The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a well-known working dog on local waters, as well as in Canada, Great Britain and Scandinavia. Chessies are known for their extreme intelligence, loyalty, strength and ability to endure the most rugged weather and water conditions. They excel in retrieving game.
The breed originated in the United States in the early 20thcentury, and were used to retrieve waterfowl. It is believed that they were bred from Lesser Newfoundlands and local hounds. They are related to the Curly-Coated Retriever, indicating that they probably have English or Irish Water Spaniel or Otterhound in their history.
Chessies are friendly with strangers, and gentle with children. They love a country environment, and daily work!