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Chesapeke Bay Retrievers

Also referred to as Chessies

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

All About the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

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Average Height & Weight

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 23 to 26 inches.

Weight: 65 to 80 pounds.

Females – Height: 21 to 24 inches.

Weight: 55 to 70 pounds.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever


Typical Coloring

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are commonly brown, sedge or deadgrass.





Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are tough, smart and hearty, belying their origins as waterfowl hunter. They are generally good-natured. Intelligent dogs, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers enjoy learning new things. The breed is very protective of its family.




Activity Level

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are a medium energy breed.

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers require daily activity such as a walk or, preferably, a dip in the pool or lake. They adore the water and are very good swimmers, able to paddle in strong tides and cold temperatures.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

10 to 13 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers include canine hip dysplasia and gastric torsion. Progressive retinal atrophy is less common but still occurs within the breed, while entropion, elbow dysplasia and cerebellar abiotrophy are seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have a medium tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.



Chesapeake Bay Retriever


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are ideal for families who spend a lot of time outdoors. They are friendly toward other dogs unless challenged, which can make them aggressive. They are friendly toward other household pets.




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