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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

An excellent swimmer (other names: Chessie, Chessy Dog)

Chesapeake Bay Retriever
origin:USA
life expectancy:12-13 years
classification:Gun dog
height:53 to 66 cm
weight:25 to 36 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Difficultclimate: Coldin/out: Outdoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Demandingsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a breed of dog that was developped in the USA, along the Chesapeake Bay in the Maryland State. Records on the origin of this breed state that its ancestry were two Newfoundlands that were saved from a wrecked English ship off the coast of Maryland in 1807. These Newfoundlands were crossed with local retrievers and other breeds like the English Otter Hound, and the English or Irish Water Spaniel. The new breed was named after its birthplace. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, referred to as Chessie by its fanciers, is an outstanding working dog,  known for its prowess in the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Sometimes, Chessies have to break ice during the retrieves but their waterproof coats will retain only a few drops of water that are promptly eliminated with a prodigious shake. This breed is very versatile and is successfully used in tracking, schutzhund, guarding, watchdogging, competitive obedienceand field trial. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a very energetic dog that is happiest in a country household.

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General Appearance [ edit ]

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a powerful well-proportioned and muscular dog, giving the impression of agility and stamina. The body, with much subcutaneous fat, is of medium length and deep, neither clummsy nor coarse, with the flanks well tucked up and powerfull hindquarters. The Chest is strong, deep and broad. The Back is short and powerful. The forelegs are straight with good bone. The head has a broad, round skull, covered with short hair and with a medium stop. The muzzle is pointed, tapering towards the nose but without being sharp. The lips are thin and not pendulous..The Eyes are medium large, wid-set, yellowish or amber in colour and with an enquiring expression. The small ears are set well up on the head, hanging down. The medium length tail is straight or slightly curved (never curled over the back). The outer coat is rather short, slightly wavy and the undercoat is wooly and dense. Both the outercoat and the undercoat are oily and completely water-repellent. Chessies come in all shades of three basic colours: brown, sedge and deadgrass.

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Temperament [ edit ]

The Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are friendly, intelligent, with a happy disposition and good sense, obedient but with a mind of their own. They are dominant by nature, “a one-man´s dog” and will try to have their own way unless they are trained by an experienced handler, capable of showing the animal who is the boss. This breed needs to be socialized with people and other dogs from puppywood because they are very protective and although they generally do not start the fights, they will defend their position aggressively. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are affectionate and good with children. Because they are very tolerant of pain they do not react to roughplaying, generally choosing to move away without showing any aggressiveness towards the child. This breed has the peculiarity of ´smiling´ when it is happy, by showing its front teeth in a grin which is a sign of joy, not a threat. When properly trained Chessies make good guards and companions but they are happiest in countryside households.
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Health [ edit ]

The Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are an healthy bread although prone to eye problems and hip dysplasia.
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Dog trivia [ edit ]

Chessies have the peculiarity of ´smiling´ when they are happy, by showing their front teeth in a grin which is a sign of joy, not a threat.
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