The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a goodsized, hearty breed who is devoted to his family and makes a great waterfowl hunter and a trusty guard dog. Considered a duck dog he has an extraordinary ability to remember where each bird falls and then will retrieves them all efficiently. Yellow-amber eyes are a unique characteristic to the Chesapeake Bay. They also can swim for hours in icy water and are die-hard retrievers for birds, sticks, balls or anything you can throw.
- Height: 21 - 26 inches
- Weight: 55 - 75 lbs.
- Colors: Dead grass, sedge, or any shade of brown.
- Coat: Thick and reasonably with a harsh, oily, outer coat and a dense, fine, wooly undercoat.
- Temperament: Responsive, industrious
- With Children: Yes, get along extremely well with children.
- With Pets: Yes, dominates, but accepts
- Special Skills: Field sports dog and family pet.
- Watch-dog: Very High
- Guard-dog: High
- Care and Brush with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary as his coat has a natural waterproofing oil to it. He will need a great deal of vigorous activity including swimming to maintain peak physical condition.
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- Training: They are strong dogs who are territorial and need firm training and good management. A consistent, but kind approach is the most successful.
- Learning Rate: Low, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - Medium
- Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - Very High
- Living Environment: Generally considered a country dog rather than a city dog, but will adapt to urban living if giving plenty of exercise and space. An owner of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever should be a strong, consistent leader who wants a good watchdog that will be affectionate and athletic.
- Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
- Litter Size: 7 - 8
- Country of Origin: USA
- History: 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. His name comes from the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, USA.
Last updated July 27,2001