Supposedly a cross-breed of English descent, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever gained its name sake in Chesapeake Bay while successfully hunting water-fowl.
They are well equipped to do so on both land and water, and especially in icy conditions. After game was caught, they would often accompany their owners to market, where they would protect the boat or cart from theft.
They may be mistaken for Labradors in appearance, but there are some clear differences in temperament, and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever can be distinguished by its webbed feet.
They are more aggressive than most retrievers because of their background, but are generally well behaved and sociable.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is the state dog of Maryland as well as the mascot of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Many owners refer to this breed simply as “Chessies”.