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Chesapeake Bay Retriever


The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a large sized dog from the sporting, gundog, and retriever breed groups. They have a lifespan of about 12yrs. They exist in Dark Brown, Tan, Deadgrass, Light Brown, Brown, and Sedge. They weigh between 25 and 36kgs and have a height of about 56cm.

Adult Size

  • Large
  • Very Large

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Comfortable Being Left Alone
  • Doesn’t Like Being Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Sporting Group

Coat Length

  • Short Coat
  • Very Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Double Coat
  • Hard Coat


  • Brown
  • Dark Brown
  • Dark Deadgrass
  • Deadgrass
  • Light Brown
  • Light Deadgrass
  • Sedge
  • Tan


  • Drools Occasionally

Energy Level

  • Energetic
  • Very Energetic

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Lots of Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 21-23″
  • 24-26″

Full Grown Weight

  • 56-60lbs
  • 61-65lbs
  • 66-70lbs
  • 71-75lbs
  • 76-80lbs

General Health

  • Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Can Manage in Cold Weather
  • Thrives in Cold Weather
  • Tolerates Cold Weather Well

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Can Manage in Hot Weather
  • Does Well in Hot Weather
  • Thrives in Hot Weather
  • Tolerates Hot Weather Well

Good With Children?

  • Good with Kids


  • Doesn’t Require Grooming
  • Requires Occasional Brushing


  • Smart
  • Very Intelligent


  • Affectionate
  • Somewhat Affectionate


  • Playful
  • Sometimes Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Optional)
  • Congenital Cardiac Database (Optional) OFA Evaluation
  • Elbow Dysplasia – OFA Evaluation
  • Eye Examination by ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Hip Dysplasia OFA/OVC Evaluation or PennHIP
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (Optional)

Social Behavior with Dogs

  • Socializes Sometimes with Other Dogs
  • Socializes Well with Other Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

  • 10 years
  • 11 years
  • 12 years
  • 13 years

Training Tendencies

  • Easy to Train

Vocalization Tendencies

  • Barks or Howls Appropriately