Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Retriever is a breed of dog originating in the United States and bred for waterfowl hunting. They are strong and balanced dogs, with body and limbs of moderate length. They are noted for being loyal, noble and demanding companions.

General details

The breed has a medium size and a robust structure. The weight ranges between 28 and 36 kilograms, and the height between 56 and 70 centimeters. Their life expectancy is 10 to 13 years. The Chesapeake Retriever belongs to Group 8 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes working dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Chesapeake Retriever (also known as Chessie) is a breed of dog originating in the United States. It is believed to have been created from crosses between the old Newfoundlands, Labradors and Otterhounds in the 19th century. The breed was originally bred as a hunting dog, as its hardy coat, medium to large size and swimming ability made it ideal for the activity. This breed was also noted for its ability to retrieve birds that fell from the sky, which made it one of the most popular breeds among hunters. Today, the Chesapeake Retriever remains one of the most popular breeds in the United States. This breed has become an ideal choice for families looking for a docile, loyal and obedient dog. In addition, it is also used as a working dog in rescue, search and guarding.

Breed characteristics

The Chesapeake Retriever has a robust body, a head of balanced proportions and a strong jaw. Its ears are medium-sized and triangular in shape, and its dark brown eyes are medium-sized and expressive. The coat is rough and dense, with a thick outer coat and a soft undercoat, and is characterized by a brown and gray color. As for the personality of this breed, Chesapeake Retrievers are intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic, but they are also loyal and loving. This breed is known for their great willingness to learn, as well as their endurance in the water, which makes them excellent companions for those who enjoy outdoor activities.

Common health problems

This breed is prone to a variety of diseases, including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, epilepsy, chronic liver disease, fibrous lamina syndrome, retinal dysplasia and obesity. In addition to the above conditions, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends a cardiac and eye screening examination (at 12 months of age), as well as a series of tests to assess the following diseases: progressive retinal atrophy, exercise-induced collapse, degenerative myelopathy and autoimmune thyroiditis.

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