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  • Breed: Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Group: Sporting
  • Height: 21-26"
  • Weight: 55-80 lbs
  • HypoAllergenic: No
  • Coat: Thick, Short, Water Resistant
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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an American original with the classic traits of a good retriever: loyal, upbeat, affectionate, and energetic. The Chessie has a unique oily waterproof coat which responds to water similarly to that of a ducks feathers. Chessies are solid-colored, either chocolatey brown, sedge, or deadgrass, with keen yellow-amber eyes. Chessies are more emotionally complex than the usual gundog. Chessies should begin training early to help curb bad habits and direct their independent nature. Chessies make excellent watch dogs. A well-socialized Chessie is a confident companion and world-class hunting buddy.

Interesting Facts About the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Founded in 1918, The American Chesapeake Club is the official AKC Parent Club representing the Chesapeake Bay Retriever which originated in the United States.

The Chesapeake Bay (surrounded by Maryland and Virginia) is located along what’s called the Atlantic Flyway, a flight path taken by ducks and geese to their winter homes. Every year, the bay hosts a third of all migratory waterfowl wintering on the East Coast. Old-time sportsmen hoping to exploit this duck hunter’s paradise built a retriever well-suited to the bay’s frigid waters.

The thick, oily, double coat of the Chessie is both insulating and waterproof; it repels moisture much the way a duck’s feathers do.