Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a breed that originated with two Newfoundlands rescued from a ship in Maryland in the 1800s. The Newfoundlands were bred with various dogs to create the breed. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an extremely resilient hunting dog, which can hunt under the most adverse conditions. The breed is also an excellent guard dog; it is very protective of its owner and its home.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a strong body with a very large, powerful chest. The head of the breed is broad and round. Its muzzle is medium with thin lips and small ears. The tail of the Chesapeake is very long, and its hindquarters are higher than its front. Its toes are webbed for swimming.

The coat of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a “waterproof” double coat which is slightly wavy in parts, and oily to the touch. The coat is typically brown (it can be a range of shades); sedge, which can be red, reddish yellow, or chestnut; or deadgrass, a faded straw-like color. White spots may appear on segments of the dog.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a happy breed with a dominant, yet obedient nature. It is oftentimes vocal when it is happy, which should not be mistaken as a threat. It is fairly easy to train, as long as its owner is dominant. It must be trained in obedience and fully socialized at a young age. It must be trained with a firm hand by an owner it respects; if it respects its trainer it can be trained extremely quickly and will almost always be obedient. It refuses to break rules and often subjects subordinate dogs to the same rules. It can be a fairly territorial breed, and may be slightly aggressive.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a highly respected breed in Maryland. It is the state’s official dog, as of 1964, as well as the mascot of the University of Maryland.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is prone to several genetic diseases such as hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, type 3 von Willebrand disease, cataracts, and regional Alopecia.

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