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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Size: Large (60 to 100+ lbs.)
Lifespan: Medium (8 to 12 years)
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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a powerful, stocky hunting dog. Originally bred in the early 1800's, this dog is known for their exceptional endurance and enthusiasm. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a much more willful dog than its cousins the Labrador and the Golden Retriever. "Chessies" aren't recommended for the inexperienced dog owner. This breed requires extensive obedience training, and will constantly try to get its own way. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are less friendly with other animals and strangers than other retrievers. Although still friendly and well-behaved with children, this breed has less patience and may become territorial. They answer to a single master, and are naturally dominant, so it is recommended that small children not be responsible for this dog. If a person is willing to put in the effort, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a very affectionate, loyal dog.

General Care

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a denser, rougher coat then other retrievers. Their coat is naturally oily, protecting them from the frigid waters and extreme conditions of the areas they're used to hunting in with their masters. All this dog requires is an occasional brushing. Young Chessies are easy to train and eager to please, and retain lessons for a lifetime, but as grown dogs, they are determined and willful. It is imperative that you assert yourself as the dominant one in the partnership early on with a Chesapeake. The Chesapeake lives about 10 to 13 years and is a large, stocky dog weighing upwards of 80 pounds. Chesapeakes are not recommended for apartment life, unless you work from home and are extremely active, and they don't adapt well to warmer climates. As with other Retrievers, Chesapeakes are prone to hip dysplasia and eye issues.

For more information on Chesapeake Bay Retriever ownership and care, check out Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue.

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