Chesapeake Bay retrievers come in three basic colors: brown, which can range from light to dark; sedge, light colored with reddish undertones; and deadgrass, which varies from yellow to tan. They remain proven hunters. But they require a special hand during training. The consensus is that, if at all possible, a Chessie should be trained by its owner. If you are planning to send your pup to a professional, make sure beforehand that the trainer has experience working with this breed.
The Chessie may not be a good choice if you've never owned a sporting dog. They are not built for everyone. These dogs are seldom small; average size is 55 to 80 pounds. They eat a lot, need plenty of exercise, and require considerable socializing with other dogs and people when they are young. Chessies can be aloof, standoffish, and terribly stubborn when the mood hits them. And as tough as they might be on the outside, they are much softer inside. That is, it's easy to hurt a rough-and-tumble Chessie's feelings; heavy-handedness should never be part of the training equation.
In terms of loyalty, Chessies will never waiver if treated properly. They are intelligent, independent-minded dogs that will form an extremely strong bond with their owner or trainer. Make friends with a Chessie, and you've made a friend for life.
BREED STANDARD In 1918, the American Chesapeake Club was formed, adopting a national standard for the breed. All other retrievers were lumped together in one group until the 1920s.