Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Good natured and energetic, this retriever not only is excellent with kids, but also has an interesting history. In 1807 a British ship was shipwrecked off the coast of Maryland. Two of the survivors were the ship's dogs - named Sailor and Canton, a male and female who proved later to be excellent water retrievers. These dogs were bred with some of the local sporting dogs and a new breed developed from this hearty stock. Named for the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, these dogs love the water and are very powerful swimmers. They are great duck retrievers and have long been known to rescue children in trouble in the water.

Country of origin: 
United States
They stand just about 23 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh roughly 65 to 75 pounds. The females are usually slightly smaller and lighter.

Their coat is thick with a short undercoat that makes them very well insulated from cold water and freezing temperatures - their oily coat also means that they can usually shake themselves dry very quickly. A good owner for these loyal and energetic dogs knows that they shed heavily and need to be brushed daily as well as given lots of outdoor exercise.


This retriever makes a great family pet. They are excellent with children, but due to their excitability they should be monitored at all times when they are near young children.

The original dogs sparking the Chesapeake breed were "Sailor" and "Canton", Newfoundlands rescued from the wrecked American Canton; these Newfoundlands possessed wonderful retriever qualities and were interbred with other breeds to eventually produce the Chesapeake we know today. (Credit:ÿ<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)
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Kerri & Norm Lynch - Rusty Ramblin Kennels Reg