The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a medium to large athletic dog that somewhat resembles a Labrador Retriever. Like the Labrador, it is well suited to hunting and retrieving. Not only is this dog muscular and agile, but also has a unique wavy, oily coat that sheds water like a duck. The eyes are distinctive amber or yellow. The coat comes in various shades of brown and other earthy colors.
The Chessie has a unique story about the foundation of their breed. In 1807, two Newfoundland (or Lesser Newfoundland) pups were rescued from a shipwreck in Maryland and were bred with area dogs including the English Otter Hound, Flat-Coated Retriever and Curly-Coated Retriever due to their skills as retrievers. The male rescued dog, Sailor, had peculiarly light-colored eyes that are a trademark of today's breed.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a happy, active, water-loving breed.
Breed Club Links: American Chesapeake Club
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