Breed: Chesapeake Bay Retriever:
- The Chesapeake Bay Retriever originated in the
early 1800s from Newfoundland dogs and American retrievers in
the Chesapeake Bay area.
- The Curly Coated Retriever and the Irish Water Spaniel were also
ancestors of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
- The breed standard was established in 1885.
- The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a muscular dog with remarkable
- The male is between 23 and 26 inches tall at the withers; the
female is between 21 to 24 inches tall.
- The male weighs between 65 to 75 pounds; the female between 55 and
- These dogs can withstand cold and wet; they can retrieve their
game in rough water.
- They have an oily outer coat that protects them from water, and
a wooly undercoat to keep them warm.
- The hairs shouldn't be more than about 1 1/2 inches long.
They tend to be wavy on the shoulders, neck, and back.
- The coat can range from dark brown to faded tan (deadgrass).
- The Chesapeake Bay Retriever needs a lot of exercise.
- They are devoted and affectionate family dogs.
Source: The Reader's Digest Illustrated Book of Dogs,
The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, New York, 1993,