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.
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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History of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
This Retriever was developed in Canada in the […]
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History of Labrador Retriever
The Labrador […]