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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake is one fine dog breed. It has a remarkable coat and the ability to Lord over your home if given the chance. They are reputable gundogs who can keep you company both inside and outside your home. They are in the class of the best retrievers as they can hunt tirelessly. Discover more about our Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies for sale below!

History of Breed 


The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was developed along the Chesapeake Bay and named the state dog of Maryland. This breed is an American sporting breed and a top water retriever. In 1807, an English brig shipwrecked off the coast of Maryland, and two Newfoundlands were rescued from the cargo. When bred to local retrievers, including the English Otter Hound, Flat-Coat, and Curly-Coated Retriever, the “Chessie” type developed.


Personality and Temperament 


The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a very outgoing and curious dog. They enjoy spending time, especially outdoors, around their family and seek your attention. They are very warm and approachable dogs with an easy-going and loving demeanor. This breed is known to do well with other pets in the household. 


Appearance and Grooming 


Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are low-maintenance dogs that do not need a lot of grooming. Brushing this pup a few days a week and bathing him every four to six weeks will help make him look and feel his best. Brushing helps to distribute the natural oil in their coat, keep your “Chessie” cleaner, and keep shedding very manageable. It is also important to make sure you clip his nails on a routine basis.


Care and Feeding


Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are moderately active dogs and do need sufficient amounts of energy to feel their best. The correct ratio of meat-based protein and micronutrients, as well as healthy carbs and fats, will keep this breed healthy. Many Chesapeake Bay Retrievers owners recommend feeding this dog two meals a day, spaced about twelve hours apart. It is also very important to remember to provide your dog with proper dental care. It is suggested that his teeth get cleaned a minimum of three times a week. Failing to keep his teeth clean can contribute to health issues. 


Breed Size and Life Expectancy 


This breed stands between twenty-one to twenty-six inches tall. 

This breed weighs between fifty-five to eighty pounds.

The average life expectancy for this breed is between ten to thirteen years.


Interesting Breed Facts 


Fact: This breed has webbed feet, which is one of the reasons he does well in the water.   

Fact: This breed is the official state dog of Maryland. 

Fact: This breed loves to play outside and does well with families who enjoy outdoor activity time.  


Ten Frequently Asked Questions about the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

What health challenges does a Chesapeake have?

The Chesapeake is more prone to the following, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, melanoma, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, entropion, ear infections, bloat.

Are Chesapeakes easy to train?

Not really. They have a mind of their own which is why people feel they are stubborn. But once they understand the command, they are likely to obey.

Are Chesapeakes good watchdogs?

Yes, they are. They are very quick to let you know when they see something or hear something they do not understand or even strangers.

Do Chesapeake Retrievers like water?

It would be like keeping a fish out of the water and this is almost impossible. They love to get their feet wet and it would be relatively difficult to keep them out. They, however, cannot get out of the water on their own, so you should be on the lookout.

Do Chesapeakes bark excessively?

No. They only bark when they feel it’s necessary or to alert their owner.

Do Chesapeakes do well when left alone?

No. They will begin to have separation anxiety and this is not healthy. They are more suited to people who work from home.

Do Chesapeakes adapt easily?

They can only adapt to people who spend the most time outdoors. They cannot live in apartments.

Are Chesapeakes playful?

Yes, they are. They do a lot of canine sports and will want to entertain.

Do Chesapeakes have prey drive?

Yes. They have a high prey drive and this should be watched so they don’t chase the cat around.

Are they suitable for first-time owners?

No. They need to be around people who understand their needs and the fact that they are high energy dogs.

Petland is honored to offer first-class Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies, and our caring team of puppy specialists will help answer any questions you may have.

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