Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Breeders, Breed Clubs and Care
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is one of the few breeds where there is no disagreement as to his origins; in 1807 a ship was wrecked on the coast of Maryland and two puppies of Newfoundland type were rescued.
Newfoundlands love water and these youngsters showed a great affinity for it; they were bred together and the offspring were bred to local dogs, almost certainly including the Curly Coated Retriever, and probably some other retriever types. Like the Newfoundland the Chesapeake Bay Retriever he has webbed feet.
This produced a dog who has an incredibly water resistant coat with a passion for water, and he became the dog of choice for wildfowlers. the Chesapeake Bay Retriever coat is unique and his distinguishing characteristic; it is thick, reasonably short – not longer than 3.8cm, the outer coat being harsh, oily and dense and the undercoat fine and woolly. Moderate feathering on the tail is acceptable, and the legs and face should be covered with short and straight hair. Any sign of curl is not permitted. Because of his primary use as a water-based retriever the quality of the coat is extremely important.
The colour should be in any shade of dead grass, from straw to bracken. A slicker brush will keep him groomed and tidy and on no account should he be shampooed as this would remove his waterproofing and spoil the coat texture. If he is in desperate need of cleaning then a wash in plain water with a zoom groom should do the trick; if essential, there are a range of dog deodorisers available.
Dogs measure up to 66cm and weigh about 75lbs; he is an energetic dog requiring plenty of exercise, not one simply for the fireside. Whilst he has an independent attitude, he is affectionate and is a good companion with useful guarding instincts.
Breeders and Puppies
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers Mrs J Rudman 01865 247487
Rescue and Rehoming
Firstly, go back to your Breeder, and if they are unable to help contact the Breed Club. They should be able to give you information about dogs requiring homes and procedures for re-homing.