Chesapeake Bay Retriever Facts

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Facts
Chesapeake Bay Retriever, also known as Chessie, is the toughest type of retriever that belongs to the group of Gundog. Ancestors of this breed are two Newfoundland puppies that survived shipwreck at the beginning of the 19th century in the Maryland's Chesapeake Bay (hence the name). Newfoundland puppies were mixed with various dog breeds (mostly different types of gundog and retrievers) with a goal to create hunting dog that tolerates harsh climate and can easily collect waterfowl (especially ducks) from the icy waters. Chesapeake Bay Retriever can be kept as a pet, but it is still more frequently used as a hunting dog.
Interesting Chesapeake Bay Retriever Facts:
Chesapeake Bay Retriever can reach 21 to 26 inches in height and 55 to 80 pounds of weight.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever has wavy, thick, waterproof coat that can be brown, reddish-brown or yellowish-brown in color.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever has yellowish eyes, small ears, large, powerful chest, medium to large, strong body and muscular hind legs with webbed feet.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever likes to swim in the water. Thanks to its long, straight or slightly curved tail which is used as rudder, it can easily change direction of swimming.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever is friendly, easy-going, loyal, intelligent and courageous dog. It is suitable for families with older children and other pets (it can learn to live with cats).
Chesapeake Bay Retriever requires experienced owners because of its stubborn nature and territorial behavior. When it is properly trained, Chesapeake Bay Retriever can easily retrieve up to 100 ducks per day.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever requires long daily walks and exercises which include retrieving of various objects. Regular swimming sessions are highly recommended to satisfy strong urge of this breed to spend some time in the water.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an excellent watchdog thanks to its alert nature and reserved stance toward strangers. It can be aggressive with other dogs because of its strong instinct to be leader of the pack. Proper socialization is strongly advised.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever can achieve excellent results on the competitions which evaluate hunting skills and obedience of dogs.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever is the mascot of Maryland university and the official state dog of Maryland since 1964.
Former American president Theodore Roosevelt was a proud owner of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever sheds heavily. It needs to be brushed regularly (at least one time per week) to keep shedding under control.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever gives birth to up to 10 puppies (7 to 8 on average).
Chesapeake Bay Retriever is generally healthy breed, but it can suffer from hip dysplasia, retinal atrophy, bloat and blood disorders.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

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