Thinking about purchasing an Chesapeake Bay Retriever? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Chesapeake Bay Retriever owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Chesapeake Bay Retriever Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Chesapeake Bay Retriever and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Profile
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 Retrievers' 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. They 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. They 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 Retrievers do best in a rural environment with a daily job.
Other Names: Chessie, Chesapeake Bay Ducking Dog
Type: Gun Dog
Female: 21 - 24 inches; Males: 23 - 26 inches.
Colors: Dead grass
(straw to bracken), sedge (red-gold), or any shade of brown. Dead grass color
is preferred for hunting. White spots may appear on chest, toes, and belly.
The smaller the spots the better.
Bay Retrievers 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. They 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.
Watch-dog: Very High. Chesapeakes
notice small and large changes alike and will alert you.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Care
and Exercise: Brush with
a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary as the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
coat has a natural waterproofing oil to it. They will need a great deal of vigorous
activity including swimming to maintain peak physical condition.
Activity: Indoors - Low.
Outdoors - Very High. Chesapeakes are determined to do their job.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). Other health concerns include dwarfism, entropion, and epilepsy.
Life Span: 10 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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