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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a happy, affectionate family companion and so much more! Bred to hunt and retrieve waterfowl on land and water—and under the most adverse weather conditions—the Chessie is a versatile, intelligent hunting partner. He thrives on having a job to do, whether it's breaking through ice to retrieve a bird or joining you on a family hike.While other dogs will look at you like you're crazy if you ask them to fetch in rough, cold water, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is in his element.

This is partly due to his double coat, which consists of a wavy, harsh outer coat and a woolly, dense undercoat, with plenty of natural oils.

 

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The various coat colors are meant to blend into his surroundings — an advantage for a hunter, either human or canine.

Chessies really love the water! See how effortlessly they swim. You can also see why it's called the “doggie paddle.”

 

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With their naturals skills, they excel at dock diving.

They're equally talented on land.

 

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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is always ready for a game of fetch, no matter how unwieldy the target.

 

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And sometimes, he finds his own amusement.

Chessies are so versatile that they can be taught to do many things, even “help” around the house.

Unlike less emotionally complex gun dogs, he may have a mind of his own when it comes to training.

 

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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever isn't just active and energetic. He's also an affectionate, happy, and loyal family companion.

 

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Who is very good with children.

 

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It would be hard to find a more attentive, intelligent companion!

 

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Or a goofier playmate.

 

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