21-26" (53-66 cm) 55-80 lb (25-37 kg) Short, hard, oily water-resistant outercoat. Wooly, dense fine undercoat. Any shade of brown, sedge (red-gold) or deadgrass (straw to bracken). White markings acceptable.
Hunters along the rugged coast of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay thrived on huge flocks of waterfowl native to the region. Taking hundreds of birds at a time, they needed dogs that could work for hours in the frigid waters, retrieving birds and bringing them to shore. In 1807, a ship carrying two Newfoundland-type dogs sank near the Maryland shore. The two dogs, named Canton and Sailor, were bred to local dogs including other types of retriever, water spaniels and otter hounds. The resulting dogs were long-footed with short water-resistant coats, and could tolerate cold water without becoming chilled. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever remains a prized water bird hunter, and they are also excellent search and rescue dogs, trackers, guide dogs and sled dogs. Current breeders focus on keeping the working traits that make the Chesapeake Bay Retriever so valuable, and promote their dogs both in the show ring and the field.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a tough, tenacious and strong-minded dog. He is a working dog that needs a job to keep happy. When not working, he is an affectionate and family-friendly companion that is easy to care for. While content indoors, he loves to be outside and of course adores swimming.
Conroy Reg’d Kennel, Rita Jones. Working bloodlines bred for temperaments, retrieving ability, Conformation (structure) and excellent work ethics. Breeding stock all have certified health clearances for DM, IEC, Hips, Elbows, and eyes. Puppies come with a written guarantee. Puppies available occasionally. Forty-five years of breeding and competing in Retrieving, Obedience, and Conformation with my dogs. Woodville, ON (705) 439-2747; email@example.com
McKinlay, Scott & Pam, Mossbank, Reg’d. Owners and breeders of quality Chesapeake Bay Retrievers since 1970, with many repeat buyers. We breed to combine top bloodlines for great temperament, conformation, health and retrieving ability. Breeding stock has certified health clearances for eyes, hips, elbows, DM and EIC. Written health guarantee. Puppies and adults available occasionally. 12297 Talbot Trail (Morpeth), PO Box 1111, Ridgetown, ON N0P 2C0. (519) 674-2331; firstname.lastname@example.org
London, Michael & Nancy, First Light Reg’d. All-around versatility in top-quality breeding. Hips and eyes certified. Studs and pups available. RR1, 1354 Townline Rd E, Canfield, ON N0A 1C0. (905) 772-1354; email@example.com; www.firstlightkennel.com