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Chesapeake Bay Retriever


Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Water power from the Northeast

Other Names: Chesapeake

Type: Braccoid

Male size: 23-26 inches

Male weight: 65-80 lbs

Female size: 21-24 inches

Female weight: 55-70 lbs

Degree of grooming


Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs


Countries of origin United States of America

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Both topcoat and undercoat must be impregnated with oil to protect the skin from cold water and enable quick drying after a dip.

Chesapeakes are calm, intelligent dogs with a bright and happy disposition, a natural affection and a protective instinct. The breed has many qualities including courage, a good work ethic, keenness, a fine nose, intelligence and love of water. However, general disposition and above all character are the most important when it comes to breeding.


Chesapeake Bay Retriever In a few words :

  • Head

    Broad, round head with medium stop, long, powerful jaws sufficient to accommodate large waterfowl.


  • Body

    Medium length, neither cobby nor roached, almost hallow topline viewed from underneath as the flanks are well tucked up, hindquarters are a little higher than the shoulders.


  • Coat

    Blending as well as possible with its natural surroundings, being any shade of brown, sedge or deadgrass, self-colored dogs are preferred.


  • Ears

    Small, set well up on the head, hanging loosely.


  • Tail

    Medium length and thickness at the base, straight or gently curved.


  • Hair

    Double coat, comprising short, rough, wavy topcoat and dense, fine, woolly undercoat abundantly impregnated with natural oil.



The very clear yellow or amber eyes is a distinctive breed characteristic, as is the double coat, which tends to wave on the shoulders, neck, back and loins.Equally proficient on land or in water, Chesapeakes were developed along the bay of the same name to hunt waterfowl in the least inviting weather and water conditions,. They often have to work strenuously and even break through ice to retrieve the game. They often face winds, tides and long cold swims.