CoolWater Chesapeakes - Florida Chesapeake Bay Retriever Breeders

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About CoolWater Chesapeakes

CoolWater Chesapeakes perform and excel in a variety of different venues: Conformation, Obedience, Hunt tests and Dock Diving - just to name a few. Our dogs live with hunters and as family companions. They are well-rounded and versatile retrievers. 

We perform extensive health certifications on our dogs to try and minimize future health issues for our puppy owners. Please visit our website: for more information on us, our dogs, and our puppy information.

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Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Additional Services
Stud Services
Breeder Contact Info
Kerrie Tatarka
Deltona, Florida
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 9 years.
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Testimonials (30) You are viewing the 10 most recent - View all reviews for CoolWater Chesapeakes
Submitted by: Jonathan Feins on Sep 30, 2015
Kerrie is EXACTLY who you want to be working with when adding a chessie to your family. I knew from my first phone call that she puts the puppy first. She isn't trying to put puppies in homes. She is putting the right puppies in the right homes; the puppy comes first. Kerrie is incredibly thorough, providing updates throughout the entire process. From pedigree, to breeding updates, to whelping and beyond, Kerrie is there every step of the way and is eager to help.

Much like I was adding a puppy to my family, Kerrie views each new owner as a member of her family. It's not simply a business, it's an extended CoolWater family who I've networked with, socialized with and enjoyed getting to know. As a new chessie owner, I had a million questions, large and small. She is the ultimate source of information and made sure I got it right. It's fantastic to know that this wasn't a one-time buying experience. This is a 10-15 year investment and Kerrie has, and will continue to, guide me every step of the way.

I'm absolutely thrilled with my boy CoolWater's Commodore Crash - aka "Crash". He's more than I could've hoped for. Kerrie's knowledge, expertise, experience, care, love of the breed, love of her puppies, and love of her many chessie families, makes CoolWater Chesapeakes a phenomenal experience!

Kerrie has my highest recommendation!
Submitted by: David Proko on Jun 13, 2015
Can't say enough about Coolwater! I am very thorough and particular when it comes to selecting breeders and dogs. CBR's are so rare in S Florida, so I thought I'd be traveling quite a bit to find mine. Coolwater has surpassed every one of my expectations. Incredible care and attention to detail in every way. From selecting the breeding pairs to "puppy updates" along the way, felt like I was part of each step. The results are incredible CBR's. Fun, hard-working, loyal and energetic pups w/ personality to spare! Our boy has quickly become an integral family member, LIVES in the water and quickly learned to retrieve despite my novice training in hunting dogs. If you are looking for beautiful, hard-working Chessie's true to their heritage, then consider a Coolwater Chesapeake.
Submitted by: katherine nelson on Feb 21, 2015
I have a very open and friendly relationship with the breeder. We have become a chessie family.
Submitted by: James on Dec 08, 2014
Overall a very pleasurable experience with a breeder who is truly dedicated to the breed.
Submitted by: Jason Pecore on Dec 07, 2014
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.
Submitted by: Gretchen O. on Dec 07, 2014
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!
Submitted by: Laurea Griggs on Jan 03, 2014
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.
Submitted by: Brent Allmon on Nov 22, 2013
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.

Submitted by: Taylor Smith on Oct 11, 2013
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.
Submitted by: Cheryl on Sep 21, 2013
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.
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