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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Country of origin:

Domestic dog

Shades of brown

Intelligent, affectionate, quiet, likes to dominate, happy, guarding

53-66 cm

25-36 kg


Other names:
Chesapeake Bay Retriever


Litter size:
From 7-10 puppies

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever – is a low-key dog who is a very quick learner and always tries to please his owner. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever loves ball games and simply loves to swim. It excels in a variety of dog sports – it can excel in Obedience or Agility competitions.

History of the breed

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is considered to be an American breed, but in fact the dogs originated in England. When a British ship ran aground off the coast of Maryland in 1807 and its crew was rescued by locals, two dogs were also found on board and given the names Seylor and Canton. As the puppies grew older, they were found to be good at retrieving fed birds from the water. The Americans wanted to further improve the working qualities of these dogs, so they were crossed with Otterhounds, Curly and Smooth-haired Retrievers. Although these dogs make excellent companions and wonderful family friends, they are most often seen as hunting companions. The breed was first exhibited in 1877 and the first breed fanciers’ club was founded much later in 1918. The breed standard was approved in 1932. Very little is known about the Chesapeake Bay Retriever outside the USA.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever: appearance

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a rather large dog: males are 58-66 cm tall at the withers and females 53-61 cm. Females are not only shorter but also smaller – they normally weigh between 25 and 32 kg, while males weigh between 29 and 36 kg. The body of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is of medium length, the flanks are nicely curved, and the back of the body is slightly higher than the shoulder line. The head is rather long and the jaws very powerful. The eyes are light – they may be yellow or amber. Ears are rather small, loosely hanging. Tail of medium length, broad at the base, tapering towards the back. The fur is two-layered: the upper layer is rather rough, of medium length and the undercoat is dense and soft. The coat tends to be wavy on the shoulders, back, neck and waist. The colour of the coat is permissible – various shades of brown.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever: character

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an excellent family companion who is very attached to all members of his family. The Cesap Bay Retriever gets along well with the pets in the house and rarely gets into conflicts with other dogs. Although this breed has a restrained character, it is important to ensure that the dog is properly socialised and the basics of training are taken care of in good time. Only positive training methods are suitable for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and the dog must be treated gently and motivated. A Chesapeake Bay Retriever would do anything for a tasty morsel! Like other retrievers, this breed is a real food slave, so it can be important to teach your dog not to take food from strangers. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is comfortable living in an apartment or a house with a yard.

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