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The Chesapeake was known for its stamina during hunting in the old days. This breed would retrieve 100-200 ducks in a single day! The dog today should show courage, willingness to work, alertness, good scenting ability, intelligence and a love of water. They should have a bright and happy disposition but some of these dogs are a bit strong in temperament and require an owner who can take charge.

The Chessy is a medium large dog, 21 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weighing 55-80 lbs.

Color varies from dark brown to a faded tan or “deadgrass” (varying from tan to a dull straw color).

The coat is thick and short no more than 1 ½ inches long with a dense fine woolly undercoat. The coat is unique in that it seems to have “waves” or “ripples” on the neck and body. The other unique aspect of the coat is that it is very oily. This helps shed the water from the coat similar to the way a ducks feathers do which keeps the dogs skin dry when retrieving in cold waters. The coat does require a good brushing at least once a week to keep the oils moving through the coat. The Chessy does shed a lot in the summer and will require extra grooming at that time to keep dust bunnies to a minimum in your home.

Chesapeake’s are a strong natured dog and need early training so they don’t get out of control. They can be calm and laid back and do make good house dogs but are ready to go when you are. They prefer an active lifestyle.

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Hip dysplasia, PRA, cancer, seizures, cataracts, thyroid, allergies, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, ACL tear/ruptures, Bloat, Degenerative myelopathy, lupis.
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