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About Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

In 1807, two Newfoundlands were rescued from the cargo of an English brig which shipwrecked off the coast of Maryland. It is believed that these two Newfoundland's were bred to local retrievers, including the English Otter Hound, Flat-Coat, and Curly-Coated Retriever, at which point the "Chessie" type developed. Chessies were bred to work on land and water; thus, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever originally hunted waterfowl in rough and icy waters, often retrieving several hundred birds per day.

The Chesapeake Bay retriever was developed along the Chesapeake Bay and named the state dog of Maryland. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are the toughest water retriever and truly an American sporting breed. This breed is physically strong, robust, and is a powerfully built medium-sized breed with yellowish or amber eyes and a unique coat; a short, harsh, wavy outer coat with a dense fine wooly undercoat. Their color ranges from shades of brown, shades of deadgrass, or sedge and must be as close to that of their working environment as possible.

Chesapeake Bay retrievers are high spirited and intelligent breed whose courage, working ability, and love of water is most compatible with active, outdoor-loving families. Their coat is short, requiring very little grooming to maintain it regularly. Both the outer coat and undercoat contain oils for protection in harsh conditions; therefore, bathing should be done only when necessary.

In 1878, the Chesapeake Bay retrievers were first recognized in the Sporting Group of American Kennel Club.

The average Chessie weighs 55 to 80 pounds and is about 21 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder.

A word of caution; while the Chesapeake Bay retriever is a wonderful breed, unfortunately, they are not a breed for every owner. This breed is very protective and they can be naughty with other dogs.

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