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Chesapeake Bay Retriever |United States|

Chesapeake Bay Retriever |United States|

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has been bred over the last 200 years as a working gun dog, and there are few breeds that surpass it in water-retrieving abilities. However, Chesapeakes also combine their brilliant working skills with a loyal, affectionate nature and can make superb family companions; they also excel at agility and working trials. They are intelligent and lively, requiring an active home, and can be independent, although with early training this can be overcome. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was declared Maryland’s official state dog in 1964.

History

The breed’s origins are partly documented in a letter written by George Law in 1845. Law describes how he rescued two puppies from a floundering English brig heading from Newfoundland to England. The puppies are described as Newfoundlands, but could have been the smaller, now extinct St. John’s Water Dogs. Law returned to the United States with the puppies, the male Sailor and female Canton. Sailor found a home in eastern Maryland and bred to a variety of dogs, including Irish Water Spaniels, setters, and various retrievers. Canton went to western Maryland and bred with various hunting and retrieving dogs. Sailor and Canton’s progeny all shared similar characteristics, including great skill at duck hunting, leading to the eventual recognition of a true type.

Chessies have large litters with the average size being nine puppies.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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