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Chesapeake Bay Retriever


General Information - Chesapeake Bay Retriever


Group:
Gundog

Size:
large

Lifespan:
10-13 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
low

Trainability:
medium

Watchdog ability:
high

Protection ability:
medium

Area of Origin:
United States

Date of Origin:
1800s

Other Names:
none

Original Function:
water retrieving



History

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever claims an adventurous and somewhat mysterious history. In 1807, two Newfoundlands were rescued off the coast of Maryland after a shipwreck. The black male and brown female were both excellent water dogs and were later mated. These pups were most likely crossed with other local sporting breeds such as the Coonhound, the English Water Poodle, and the Curly and Flat-Coated Retrievers. What emerged was an able rough-water dog with excellent retrieving instincts. His coat, in particular, is unique in that it can withstand icy-cold water yet remain dry underneath; sportsmen claim a quick shake is all it takes to shed any remaining water and ice.

Temperament

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a protective dog breed who makes a good watchdog. These are friendly, intelligent and obedient dogs with a mind of their own. It is reserved with strangers and can be protective; it also can be aggressive toward strange dogs if challenged. This is the hardiest, most strong-willed and protective of the retriever breeds, but it can make a good family pet.

Upkeep

The Chessie is a large active dog that needs a daily chance to exercise. It enjoys a good walk or swim. It can live outside in temperate conditions, but more than anything it prefers to spend time with its family. The oily, wavy coat needs weekly brushing but is generally easily maintained. It seldom needs washing; in fact, it's hard to get a Chessie wet! Bathing destroys the coats oils and thus, its water resistance.