Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The broad skull, wedge-shaped forehead, and powerful jaws of this breed make it ideal as a retriever, and its very dense coat serves to protect it from the cold waters of the Chesapeake Bay region of the USA, where it was first developed. The oily texture of the hair gives this retriever a rather distinctive smell.

History of Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The breed evolved from two pups rescued from a ship that ran aground off the coast of Maryland, USA, in 1807. The two dogs were trained to retrieve duck, a skill that was refined through crossings with Flat and Curly-coated Retrievers and Otter Hounds.

Remark

The webbed toes of this breed assist in swimming.

Identification keys of  Chesapeake Bay Retriever

  • broad, rounded head
  • distinctive yellow or amber eyes
  • thin, not pendulous, lips
  • tail thick at base, with some feathering
  • powerful hindquarters provide thurst when swimming
  • hare-like feet with well-rounded toes

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