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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

55-80pounds
21-26inches tall

Colors: Brown, red, sedge, or tan

Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

Physical Characteristics

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have powerful retriever-style frames that are covered in a short, wavy coat. They have hanging ears and a medium-size muzzle. While they are obedient and intelligent, their instincts may have them going after something while you are walking them. Since they are powerful dogs, this can make for a rough ride unless you hold on tight.

Health Concerns and Other Considerations

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are prone to eye problems, bloat, and hip dysplasia. This breed is meant to be outdoors in the fresh air, so apartment living in the city isn’t ideal. They need room to roam, and to swim when possible.

Personality Traits

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a hard working hunting dog. They have been known to retrieve hundreds of birds in a single day in frigid cold waters. Water rolls off the dog’s oily coat like a duck. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever's talents include: tracking, hunting, retrieving, guarding, and competitive obedience. The Chessie gets along with the whole family and are fiercely protective of their home.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever History

As the story goes, in 1807 an English ship sunk off the coast of Maryland. Everyone survived, including two Newfoundland puppies. One of the men who helped rescue the passengers was given the puppies as a gift. When they grew up they were mixed with various Chesapeake-area dogs like the English Otter Hound, Flat-Coated Retrievers, and the Curly-Coated Retriever. The dogs were used to hunt waterfowl in rough and icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Over time the distinctive breed evolved into the Chessie of today.

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