Chesapeake Bay Retriever


The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a strong form that equips the breed for hunting game on land and in the water; two activities for which it was developed. As a hunting companion, the muscular yet lean legs afford it agility and quickness. The torso is long and level and extends to the tail that is medium in length. The chest is broad and deep. The coat is any shade of dark brown. The light-brown eyes complement the dark coat. The coat is thick all over. The tail hangs past the hocks and slightly curls upward.


The temperament of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is varied. It is gentle and protective of children. It also enjoys fun and games, but exhibits a work ethic that often seems nonstop. The contrasting personality is evident in the capacities in which it is commonly used. As a working dog it is used to assist military and law enforcement agencies. The perfect companion, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is also used to assist individuals with disabilities. While it is pleasant around strangers, it will act suspicious around them. Supervision is imperative when a dog that is not a member of the household is in the home. The Retriever can become aggressive in this situation.

Height and Weight

Height: 21-26 inchesWeight: 55-80 pounds

Health Problems

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a healthy breed. However, its size and coat make it susceptible to developing eczema, hip dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). Cataracts are also common in some types.

Ideal Living Conditions

Romping outdoors in a cool climate is the ideal living condition for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. When placed outdoors, the breed should have plenty of room to exert energy. The area should be enclosed with a well-built fence.


Exercise is important to keeping the Chesapeake Bay Retriever content. It enjoys physical activity, such as running and swimming. A couple of hours of these activities each day is sufficient to keep the breed from becoming bored and destroying any nearby property.

Life Expectancy

An average of 10-12 years life expectancy

Litter Size

An average of 7-8 puppies


The coat of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is thick, but only minimal brushing is required. The coat naturally repels water. It should be washed only occasionally as excessive contact with water can ruin its water repellent property.


The origin of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever goes back to 19th century New England




A coat of solid brown is the norm. It is acceptable for the breed to have incidental spots of white on the feet, toes, chest, and underbelly.