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Chesarab Kennels: Moya Nelson and Sheila DiVaccaro


Chesarab Kennels

This one is for my mama and grandmom, Moya Nelson and Sheila DiVaccaro! :)


In the heart of Woodstown, New Jersey, lies a kennel with a remarkable history and an unwavering commitment to producing top-quality Chesapeake Bay Retriev. Founded in 1957 by Dick and Sheila DiVaccaro, Chesarab Kennels has stood the test of time, spanning generations of dedicated breeders who share a passion for producing exceptional dogs. With a focus on show, hunting, gun dogs, Hunt Tests, Field Trials, and working events, Chesarab Kennels has earned a stellar reputation in the canine community.


Dick and Sheila DiVaccaro established Chesarab Kennels with a clear vision in mind: to breed versatile Chesapeake Bay Retrievers with excellent working abilities and delightful temperaments. The couple, who were avid hunters, wanted dogs that would not only excel in the field but would also make wonderful companions at home. Their love for the breed was evident in their household, as their beloved Chesapeakes were a part of their family.


As time passed, Dick and Sheila's children took up the mantle of continuing the family's breeding program. Moya DiVaccaro Nelson became the driving force behind the Chesapeake breeding program, ensuring the kennel's commitment to producing healthy, well-tempered, and capable dogs remained unchanged. Meanwhile, Rick DiVaccaro Jr. and his wife MaryBeth joined the efforts, introducing a line of AKC field trial Labrador Retrievers to complement the Chesapeakes.


Chesarab Kennels' primary focus has always been on breeding dogs that excel in various disciplines. Whether it's a show ring, hunting grounds, or working events, their Chesapeakes prove their worth time and again. The kennel's dedication to producing top-quality dogs is further reflected in their commitment to health testing, ensuring that all breeding dogs have undergone thorough health screenings to maintain the breed's overall well-being.


The kennel boasts an impressive lineup of exceptional dogs, both Chesapeakes and Labradors, with impressive pedigrees and notable achievements. Among their standout stars are some of the following:

  1. Tabitha (CH Chesarab's Magical Charm): A Chesapeake Bay Retriever who has made her mark in the show ring with an impressive "OWNER HANDLER BEST IN SHOW" title.

  2. Irene (Chesarab Eye Of The Phoenix): A promising Chesapeake Bay Retriever with a bright future ahead.

  3. Niki (CH Chesarab Red Phoenix): A Chesapeake Bay Retriever with an impressive show career and champion title.

  4. Tesla (Chesarab Bayside Tesla): A talented Chesapeake Bay Retriever excelling in various competitions.

  5. Ty (Chesarab Jedi Tyrus): This young Chesapeake Bay Retriever is just starting his show career, and enthusiasts eagerly await his future achievements.

Chesarab Kennels' dedication and hard work have paid off in numerous show successes. Recently, at the Burlington County Kennel Club, CH Chesarab's Magical Charm earned the prestigious "OWNER HANDLER BEST IN SHOW" title, a testament to the kennel's breeding prowess. Additionally, Tabitha's remarkable achievement of "BEST PUPPY IN SHOW" at just 6 months old showcases the kennel's commitment to producing exceptional dogs from a young age.


Chesarab Kennels stands as a shining example of a mom-owned business that has thrived for decades, producing exceptional Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. From its humble beginnings in the 1950s to the present day, the kennel's legacy of excellence, dedication, and passion for breeding remarkable dogs continues to be upheld. As a staple in the world of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Chesarab Kennels remains an inspiration to both breeders and dog enthusiasts alike. See all information below and keep following Fiorente by Zane for more mama resources!



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