Profile: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The AKC Standard accepts males standing between 23 to 26 inches, with females 21 to 24 inches. Weight is not addressed in the standard but this heavily-boned, muscular dog ranges in weight from 55 to 70 pounds.
This breed is not one of the crazy wild childs of the dog world, but he needs extended periods of exercise and mental stimulation every day. He wants a job, so find him one, in or out of water (though this breed will be happiest when he’s on the beach).
His double coat consists of an oily, short, outer coat, along with a fine, wooly undercoat. It’s easy to maintain with regular brushing. Part of what keeps the Chessie so water-resistant is his naturally oily coat, so some fanciers say washing with any soap or shampoo is a no-no, instead recommending just a rinse with fresh water. But the reality is that oily coat can be smelly so you may find the occasional shampoo necessary. The nails are strong and need to be kept short; many suggest using a grinder for this purpose. Heritage: Waterfowl Retrievers A mix of stock from various Retrievers, Setters, and Newfoundlands, they worked for mid-19th-century American hunters, retrieving waterfowl. For information on Chesapeake Bay Retriever rescue in the U.S., visit cbrrescue.org. In Canada, visit facebook.com/ Chesapeake Rescue Canada.