meet theChesapeake Bay Retriever


Training &Temperament

Chessies exhibit many traits that make retrievers popular pets: they’re loyal, happy, and affectionate. But Chessies are more emotionally complex than the usual run of gundogs. Chessies take to training, but they have a mind of their own and can tenaciously pursue their own path. They’re protective of their humans (especially kids) and polite, but not overtly friendly, to strangers. They make excellent watchdogs and are versatile athletes. A well-socialized Chessie is a confident companion and peerless hunting buddy.

  • Children


    97% agree

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  • Training


    96% agree

  • Time Alone


    39% agree

Did You Know?

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever originated in the United States.

The Chessie is known for its prowess in rough, icy water.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever can be brown, sedge or deadgrass in color.

The breed is active in all areas of AKC competition.

The parent club, the American Chesapeake Club, was founded in 1918.

The original dogs sparking the Chesapeake breed were "Sailor" and "Canton", Newfoundlands rescued from the wrecked American Canton.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Brown 061
Dark Brown 078
Dark Deadgrass 079
Deadgrass 081
Light Brown 117
Light Deadgrass 118
Sedge 175
Tan 195


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
White Markings 014