Chatham Hill Retriever

35-45 lbs
Flat Coated Retriever
Cocker Spaniel
Chattie, Flat-Coated Cocker Retriever, Miniature Retriever

The Chatham Hill Retriever is a designer dog, the intentional crossbreed between two types of dogs originally bred to assist hunters in finding, flushing, and retrieving prey, the Flat Coated Retriever, and the Cocker Spaniel. Both of these breeds were developed to assist with hunting and retrieving game birds, so they are both bred to be on the smaller side of medium, allowing them to easily get through bushes and thickets to reach birds that had been downed. Although most of these hybrid animals end up as friendly and affectionate companion and family animals, they are also still quite capable of the job of their ancestors, finding, flushing, and retrieving game birds and other small animals.

purpose Purpose
Companion, Retriever
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Flat Coated Retriever and Cocker Spaniel

Chatham Hill Retriever Health

Average Size
Male Chatham Hill Retriever size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 35-45 lbs
Female Chatham Hill Retriever size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 35-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Histiocytosis
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • Hips
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Chatham Hill Retriever Breed History

The Chatham Hill Retriever is a cross between the Flat Coated Retriever and the Cocker Spaniel. This hybrid was first developed as a smaller sized Spaniel dog that had some of the physical traits and the retrieving nature of the Flat Coated Retriever. The Flat Coated Retriever breed is a relatively new variety of gun dog developed specifically for bird hunting in England in the 1800’s and was known colloquially as the gamekeeper’s dog.The ancestry of this dog breed is a bit muddled, but the St. John’s Dog, a now extinct water retriever, or their descendants the Labrador, are believed to have made a large contribution to the breed, along with Newfoundland, Spaniel, and Setter type dogs. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1915, they are a friendly and outgoing dog who not only excels at the job they were developed for, but due to their easy going nature, youthful vigor, and high intelligence, they are also excellent candidates for service dogs as well. Spaniels, in general, are also classified as a type of gun dog, but they have been assisting hunters since long before the gun was invented. Initially, these dogs were bred to flush game out of the deep brush for bow hunters and in some cases, to retrieve birds from where they had fallen. The first Spaniels were divided into two groups based on where they worked; water Spaniels and land Spaniels. It was sometime in the 17th century that a distinction was first made between types of land Spaniels and they began to be classified as either Springer or Cocker Spaniel, based entirely on the size of the dog. The taller Spaniels were used to “spring” game animals for the hunt and were therefore called Springers, where the smaller dogs were particularly adept at flushing out woodcocks and other such birds for their owners, earning them the name of Cocker Spaniel. In 1902 The Cocker Spaniel Club was founded in England. When the Cocker Spaniels began developing in America they changed considerably, their backs lengthened, their heads became more domed, and their prey drive was greatly reduced. The change was so great that in 1935 a group was formed for those who preferred the traditional look of the English Cocker Spaniel and were intent on discouraging interbreeding between the original English Cocker Spaniel and the newer Americanized version of the Cocker Spaniel. In 1946 the Cocker Spaniels that had developed in America were recognized as a separate breed, the American Cocker Spaniel, which is the breed most often utilized to create the Chatham Hill Retrievers.

Chatham Hill Retriever Breed Appearance

The Chatham Hill Retriever is a medium sized dog with a long, somewhat refined head with a rounded skull and round amber or brown eyes that project a gentle kindness as well as an alert and energetic nature. These dogs are likely to be slightly longer than they are tall, with rounded, hanging ears that that come down from the sides of their head and may sport feathering or longer hair. They have fairly long, straight legs and a long, straight tail that they carry almost straight out from their bodies when they are alert and let hang when at ease, both which may have some light feathering similar to that on the ears and some Chatham Hill Retrievers may inherit the Flat Coated Retrievers lack of a dewclaw.  This crossbreed will have a soft, dense undercoat that is overlayed by a straight or slightly wavy layer of fairly short hair which may be made up of the harder waterproof hair common to the Flat Coated Retriever or the silky hair more often seen on the American Cocker Spaniel. Although there are many colors that they may be born with, the most common colors are black, brown, and yellow.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chatham Hill Retriever eyes
amber Chatham Hill Retriever eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chatham Hill Retriever nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Chatham Hill Retriever coat
brown Chatham Hill Retriever coat
fawn Chatham Hill Retriever coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
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Chatham Hill Retriever straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chatham Hill Retriever Breed Maintenance

The grooming requirements for the Chatham Hill Retriever are generally fairly simple, although there can be some exceptions. Unless your dog is tracking through the wilderness, jumping in lakes, or rolling in things they shouldn’t, they should only need a bath every two or three months. These dogs do require brushing on a regular basis, but how often will depend somewhat on which coat the particular canine inherited. The coat of the Flat-Coated Retriever only needs brushing once or twice a week, whereas the coat of the Cocker Spaniel should usually be brushed daily to prevent tangles or matting, and may need occasional clipping to keep it neat and free of dirt and debris. It is very important to check the inside of the ears on a regular basis as well as keep this area clean and dry as the long hanging ears predispose this crossbreed to ear infections. 

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Brushes for Chatham Hill Retriever
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Nail Clipper
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Chatham Hill Retriever requires daily brushing
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Chatham Hill Retriever Temperament

This alert and energetic canine is not only an excellent bird hunting companion, it is also an outstanding home and family companion. They are a friendly and outgoing dog that is affectionate and playful with family members and also get along well with most strangers. Although the Chatham Hill Retriever will bark to let you know if someone is around, they are typically too gentle and friendly to make a good guard dog or protection dog. The Flat Coated Retriever is sometimes known as the Peter Pan of dogs, for their exuberant and playful behaviors, and this tendency may be passed down to their offspring. These hybrids are typically very affectionate and playful and make great companions for both adults and older children. They are unlikely to show aggression even to the smallest of children, however, they may be too boisterous to easily interact with younger children, causing bumps or falls in their enthusiasm.

Chatham Hill Retriever Activity Requirements

.The Flat Coated Retriever has a great deal of energy and typically requires a great deal of exercise to burn it off. The Cocker Spaniel, on the other hand, is a bit calmer and requires just a moderate amount of time dedicated to physical activity. The combination of the two is still an active dog, but the exercise requirements are a little less demanding. The Chatham Hill Retriever typically requires around sixty minutes of vigorous exercise per day, although for younger or higher energy individuals, ninety minutes a day may be recommended. Along with regular walks, these dogs may enjoy alternative activities such as tracking, flyball, frisbee, and swimming. Their exuberance and high energy levels tend to make apartment living an unsuitable choice for this crossbreed. 

Activity Level
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Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Chatham Hill Retriever Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.30 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Chatham Hill Retriever Owner Experiences

6 Years
5 People
Beach Walking
Monkeying Around
Very friendly, sensitive dog. Rarely ever barks (maybe once a month), but is always attentive and energetic. A sincere animal with a kind disposition. Soft and gentle around young children though he can be a little excitable. Protective and caring creature. Intelligent and emotional, though definitely more heart than brains. A vibrant companion.
6 years, 1 month ago
3 Years
2 People
65 pounds. Sheds a lot. Very healthy, smart and affectionate
4 years, 5 months ago
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