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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Characteristics: The devoted and commanding Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a breed of large dog classified as a member of the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1884). The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, is characterized by its sturdy, strong appearance with a distinctive oily, waterproof, double coat head and happy and alert expression.

Other characteristics include medium sized, clear, yellow or amber colored, wideset eyes; triangular shaped pendulous ears; a well proportioned, muscular body and a fluid, powerful gait. The temperament of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever can be described as Affectionate, Protective, Dominant. The coat type of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is described as short, thick, dense coat in assorted colors. 

Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever demonstrated the desired traits of a Water retriever dog and is known by its nick name the "Chessie". The origin of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog breed was in United States where it was developed in the 1800's.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1884): The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group (AKC:1884).

Other names for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is known by the nickname of the "Chessie". Other names for this breed of dog include the CBR and the State Dog of Maryland.

Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Chesapeake Bay Retriever" derives from its place of origin in Chesapeake Bay, that stretches 200 miles from Havre de Grace, Maryland, to Norfolk, Virginia in the United States. Chesapeake Bay encompasses parts of six US states; Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The word "Retriever" refers to the dog's hunting style.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever History and Origin: The country of origin of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed was in United States during the 1800's. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was bred as a Water retriever dog to hunt small game and waterfowl, as a hauler and a guard dog.

The story of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever began during the winter of 1807, an English ship with two Newfoundland-type dogs on board was wrecked off the coast of Maryland. The seaman were saved and the two dogs called "Sailor" (a dingy red dog) and "Canton" (a black coated female) were adopted. These two dogs were mixed with local Flat Coated Retrievers and Curly Coated Retrievers, that were descended from the, now extinct, St. John's water dog. The opportunities presented by Chesapeake Bay led early settlers to experiment with cross breeding to produce a dog that was suitable to the tasks and the conditions of the area.

The result of the cross breeding was the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, that proved to be outstanding and enthusiastic waterfowl retrievers. Using air scent, the dog was trained to pick up, or retrieve,  prey and return the quarry to the Hunter. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was developed for swimming in freezing salt water, had webbing between its toes, and a short, dense, oily,  water-repellent coat.

It was the only dog that was developed as both a guard dog as well as a retriever. The fishermen used the Chesapeake Bay Retriever to retrieve their nets, haul the catch and guard their boats. The waterfowl market traders used the dog to pick up waterfowl and guard their produce. The icy waters of Chesapeake Bay area provided  rich grounds for waterfowl hunters to hunt for duck, brant and geese, and for fishermen to catch Striped Bass, Cobia, Red and Black Drum and Speckled Trout.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever had high levels of endurance, stamina and determination and were known to break ice with its paws to reach its quarry. These strong dogs excellent tracking abilities and were able to retrieve several hundred birds in just one day. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1884.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Modern History: The modern history of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever moved on and in 1964 Maryland recognized the Chesapeake Bay Retriever as its state dog in 1964. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a protective dog anddevelops strong bonds with its owner, but needs firm control.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever - 'Into the Blue' (2005 movie): A Chesapeake Bay Retriever featured in the 2005 movie "Into the Blue" starring Paul Walker, Jessica Alba and Josh Brolin. Paul Walker's own Chesapeake Bay Retriever "Boone" was used in the film.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Height: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed is classified as a large sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 23-26 inches (58-66 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 21-24 inches (53-61 cm).

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Weight: Not surprisingly for a large sized dog, the weight of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever male dog is 65-80 pounds (29-36 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg).

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Coat Type: The coat type of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is described as a short, thick, dense, oily coat and waterproof.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Coat Colors: The colors of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Dark Brown, Light Brown, Brown, Wheaten and Tan. The terms 'Deadgrass' and 'Sedge' are also used to describe its colors reflecting the colors of the environment in the dog's working surroundings. The term 'Wheaten' refers to the color of wheat, especially a pale yellow-brown color.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate in order to maintain a healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections. The modest grooming needs of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Litter Size: The litter size of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog breed ranges from 7-9 puppies. Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of the popular Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog breed is described as Devoted, Affectionate, Protective, Dominant and Commanding.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Exercise Requirements - HIGH Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is high. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately one to two hours each day. This large, powerful dog has an easy, fluid, strident gait with strides of a moderate length and requires a brisk walking speed or jogging by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Diet: A fully grown Chesapeake Bay Retriever should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed include Gastric torsion, Eye Problems, Hip Dysplasia . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed is 10-13 years.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Chesapeake Bay Retriever names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever are: Rave *** Duke *** Lucky *** Ben *** Felix *** Gaius *** Ben *** Felix *** Gaius *** Sam *** Shadow.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Chesapeake Bay Retriever names are Cleo *** Honey *** Dixie *** Princess *** Kishi *** Rosie *** Sugar *** Zara *** Bobbi *** Sophie.

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