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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a slight wavy, short double coat. The outer coat is coarse, and dense with an oily texture. The undercoat should be thick and wooly. The coat color can range from shades of brown, red, tan, or dead grass straw color to deep dark brown with red overtones. When showing this breed, some white is permissible on the chest, stomach, and feet. The head is broad and domed shaped with a medium stop and muzzle. The medium sized eyes are well set apart and are generally yellow or amber in color. The small ears are set well upon the head and hang down on either side of the skull. The teeth should meet in a scissor or level bite. However, scissor-bite is preferred when showing the dog. The muscular neck should merge into well laid back shoulders. The wide chest should be deep and have well sprung ribs. The loins should be even or slightly higher than the withers. The straight forelegs should have well developed bones and the hind legs should be strong and the dewclaws removed. The feet are large and webbed. Removal of the dewclaws on the forelegs is optional. The tail is either straight or slightly curved.

Temperament Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are courageous, intelligent, willing, and affectionate. This breed is extremely friendly although they can be independent and willful at times. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers love children, however they tend to play roughly and should be supervised around smaller children. They enjoy being around people and participating in family life. They are slightly more aggressive than other retriever breeds and generally reserved around strangers. They may become combative with other dogs, although socialization will help prevent this behavior. They can get along with cats already in the household, but will chase cats that they are unfamiliar with. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers love the outdoors and especially enjoy the water. This breed is slow to mature reaching adulthood around age three.
Height, Weight Male Height: 23-26" ; Weight: 65-80 lbs.
Female Height: 21-24" ; Weight: 55-70 lbs.
Health Problems The most common ailments in this breed are eye problems and hip dysplasia.
Living Conditions Chessies should not live in an apartment. They do best with a medium to large yard. If the breed lives in a warm climate, make sure there is a body of water nearby so that he can cool himself.
Exercise This breed needs lots of regular exercise that should include swimming when possible. If they are not exercised enough, they will become bored often to disastrous results.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming This breed is easy to groom. Brush with a wire brush to remove dead hair. Bathe only when necessary as to not strip the natural oils in the skin. This breed is an average shedder.
Origin In 1807, a shipwreck occurred off of the coast of Maryland. On the ship were two Newfoundland puppies which were given to rescuers as a thank you. They were bred with local dogs and then later crossed with other retriever and hunting breeds including Flat Coated and Curly Coated Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels and Coonhounds. They were developed to work in the water, retrieving fowl and had incredible enthusiasm and endurance. They have been known to retrieve 200 ducks from frigid waters, in a single day. In 1885, the breed was standardized and were recognized by the UKC in 1927 and by the AKC in 1933. They arrived in Britain during the 1930s and became popular as a gundog during the 1970s.
Group AKC Sporting, UKC Gun Dog