Chesapeake Bay retriever


Flushing, Retrievers and water dogs - Group VIII


It was bred like other breeds of this group, from a mixed population - long hair mountain and short hair lowland types of dogs.
Dogs were indispensable helping to local fishermen pulled from the water nets and ropes, retrieving objects fallen into the water, diving for fish stranded in nets, transmitted a message from shore to ship and from one ship to another, rescued drowning, but also pulling carts with costs and guarding the homes of their owners.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever comes from the Chesapeake Bay, on the Atlantic coast of today's United States (Maryland), where its ancestors came from the north of the island of Newfoundland. In 1877, a new breed was recognized by the name of the Chesapeake Bay Ducking Dog because it was originally intended primarily for waterfowl hunting, waterfowl different species of birds, and under the most adverse weather conditions imaginable.

Dogs must be able to swim in the icy water for a long time , often it had a swim break the thin ice that could bring hunted game birds. During the work they had to face the biting wind and water currents. The result is an extremely powerful hound-specialist bringing wild game - in land and in water. Its ability is the endurance.

Temperament & Behaviour:

To the owner and his family behaves entirely friendly and with the right leadership is more manoeuvrable. It excels in training. This breed reportedly is taught a little slower than other Retrievers, but the learning rate at its unquestionable intelligence depends a large extent on the trainer. The dog is growing rather slowly , and therefore needs in education and training, a little more time.

It likes playing with children, it is kind and friendly to them. It has truly warm relationship to water and retrieving. The breed is not suitable breed for owner-beginners. It has some distinctive dominant tendencies of all Retrievers are most visible. When they are not often use for hunting there are necessary regular, long walks and hearty. As often as possible it should also be able to get into the water and swim.


Height at the withers must be slightly smaller than the total length of body- i.e. edge of body measured from the breastbone of buttock pan. Body size is rectangular. Height at withers, male 58 to 66 cm and female from 53 to 61 cm. Total weight of body involves dogs from 29.5 to 36.5 kg for females 25 to 32 kg.

The head is broad and rounded the sloping front slope, its total length, measured from the nose to the top of the occiput is about 24 - 25.5 cm. The skull should be broad and arched above her circumference measured over the base of the ears involves about 51-53 cm, muzzle is approximately as long as the skull. Towards to the nose, but not pointed at the end. Its circumference measured at the base (under the eyes) is about 25.5 to 26.5 cm.

Muzzle should be medium length, jaws must be sufficiently long and strong that the dog was able to light and mild grip securely hold and bring large pieces of hunted game birds. Scissor bite preferred, but a level is also acceptable. Lips are thin, not pendulous.

Eyes should be medium-sized, very bright, quite apart deposited in orbit yellowish or amber colour. Ears must be small, set high on the head mounted, free-hanging, medium strong.

The neck is moderately long, very muscular, well set into the shoulders. The body is moderate length, neither too short and thick, rather slim, because the weaknesses are rolled up high. For the course of the upper line of the body is characterized in that the height measured in the stern Hipbones level may be the same as the withers or slightly bigger, slightly stern can be "overbuilt".

The back should be short, very strong and powerful. The tail is moderately long, moderately thick at the base, straight or slightly curved upward. It should never be curled over the croup and loin or bent to one side or the other.

The chest should be broad, deep and wide, on the imaginary circular cross-section. It should reach minimally the elbows. The forelegs are moderately long and straight, strong bones, muscular. The hindquarters must be as strong as the forelegs, with no signs of weakness. Their spare parts should be medium length and straight, strong bones, suitably muscular, viewed from behind straight. The knees are bent properly; fetlocks should be medium length. "Hare" paws are well arched and tight toes.

CHBr is used for hunting even in the toughest weather conditions and often have to work under ice and snow.  Earwax in the outer coat and undercoat is extremely important because it will not allow cold water to penetrate the skin and allows for its rapid drying. The coat should be as close as possible the predominant colour of the environment in which CHBr mostly works. Acceptable is any shade of brown, sedge colour or dead grass. One colour is not be preferred over another.