Chesapeake Bay Retriever Shedding

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Shedding

So, you’re in the market for a puppy and you love retrievers, both the Labrador and Golden retrieversOpens in a new tab., but you would like a little bit different and unique dog that not everyone else has.

How about the Chesapeake Bay retriever? Like the Labrador retrieverOpens in a new tab. and the golden retriever, the Chesapeake Bay retriever is a hunting or gun dog, retrieving game for hunters.

All three make excellent family pets, being lovable, loyal, and affectionate. There are, however, some differences between the three.

The Chesapeake Bay retrieverOpens in a new tab. weighs in a little bit heavier, weighing in from 55lbs to 80lbs as an adult, somewhat weightier than either the Golden or the Lab.

The Golden retriever’s origins are based in Scotland, while the Labrador retriever’s roots lie in England and Canada. The Chesapeake Bay retriever originated in the Chesapeake Bay area and is 100% made in America!

Considering these retrievers, you may be wondering if the Chesapeake Bay retriever sheds Opens in a new tab.less or more than these other two retrievers.

In this post, I will answer the question, “do Chesapeake Bay retrievers shed?” Also included will be some information on Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy shedding and some tips to help with shedding.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Shedding
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Do Chesapeake Bay Retrievers Shed?

The answer to this question is yes, Chesapeake Bay retrievers do shed. If you are thinking that they may shed less or more than the Golden or Labrador retrieverOpens in a new tab., think again.

All three are moderate shedders even though they all have very different textures and lengths of coats.

In the late 19th century, Newfoundland puppies were rescued from a shipwreck in the Chesapeake Bay area and became the legacy of the Chesapeake Bay retriever.

It is believed that these dogs were bred with Irish water spaniels with some type of hound added in to develop a dog that could retrieve waterfowl from the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay with its strong currents and forceful winds.

These dogs are strong swimmers but also have a coat that is not only warm and insulated but waterproof too.

The Chesapeake Bay retriever has a double-thick coat which has an undercoat that is impenetrable and like wool, insulating from both cold water and freezing temperatures.

Their overcoat is short and somewhat kinky and wavy that has oils similar to the oil on the feathers of a duck. This keeps water beading up and not penetrating their skinOpens in a new tab.. keeping them warm and dry.

The colors of the Chessie’s coat can be various shades of brown to allow them to be camouflaged while waiting with their hunters for game birds to fly over.

Even though the Chesapeake Bay retriever’s coat is short, it is quite thick and they do shed moderately all year long. Twice a year, they will lose their entire undercoat and this is called “blowing” their coat or shedding season.

It is sort of an “explosion” of fur and takes about two to four weeks. In fall they shed their summer coat to make way for a warm winter coat and in spring their winter coat will be shed to grow in their cooler summer coat.

Coat blow in the springtime usually brings forth a lot more than in fall because their winter coat is much heavier.

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.

Do Chesapeake Bay Retrievers Shed?
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppy Shedding

Most puppies including the Chesapeake Bay retrieverOpens in a new tab. will shed their original puppy coat. This puppy coat is only a single layer and is very soft.

That’s why everyone goes bananas over puppies! Yes, they are adorable but they are so cuddly and soft too! The soft fur will fall out anywhere between four and six months, but this can vary between breeds.

When the puppy fur falls out, your pup may look a little scruffy or mangy, perhaps with a few patches here and there, but don’t panic. Their double undercoat and overcoat will soon come in.

At this time, it’s great to begin grooming with brushing and baths. This will get a puppy used to the grooming process so it doesn’t become a chore or battle later on. Be patient with your puppy and also be very gentle, no pulling or tugging. You want this experience to be good which will help with future grooming.

Keeping shedding under control doesn’t have to be a difficult task for you and your Chesapeake Bay retriever.

These dogs are moderate shedders and at times like “coat blow” season, they can be a little above average at shedding but this really is no different from Golden retrieversOpens in a new tab. and Labrador retrievers who have different lengths and textures of hair. Interestingly, the Dalmatian, who has a very short coat, is a very, very high shedder.

Below are some tips for keeping shedding under control.


Brushing your Chesapeake Bay retriever at least once a week during non-shedding seasons should be sufficient. During the two shedding seasons a year, brushing two to three times a week may be needed to keep up with that gradual loss of undercoat and to keep fur out of your house.

Brush your pup outdoors, if possible to keep loose fur out of your home. Use a slicker brush regularly and an undercoat rake to remove dead fur from their undercoat during “coat blow” time. Wipe with a damp towel or dog wipes when finished brushing to smooth away loose fur.

Don’t forget to vacuum your home often, both floors and furniture.


Bathing is good for when your pup gets dirty or during shedding season to loosen and remove dead hair a little more quickly.

Don’t bathe too often because the oils the Chesapeake Bay retriever has on their waterproof coat are also necessary to help protect their skin.

Too many baths will strip away this oil and open the door for dry skinOpens in a new tab., itching, and more loose, dead fur. Only use a high-quality mild dog shampoo that’s good for your pup’s coat and skin.


Since one of the favorite things of the Chesapeake Bay retriever is swimming, letting them swim, especially during shedding season will help remove dead hair too.

There is no need to bathe afterward, but you should rinse them off well with a hose or outdoor shower and then brush away loose fur.


Make sure your Chesapeake Bay retriever receives proper nutrition by feeding them good quality dog food. The foods today contain everything they will need for optimum health as well as helping to maintain healthy skinOpens in a new tab. and coat.

Check labels for only real wholesome ingredients and no fillers. If your pup seems to be scratching or shedding way too much, consult your veterinarian. They may be deficient in vitamins or supplements or even have an allergy to their food.Opens in a new tab.


If you don’t want to deal with baths, you can always take your pup to a professional groomer and pay them to do the “dirty” work.

They can even lightly trim any unruly areas, but never, ever have your retriever shaved. Yes; this will eliminate shedding, but it will remove their double coat which regulates their body heat by keeping them warm in winter and cool in summer. Shaving would also leave their skin vulnerable to sunburn and parasites with no protection.

Grooming your Chesapeake Bay retriever to keep up with sheddingOpens in a new tab. doesn’t have to be rocket science.

Being consistent and diligent with brushing is the best way to go to save time in the long run. Keeping a lint brush handy is always a good tip for any time because you can’t brush away every hair!

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