AKC PuppyFinder: Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Bright, sensitive, perceptive; affectionate and family-oriented
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Mellow around the house, rugged and indefatigable at work; Chessies love outdoor exercise, especially swimming
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 23-26 inches (male), 21-24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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With its thick wavy coat and retrieving skills, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is made for the water. Even in the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay, this is a dog that loves swimming and will tenaciously stick to a task until he gets the job done. Off the water, your Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy is an excellent family pet. He's affectionate, loyal and, with plenty of exercise, relaxed around the house. He can also be more independent than some hunting dogs and tends to be protective of his family. With early socialization and plenty of outdoor activities, you'll have an athletic, smart companion.

History & Job
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Origin: United States

Year Recognized: 1878

Breed History & Job Description: The Chesapeake Bay is a 200-mile estuary surrounded by Maryland and Virginia. Because the bay is relatively shallow, it has a low capacity for storing heat: Water temperatures get down around freezing in early winter and stay there till spring. The bay hosts a third of all migratory waterfowl wintering in the East. Sportsmen exploited this hunter’s paradise by breeding a retriever whose insulated coat, powerful body, and large webbed feet enable him to swim tirelessly against ice floes and slashing winds.

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As in most large breeds, hip dysplasia is a health concern in the Chesapeake. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and PennHip are two groups who use radiographs (X-rays) to evaluate the conformation of dogs' hips. The possibility of inherited eye problems is minimized by examinations by certified veterinarian ophthalmologists. Genetic testing of breeding stock should also be done for Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration (PRCD), which is the most common form of Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) in the Chesapeake.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • PRA Optigen DNA Test
  • EIC DNA Test
  • Degenerative Myelopathy DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: American Chesapeake Club
  • Breed Club Link: http://amchessieclub.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 43
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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