 and resulted in a positive change to the number of years dogs from the program are able to work well, both in the shooting team kept at the home kennel and the animals sold to other sportsmen.
All Wyndham stud dogs have this demanding selection program behind them as well as having to pass muster themselves. Also eyes are checked annually by board certified ophthalmologists; the exam consisting of standard slit lamp exams for retina abnormalities or disease as well as cataracts, plus an eye pressure check for potential glaucoma. The real test of their worth comes in the shooting field year after year from the earlky Canada goose season in August thru the end of the upland season in January and during the spring snow goose migration. This definitely separates out the very good ones, that should carry the breed forward.
Ch Wyndhams Unequaled
This is a large, about 90 pound dog that will be 10 years old in June of 2013. He is a superb athlete that runs and swims very hard and has proven year after year that he can keep up this fast pace all day long, day after day, all season long."Clifford", named for his sedge or red color is equally at home in an icy Missouri river, breaking through sheet ice in s slough, busting through heavy cover to flush and retrieve upland game or quartering in front of a line of guns. He is a very fun loving pet at home, loves to greet strangers, a silent but strong leader of the kennel pack and guardian of his owners property. Never hyper or nervous but definitely high energy and a thinking dog that responds without any force because he wants to please and is a true partner in a blind or searching for game. Many of his progeny display his wonderful virtues and likewise respond well to a light but firm hand when their confidence has been earned by an owner.
"Tarzan" is a large brown dog showing tremendous power with athletic ability. He is 3 years old and has passed his tests to date. Also, his 13 year old sire, and 10 year old dam, remain in the kennel and are a true testament to the durability. "Tar" and his first progeny are level headed and very focused retrievers. They respond well in family situations and are all business when working. The pedigree of his sire represents a cross of this kennels best proven animals with a very old working strain that traces directly back to dogs known to have been in the midwest as far back ast the 1870's. Likewise, "Tar's" dam was bought in as she represents many purely hunting strains from Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas. The lack of any purely show or field trial lines make him a very valuable outcross for those seeking longevity, ruggedeness and sound temperament.
"Scruffy" is a smaller deadgrass colored dog. At 3 years old he shows himself to be de termined and able to handle any situation or work. His mother was an outstanding bitch that is as rugged as any alive. His sire was an outstanding goose dog from Colorado that represented a wonderful male line kept for work in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado and his dam was from eastern Canada representing some field trial breeding and a female family tracing to market hunting in the Conroy Marsh area noth east of Toronto. "Scruffy" may not be an oil painting to look at but with the superb mother and the excellent and extreemly rare working "blood" carried he has every license to sire some excellent hunting stock.
Wyndhams Sure Shot
"Beau" is just under a year old but looks to be something very special for the future. He is a large deadgrass son of "Clifford" (Ch Wyndhams Unequaled) and out of a sister to the Colorado dog that sired "Scruffy" (Wyndhams Flashy). "Beau" has his fathers qualities in many respects and may well turn int one of "Clifford's" best sons. He will continue to be carefully evaluated and will be bred to one bitch in the home kennel to prove what he has to offer. In the future it is hoped that he will make a very strong stud force.
Anyone wishing to learn more about thes males should email Ed Atkins and explain what information they are seeking and why.