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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Chesapeake Bay Retriever so you can get to know the breed more.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever
OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Chesapeake Bay Retriever have? The dog breed also known as...
Chessie, CBR, Chesapeake
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Chesapeake Bay Retriever recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Chesapeake Bay Retriever recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Chesapeake Bay Retriever price:
$500-$600
If you choose to purchase the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Chesapeake Bay Retriever for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Chesapeake Bay Retriever gets to a happy place.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever History

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever finds its origins around the Chesapeake Bay area, in the United States of America, from the early 19th century. The breed is believed to be descended from two Newfoundland dogs named Canton, who as a black female, and a red male, Sailor, who were traveling on a ship from England to Maryland, in 1807. According to the legends, the ship sunk, however, fortunately, these two dogs saved the majority of the ship’s crew. Canton found a home with Dr. James Stewart of Sparrow's Point, and Sailor was taken home by John Mercer of West River.

During the early 19th century, wealthy duck club owners lined both shores of the Chesapeake Bay area. These hunters were the firsts who sought after developing a new breed, which, ideally, would be able to endure the shallow bay, with its freezing water temperatures. Hunters really needed a good and reliable hunting companion, for the reason that the Chesapeake Bay area was located along the Atlantic Flyway, which is a flight path taken by geese and ducks to their winter homes. Each year, the bay hosted a third of all the migratory waterfowl wintering on the East Coast, thus it was a great and fruitful hunting environment. Consequently, they started to breed a new dog, using partly the Newfoundland specimens from the ship. Later, they added the Labrador Retriever and the Irish Water Spaniel to the gene pool too. This mix resulted in the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, who came out with a thick, oily, double coat, which was both insulating and water-repellent, its repelling moisture like the duck’s feathers do. Furthermore, the dogs’ broad chest could be used as a plow against the ice floes and the powerful hindquarters and large webbed feet enabled the dogs to swim tirelessly against the slashing winds that whip across the bay. Consequently, it is safe to say, that the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is the perfect combination of Newfoundland’s swimming capabilities, and the Labrador’s physical attributes and talented retrieving skills. Interestingly, it has been reported by some hunters that some Chesapeake Bay Retriever specimens were able to retrieve more than 300 ducks in a single day.

By the time the AKC was founded in 1884, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, or in its other name, the Chessie was an already well-established breed with an accepted breed standard. The American Chesapeake Club was founded in 1918, with the intention of popularizing the breed among the hunting communities, as well as among the families.

Nowadays, even though the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not the most popular retriever breed, although, the dogs are considered to be the toughest of them, who are willing to work even in ice-cold water all day long. The breed’s role did not change much during the decades, it is still employed to do various roles, including drug or bomb detection, and search-and-rescue work, helping the mentally or physically disabled. Moreover, the breed’s dashing physical attributes, athleticism, and superior intelligence helped them to get into the show rings, and to enter a variety of dog sports such as obedience, flyball, and agility. To increase the Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s likeability, even more, the dogs are believed to be great with children, so the breed is also a good family companion too, with their loyalty, activity, fun, and good temperament.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Chesapeake Bay Retriever size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Chesapeake Bay Retriever weigh? Chesapeake Bay Retriever weight:
Male: 65-80 pounds (29-36 kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever? Chesapeake Bay Retriever average weight:
Male: 72.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever? Chesapeake Bay Retriever height:
Male: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Chesapeake Bay Retriever average height:
Male: 24.5 inches (62 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Chesapeake Bay Retriever have? What does this canine coat look like?
Waterproof
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Chesapeake Bay Retriever's coat?
BrownDeadgrassLightSedge
Grooming
How to groom the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and how often?
Easy to groom: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chessie? Chesapeake Bay Retriever shedding level:
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Chesapeake Bay Retriever have? What characteristics does the breed have?
HappyDominantProtectiveAffectionateIntelligentQuiet
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Chesapeake Bay Retriever's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Chesapeake Bay Retriever sensitivity:
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Chessie need? Chesapeake Bay Retriever social needs:
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs bark a lot? Why does my CBR bark?
Average: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Chesapeake Bay Retriever good as a watchdog?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Chesapeake Bay Retriever bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chessie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Chesapeake Bay Retriever? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Chesapeake Bay Retriever do?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Chesapeake Bay Retrievers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Chesapeake Bay Retriever roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Chesapeake Bay Retriever have high prey drive?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Chesapeake Bay Retriever good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Chesapeake Bay Retriever and children:
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Chesapeake Bay Retriever good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Chesapeake Bay Retrievers good office dogs? Do Chesapeake Bay Retrievers make good office friendly dogs? Can Chesapeake Bay Retrievers be office dogs?
No
Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chessie temperament with senior people? Are Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs good for elderly owners?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs get along with other pets? Are Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Chesapeake Bay Retriever be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Chesapeake Bay Retriever be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Chesapeake Bay Retriever be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Chesapeake Bay Retriever be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Chesapeake Bay Retriever be a boat dog?
Yes
Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Chesapeake Bay Retriever be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs have health problems?
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed? Health risks of Chesapeake Bay Retriever:
BloatCerebellar AbiotrophyHip DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Chesapeake Bay Retriever be?
10-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed hypoallergenic?
No
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Chesapeake Bay Retriever have?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs require per day?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Chesapeake Bay Retriever need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Chesapeake Bay Retriever risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Chesapeake Bay Retriever's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Chesapeake Bay Retriever's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Chesapeake Bay Retriever drool?
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Chesapeake Bay Retriever: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Chesapeake Bay Retriever have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Chesapeake Bay Retriever have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
7-9 puppies

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Chesapeake Bay Retriever's has great intelligence.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Child Friendly: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat Dog: Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Dog Friendly: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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