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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.

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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