August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppy Breed Information
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers average 70 pounds and 24” tall (boys are bigger) with a distinctive brown waterproof outer coat and thick wooly under coat. Chessies get along with children and other dogs, have a happy disposition and a willingness to work and retrieve on land or water.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppy & Breed Information

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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was developed and named from it’s U.S. origin in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland area, probably from the English Otter, Flat and Curly-Coated Retriever, and some Newfoundland as well.  One of the toughest, hard-working water retrievers, a strong, tireless swimmer developed to withstand rough icy water, the Chessie works equally well on land.


Chesapeake Coat, Color, Care: Any solid color brown, sedge or deadgrass with the smallest bit of white on the breast, belly, toes, or back of the feet allowed.  The Chessie has a short coat but needs regular brushing because of oils in his coat.  Water should roll off him like a duck.  When he shakes, a Chesapeake should be almost dry.  Occasional bathing is OK but not too much as you will strip his natural oils. 


Chessie Personality: He’s happy, intelligent, and prefers the outdoors.  He’s protective about strangers, neighborhood dogs and cats.  Chesapeake Retrievers are independent and fairly dominant so he’s no push-over.  Consistent, firm authority works best.  Extensive socializing as a puppy with lots of friendly people and other animals will insure a polite, dependable family companion and/or working retriever that gets along well with other hunters, dogs and family friends.


Exercise Requirements: Chessies need frequent, vigorous exercise, preferably swimming but brisk long walks or jogs will burn up energy and keep him from getting bored.  Inactivity can lead to bad habits such as chewing or barking.  During a walk he should always walk beside you (heel) never out in front.  Puppies tend to romp, jump, and play roughly so be careful around children and the elderly.


Health Concerns: Living 10-12 years, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever can have problems such as hip dysplasia, which can be modified by diet, and hereditary eye problems like PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) or a neurological disease called Degenerative Myelopathy.  Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects.  A natural (partially home cooked) diet may correct such disorders.

More Chesapeake Bay Retriever photos, puppy pictures, and the Official Chesapeake Bay Retriever Breed Standard, national club information, and Akita puppies for sale from Gold Star Breeders.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever AKC Standard
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