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Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake is one fine dog breed. It has a remarkable coat and the ability to Lord over your home if given the chance. They are reputable gundogs who can keep you company both inside and outside your home. They are in the class of the best retrievers as they can hunt tirelessly. Discover more about our Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies for sale below!

Breed History

A shipwreck in 1807 led to the discovery of some Newfoundland which was interbred with other dogs and water spaniels to produce the Chesapeake. They are known to frequent the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. 

They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933 and soon after they were known widely as gundogs. They have subsequently been kept as pets as they are incredibly affectionate and loyal.


The Chesapeake is a loyal and affectionate dog with a soft spot for children. They are very intelligent and can be very comfortable as family pets. 

They could be very protective but since they mature late, this will be more visible when they are about 18 months old. They really do not like being left alone and can develop some bad habits if that happens. They are very suitable and active companions.


The Chesapeake is one dog breed that loves water. You may not be able to keep them away, especially if you’re giving them a walk or running with them. They love outdoor life and are definitely not suited for indoor or apartment living. 

They are best for the country where the owner has a large expanse of a garden so they could run freely. They are also for homes where one person always stays home. They cannot be left alone. They definitely need a lot of activities for them to lead a healthy life and are therefore not suitable for first-time dog owners.


A Chesapeake needs about 2 hours of exercise daily because they are pretty energetic dogs. They love to be outdoors. You could do 2 walks in a day so they are kept active. You may need to let them roam and run around the yard just so they are happy. 

The yard should be secured through. Chesapeake excel at canine sports of any kind. They are vibrant and intelligent dogs so they would need mental stimulation as well. If they get bored, they develop bad habits so you should keep them occupied mentally and physically.


The Chesapeake’s coat is one that isn’t so difficult to groom. They are light shedders so it’s easy to keep them brushed and clean. Their coat is somewhat water-resistant so when they play or swim, all the water and oils just fall off their coats and this means they do not get cold. 

It is important to brush their coat twice weekly as this should keep them looking good. You should also clean their ears to avoid a buildup of wax and ear infection. It is much better to prevent an ear infection than to cure it.

Our Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies for sale come from either USDA licensed commercial breeders or hobby breeders with no more than 5 breeding mothers. USDA licensed commercial breeders account for less than 20% of all breeders in the country. 

The unregulated breeders who are selling outside of the USDA regulations and without a license are what we consider to be “Puppy Mills.” We are committed to offering Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies who will grow up to become important members of your family. We only purchase puppies from the very best sources, and we stand behind every puppy we sell.

Contact us today to learn more about the availability of our Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies for sale. We look forward to helping you find your next family member. Our pet counselors can answer any questions you have about our Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppies.


Ten Frequently Asked Questions about the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

What health challenges does a Chesapeake have?

The Chesapeake is more prone to the following, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, melanoma, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, entropion, ear infections, bloat.

Are Chesapeakes easy to train?

Not really. They have a mind of their own which is why people feel they are stubborn. But once they understand the command, they are likely to obey.

Are Chesapeakes good watchdogs?

Yes, they are. They are very quick to let you know when they see something or hear something they do not understand or even strangers.

Do Chesapeake Retrievers like water?

It would be like keeping a fish out of the water and this is almost impossible. They love to get their feet wet and it would be relatively difficult to keep them out. They, however, cannot get out of the water on their own, so you should be on the lookout.

Do Chesapeakes bark excessively?

No. They only bark when they feel it’s necessary or to alert their owner.

Do Chesapeakes do well when left alone?

No. They will begin to have separation anxiety and this is not healthy. They are more suited to people who work from home.

Do Chesapeakes adapt easily?

They can only adapt to people who spend the most time outdoors. They cannot live in apartments.

Are Chesapeakes playful?

Yes, they are. They do a lot of canine sports and will want to entertain.

Do Chesapeakes have prey drive?

Yes. They have a high prey drive and this should be watched so they don’t chase the cat around.

Are they suitable for first-time owners?

No. They need to be around people who understand their needs and the fact that they are high energy dogs.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a dog breed that is suitable for those who live in the country and love to spend a lot of time outdoors.

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