This medium-sized dog has the right physique and coat to work best in water.
His robust and well proportioned silhouette is muscular, and gives him great endurance enabling him to do excellent hunting work.
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a beautiful gait that suggests his great physical strength.
Between 58 and 66 cm (22.83 to 25.98 inches) for the male
Between 53 and 61 cm (20.87 to 24.02 inches) for the female
Between 29 and 36 kg (63.93 to 79.37 pounds) for the male
Between 25 and 32 kg (55.12 to 70.55 pounds) for the female
The color of his coat is similar to the environment in which the dog evolves. It is generally found in all shades of brown, rush, grass or dead leaves, depending on his natural habitat.
It can vary in shade, but is preferably single colored.
The short hair of his coat is totally waterproof and very tight. His coat also has a woolly, fine and very dense undercoat.
The length of his hair does not exceed 4 cm (1-1/2 inches). It is very short on the limbs and muzzle, with undulations only on the lumbar region, back, neck and shoulders.
The coat of this dog is as waterproof as a duck's feathers, allowing him to be simply damp, not completely soaked when he comes out of the water.
His head, with a broad, rather rounded skull, has a medium sized stop. His eyes, well separated from each other, are medium size, and of a nice color, going from yellowish to amber, in harmony with the coat.
His hanging ears, without being pressed against the cheeks, are small and don't have a very thick auricle. His nose is rather short and generally in harmony with the coat. His tail, straight or slightly curved, but never curled over the back, is of medium length.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 8, section 1 and is #263