Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Overview

You may of never heard of it, but the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is anything but new to the dog scene. This rugged beauty has hunted waterfowl in the often frigid waters of Chesapeake Bay for a long time. With their dense waterproof coat, webbed toes, and strong sense of smell, Chessies are made to work in harsh environments. Bred as a sporting dog, Chessies embody the many desirable traits of an ideal retriever. They're bright, energetic, tireless, and loyal — not to mention their super good looks. Ultimately, they're the perfect definition of a man's best friend. Their love for hunting and helping their owners still persists today. Being willing to learn and eager to please, a Chessie is very versatile and can fit whatever role they’re trained to do. It'll thrive in field trials, hunt tests, agility, tracking, obedience, and dock diving. One thing is for sure, this is an active dog, born and bred, through and through. Chessies aren't suited to be couch potatoes in apartments and may not be the best fit for city living. When it comes to activity though, they aren't picky. Walking, running, swimming, or hunting, as long as it has a job to do! Rest assured, if you're on the move your pal will be right there with you. And at the end of the day, there is nothing a Chessie loves more than coming home to their people. Chessies hold a special place in their family’s heart and home. Though tough as nails, they're super sweet, sensitive and a big softie under that curly coat. They need their love and affection, so be sure to make space in your home and family for that big, beautiful Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

Did you know?

Chessies have a very gentle mouth. They have been bred to carry waterfowl without damaging it. And, their mouth is so impressive it can even carry an egg without cracking it!

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

Popularity ranking**
21-26 in / 55-80 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
10-13 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency


Dog Food

Feeding your Chesapeake Bay Retriever

When it comes to food,  Chesapeake Bay Retrievers definitely aren’t fussy. In fact, they will eat just about anything that's in front of them. So when you're filling their bowl with 3-5 cups of kibble each day, watch your fingers! It's a good idea to divide food into two separate meals. This will keep their stomach satisfied and help to prevent bloat. Chessies do best with good-quality kibble that is rich with protein. Their strong scented nose can smell everything, especially tasty human food. If you decide to spoil your pup with table scraps after dinner, be sure to do so sparingly. The same goes for treats! Although Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have a ton of energy, if they eat too much they will become overweight.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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