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Retriever (Chesapeake Bay)

Description

Illustration of Retriever (Chesapeake Bay)

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever shares some common ancestry with the Labrador as its thought that Newfoundland dogs were mated to Retrievers to form the basis of the breed. The crossing produced dogs with the water abilities of the Newfoundland combined with retrieving skills. Unique amongst the Retrievers for his coat of camouflage colour - sedge, dead grass or straw colour, and which has a thick undercoat and a harsh oily top coat giving him essential protection for working in the icy Atlantic waters of Chesapeake Bay. More substantial than the Labrador, the Chesapeake Bay is renowned for his strength and stamina and his love of working. His duck retrieving skills are legendary.

Breed Group
Gundog
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Large
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
Short
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Large
Lifespan
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.


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