Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

ORIGIN

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers trace their history to two pups that were rescued from a foundering ship in Maryland in 1807. They were bred with area dogs, with more consideration given to ability than to breed, to create the beginnings of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed. There are few records of the breeds of these early dogs, but spaniels and hounds were included. In 1964, it was declared the official dog of Maryland. It is the mascot of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

TEMPERAMENT

The quintessential Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a bright and happy disposition, intelligence, quiet good sense, and an affectionate protective nature. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers can make excellent family dogs when socialized properly. Some Chesapeakes are assertive and willful and may be reserved with strangers, but others are passive and outgoing with people.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Average. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an intelligent breed and learns at a high speed. Some trainers now recommend that the Chesapeake Bay Retriever owner use consistent, daily obedience training with play time before and after to keep the dog wanting to work with little or no physical discipline required.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

From 58 to 66 cm (M) and 53 to 61 cm (F) / From 29 to 36 kg (M) and 25 to 32 kg (F).

COAT

A defining characteristic of the breed is the texture of the double-coat.

COLOR

A strong average

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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