As you may have guessed, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was developed along the Chesapeake Bay. In 1807, an English ship wrecked off of the coast of Maryland. Two Newfoundland dogs were rescued from the wreckage and bred with local retrievers, resulting in the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. She has the distinction of being one of the few breeds named as a “State Dog,” representing Maryland.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever (or Chessie, as she is affectionately known) is a strong dog, with a wavy outer coat and yellow gold eyes. Her coat, which serves as camouflage as she works on land and water to hunt waterfowl, comes in three colors: brown, sage or dead grass (prettier than it sounds!).
The Chessie is a happy, energetic breed that enjoys an outdoor life. Pet parents should share a love of the outdoors and should be strong leaders, as the Chessie has a tendency to lead if given the chance. Both pet parents and Chessies will benefit from obedience training. Her coat is relatively easy to maintain, requiring brushing occasionally and baths as needed.
Despite being adept in both water and on land, Chessies are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions which can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Chessies are prone to include hip problems such as hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and entropion; and blood diseases such as Von Willebrand disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your headstrong Chesapeake Bay Retriever inherits more than just a love of leadership in both the field and at home, you’re covered.