This breed, which originated in the USA, was traditionally used for hunting geese and ducks. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are more common in America than in Europe or Australia, so you may have to search for a breeder if you are interested in getting one.
As they are such skilled retrieving working dogs, they are now used for other work, like search and rescue in water. They are not only brave but also show endurance and are built robustly.
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers’ face and head shape looks like that of a Labrador Retriever, but they have wavy hair on some parts of their body and very oily skin. Their undercoat is so thick that water won’t penetrate the skin and they can swim in icy water without getting cold.
As a family dog they are only suitable when given enough stimulation. If they don’t get enough stimulation, they can become over-protective and guarding, especially if they feel the need to run and protect the pack if there are no clear hierarchy structures.
If their position in the family is clear and their work ethic met, they will make friendly, devoted and loving family dogs. However they will not usually be interested in strangers when they want a cuddle (which they often will, as they have that friendly retriever smile from ear to ear).
|Life expectancy:||10-12 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||high|