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Chesapeake Bay Retriever: Origin, Personality, Training (Chessie)

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About Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Country of Origin, History of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

Origin of the Breed

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers trace their history to two Newfoundland (dog)s -- the male "Sailor" and female "Canton" -- who were rescued from a floundering ship in Maryland in 1807. They were to breed with various dogs creating the line.

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Description of the Breed

The breed is a powerful, muscular retriever with a slightly wavy, rather short coat that comes in shades of brown, red or tan ranging from a dead-grass-straw color to a deep dark brown with red overtones.

Both the harsh outer coat and dense wooly undercoat are oily for water-repellence. The head is round and broad with a medium stop and muzzle. The lips are thin. The small ears hang down and the eyes are yellowish colored.


Dogs 23-26 inches (58-66 cm.)
Bitches 21-24 inches (53-61 cm.)


Dogs 65-80 pounds (29-36 kg.)
Bitches 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg.)

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

These are friendly, intelligent, courageous, willing, loving, loyal, devoted, independent and obedient dogs. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are affectionate and good with children and cats living in the same house but may be combative with other dogs. They should be properly socialized from puppyhood. The Chesapeake is different than other retrievers in that he can be more aggressive, willful and reserved with strangers. They have a tendency to be territorial. Chesapeakes are usually slow to mature. Some of them become vocal while happy.

Living Conditions

This dogs are not recommended for apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard. The dogs like to sleep outdoors. They prefer cool climates to hot unless there is a body of water nearby.


This dog needs a good deal of vigorous activity, including swimming and long, daily walks. They are trainable although they may be a little slow to learn. The handler needs to be confident and to exude authority because these dogs like to have their own way. A consistent but kind approach is the most successful way to handle these dogs. If possible, attend obedience classes with this breed. Willful, this breed can be prone to dominance problems if not properly trained and socialized.

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The dense, harsh, short-haired coat of this average shedder is easy to groom. It should be brushed with a firm bristle brush to remove the dead hairs. While the Chesapeake needs the occasional bath to prevent any noticeable odor, they should not be bathed so often that the oily texture is stripped out. The oily coat helps protect it from icy waters.

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Group: Sporting Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 45

Also Known As: Chessie

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