Why I raise an all American dog!
Made in the U.S.A., a stamp that means quality. We look for it not only on our food, but our pets food as well. So why not look for it on our dogs? The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a tried and true all American dog. Developed in America in the 1800's the Chessie is comprised of many breeds including the Water Spaniel, the Otterhound, and possibly the Curly and Flat Coated Retrievers. Though for the most part these are only speculations as there were no records kept to say exactly what went into the making of the Chesapeake we know today. What we do know is it started with two lesser Newfoundlands, a dog named Sailor and a bitch named Canton. They were shipwrecked off the coast of Maryland where they were separated and bred with local water dogs and retrievers until they achieved a dog that threw consistent traits the distinguish the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
The dark or light amber colored eyes, the waving water repellant coat, and their tenacious guarding and retrieving attitude. These dogs are machines, retrieving over 200 birds a day from the frigid Chesapeake Bay. They were bred for the purpose of commercial waterfowlers that needed a dog to not only retrieve in cold conditions, but to do it all day, then to guard the boat at night.
Chesapeakes also have amazing memories, they have a very natural ability to mark multiple downed birds and retrieve each one. It is very seldom that a Chessie will pull off a retrieve because he can't find a bird. I have even heard of a female that followed a downed bird that landed on a chunk of ice, her owner simply left his coat in their hunting spot. He then returned to not only a very please Chesapeake, but the bird he had downed, laying on his coat. These dogs are very dedicated, they do whatever is necessary, not only to please you, but to please themselves as well.
With all that said, it is no wonder why I love this breed and chose them to raise them. Not only are they an all American breed, but they excel at what they were bred to do. They are amazing dogs, but they are not for everybody, please do you research before getting this great all American breed.
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As a note Sailor and Canton were neither related nor bred together from what we know.