Chesapeake Bay Retriever stands up to
26 inches at the shoulder. Capable of swimming for hours in frigid waters,
the Chessie can dry his coat with one vigorous shake! He has a thick,
short, oily coat with a dense undercoat that is almost waterproof. It
varies in colour from dark brown to "dead grass" (faded tan). The
Chessie "blows coat" twice a year, a process that generally
takes about 3 weeks. Except during this time, grooming is minimal.
A strong, territorial dog, the Chessie
is not a good choice for an inexperienced dog owner. His owner must be an
equally strong and consistent leader capable of firm training and good
management. He will coexist with other dogs but he will dominate them. As
far as the family goes, the Chessie is affectionate, devoted, responsive,
and particularly fond of children - probably because they have the energy
to keep up with him!
A highly intelligent dog,
the Chessie learns fast and once he does, he's not willing to "break
the rules" by doing something he was taught not to do!
Best in an active household, the Chessie
needs lots of exercise and activity including swimming. As with all
retrievers, he will retrieve sticks or balls from the water all day long!