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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

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 Younger Children


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Apartment Living

Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Temperament, Personality And Breed Guide

chesapeake bay retrieverThere were many lines of Chessie developing throughout the late 1800's, mainly because local hunters were adding other breeds to the mix, Chesapeake Bay Duck Dog, Otter Dog, and Newfoundland Duck Dog were some early examples, but by 1890 the breed had firmly crystallised into the dog we recognise today and was thus named.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Temperament

Chessies have a strong willed personality and are protective, much more so than other retrievers.  Consequently they need a trainer that is experienced and assertive enough to gain this dogs respect,  admiration and love.

Once you have the Chessie's respect you have a life long devoted and eager companion. Affectionate with friends and family but wary towards strangers.

Description The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a strong medium sized dog, slightly longer than it is tall with a broachesapeake bay retriever jumpingd wide powerful head that leads to a gently tapered muzzle, giving them a softer profile than most retriever breeds.

Small drop ears with yellow or amber eyes. The Chessie's tail is long and low hanging and he has large webbed feet.

They have a short oily  and dense water repellent  coat which is wavy on the back but straight on the head and legs, they also have a thick undercoat which provides excellent insulation their coats dont' have odour problems and so bathing should really only be done when absolutely necessary , they  can be coloured any shade of brown, sedge or dead grass.

Hardy durable and courageous, Chessies can swim for hours in icy water - they are uber retrievers driven to perform their quest in life as if the world depended on it! They just love swimming diving and retrieving.

Children:  The Chesapeake temperament makes them a good match for considerate youngsters who no how to respect their dog. Why not check out some other dog breeds that are good with children.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Information and BreedNotes

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Temperament Is Brave, Active, Affectionate And Water-Loving

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Protection levels: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever temperament  is protective, much more territorial than other sporting dogs

Other Animals Good with pets, can be be dog aggressive, males more so than females.

Exercise: Highly active dog needs plenty of long exercise, they love to swim and should be encouraged to do so. This is not a dog for a quick walk round the block .

Health: Generally  a healthy breed but like many larger breeds can be prone to gastric torsion or bloat. Growth deficiancy in puppies, (OCD) and hip displasia are also a concern. Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

 The Ideal Chesapeake Bay Retriever Owner is..

Experienced and assertive, ideally suited to people who enjoy extensive outdoor pursuits, hunters or active families with older children and access to lots of space and water.

Not Recommended For novice owners , apartment living, isolation, inactive lifestyle.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club.


Comparable Breeds

Labrador Retriever Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Labrador Retriever

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 The American Kennel Club and Others

chesapeake bay retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers or “Chessies” origins can be dated back to a shipwreck off the Maryland coast in 1807, when  two Newfoundland pups were rescued and brought ashore. The pair, named "Sailor" and "Canton" respectively were given to two local men who were very keen hunters of waterfowl. It soon transpired that both Sailor and Canton were exceptional retrievers, revelling in the ice clogged waterways where their endurance and great skill for the hunt became legendary.

Their offspring too became highly sought after amongst local duck hunters, and by the mid 1850's the breed as we know it it today was clearly recognisable. With wildfowl numerous and conditions hard, they soon become common in the bay area as the only breed with the skill and stamina to work such a harsh coastline .