These tough, intelligent swimmers can make great sidekicks for active owners.

Vital Stats

Height: 21 to 26 inches at shoulder
Weight: 55 to 80 pounds (males average 72 pounds, females average 62 pounds)
Coat: harsh and short
Life span: 10 to 12 years or more

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever originated as a water dog used to hunt and retrieve ducks in the chilly chop of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.

The dog’s sturdy build, dense coat, stamina, and strength made him ideal for this purpose. Today, he’s still known as a fine hunting dog as well as a wonderful companion for active, experienced dog owners who can give him the structure and exercise he needs. Full Chesapeake Bay Retriever profile on

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