Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, also called Chessi, is a breed of dogs coming from Maryland, USA. It originates from two Newfoundland dogs - male and female (Kenton and Sailor) rescued from a boat in 1807 and later crossed with other breeds. This happened near the Chesapeake Bay area in Maryland. For the first time the breed was recognized in 1877 by the American Kennel Club under the name "Chesapeake Bay ducking dog." In 1964 it was proclaimed a national dog of Maryland. It is also the mascot of the University of Baltimore Maryland.

They are used for hunting wild ducks and geese as well as guard dogs. They have a waterproof coat, which allow them to remain dry during water hunting.

Physical characteristics

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a great, strong and athletic body. This is a beautiful dog who moves with grace and is extremely agile. His expression is impatient, but firm. His coat is short, hard and dense with shiny surface. The weight of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is about 22-32 kg and height reaches about 53-66 cm.

Character and behavior

Faithful, steadfast and wise, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is very loyal to his owners. His strong instincts make him an effective watchdog. This animal guards his home and territory and becomes aggressive in the presence of other animals or strangers.

Chessies have many traits that make retrievers popular: they are happy, affectionate and loyal. But they are also more emotional than other similar dogs. You should know that they are independent animals.

Training and education

This is an excellent retriever. Dogs of this breed love the water and can spend hours, even in the coldest lake. They also like to run, play and get involved in any activities. They need a lot of exercise outside. The degree of training difficulty can vary - they are highly intelligent, but their confidence may create problems, so their owners must be assertive and must show from the beginning who's in charge. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever loves to chew, so be sure to provide appropriate toys for this purpose, or he can start chewing your belongings.

Health problems

The lifespan of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is around 10-12 years. A survey, made by the UK Kennel Club puts the average life expectancy of the breed at 10.75 years. The US breed club made a similar survey, which puts the lifespan at 9.4 years. According to the results, 1 in 4 lived to 13 years or more while 1 in 5 don't live past 5 years.

There are a number of health problems that are connected with the breed, including OCD, PRA, HD cataracts and others. It is necessary to make sure that the parents of your puppy have OFA and CERF certificates.

Grooming and care

When it comes to maintenance of appearance, you must be careful not to over-brushing the hair because this threatens to damage it. It is enough to comb once a week and more often only during periods when the hair falls more thoroughly. If you are looking for puppies for sale of this breed, you should know that this is a confident dog that sometimes tries to impose and is therefore more suitable choice of pet for people who have some experience in growing dogs.

Children and other pets

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever gets along well with educated children and other pets if raised with them and properly socialized.

Interesting facts

There are a lot of stories of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers catching more than 100 ducks in one day.

With the right training, they can become great hunting companions, perfect in hunt tests, and other field trials. These dogs can also perform well in competitions of obedience, as well as in sports like agility and flyball.