The Chesapeake Bay Retriever originates from—you guessed it – Chesapeake Bay. Often affectionately called “Chessies,” these tenacious hunting dogs have been bred to be gun dogs or bird dogs. They are descended from two Newfoundland hunting dogs that were the only survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Maryland and interbred with the local population of retrievers.
These hunting dogs are skilled as water dogs and as retrievers. They can withstand very cold temperatures and icy waters. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have large and powerful jaws that are suitable for retrieving bigger game birds. They have a natural retrieving ability and should hunt within range. Chessies are the only breed of hunting dog that consistently produce dual champions (with a conformation championship and a field championship) at competition and they tend to give a reliable and solid performance.
Chessies are very intelligent, loyal, and receptive to training. However, they often have a mind of their own and can defy their trainers if they are bored with a task. Switching up training methods can help to keep this hunting dog breed occupied, both physically and mentally, and prevent bad behavior. An over-zealous trainer can goad one of these hunting dogs into becoming stubborn and manipulative.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever looks similar to the Labrador Retriever. Males can stand 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weigh 65 to 80 pounds. Females can stand 21 to 24 inches at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 65 pounds. These hunting dogs have a wavy coat. Their coats are also waterproof, aiding them when working in water. Their amber yellow eyes can catch one’s attention and add to one’s overall impression of this hunting dog. Chesapeake’s come in various shades of brown, deadgrass and sedge.
These hunting dogs are very bright and cheerful. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are very affectionate and family-oriented, making them wonderful to have in a household. They will bond with a family and become very protective, particularly with children, but will not be very outgoing with strangers. A well-socialized and well-trained Chessie can become a very friendly hunting dog.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a hardy hunting dog breed. However, like any breed of hunting dog, some diseases are more prevalent than others. Conditions that are slightly more common in these hunting dogs include hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, Von Willebrand disease, and cataracts. Anyone looking to purchase or breed any hunting dog, of this breed or of any other, should have them screened for common hereditary conditions such as hip dysplasia, eye conditions, and cardiac conditions. A Chesapeake Bay Retrievers average life span is between 10 and 12 years.
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