The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the preeminent duck dog of the Mid-Atlantic, is a native of the United States and exemplifies the traditional qualities of a good retriever: loyalty, optimism, devotion, and tenacity. The waterproof coat that the Chessie is known for. Chessies are large, solidly built gundogs with shoulders that range in size from 21 to 26 inches. Males have a maximum weight of 80 pounds. A wavy, touchably greasy coat is the defining feature of the breed. Chessies have bright yellow-amber eyes that well contrast the coat and are solidly colored, either cocoa brown, sedge, or dead grass. Compared to the typical gundog, chessies have more complicated emotional needs. Chessies are willing to learn, but they also have a strong sense of self and can tenaciously pursue their own course.
They are respectful of strangers but not excessively friendly, and they guard their people fiercely. Chessies are adaptable athletes and make great watchdogs. An educated Chessie makes a self-assured friend and an excellent hunting partner.