Chesapeake Bay Retriever

"America's Retriever"

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History

According to legend, the original Chesapeake Bay Retrievers were developed from two Newfoundland-type dogs. Certainly other retrievers were brought into the mix, giving them not only their fondness for diving into puddles, pools, ponds and lakes, but for bringing back game with gusto, no matter what the weather. This hardy dog is still a favorite with hunters for her common sense and workability.

Temperament

This dog is determined and often single-minded. Owners need to gain control from the moment the pup is brought home. It's helpful to keep the Chessie challenged and busy with daily work and play sessions. She'll protect the house, family and property, so introductions to regular visitors – friends, delivery drivers, and neighbors - are important.

Appearance

For camouflage purposes, Chessies are supposed to be the color of dead grass or sedge, which means any shade of straw/tan/brown/reddish brown. The wavy coat has a natural oil and is thick with a woolly undercoat to protect them while working in ice, snow or frigid waters. Their breed standard says “A Chesapeake's coat should resist water in the same way that a duck's feathers do.” The coat on the head is smoother than that on the body.

Training

Gaining the upper hand and doing it in a positive way are the keys to winning a Chessie's heart and respect. Regular workouts well into adulthood willreinforce the bond between owner and pet.

Grooming & Care

Gaining the upper hand and doing it in a positive way are the keys to winning a Chessie's heart and respect. Regular workouts well into adulthood willreinforce the bond between owner and pet.

Health Concerns

Parents should be OFA and CERF certified as hip and elbow problems are seen.

Famous Chesapeake Bay Retriever

This native son is the State Dog of Maryland.

Ideal Owner
Activity Level Very Active
Schedule Full-time (but no overtime)
Personal Style Confident, Outdoorsy, Tireless
Training Style Consistent, Firm
Home Fenced yard or access to one
Children Older kids
Experience Definitely preferred
Quick Facts
Size Large
Grooming Brush a few times a week
Exercise Very high - this breed loves to run and needs vigorous daily workouts
Training Can be stubborn, Needs daily practice
Temperment Confident, Active, Energetic, Headstrong
Challenges Need a great deal of exercise, a confident and assertive owner who won't take "no" for an answer.
Height 21 to 26 inches
Weight 55 to 80 pounds
Life 10 to 12 years
Home Alone Fine with lots of exercise first
With Kids Fine if raised with them
With Strangers Protective
Availability Rare and may have a waiting list

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