Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Other names : Chessie, Bay, Chessy Dog

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Life expectancy

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 21 and 24 in
Male Between 23 and 26 in

Adult weight

Female Between 55 and 71 lb
Male Between 64 and 79 lb
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More details about the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever: Origins and history

The first Chesapeake Bay Retrievers were documented when 2 puppies were taken from a shipwreck some 200 years ago, off the Maryland coast. These pups loved being in water and looked similar to a Newfoundland breed. One of the rescued pups, a red dog, was named Sailor, while the other, a black bitch, was named Canton. Both dogs were bred with other breeds, producing the Chesapeake Bay we know today. 

FCI classification of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

  • Group 8 - Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs

  • Section 1 : Retrievers

Training a Chesapeake Bay Retriever

So that any unwanted behaviours are held at bay, it’s important to begin training routines from a very young age. Chessies need to understand what their trainer is asking of them, otherwise they come across as quite stubborn. 

Chesapeake Bay Retriever: Purchase price

You can expect to pay around £670 for KC Registered dogs and £570 for Non KC Registered Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. In addition, your monthly costs will amount to between £100 to £120 monthly, to account for food, veterinary bills, and pet insurance.

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