Chesapeake Bay Retriever

An American retriever

The only Retriever from the US is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever he is in comparison to the Golden or Labrador Retriever in Germany not so often seen However, the Retrieverrassen emerged under very different conditions and should therefore have different characteristics.


In the past, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, or “Chessie” for short, was not only an all-round dog in the US for   the simple hunter and fisherman, but also a loyal assistant  and guardian of its property. He was for the children  a loyal good-natured playmate. Thus, the strong family relation, protective drive and courage of this breed explain his family with all human and animal members goes beyond anything. Often, the Chessie focuses on just one of these people, especially when training. In contrast to the strange friendly Labradors, the Chessie likes to decide for himself which people he wants to contact. If he was once treated unfairly or too harshly by a human, he can be very vindictive.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a great ability to observe and an iron will when it comes to accomplishing a task. In his training neither threats nor harsh punishments are appropriate; With little tricks, an angelic patience and a tenfold dose of consequence one gets much further. In general, consistency in this race plays a major role: due to his intelligence, the Chessie will test in the course of his life again and again, whether the dog owner of his role is still growing. If you always react the same, the dog will be satisfied with it; but if he is in the smallest situation

Inconsequence must determine, the Chessie will follow.

The Chessie has two great passions

Swimming is an absolute must for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, in the water he is in his element. There should have been Chessies who did not want to leave the water even after hours. The swimming style is unique: fast and powerful, the Chessie glides through the water, only a part of the head protrudes from the water, the rod is used as a rudder. Apart from swimming, retrieving is the greatest passion. Already as a puppy, the Chessie carries everything he finds around. You should never scold him for it, rather you exchange a prohibited object for a legitimate and praises the dog then extensively for carrying around.


To be happy, this breed absolutely needs at least one job that takes him daily. With too little employment the Chessie can become stubborn and destructive; It can also happen that he is looking for his own task and then exercises this with all his energy, you should definitely head training plan. As a work, of course, offers the retrieving, be it hunting with game or with wild phrases – so-called Dummies – or  intelligence and movement games during the walk, for example. looking for a toy or keychain, hood or glove.  Once the Chessie has learned to love this work, he will use all his strength and intelligence for it. Even as a rescue dog, this breed can be trained thanks to their very good nose, for the task as a guide dog, it is less suitable because of their protective drive. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a “working dog”, nothing makes him happier, as with his owner to cope with tasks. And most Chessies are not nearly as playful as the other Retriever races, many Chessies completely ignore other dogs.

Features and Tips

Extremely dominant behavior towards other dogs should be stopped already in the young age. Many chessies have an unusual amount of facial expressions and their own vocalizations. Best known is the “grin”, which expresses great joy and expresses itself in strongly raised lips, so that all teeth are visible. Often followed by a loud humming or cooing, the visitors often wince, but just as happy meant and expresses a lot of self-confidence.

All the properties of the Chesapeake that still exist today are based on its use, where we believe that an optimal Chesapeake can very well meet our current demands for a hunting, family and companion dog.



In 1868 Lord Tweedmouth mated a yellow labrador retriever with wavy fur with a now-extinct tweed-water spaniel. Between 1868 and 1890 Lord Tweedmouth carefully bred this line. He intercepted another Tweed Water Spaniel, two black retrievers, an Irish Setter, and a sand-colored Bloodhound.

In 1913, the Golden Retriever of the British Kennel Club, which therefore acts as a bookkeeping association, recognized as a separate breed and won in the episode v. a. in England and the USA rapidly in popularity. Around the beginning of the 1980s, the breed also began to gain a foothold on the European continent until it experienced a veritable boom (with all its negative side effects) in the early 1990s. In the German-speaking area the Golden Retriever is common today. In addition, he is v. a. widely used as a domestic dog in the Scandinavian and Benelux countries. But also in France, and to a lesser extent also in the south and, more recently, Eastern Europe, there are Golden Retrievers today.


The Golden Retriever has become the most popular Retriever breed in some other European countries. He owes this to a number of properties, as observed in this combination in hardly any other race.

The Golden Retriever has a balanced temperament; He is not hectic or nervous, but not too quiet or even lethargic, but he is lively and cheerful and adapts to all everyday situations with great serenity and boldness. He enthusiastically embarks on many “occupations”, is very active and often playful even as an old dog. He is very affectionate and loves to participate in all the activities of his “human rascal”. The more he becomes integrated into family life, the more he joins “his” man and likes to settle in and out.


With his high “obedience and training intelligence”, he is one of the most easily trainable dogs: he learns most of the commands already within a very short time. Intensive work with the dog creates a close bond between him and his owner. This creates his urge to always want to please his owner, his “will to please”. It’s also best to keep your dog stimulated at all times. Our friends at recommend getting some top rated interactive dog toys and durable interactive puzzle toys for dogs to keep them stimulated when they’re in their best dog playpen with roof.

But his attachment also means sensitivity. He needs intelligent care and close contact with the family.

The family is his pack that he does not want to part with.

Thanks to his “leadership”, his tolerance, his child-friendliness and his especially good-natured nature, he is often described as the ideal family and beginner dog. He should be worked with him so that he does not live out his hunting instincts in the hands of a non-hunter while poaching in the field and forest. He loves to retrieve, he is suitable as a blind or rescue dog, he is used as avalanche or drug discovery dog.

Of course, the typical hobby of every retriever also applies to the Golden, namely water. Golden Retrievers love to swim and if you teach them the water, you can combine their hobby and training together.

Features and Tips

The race-typical, muscular, strong physique of the Golden can only be reached and maintained by a lot of movement. However, a retriever does not just demand movement: his high level of intelligence also needs to be challenged. When the daily walks are seasoned with certain challenges, as obedience and retrieving exercises flow in, he feels really well. Otherwise, the Golden Retriever may be under-challenged and unbalanced.

The enthusiasm that he shows when he realizes that the walk is approaching, the gratitude that emanates from it, does not make the owner look outside, even in wind and weather, as a compulsory exercise.

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