The Chesapeake Bay retriever was designed to hunt waterfowl under undesirable conditions, confronting powerful tides in rough water, high winds and sometimes even needing to break through icehockey. It’s an outstanding swimmer, using a powerful, yet tender, sting allowing it to take birds. It’s strong limbs and webbed feet. The Chessie is slightly longer than tall, with its hindquarters as high, or higher, compared to its forequarters. Its coat is left almost watertight by virtue of its own fatty, harsh outer coat and dense wooly undercoat. The colour matches its functioning environment: any shade of brown, sedge or dead marijuana.
The Chesapeake Bay retriever is sturdy enough to not only resist, but but also enjoy, repeated plunges into freezing water. It loves to swim and retrieve. Despite a busy life when outside, inside it is inclined to be composed. The Chessie will be independent, despite the fact that it’s keen to learn. It’s reserved with strangers and may be protective; additionally, it may be aggressive toward strange dogs when contested. Here is the hardiest, most strong-willed and protective of the retriever breeds.
|• Major concerns: CHD, gastric torsion
• Minor concerns: PRA
• Occasionally seen: entropion, OCD, elbow dysplasia, cerebellar abiotrophy
• Suggested tests: hip, eye
• Life span: 10 – 13 years
|The history of the Chesapeake Bay retriever is among the most interesting — and lucky — at dogdom. In 1807, an American boat rescued the crew and freight from a shipwrecked English brig off the shore of Maryland. One of the rescued were just two presumably Newfoundland pups which were awarded to the rescuers. All these pups (one black and one red) afterwards proved to be skilled water retrievers, and since their reputations grew, many regional retrievers of cloudy background have been bred into them. It’s also believed that Irish water spaniel, Newfoundland, bloodhound along with other neighborhood hound crosses added into the growth of the breed. Gradually a different neighborhood breed arose, a dog which could repeatedly float through the arctic arctic waters of the Chesapeake Bay and unerringly retrieve duck following duck. Even now, the Chessie is famous for its outstanding ability to mark and recall where a bird has dropped. Its reputation spread well outside the Chesapeake Bay region. From 1885, the strain was completely established and recognized by the AKC. Despite being among the earliest AKC recognized breeds, and among the few strains that could boast of being produced in the USA, the Chessie’s popularity has remained small.|