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Chesapeake Bay Retriever - Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog crate size

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1995
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Size: large
  • Energy: high
  • Recommended Crate Size: 42” dog crate*

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Bred to hunt, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever belongs to the Retriever, Gundog, and Sporting dog groups.

The personality is family-oriented, affectionate and sensitive.

Males have an average height of up to 21 inches and a weight of 80 pounds.

Many believe that the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is among the best of the hunting class of dogs. This dog loves of the water, and it can run up to two times faster than others in the same category.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Chesapeake Bay Retriever in 1995.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was developed in the United States, but some of its stock was from England such as the English Otter Hound, Flat Cat, and Curly-Coated Retrievers, which were bred together with Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

This breed loves to help hunt and retrieve waterfowl.


This breed is very active, intelligent, and fast learning.

It also has good bone structure and high energy. Other defining features of this breed is its double coat around the shoulders, neck, back, and loins. The Chesapeake has thin lips and small ears.

Its slightly oily fur gives it the benefit of water resistance.


The proper nutrition for feeding Chesapeake Bay Retriever depends on his size, age, metabolism, and activity level. It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


Brushing and bathing can be done as needed, but not too often.

Check the ears by dabbing with soft cotton but do not rub the ears because you can hurt him.

Brush his teeth with a dog brusher three times a week.


The Chesapeake Bay Retriever needs 30-40 minutes of exercise every day. A good example of this is a moderate walk with your Chesapeake in the morning. You can also use the fly disk, plastic stick, or flyball to stimulate him.

Pet Crate Size

The standard dog crate size for adult Chesapeake Bay Retrievers is a 42” dog crate.*

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