Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are strong, powerfully built gundogs standing anywhere from 21 to 26 inches at the shoulder, with females occupying the lower end of the range. A good-size male can weigh up to 80 pounds. The distinctive breed trait is a wavy waterproof coat that’s oily to the touch. Chessies are solid-colored, either "chocolate-y" brown, sedge (red-gold), or deadgrass (straw). The keen yellow-amber eyes draw attention to an eager, intelligent expression.
While the Chessie originated in the USA, he came from stock destined to sail from England. In the year 1807, an English brig wrecked off the coast of Maryland and crew and cargo were rescued by the ship Canton. Also rescued were two Newfoundland puppies, a dingy red dog named "Sailor," and a black bitch named "Canton." The two dogs, who turned out to be wonderful retrievers, were presented to the gentlemen who helped the shipwrecked, and many of the nondescript dogs used for retrieving in the area were bred to them, in addition to other outcrosses, such as the English Otter Hound, Flat-Coat, and Curly-Coated Retriever.
The breed's characteristics are specifically suited to enable the Chesapeake to function with ease, efficiency and endurance. In head, the Chesapeake's skull is broad and round with a medium stop. The jaws should be of sufficient length and strength to carry large game birds with an easy, tender hold. The double coat consists of a short, harsh, wavy outer coat and a dense, fine, wooly undercoat containing an abundance of natural oil and is ideally suited for the icy rugged conditions of weather the Chesapeake often works in. In body, the Chesapeake is a strong, well-balanced, powerfully built animal of moderate size and medium length in body and leg, deep and wide in chest, the shoulders built with full liberty of movement, and with no tendency to weakness in any feature, particularly the rear shall be strong.
Our description of the breed
Do you have a plan? Do you know why you are doing this? Have you split this goal in to the perfect pieces? If not do not try it on your Chesapeake! They have brain, the need to understand why and there has to be a point in doing this (more than to get them to obey) our you will fail. But if you are willing to work with a soft but independent individual, if you are willing to give as much as you take – if you have your goals set – you will have a buddy that will do anything for you. They are soft, they are easily trained, but not for more than two perhaps three repetitions. So you have to do it right and with in a few times they will have nailed it. But if you di not have the final goal set, then you will not be able to change the performance, it is nailed down to perfection already. So a sitting that is slightly diagonal will always be diagonal, a sloppy retrieve will stay sloppy the only thing that grows is the ability to do it for longer time and faster! So if you are willing to do it neatly, know where you want to go and are highly motivating – they are for you. If you are not, they will take charge and decide what have to be done and when, because they do not need you! They are independent and survive just fine with out you. So you need to create a bond, to make them need you when very young, to make a strong connection between the two of you – and you have some one who loves you fiercely with every ounce of their body.