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Zaljev Chesapeake Bay se nalazi na istočnoj obali US, sjeverno prema Baltimoreu. To je zemlja oštrih zima, ledene vode i velikog broja ptica selica.
Poznati pisac James Michener opisuje lov na patke u ovom području u svom romanu «Chesapeake». Bilo je toliko ptica da ih se masovno ubijalo, tako da bi njihovi psi
donosili i po 10-20 ptica nakon jedne puščane salve. Puške koje su se upotrebljavale za takav lov bile su poput manjih topova, pričvršćene za čamac. Ti su lovci trebali
pse koji su bili sposobni donijeti sve te patke, prvo prikupiti ranjene, a zatim one mrtve.
Primamljivo je stvoriti romantičnu sliku o tome kako je pasmina nastala prirodnom selekcijom u ovoj gruboj klimi, ali po svemu sudeći, obitelji nastanjene uz zaljev
su pažljivo uzgajale chessiee za željene osobine. Carroll Island Gun Club (lovni klub) posvetio se chessie-ima u drugoj polovici 18. stoljeća i vodio je precizne uzgojne
knjige, koje su, nažalost, izgubljene u požaru na prijelazu stoljeća, doprinoseći zagonetki oko nastanka pasmine. Članovi kluba uzgajali su chessiee i lovili s njima, ljudi
su dolazili sa svih strana da vide kako ti psi odlično rade. Vjeruje se da su pasmine koje su učestvovale u stvaranju chessie-a, između ostalih i goniči rakuna,
curly coated retriever, irski vodeni španijel i seteri.
Chesapeake Bay retriever ili kako ga skraćeno nazivaju "Chessie" uzgojen je za lov na vodi, po lošem vremenu, često i po ledu, i neumorno donošenje divljači,
uz dugo i naporno plivanje protiv struje u ledeno hladnoj vodi. Osobine pasmine su efikasnost, neumornost i lakoća obavljanja posla. Lubanja chessie-a je široka i okrugla.
Čeljust treba biti duga i dovoljno jaka da bi mogao mekim ugrizom uhvatiti i donijeti velike ptice. Posebna su značajka njihove oči, jasne, žućkaste ili boje jantara, kao
snažna i valovita gornja dlaka i gusta, ali fina vunasta poddlaka na ramenima, vratu, leđima i slabinama koja sadrži dosta masti, što je idealno za hladne vremenske
prilike u kojima chessie obično radi. Bilo koja nijansa smeđe, boje rogoza i sijena je dozvoljena. Krzno gotovo da ne treba održavati, zapravo, puno groominga ga uništava.
Četkanje gumenom četkom jedno tjedno je sasvim dovoljno da bi dlaka bila čitava namašćena i da bi se izvukla mrtva dlaka.
                                                        
           
Chessie je snažan, dobro uravnotežen pas srednje veličine (visina: mužjaci od 58-66 cm, ženke od 53-61) i sposoban za trčanje na srednjim udaljenostima. Prsa su mu
duboka i široka, ramena omogućavaju veliku slobodu pokreta. Nema mjesta slabostima, pogotovo ne na stražnjem dijelu. Prema standardu, leđna linija mora imati 
visok stražnji dio, obično  malo viši od grebena, tj. ramena. Mnogi preferiraju takve, tvrdeći da su takvi psi bolji u radu. Chessie je imao tu sreću da se do dana današnjeg
pasmina nije razdvojila na izložbeni i radni tip kao kod popularnijih retriverskih pasmina. To je donekle zbog toga što chessie nije tako brojan i popularan kao,
primjerice labradori i goldeni, broj čijih legala daleko nadmašuje broj legala chessie-a. To je vrlo lojalan pas s jakom zaštitničkom crtom, što ga, s obzirom na odličan
temperament, čini izvrsnim čuvarem, ali ne i psom za napad, jer neće nikoga ozlijediti. Isto tako, s obzirom na njegovu odanost, malo tko će ga uspjeti dresirati osim
njegove obitelji, pa se ne preporuča da ga se pošalje nekome drugome da ga izdresira. Pravilo je da se chessie-i prijateljski odnose prema strancima, ali bez naklonosti
i ljubavi koju čuvaju za vlasnike.
Oni su izvrsni obiteljski psi i ne vole kada su smješteni u boks daleko od svoje obitelji. Nikad nisu posebno brojni u izložbenim ringovima, iako ih nije teško izlagati,
ali nekad je teško pronaći suca koji u potpunosti razumije pasminu. Odlični su u vježbama poslušnosti, pogotovo uz iskusne trenere. Ponekad su svojeglavi, pa treba malo
 truda da ih se uvjeri da izvedu traženo na vaš, a ne njihov način.  Kao i svi retriveri, Chesapeake Bay retriver je aktivan pas i može postati destruktivan ako mu je dosadno
i ako nema dovoljno istrčavanja. Imajte na umu da bilo kakve teže aktivnosti nisu preporučljive dok pas ne navrši barem godinu dana.
 


                                                        

Chesapeakes were first bred on the East Coast of America at Chesapeake Bay. Originally, hunting was the first line of duty for the Chesapeake. Their thick, short oily
outer coat and dense, fine woolly undercoat protect them when working and retrieving in the icy cold waters of Chesapeake Bay. Because of the rough conditions they
were bred to be tough, independent, hearty and good-natured companions.
These extremely versatile dogs are accomplished in many areas beyond the field and hunting of which they are famous for. They are perceptive and sensitive dogs and
are deeply devoted to their family. They also excel in competition in obedience trials, shows, field and hunt trials.
The Chesapeake is a multi-purpose dog, a marvelous companion, and an individualist. His coat requires little grooming and no clipping. A good rinse with fresh water
after a swim in the pond, or marsh will retard bacteria from multiplying; it is the bacteria that cause the characteristics smell. A warm bath - given only when necessary
- but especially when the dog is shedding, will loosen dead hair and keep the coat in top condition.
The Chesapeake becomes firmly attached to his owner and family. He often has a special affinity for children, and will tolerate much "roughhousing".
 
Good manners throughout his life start in his puppy hood, with patient teaching from his master or mistress he will soon learn what is and is not acceptable.
Chesapeakes have a tendency to be uninterested though tolerant of other dogs and generally will not generate aggression towards others. However, neither will they take
aggression from others lightly, though the reputation for being aggressive is greatly exaggerated in Chessies of today. He is a good family dog and loves nothing better
(except to work) than being at the centre of his human family. He is still predominately a working gundog and is at his happiest in such an environment.

                                                    

Weight: male: 65-80, female: 55-70 lbs; Height: male: 23-26 female: 21-24 inches
Color(s): any color of brown, sedge, or deadgrass
Coat: Coat is thick and short with a wooly undercoat.
Overview: The Chesapeake has always had a cheery disposition but a seriousness of purpose toward his work. He faces the winter harshness with courage and an
eagerness to perform his retrieving duties. He is a bold, strong, active dog, so he needs plenty of exercise every day. He especially likes swimming, so retrieving
games are ideal throughout the summer and fall.
Character: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is friendly, intelligent and obedient.
Temperament: This breed will chase cats, but will get along with your existing cat provided proper socialization has taken place. It will generally try to dominate other males.
Care: Brush the coat when the dog is shedding to remove dead hairs, but be sure not to harm the texture of the coat.
Training: The dog must recognize the handler's authority right away. It is a good idea to take it to an obedience class.
Activity: This breed needs lots of exercise. If deprived of exercise, it will become badly behaved. It enjoys swimming and field sports.

                                         

 

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