A muscular breed with a slightly wavy coat, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is known for his determination and perseverance even in icy waters. This retriever is an affectionate family dog that is particularly good with children, though he can be more aggressive than other retrievers. The Chessie needs vigorous daily exercise to stay fit. His harsh, oily double coat repels water and requires little grooming.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever originated from two Newfoundlands, “Sailor” and “Canton,” who were rescued from a shipwreck off the coast of Maryland in 1807. A local landowner, Dr. James Stewart, took Sailor to the Eastern Shore, and his progeny on both shores were known as the “Sailor” breed. Outcross breedings with yellow and tan hounds and the Irish Water Spaniel helped to develop the Chesapeake’s color and scent abilities, and coat and zeal in the water, respectively.