All About the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
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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.
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.
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.
- Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have a double coat that is harsh and wavy on the outside, and dense and wooly underneath. The coat also contains oil to help protect the dogs from cold temperatures while swimming.
- A low-maintenance grooming breed, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers require a weekly brushing but do not need baths because they remove the protective oil from the fur.
- They have yellow or amber eyes.
10 to 13 years
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.
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have a medium tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.
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.
- Chesapeake Bay Retrievers’ roots are traced back to a shipwreck off the coast of Maryland in 1807, when two Newfoundlands were rescued and subsequently bred with local Retriever dogs.
- Chesapeake Bay Retrievers can retrieve several hundred waterfowl per day.
- Named for the river where they were bred, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are the state dog of Maryland.