Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppy

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppy

The Chesapeake Bay is located in the USA in the Mid-Atlantic region, separated by the Delmarva Peninsula and the Atlantic Ocean.

It is also the largest body of water in the United States that is enclosed with one or many streams or rivers that flow into it and also allows a connection that is free to the open ocean. This is the definition of an estuary, which the Chesapeake Bay is.

The southern section of the Bay is located in Virginia and the northern portion is Maryland.

The Chesapeake BayOpens in a new tab. area is also well known to foodies for delicious fresh seafood. Crabs are one type and are prepared many ways from soft shell crab, crab cakes, and the Bay area’s well-known crab dip.

Striped bass, also called rockfish is another favorite as are oysters, known to be called Chesapeake “white gold.”

Something else quite famous hails from the Chesapeake Bay area and this is the wonderful breed of dog, the Chesapeake Bay retrieverOpens in a new tab..

The retriever is also the state dog of Maryland. This breed came about during the 19th century and was believed to be a cross between a type of hound, Irish water spaniels, and Newfoundland. The Chesapeake Bay retriever can be said to be “made in the USA!”

The Chesapeake Bay retriever is a hunting or gun dog used to retrieve waterfowl from the frigid waters of the Bay. Hunting is one of this breed’s many talents.

They are active, intelligent, energetic, and athletic dogs but they also have a sensitive side which makes them excellent therapy dogs as well as lovable and loyal family pets.

To check your Chesapeake Bay Retrievers’ health status or their DNA checks, please visit the Embark vetOpens in a new tab. website for all the help you may need.

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If you are considering acquiring a Chesapeake Bay retriever puppyOpens in a new tab., you’ve come to the right place.

This post will clue you into Chesapeake Bay retriever puppiesOpens in a new tab., include a puppy weight chart and give you some information on how much to feed a Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy for optimum health and growth.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppy Weight Chart

Chesapeake Bay retrievers make excellent family dogs but are best suited for the family with an active, not sedentary, lifestyle.

These are not small toy “pocket ” dogs and can grow to be quite large, so you need to keep this in mind when bringing home a small puppy.

Below is a chart of a Chesapeake Bay retriever’s weight as they grow. These are all average weights. The lower weights would be a female Chessie and the upper weights a male.

Notice how they seem to grow in weight quickly from three to seven months and then gain weight a little slower after that. They can still add a few pounds between one and two years of age.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever PuppyWeight by PondWeight by Kilo gram
3 months20lbs – 26lbs9.07 kg – 11.79 kg
5 months 35lbs – 49lbs15.88 kg – 22.22 kg
7 months 40lbs – 59lbs18.14 kg – 26.76 kg
9 months 48lbs – 68lbs21.77 kg – 30.84 kg
11 months53lbs – 75lbs24.04 kg – 34.02 kg
13 months55lbs – 77lbs24.95 kg – 34.93 kg
15 months 55lbs – 80lbs24.95 kg – 36.29 kg
24 months 55lbs – 85lbs24.95 kg – 38.55 kg
Table 1 Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppy Weight Chart

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppy Stages in Development

Below are the different stages by age of your Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy’s growth and development.


The newborn Chesapeake Bay retriever is completely dependent on its mother as a newborn. They aren’t able to walk, are deaf, blind, and have no teeth. They will drink only their mother’s milk and huddle with her and littermates for warmth.

Without her body heat, they can become hypothermic and die, unable to generate their own warmth at this young age.

0 – 2 Weeks

This is Chessie’s neonatal stage, and they still rely on their mother for care. They will sleep 90% of the time and continue to develop.

2 – 4 Weeks

This is known as the transitional stage for your Chesapeake Bay retriever when their eyes and ears open, can see and hear. and begin getting teeth.

They begin wobbly walking and also start to interact and play with littermates. They will be able to regulate their body temperature and their mother will begin to leave them for short periods of time for some much-needed rest!

4 – 12 Weeks

At four to twelve weeks, this is the time for necessary socialization for your retriever. You will be bringing your puppy home at around 8 weeks of age and they should have seen the beginnings of socialization at the breeder’s beforehand.

During this time, you can begin to potty train your pup and begin some low-key basic commands and training in obedience. Socialization, though, is the most important area to concentrate on so your puppy is calm and accepting in any situation.

Take them with you to as many places as possible to acclimate them to new people, surroundings, and other dogs. In this way, they will develop into calm and never fearful or aggressive dogs.

3 – 6 Months

This is known as your Chesapeake Bay retriever’s juvenile period. They will start to have a more adult appearance and will get their adult teeth too.

Have plenty of acceptable chew toys on hand, so they don’t resort to chewing on furniture. They also may show a little bit of independent behavior that is stubborn at times, so step up the training and make sure they know you’re the leader of the pack in a firm yet gentle way.

6 – 12 Months

This period is known as your pup’s adolescent or puberty phase. Your pup will have filled out and look more like an adult.

Females may go into heat and males may show interest in females. These dogs are still too young to be bred and if you aren’t planning on breeding your pup, now would be the time to discuss spaying or neutering with your veterinarian.

Between 12 and 24 months your puppy will reach full maturity and adulthood. They will be their adult weight and height and will have lost some of that puppy excitability and be calmer. They will, however, still be well endowed with puppy exuberance, especially in play.

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How Much To Feed A Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppy

First and foremost your Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy needs high-quality food that gives them all of the necessary vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from puppyhood on up to ensure that they grow properly into a healthy adult.

This breed is a highly energetic one and needs a diet filled with carbohydrates and proteins for lots of energy.

You may do research on diets because there are choices such as kibble, canned food, a raw diet, or a homemade diet.

Dry food is essentially the easiest and more cost-effective as long as it’s high quality and includes all the nutrition your pup needs without containing fillers or additives.

You may mix a good canned food or acceptable fruits or vegetables with their kibble for even better nutrition and taste.

Below is a chart with the amount to feed according to your pup’s age and weight. This is generally on the bag of kibble or your veterinarian may give you some recommendations.

Puppies in monthweight by poundweight by Kgcupstimes a Day
2 Months 10lbs4.53 kg0.3 cups3 times a day
3 Months 20lbs9.07 kg0.4 cups3 times a day
6 Months 40lbs18.14 kg0.5 cups3 times a day
9 Months 55lbs24.95 kg1 cup2 times a day
12 Months 70lbs31.75 kg1.25 cups2 times a day
Table 2 Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppy feeding chart

Around 9 months of age, you may transition your pup to the adult version of the brand you have been feeding them If they have been doing well and thriving stick with this and introduce the adult food gradually so as not to cause stomach upset.

You should definitely be diligent in feeding the recommended portions to your retriever. If you overfeed them or give them too many treats they can become overweight.

Years ago, adult dogs were fed one time a day but it was found that splitting their daily intake to 2x a day is much better for digestion and they aren’t as ravenous when eating twice daily.

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