The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an American retriever dog applauded for its diligence, tirelessness, and hunt retrieving attributes.
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (Chessies) are hardworking Mid-Atlantic dogs known for their hunting confidence. They are not gun-shy and will labor tirelessly to ensure they retrieve the hunter's kill. They are not popular for their friendliness, especially to strangers; this trait makes them excellent watchdogs.
- Chesapeake Bay Retrievers have a wavy coat that feels oily when you touch.
- Chesapeake Bay Retrievers were developed in America by Market hunters to retrieve waterfowl, pull fishing nets, and rescue fishermen.
- Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are athletic dogs that don't tire quickly; they have been known to compete in dog competitions.
- Chessies are considered to be even-tempered; they don't excite easily.
- The Chesapeake Bay Retriever earned the name for being a perfect retriever dog for hunters in the 18th century; the perfect cross retrieved 300 ducks daily.
- The first Chesapeake Bay Retrievers were male and female dogs named Sailor and Canton, respectively.
- Hunters found the first Chesapeake Bay Retrievers off the coast of Maryland from a distressed British Ship in 1807. Two puppies, Sailor and Canton, were both Newfoundlands but were trained and intentionally bred until the Chesapeake Bay Retriever emerged.
- Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are loyal, tireless hard workers that "get their paws dirty" retrieving hunts for their owners.