The Chatham Hill Retriever: A Complete Guide

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Originating from the Flat-Coated Retriever and the Cocker Spaniel, the Chatham Hill Retriever is a hybrid that started off being bred as a hunting dog but can now be seen as a family companion.

The Chatham Hill Retriever, also known as a Chattie or a Miniature Retriever, is a family animal inside and out. Both his ancestors are gundogs with history.

The Flat-Coated Retriever was bred in the 1800s, and the Cocker Spaniel has been around since the 17th century.

Chatham Hill Retriever Puppies – Before You Buy…

Chatham Hill Retriever sitting on rug
The Chatham Hill Retriever is a loyal dog.

Before looking to find breeders to buy a Chatham Hill Retriever pup from, there’s plenty of things to consider. Most importantly: Are you and your home prepared to receive such an energetic dog?

Let’s look at that and some other important details that you need to know.

What Price are Chatham Hill Retriever Puppies?

Since both the Flat-Coated Retriever as well as the Cocker Spaniel are dog breeds with history, you can expect the Chatham Hill Retriever to be quite pricey, especially because it’s a hybrid that’s currently considered to be a designer dog.

You should, however, be able to find a puppy for around $900 to $1000.

How to Find Reputable Chatham Hill Retriever Breeders?

As with most modern hybrids, some dog breeders like to put unreasonable fees upon Chatham Hill Retriever puppies.

Make sure not to pay for anything you’re not comfortable with as some breeders even make you pay simply to visit them and have a look at the parenting dogs.

Also, you should prepare yourself by learning about the hybrid you wish to buy before meeting a breeder.

That way, you’ll know what you’re talking about, and you’ll be able to tell if the breeder is being honest or not.

When the Chatham Hill Retriever loses his reputation of being a modern designer dog, the demand for puppies should decrease, and you should find reasonable breeders more easily.

Before this occurs, however, you should pay attention to where and who to buy puppies from.

3 Little-known facts about Chatham Hill Retriever puppies

  1. Even though the Chatham Hill Retriever is a descendant of two gundogs, he is just as suitable for families.
  2. Due to his Flat-Coated Retriever ancestry, the Chatham Hill Retriever can be described as playful and lively.
  3. It’s hard to predict how active your Chatham Hill Retriever pup will be as it depends on how much he inherits from his parents. Should the Flat-Coated Retriever dominate, you can expect to have to walk your dog up to 90 minutes daily.
Chatham Hill Retriever running in grass
The Chatham Hill Retriever likes being around people.

Physical Traits of the Chatham Hill Retriever

Because both the Flat-Coated Retriever as well as the Cocker Spaniel are small to medium-sized dogs, the Chatham Hill Retriever is considered a medium-sized dog.

He can be rather small though if he inherits more physical traits from the Cocker Spaniel.

One of the first Chatham Hill Retrievers to be bred was a small version of a Cocker Spaniel with both physical as well as character traits of the Flat-Coated Retriever.

Usually, the Chatham Hill Retriever’s coat can be maintained easily.

This hybrid only needs a bath every three months, and a weekly brush is enough unless the coat resembles the one of a Cocker Spaniel more.

In that case, you need to brush his long, thick fur daily. If the coat has a medium length and a normal density, you don’t need to take him to the groomer often.

Although there’s a variety of possibilities when it comes to the coat color, black, brown and yellow are the most common. Often, the coat color changes after being born.

How Big is a Full-Grown Chatham Hill Retriever?

The Chatham Hill Retriever is a small to medium-sized dog.

He can turn out small because of the Cocker Spaniel, and if he ends up being a little taller, it’s because of the genes inherited from the Flat-Coated Retriever.

Both a full-grown male as well as a full-grown female are around 20 to 23 inches tall.
Male and female Chatham Hill Retrievers share the same weight too.

When fully grown, they weigh around 35 to 45 pounds.

Although Chatham Hill Retrievers are the perfect size for apartments, it’s not a good idea to have them there because of their need for movement.

They might be a rather small kind of hybrid but they still need a fair amount of exercise and if that cannot be satisfied they end up growing agitated which will, in turn, make you unhappy as they may behave aggressively or not behave.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Chatham Hill Retriever?

If the Chatham Hill Retriever is being treated well and looked after continuously, he can grow to be around 13 to 16 years old which is a rather long lifespan compared to other dog breeds.

He may, however, develop health issues so make sure to take him to the vet regularly.

Chatham Hill Retrievers are a good match for families who’d like to welcome a loyal and entertaining family member.

Once he feels taken care of, he’ll take care of you too and follow you wherever your mutual journey may take you.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Chatham Hill Retriever

Chatham Hill Retriever in the snow
The Chatham Hill Retrievers enjoy training.

Chatham Hill Retrievers are easy-going hybrids. They don’t mind being taught various things so you can train them and teach them how to behave properly.

It’s in their nature to support both hunters as well as families as a loyal companion so you can easily build on these attributes. This dog isn’t just good-looking, he’s also very intelligent.

Being the energetic hybrids they are, Chatham Hill Retrievers need to be provided with firm training by someone like a hunter or a person that they can look up to and know how to respect.

Continuous training leads to the best and most sustainable results.

That being said, a training method that’s too goal-oriented might lead in the opposite direction too.

As the Chatham Hill Retriever is a very friendly and affectionate dog, a violent confrontation won’t be the right way to train him as he is very alert and knows how to defend himself.

This is also why they should primarily be kept away from babies and young children. Even though they don’t want to do harm, they can do so unintentionally while playing.

It is in their nature to be active so it’s normal for them to chase things around the house but it’s important to teach them how to keep their temper under control.

In general, the Chatham Hill Retriever can be classified as a very friendly and gentle dog though.

It fits both the forest to hunt as well as a family home to keep the company perfectly and loves both being around nature as well as being around humans.

The Chatham Hill Retriever’s Diet

Even though the Chatham Hill Retriever loves to move and likes to have active days, he doesn’t need exceptional food amounts, mainly because he isn’t that big.

If you feed him 2 cups per day, he’ll be satisfied. You can always give him more or less once his daily activity varies. With $34 to $45 per month, his food expenses aren’t too high either.

These hybrids are flexible concerning their feeding times, but they like to be fed after they woke up and before they go to sleep.

It is best to feed them when taking family meals too so that they feel like an actual family member.

How Much Exercise Does a Chatham Hill Retriever Need?

As the Chatham Hill Retriever is a descendant of two gundogs, he needs a fair amount of exercise every day.

He has a high level of energy and to get rid of that you need to walk him for about 10 miles per week.

Even though he doesn’t need as much exercise as the Flat-Coated Retriever, he still needs more than the Cocker Spaniel so be prepared to take your Chatham Hill Retriever to parks daily.

Chatham Hill Retriever Health and Conditions

Normally, the Chatham Hill Retriever lives a long, happy life but sometimes, health issues may affect him. His eyes get affected most often.

Another major concern can be his hips as he moves a lot. Also, you have to make sure his ears stay clean when he runs around in forests as they can cause problems when dirty.

Most health issues occur when aging though and everything else can partly be prevented by regular visits to the vet.

Final Thoughts on the Chatham Hill RetrieverChatham Hill Retriever guide

If you’re either a hunter, a family or a family with a hunting profession, the Chatham Hill Retriever can be a real enrichment to you.

It’s a loyal dog who keeps good company and likes being around people.

He’ll bring life into your home and be a real family member, so if you have space and desire to take care of an animate being, the Chatham Hill Retriever is your dog!

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