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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Family: gundog, retriever
Area of origin: United States
Original function: water retriever
Average size of male: Ht: 23-26, Wt: 65-80
Average size of female: Ht: 21-24, Wt: 55-70
Other names: none

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Dog Temperament

The Chesapeake Bay retriever is hardy enough to not only withstand, but also relish, repeated plunges into icy water. He loves to swim and retrieve. Despite an active life when outdoors, inside he tends to be calm. The Chessie tends to be independent, although eager to learn. He can be reserved with strangers and can be protective. This is the hardiest, most strong-willed and protective of the retriever breeds.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Dog Care

The Chessie is a large active dog that needs a daily chance to exercise. He enjoys a good walk or swim and more than anything, prefers to spend time with his family. The oily, wavy coat needs weekly brushing but is generally easily maintained. He seldom needs washing; in fact, it's hard to get a Chessie wet! Bathing destroys the coats oils and thus, its water resistance.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Dog Health

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

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