The powerful, driven Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a truly American breed, developed along the Chesapeake Bay, and honored as the state dog of Maryland. In 1807, two Newfoundlands were recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of Maryland and were bred to local retrievers that included the English Otter Hound and Flat- and Curly-Coated Retrievers. From these breedings the “Chessie” type of retriever was developed and these hardworking dogs were used to hunt and retrieve waterfowl in turbulent, icy waters, sometimes bringing in hundreds of birds in a day! They were kept warm and dry by their distinctive double coat consisting of a short, wavy harsh outer layer that covers a dense, fine, wooly undercoat. Chesapeakes are happy, energetic dogs that thrive on human companionship and love nothing more than having adventures with an active, outdoor-loving family. Their coat, while short, benefits from frequent brushing to distribute their natural skin oils that protect their coat in harsh conditions.