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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Nickname: Chessie

Breed origin: USA (along the Chesapeake Bay)
Original purpose: A truly American sporting breed and the toughest water retriever.

AKC recognized: 1878
AKC group: Sporting

Size: Weight: males 65 to 80 lbs; females 55 to 70 lbs
Size: Height: males 23 to 26 inches; females 21 to 24 inches
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Color: Any color of brown, sedge or deadgrass, as nearly that of its working surroundings as possible.

Life span: 10 to 13 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is the state dog of Maryland, and is strong, powerfully built, bright and happy, intelligent, courageous, alert, and affectionate. They are known for their willingness to work and their love of water. Their unique double coat contains natural oils for protection in harsh conditions, allowing them to work in icy waters. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers do best with active, outdoor-loving families.

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Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? No

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: field trials, hunting, conformation, obedience, agility, tracking

Grooming requirement: The distinctive weather-resistant double coat contains abundant natural oils and should be brushed weekly. Bath every 3 to 4 months using a mild shampoo. Brushing or bathing too frequently can strip the protective oil from the coat and damage its texture.

Known health problems: Degenerative myelopathy, hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, von Willebrand disease, cataracts.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Dan Rice, DVM
Published in 1999
104 pages

Chesapeake Bay Retriever (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Nona Kilgore Bauer
Published in 2004
160 pages

The New Complete Chesapeake Bay Retriever
By Janet Horn and Dr. Daniel Horn
Published in 1994
271 pages

Chesapeake Bay Retriever (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Stacy Kennedy
Published in 1999
93 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Chesapeake Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Chesapeake Club Rescue

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