Dog Breed Guide: Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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A Chesapeake Bay Retriever with pet insurance from Pets Best.
A Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Height (to base of neck): females 21-24″ males 23-26″
Weight:  females 55-70 lb, males 65-80 lb
Color: Brown
Origin: United States
Coat: Dense, coarse, wavy double coated, with soft woolly inner coat and glossy coarse guard hairs. Water resistant.
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Energy level: Moderate to high
Exercise needs: Moderate to high
Breed Nicknames: Chessie

Is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Chesapeake has been bred to hunt and fetch ducks  and the coat color is meant to blend in with their surroundings.  They have excellent retrieving skills and can withstand extreme weather and harsh conditions.  They tend to be more dominant,  territorial and aggressive than other retrievers.  They are intelligent and willing to work.  Shyness and over-protectiveness are discouraged in breeding lines.  They require some grooming and have high need for activity and exercise.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Chesapeake Bay Retriever 

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
Arthritis $1,206 $7,695
Skin Allergies $1,041 $2,549
Cystitis $365 $1,278
Gastritis $605 $2,172
Lipoma $438 $1,393


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