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Breed: Chesapeake Bay Retriever:

  • The Chesapeake Bay Retriever originated in the early 1800s from Newfoundland dogs and American retrievers in the Chesapeake Bay area.
  • The Curly Coated Retriever and the Irish Water Spaniel were also ancestors of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
  • The breed standard was established in 1885.
  • The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a muscular dog with remarkable endurance.
  • The male is between 23 and 26 inches tall at the withers; the female is between 21 to 24 inches tall.
  • The male weighs between 65 to 75 pounds; the female between 55 and 65 pounds.
  • These dogs can withstand cold and wet; they can retrieve their game in rough water.
  • They have an oily outer coat that protects them from water, and a wooly undercoat to keep them warm.
  • The hairs shouldn't be more than about 1 1/2 inches long. They tend to be wavy on the shoulders, neck, and back.
  • The coat can range from dark brown to faded tan (deadgrass).
  • The Chesapeake Bay Retriever needs a lot of exercise.
  • They are devoted and affectionate family dogs.


Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Source: The Reader's Digest Illustrated Book of Dogs, 2nd ed., The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, New York, 1993, p. 106-107.