Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever picture


Winter 1807: An English ship with two Newfoundlands on board was wrecked off the coast of Maryland. The dogs (and everyone aboard) were saved. When rescued, the dogs were placed with local families and eventually bred to local retrievers. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever came into being.

Its primary use was and still is as a wildfowlers dog where to this day it is greatly prized.


A very loyal but sometimes aloof dog with a strong guarding instinct which must be managed or it could lead to problems. A breed not over friendly with other dogs and this must be taken into consideration if you wish to keep this breed with other dogs.

Chesappeakes are over all, easily trained and intelligent but they are not fools and can get bored of repetition. A great love of water - no point in having this breed if you do not enjoy the delights of swimming and getting wet.

The coat is of great importance, having a harsh, oily top coat and dense, woolly undercoat to keep out cold and wet. Please be aware that as the coat is a tad greasy it will tend to leave its calling card indoors wherever they lay!


Quite a few unfortunately. They do have their hips x-rayed but don't have a serious problem with HD. They do have eye problems, and have to have various tests, including one for Hereditary Cataracts (HC) and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). We now have discovered that Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is evident in the breed and are delighted that recently a test has been engineered to locate the genes responsible for this. Testing is now under way.