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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppies
Description: Previously known as the Chesapeake Bay Ducking Dog, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is very good at doing his job. They are a good sized, hearty breed who is devoted to their family and make a great waterfowl hunter and a trusty guard dog. Considered a duck dog, they have an extraordinary ability to remember where each bird falls and then retrieves them all efficiently. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers' yellow-amber eyes are a unique characteristic to them. They also have webbed feet and can swim very well, even in choppy waters. They are hardier than other retrievers, as well as more hard-headed. They have been described as "about as sensitive as a Sherman tank". Chessies are hard working and dedicated to what they do. They are devoted to family and are good with children, but wary of strangers. They can also swim for hours in icy water and are die-hard retrievers for birds, sticks, balls or anything you can throw. The Chesapeake is serious, reserved, and courageous. They are intelligent and easily trainable, a loyal and honorable companion. Exercise or a job to do is a must with this breed, as they are hard workers. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers do best in a rural environment with a daily job.
Other Names: Chessie, Chesapeake Bay Ducking Dog
Type: Gun Dog
Female: 21 - 24 inches; Males: 23 - 26 inches.
Colors: Dead grass
(straw to bracken), sedge (red-gold), or any shade of brown. Dead grass color
is preferred for hunting. White spots may appear on chest, toes, and belly.
The smaller the spots the better.
Bay Retrievers are responsive, industrious, serious and aware. They are hard
and diligent workers, willing to swim for a long time to retrieve their game.
They are loyal and gentle with children. They can be wary of strangers, and
tend to have a sharper personality than the other retrievers. They are training
savvy, very responsive. Chessies are intelligent, affectionate with family and
happiest in the country. They may react if provoked, and give off a slight odor
this isn't unpleasant.
Watch-dog: Very High. Chesapeakes
notice small and large changes alike and will alert you.
Care and Brush
with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary as the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
coat has a natural waterproofing oil to it. They will need a great deal of vigorous
activity including swimming to maintain peak physical condition.
Activity: Indoors - Low.
Outdoors - Very High. Chesapeakes are determined to do their job.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy). Other health concerns include dwarfism, entropion, and epilepsy.
Life Span: 10 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
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