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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The loyal and affectionate Chesapeake Bay Retriever is well-known for a water resistant, wavy coat that it loves to get wet retrieving waterfowl.

Fun Fact

In 1964, this breed became the state dog of Maryland and remains the mascot of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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22%
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24%
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Favorite names
  1. Gunner
  2. Alaska
Common locations
  1. North Dakota, United States
  2. Colorado, United States
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, or Chessies, originated from two Lesser Newfoundland pups that survived a wreck off the coast of Maryland in the early 19th century. These dogs were bred with local breeds (mostly spaniels and hounds) and their pups were trained to assist hunters. Originally recognized as three types of Chesapeake Bay Ducking Dog in the late 19th century, Chessies were officially recognized as a single breed by the AKC in 1918. Since then, Chessies have been a popular breed in roles ranging from family companion to gundog. This breed has all of the personality traits that make retrievers so popular, including their intelligence, positive disposition, and protectiveness. However, their independent nature has branded the Chessie a bit tough to train at times. Even though it can have a mind of its own, a well-trained Chessie makes an ideal hunting companion. It is not uncommon to see its characteristic water resistant, wavy coat when hunting for waterfowl around their home turf in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, or anywhere else for that matter.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Explore some Embark dogs that share Chesapeake Bay Retriever ancestry.

Purebreds

Black Devil's Saffron Coc…
Wildhorse's Misko Makai
WYNDHAMS TOPSECRET TALISM…
Wyndam's Girasol Guess CG…
Black Devil's Cato Fong
Black Devil's Tiger Oso
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Black Devil's Gomer Pyle …
Wildhorse's Bande Minou
Shaylee
AHD Chessie Nyx
Wildhorse Hazel

Mixed breeds

Chien
22%
Bill
24%
Boots
25%
Fenrir
26%
Cooper
25%
Jethro Bodine Ferguson
44%
Gunner
50%
Dilly
66%
Leo
41%
Zippy
29%
Gunner
50%
Olive
39%
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Breed Stats

Favorite names:
  1. Gunner
  2. Alaska
  3. Black Devil's Tiger Oso
  4. Black Devil's Cato Fong
  5. Black Devil's Gomer Pyle 2.0
  6. Black Devil's Saffron Coco-Nut
  7. Balaira
  8. Bodhi
  9. Bosco
  10. AHD Chessie Nyx
Common locations:
  1. North Dakota, United States
  2. Colorado, United States
Popularity Ranking: 42
AKC Recognized: 1878
AKC Group: Sporting
FCI Group: Group 8, Section 1
Weight: Male: 65-80 lb
Female: 55-71 lb
Height: Male: 23-26 in
Female: 21-24 in
Common MT Haplotypes: A16/17/99/100,
A18
Common Y Haplotypes: H1a.20
Acceptable colors: Brown; Dark Brown; Dark Deadgrass; Deadgrass; Light Brown; Light Deadgrass; Sedge; Tan
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