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CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER

Breed Group: Gundog

For full breed standards, visit UK Kennel Club or American Kennel Club

Average height: 58 - 66 cms (23 - 26 in)

Average Weight: 25 - 36 kgs (55 - 80 lbs)

Coat Length: Short

Life Span: 10 - 13 years

Colours: Deadgrass, Sedge (red gold), Brown, Ash

HISTORY

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has its origins in the United States, specifically around the Chesapeake Bay area. It evolved from a foundation that is shares with other retrievers like the Labrador, Flat-Coated, and Golden Retrievers. Initially serving as fisherman's helpers, these breeds were diversified over time for retrieving game birds both in and out of the water​​.

L.E.G.S.

Using the L.E.G.S.® model, our breed descriptions offer insights into typical behavior based on Genetics, Learning, Environment, and Self. 

Knowing the sort of 'job' a breed was created for can offer valuable insights into the type of life dogs of that breed would most enjoy. But bear in mind, they are all individuals, treat the following as an indication of breed tendencies – not a prediction.

Shedding

minimal <> considerable

Grooming

minimal <> likely to need professional grooming

Barking

relatively quiet <> very vocal

Predatory behaviour around other pets/livestock

low<>high

Response to strangers

happy to greet everyone <> very wary

Affectionate with family

not at all<>very cuddly

Playful

serious<>very playful

Focus on handler (bond)

independent thinker<>very biddable

Excitable/Impulsive

very calm<>easily aroused

Motivated

laid back<>obsessive

Easy to care for

suitable for inexperienced<>challenging

Exercise needs

minimal<>hours daily

Off-lead exercise needs

happy on lead<>needs plenty of freedom

Enrichment needs

basic<>needs challenges

WHY YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER

  • Their courageous and keen nature makes them excellent workers and companions, especially for water-related activities
  • The breed's bright, happy disposition and intelligence make them a joy to interact with
  • Their affectionate and protective nature makes them great family pets and guard dogs

WHY THEY MAY BE HARD TO LIVE WITH

  • The breed's strong, muscular build and high energy levels require consistent exercise and mental stimulation

  • Their independent nature might pose a challenge in training, requiring patience and consistency

  • The distinctive coat requires regular grooming to maintain its water-resistant properties

YOUR CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER PUPPY HIGHLIGHTS

New owners can expect a robust and energetic puppy with a keen interest in water and outdoor activities. Early socialization and consistent training are crucial to manage their strong, independent nature. Their bright and affectionate disposition makes the journey rewarding.

 

YOU MAY NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP WITH:

  • Managing their strong, independent nature, especially when the environment has other excitements to offer
  • Channeling their high energy levels into productive activities
  • Grooming their distinctive coat to maintain its condition and functionality

YOUR RELATIONSHIP SURVIVAL KEY

Building a successful long-term relationship with a Chesapeake Bay Retriever involves understanding and accommodating their love for physical activities, especially swimming and retrieving. Consistent, patient training and ample exercise are key to a harmonious relationship.

UPBRINGING

Raising a Chesapeake Bay Retriever involves a balance of physical exercise, mental stimulation, and consistent training. Their independent nature requires a firm yet positive approach to training. Early socialization is crucial to develop their confidence and manage their protective instincts.

LIFESTYLE

A great home for a Chesapeake Bay Retriever includes ample opportunities for physical activities, especially those involving water. Somewhere with access to outdoor space and a family that enjoys active outdoor pursuits would get this breed's vote.

INTERESTS & HOBBIES

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers excel in activities that involve retrieving and water, reflecting their historical role. They enjoy swimming, hiking, and participating in dog sports like agility and obedience trials.

EDUCATION

Training goals should focus on teaching good manners and recall, considering their strong, independent nature. Positive reinforcement methods work best, and early socialization is essential to develop a well-rounded temperament.