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  • WEIGHT: 60 to 105 lbs
  • HEIGHT: 26 to 28 inches
  • COLOR(S): All colors recognized in the Hound category.
  • BREED GROUP: Hound

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

WEIGHT: 55 to 80 lbs
HEIGHT: 21 to 26 inches
COLOR(S): Any shade of brown.
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Previously known as the Chesapeake Bay Ducking Dog, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is very good at doing his job. They are a good sized, hearty breed who is devoted to their family and make a great waterfowl hunter and a trusty guard dog. Considered a duck dog, they have an extraordinary ability to remember where each bird falls and then retrieves them all efficiently. Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog's yellow-amber eyes are a unique characteristic to them. They also have webbed feet and can swim very well, even in choppy waters. They are hardier than other retrievers, as well as more hard-headed. Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs have been described as "about as sensitive as a Sherman tank". Chessies are hard working and dedicated to what they do. They are devoted to family and are good with children, but wary of strangers. Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs can also swim for hours in icy water and are die-hard retrievers for birds, sticks, balls or anything you can throw. The Chesapeake is serious, reserved, and courageous. They are intelligent and easily trainable, a loyal and honorable companion. Exercise or a job to do is a must with this breed, as they are hard workers. Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs do best in a rural environment with a daily job.


Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies and dogs are responsive, industrious, serious and aware. They are hard and diligent workers, willing to swim for a long time to retrieve their game. They are loyal and gentle with children. They can be wary of strangers, and tend to have a sharper personality than the other retrievers. Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies and dogs are training savvy, very responsive. Chessies are intelligent, affectionate with family and happiest in the country. They may react if provoked, and give off a slight odor this isn't unpleasant.


Brush with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary as the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers coat has a natural waterproofing oil to it.


Hip dysplasia, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). Other health concerns include dwarfism, entropion, and epilepsy.


Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies and dogs will need a great deal of vigorous activity including swimming to maintain peak physical condition.


Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are strong dogs who are territorial and are not recommended for the inexperienced new dog owner. They will need firm training and good management. A consistent, but kind approach is the most successful. Good news, though, Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies and dogs are highly trainable.

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