Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Breed Group: Sporting
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Originating in the United States, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is often referred to as the Chessie. An avid hunter of fowl on both land and water, this breed was the first retriever breed to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. Although not as well known today as the Golden or Labrador Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers make a wonderful family and field companion.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is the most rugged and powerful of the six retriever breeds. This breed is a true nature lover. They are alert, intelligent, courageous, and extremely versatile. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is independent, tough, and possesses stoic determination. They are tenacious workers; bold and athletic.
Intensely loyal and deeply devoted, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a strong protective nature. This breed is friendly, loving, and affectionate. They do best in a home with older considerate children. They will generally get along with other dogs they have been raised with but have a tendency to be combative and aggressive with dogs they do not know. They do not do well with cats or other small household pets. This breed thrives on family interaction and will become destructive if ignored, lonely, or bored. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not recommended for the novice, apathetic, or sedentary owner.
This breed requires once a week brushing to remove dead hair. It is important to not over groom, as this will damage the coat. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary to preserve the integrity of the water repellant coat. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is prone to such health issues as elbow and hip dysplasia, Von Willebrands Disease, PRA, and cataracts. They prefer cooler climates.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a double coat breed. The outer coat is dense, slightly wavy, short and harsh. The under coat is thick and wooly in texture. The coat is water repellant. The color of the coat comes in various shades of brown, red, and tan. This breed is an average shedder.
Slow to mature, willful, and stubborn, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever must have an experienced owner. Early socialization and obedience training are an absolute must. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, respect, and consistency. This breed displays talents in tracking, hunting, competitive obedience, schutzhund, field spots, and hunting.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever requires daily vigorous exercise. They enjoy swimming and make excellent walking, jogging, and bicycling companions. This breed must have physical and mental stimulation. They are not suited for apartment or city dwelling. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers do best in a home where they can run and romp freely in a safely fenced area.
Mle: 65-80; Female: 55-70 lbs
Male: 23-26 Female: 21-24 inches
any color of brown, sedge, or deadgrass
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How much do Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Chesapeake Bay Retriever varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Chesapeake Bay Retrievers sold is $1,000.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Chesapeake Bay Retriever with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,400 upwards to $5,900 or even more for a Chesapeake Bay Retriever with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Chesapeake Bay Retrievers sold is $800.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,000.00
Average Price: $800.00
Top Quality: $1,400.00 to $5,900.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 860 Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Chesapeake Bay Retrievers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Chesapeake Bay Retriever Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 860 Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs.
  • 1. Puppy
  • 2. Chessie
  • 3. Boys
  • 4. Blue
  • 5. Girls
  • 6. Bella
  • 7. Beverly
  • 8. Black
  • 9. Purple Girl
  • 10. Beauty
  • 11. Blake
  • 12. Blue Boy
  • 13. Green
  • 14. New Litter
  • 15. Orange
  • 16. Red
  • 17. Bear
  • 18. Betty Boop
  • 19. Biggie
  • 20. Binky

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Anonymous asked:
I live in California. I ❤️ the Chesapeake Bay Retriever's. I know they are dogs that are raised on the east coast. How do they do in with our desert weather in CA? We just had our yellow lab put to sleep in Nov. 2017. I’m still overwhelmed! What about pools? We couldn’t keep the lab out. I had a Rottie who got Von Willabrands or ITP. She survived for a extra 6 years. That was shocking to say the least.



My apologies to the loss of your beloved Labrador. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever would do just fine in the area that you live. Of course you need to be sensible with the weather, as per when it is hot out it is best to only walk your dog early in the morning or later at night when the sun is now blaring. Having a kiddy pool filled with water in a shaded area during the spring and summer would be perfect for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever as they love the water and can cool off easily. Also being able to be inside during the hottest parts of the day with the A.C going would be beneficial to them as well.


I am truly sorry for your loss. Its a hard one to swallow. But soon the pain will ease. I still miss every dog I have ever had. We live in the desert Temps up to 110. Ginger does not stay out side all day. It is not good for any dog to be left outside in that much heat. When she is out side she needs her bathtub out side filled with water. When she drinks water she is sitting in the tub. She prefers her drinking water that way. If I put her water in a bucket she will just pick it up and dump the water out. So we went to a tub and she loves it. Ginger would love a pool if we had one. Chesepeake are very active dogs. Swimming would be goo for them. Especially if there are floating toys in the pool. She loves retrieving. Best to you.

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Are Chesapeake Bay Retriever's eyes a yellow color?



Yes they are sometimes more so sometimes than a cats. Our Chelsie's eyes are so yellow when he is laying in the grass at times, especially when it is dark they seem to look like they glow and we call him crazy eyes.


My Gingers eyes are amber lighter than brown

Anonymous asked:
Just lost my Chesapeake Bay Retriever of about 14 or 15 years old. Found him with a swollen face. When I went to pick him up his skin pulled off. Any information on this will be appreciated. I named him Cuffs as he was arrested along with a Rottweiler. The police thought he was a lab and knew my son was looking for one, but he was a CBR. They took the Rott. to the pound and gave my son the CBR to him. Being single he gave him to me. He was the best companion ever. My son is policeman also.

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A vet exam will be able to tell you what happened to your dog. I'm sorry for your loss.

Anonymous asked:
Are Chesapeake Bay Retrievers hypoallergenic?



No Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are not hypoallergenic.


No Cheseapeake's are not hypoallergenic. They do have very short hair, and they shed terrible. Mine sheds year round.

Anonymous asked:
BBesides waterfowl retrieving what other high energy activities do Chessies excel at? Is agility an option?



The Chesapeake Bay Retriever can do agility, and excel at other fun things such as Dock Diving, Fly Ball, and Disc Dog.


My Ginger loves the frizby. Put a sprayer on the garden hose and wave it back and forth. She loves chasing the spray. I've learned Sprinklers will not work because she will bite at the sprinkler and break them. Chesapeakes love water.

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Updated: 7/1/2022