Chesapeake Bay Retriever
USA FCI 263 . Retrievers

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake is a hunting dog, pure and simple.



When a British brig was wrecked off the coast of Maryland 1807, part of the load was rescued included two dogs Newfoundland. Called Sailor and Canton, It was found to have excellent skills as reclaimers. The locals raised them with local dogs, and they became the ancestors of the “Chesapeake Bay Retriever”. Other breeds that may have contributed to the composition of the Chesapeake were “Flat-coated Retriever” and the “Curly-coated Retriever“.

The result was a hard Retriever that he was ready and willing to endure the harsh and icy Chesapeake Bay being able to recover from 100 - 200 ducks day. The first dogs came only in dark brown, but now any shade of brown, sedge or dead grass is acceptable.

The American Kennel Club registered your first Chessie, called Sunday, in 1878. The Chesapeake is ranked 48 breeds registered by the AKC, under the 41 a decade.

Physical characteristics

Distinctive features include eyes very clear, yellow or amber, rear quarters as high or slightly higher than the shoulders, and a double layer which tends to wave on shoulders, the neck, back and loins.

The Raincoats feels slightly oily and often is associated with a slight musky odor. three basic colors are usually seen on race: Brown, which it includes all shades from light brown to a deep dark brown; sedge, ranging from reddish yellow to bright red and brown shades; and dead grass in all shades, ranging from a dull tan to a straw color off.

The breed standard states that the target may also appear, but it should be limited to the chest, the belly, the toes or back of feet. The head is round and wide with an average stop and muzzle. The lips are thin, and ears are small and medium leather. The Forelegs should be straight with good bone. The hindquarters are especially strong and the toes webbed as excellent swimming ability is important to the Chesapeake.

This breed is also known for its large and powerful chest, icebreakers used when immersed in cold water while hunting ducks.

Character and skills

The “Chesapeake Bay Retriever” It is prized for its awake and cheerful disposition, his intelligence, his calm demeanor and his affectionate nature and protective. The value, the willingness to work, vivacity, good sense of smell, the intelligence, the enjoyment of the water and especially the general quality and the provisions should take priority when selecting and raising the “Chesapeake Bay Retriever”. Extreme shyness or aggression are not desirable in this breed, whether the animal is used as a hunting dog or pet.

In the countryside, the Chesapeake he is a serious worker and has even been called neurotic in his quest to find fallen birds. It is not out there to play. The Chesapeake They are known for their excellent vision and memories when it comes to seeing where birds fall and remembering where to go to collect them.. His favorite activity is hunting for ducks.

When you train, respects their learning ability. Continue training him not long after it is clear that knows what to do. The perfect Chesapeake is not prepared by the breeder. any dog, no matter how pleasant it, detestable levels can develop barking, excavation and other undesirable behavior if you are bored, untrained or unsupervised.

Did You Know?

The Chessie not designed to be a companion, is a hunting dog, pure and simple. And not just any old hunting dog… is an aquatic bird dog and lives to get wet in pursuit of its prey feather.

Health “Chesapeake Bay Retriever”

According to a survey conducted in 2005 by the American Chesapeake Club, the most common health problems seen in the breed are hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and other eye problems, cancer, Degenerative myelopathy and hypothyroidism. This breed can also be prone to a bleeding disorder called von Willebrand disease.

Looking for a breeder who use the new genetic test available for degenerative myelopathy, a form of progressive weakness and paralysis of the limbs. Although DM is rare, It is incurable and crippling. Not all dogs that test positive in the test of DM develop the disease, but farmers who try their race for this condition are probably the most conscientious. The test can be used to determine whether a puppy's parents are clean, they are carriers or are at risk; a puppy whose parents are clean – neither carriers nor at risk – also will be. A puppy two carrier parents will be at risk, and a puppy parent with a carrier may be at risk. Even dogs who undergo the test of having two copies of the gene never show symptoms of the disease, but the status of the parents of your puppy, and his own dog, It can help you be aware of the early warning signs.

Careful breeders examine their breeding dogs for genetic diseases and breed only the healthiest and best looking copies, but sometimes mother nature has other ideas and a puppy develops one of these diseases despite good breeding practices. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that in most cases dogs can still live a good life. If you're going to have a puppy, Ask the breeder about the ages of the dogs of their lines and why they died.

Remember that after hosting a new puppy home ut, It has the power to protect one of the most common health problems: the obesity. Keep a “Chesapeake Bay Retriever” with a suitable weight it is one of the easiest ways to prolong life. Advantage to the maximum their preventive abilities to help ensure a healthier dog for life.

Grooming “Chesapeake Bay Retriever”

The Chesapeake has a tough, oily outer coat over a dense undercoat, fine and wooly. The dirt and debris are easily removed with a rubber brush. The undercoat is very clear in spring, so be prepared to brush the dog more often during this time to prevent loose hair from accumulating on clothing and furniture.

Give the Chessie Fresh water rinse after it has been in salt water or has swum in the mud of a pond or lake, but to keep the resistance of the coat to water, avoid bathing unless absolutely necessary. That can be as little as twice a year.

The rest are basic care. Keep ears clean and dry so they do not infect, and trim nails as needed, usually every two weeks. Brush teeth for general good health and fresh breath.

Characteristics "Chesapeake Bay Retriever"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Chesapeake Bay Retriever" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Images “Chesapeake Bay Retriever”


1. A Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Keith Rousseau at en.wikipedia / CC BY-SA
2. Chesapeaker Bay retriever by Nevilley / CC BY-SA
3. Male, Chesapeake Bay Retriever competing in the conformation ring by George Makatura / Public domain
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8. Brown Chesapeake Bay Retriever in the snow, carrying a plant part in its snout by Will Thomas / CC BY

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Type and recognitions:

  • CLASSIFICATION FCI:Group 8 –> Retrievers – Flushing Dogs – Water Dogs. / Section 1 –> Retrievers. With working trial.
  • FCI 263
  • FCI breed standard "Chesapeake Bay Retriever"
  • Federations: FCI , AKC , ANKC , CKC , ​KC , NZKC , UKC

Alternative names:

    1. Chessie, CBR, Chesapeake (English).
    2. Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chesapeake (French).
    3. Chesapeake Bay Retriever (German).
    4. Chesapeake bay retriever (Portuguese).
    5. Chessie, CBR, Chesapeake (Spanish).
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