Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Origin and Brief History
Tracing its origins back to the very early part of the 19th century, the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers lineage is reported to have started with a sinking ship off the coast of Maryland in 1807. On board this vessel among other things, were two Newfoundland pups a male and a female who were saved and subsequently took up residence with families in the area. These dogs were then bred with other local retrievers, which included English Otter Hounds, Flat Coated Retrievers, and Curly Coated Retrievers which over time has created the breed we know today. Also known as Chesapeake, Chessie, or CBR, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is the state dog of Maryland.
Affectionate and obedient the Chesapeake Bay Retriever makes a fine family dog. They are good with children and very trainable, but as with all dogs will require the proper obedience training and guidance from Its owner. This dog is not very well suited for apartment life, they are an active breed that would probably do best with a yard and space to run, but regardless will require copious amounts of regular exercise. A water loving dog, they are always ready for a good swim, or a game of fetch which is a good way to give them an outlet for their retriever instincts. Bred more for their hunting and retrieval ability than their ability to be trained, they can at times seem uncooperative, but are merely demonstrating their more basic hunting instincts, and may require a bit more encouragement and reinforcement to gain compliance.
With Its short harsh outer coat and its wooly undercoat, The Chesapeake Bay Retriever requires a minimal amount of upkeep and maintenance. A thorough combing or brushing of the coat to remove any debris that can accumulate and occasional bath are about all this breed requires. They are not a dog that sheds excessively or that will require professional grooming on a regular basis, aside from perhaps the occasional nail trimming.
Specification of Breed
A fairly large dog the Chesapeake Bay Retriever will typically be about 23-26 inches tall for males and about 21-24 inches for females. Males will range from 65 to about 80 pounds and the females will range from 55 to about 70 pounds. The breed will generally have an average lifespan that is 10 to 12 years.
Aside from the all the prevalent hip dysplasia, which seemingly affects just about every dog breed, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever has few inherent health or behavior issues. Some can develop cataracts and other eye issues, and both sexes can develop regional hair loss.
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