Chesapeake Bay Retriever Dog Breed

Chesapeake Bay RetrieverThe story of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a remarkable history that begins with two little Newfoundland puppies rescued from a shipwrecked brig off the coast of Maryland in the United States. This incident happened in 1807 and is quite an inspiring story.



Along with much of the ship’s cargo, these two puppies had their lives saved and were handed over to rescuers who would take care of them. One puppy was black, and the other was red. They proved to be highly skilled water retrievers. Once their abilities became popular, they were bred with local retrievers and different breed types, including the Bloodhound, Irish Water Spaniel, and Newfoundland Dog.

In time, a very distinctive local breed started to emerge. The result was a dog that could swim through the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay and retrieve ducks repeatedly. Even today, this dog shows an innate ability to mark a spot where a bird has fallen and remember exactly how to get back to that spot, even from miles away.

Its reputation caught up with the dog breed far beyond the Chesapeake Bay area, and by 1885, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was officially recognized by the AKC. It has remained moderately popular ever since.




This breed is highly independent but also eager to learn new things. This dog is a swimmer and thrives on outdoor action and water. It can be very protective of its owners and reserved when around strangers—the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an excellent watchdog.

Taking Care Of Your Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Pound nets in the Chesapeake Bay

Pound nets in the Chesapeake Bay



The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a relatively large and overly active dog that must have daily exercise. Water games and retrieving are at the top of the list if you live near such an area.

Daily walks and fetching games will do just fine for any proud owner of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Grooming takes a bit of weekly brushing due to the long, wavy coat of the animal. However, it seldom needs to be washed.



Health Information

These dogs have a lifespan of up to 14 years, with 11 to 12 being the average. They are incredibly healthy dogs, with only CHD and gastric torsion major health concerns. Minor issues that may spring up are PRA and hypothyroidism.