Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Sporting Breed

Honker Hauler and Hardfrost from the Ball Bluff Kennels

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever can be strong willed and loves getting its own way.  A strong, firm and consistent owner is very important especially in the dog’s early years.  They’re an active dog who need hard exercise.  If kept in doors indoors they could become lazy and overweight, or troublesome.  The Chesapeake is good with children, and loves to play – just remember that they are a strong dog.   Not recommended for apartment life, and should be afforded a fenced yard.  Chessie’s love the outdoors, especially the cooler climates.  Can  be aggressive with other dogs.  Only an occasional firm brushing is needed.

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Notes for owners
Short Minimal Rugged hunting dog.  Require early training and socialization.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

American Chesapeake Club

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club of Canada


Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.

If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.