Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a chocolate Labrador lookalike! This breed has a powerful, muscular body and short, shaggy coat. This breed is known to be protective and loyal with a serious temperament. This intelligent breed can be stubborn and needs early training from a firm, consistent owner. 

 

 

Other Names
Chessie, Bay
Country of Origin
United States
Colour
This breed comes reddish gold, brown and a colour between straw to bracken. Some have white markings on their bodies as well.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
This breed measures from 53 – 66cms and weigh 25 – 37kgs.
Health
Common ailments that the Chesapeake is prone to include: Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, ear and eye infections as well as developmental issues. They are generally hardy dogs.
Life Span
10 - 12 years
Intelligence
The Chesapeake is a smart dog with a stubborn streak. Socialisation is recommended from a young age to reduce the chance of aggressive behaviour later in life. They have the potential to be great guard dogs for their families.
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

The Chesapeake won't say no to seconds! With a big appetite, this dog can follow a strict yet normal diet in order to prevent any weight issues.

 

 

 

Feeding Cost
$10–$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
The Chesapeake needs plenty of exercise and will often act out if not! Swimming and running are among their favourite activities. Due to their size and energetic personality, this breed is not ideal for owners with limited access to parks and rivers.
Ailments
Common ailments that the Chesapeake is prone to include: Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, ear and eye infections as well as developmental issues. They are generally hardy dogs.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

This breed only requires brushing during moulting season. It is advised to bathe this breed as little as possible to prevent damage being done to the natural oils of its weather resistant coat.

 

Grooming Frequency
Up to once a week
Trimming
None
The American Chesapeake Bay Retriever is said to have originated in Maryland. Crossbred with Newfoundlands, Smooth and Curly Coated Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels and Coonhounds, this breed is an impressive mix . Their popularity as a Gundog grew in the 1970s. The American Kennel Club officially recognised this breed in 1933.


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