Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 9in - 2ft 2in
Weight: 55-80lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 13 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount4/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly2/5

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Information

Chesapeake Bay Retriever breedA strong, smart dog, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever exhibits all of the things that make retrievers so beloved. They’re loyal, happy and easy to train. The big difference between the Chesapeake and other retrievers, however, is that this breed is more emotionally complex, with an exceptionally strong tie to their family and a highly perceptive nature.

Chesapeake pups stand out for their wavy coat, which is waterproof and a little oily. The color runs on the spectrum from tan to red to brown, complementing the breed’s yellow-amber eyes. Additionally, “Chessies” are natural athletes and make great hunting dogs.

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Breed FAQs

Can Chesapeake Bay Retrievers be apartment dogs?

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever needs room to run and play. This makes them difficult to keep in small spaces like an apartment.

Can Chesapeake Bay Retrievers be left alone?

While Chesapeake Bay Retrievers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Chesapeake Bay Retrievers good with kids?

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Chesapeake Bay Retrievers friendly with strangers?

Although Chesapeake Bay Retrievers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Chesapeake Bay Retrievers get along with other dogs?

Although Chesapeake Bay Retrievers will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Chesapeake Bay Retrievers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed a lot?

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers shed quite a bit. You'll need to brush them often to limit the hair on your floors and clothing.

Do Chesapeake Bay Retrievers need a lot of grooming?

Although Chesapeake Bay Retrievers require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Chesapeake Bay Retrievers need a lot of exercise?

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Chesapeake Bay Retrievers easy to train?

Typically, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Chesapeake Bay Retrievers handle cold weather?

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Chesapeake Bay Retrievers handle hot weather?

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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