Dog Breed Profiles

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Dog Breed Group
Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
United States, hunter and guard dog. 
Life Expectancy
10 - 12 Years 
Color
Dead grass, sedge, or any shade of brown. 
Coat
Thick and reasonably with a harsh, oily, outer coat and a dense, fine, wooly undercoat. 
Exercise Needs
He will need a great deal of vigorous activity including swimming to maintain peak physical condition. 
Temperament
The Bay Retriever is responsive and industrious. He is devoted to his family and makes an excellent guard dog. 
Good with Children
Gets along extremely well with children. It will dominate other pets, but will accept them. 
Grooming Needs
Brush with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary as his coat has a natural waterproofing oil to it. 
Average Size - Male (in)
23 - 26 
Average Size - Female (in)
21 - 24 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
65 - 80 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
55 - 70 
Health Issues
Hip dysplasia, hereditary eye diseases.v
Living Conditions
Generally considered a country dog rather than a city dog, but will adapt to urban living if giving plenty of exercise and space 

Breed Description

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a good sized, hearty breed who makes a great waterfowl hunter. Considered a duck dog he has an extraordinary ability to remember where each bird falls and then will retrieves them all efficiently. They also can swim for hours in icy water and are die-hard retrievers for birds, sticks, balls or anything you can throw. An American breed who was created from English stock. It is said he descended from two shipwrecked Newfoundland dogs who were then bred to include spaniels, Indian dogs, pointers, setters and Irish Water Spaniels to produce a tireless hunter and guard dog.

Breed Infobits

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever benefits from regular exercise and if passively encouraged as a puppy, will love to swim in open water.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever retains its excellent working dog abilities yet still makes a wonderful companion animal for families.
Yellow-amber eyes are a unique characteristic to the Chesapeake Bay.

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