Chesa-Poo

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40-60 lbs
19-24"
United States

The Chesa-Poo is a large dog that is a mix of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Poodle. They have thick, curly hair with a large, muscular frame, long legs, and furry, pendulous ears. Their tail is usually long and they have webbed paws. The Chesa-Poo is a great family pet due to their lovable personality and mild mannerisms. They love to hunt though so if you do not hunt, chasing rabbits and squirrels in the yard will have to do. Although they are sometimes hard-headed, training is not too difficult if you stick to the rules and be consistent. The Chesa-Poo can come in almost any color and are usually solid colored.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Poodle

Chesa-Poo Health

Average Size
Height: 22-29 inches Weight: 50-80 lbs
Height: 19-24 inches Weight: 40-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Spine
  • Skeletal
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Chesa-Poo Breed History

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was founded in the 1800s in the United States as a gundog and retriever. Their history states that they were puppies of two Newfoundland dogs that were rescued by an American ship, the Canton, in 1807 from a shipwrecked English brig ship off the coast of Maryland. These two dogs were given to the rescuers as gifts and are believed to be descendants of the Bloodhound, Irish Water Spaniel, and other Hounds. The female was a black dog named Canton and the male was a red dog named Sailor. However, others say they were bred from the Curly-Coated Retriever, Flat-Coated Retriever, and the English Otterhound. They became famous for swimming through the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay to retrieve between 100 and 200 ducks per day. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was recognized in 1878 by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and today they are the 43rd most popular breed in the United States. It is also one of the small number of breeds that originated in the United States. The Poodle originated in France in the 1500s as a performer, lap dog, and retriever. However, some say they came from Denmark or Germany. Their earliest ancestors were curly dogs from Asia and were water dogs. Their name comes from the German word, pfudel, which means splash or puddle. They were popular in duck hunting but soon became popular for other uses such as circus performing, military service, guard dog, and guide. Their coat was usually shorn to help them swim although some say the puffed hair on the knees and tail were to protect them during hunting. However, the more popular belief is that the puffy hairdo is for decorative purposes. They were accepted into the AKC in 1887 and are the 7th most popular dog in the United States.

Chesa-Poo Breed Appearance

The Chesa-Poo is a large dog with a curly double coat that is thick and can be almost any color including white, gray, yellow, tan, brown, black, red, blue, and orange. They have long, strong legs, fuzzy hanging ears, a long furry tail, and big, webbed feet that help them swim. Their face is more like a Poodle while the body is more similar to a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Their round eyes are dark and their nose is black. Most owners keep their Chesa-Poo groomed with shorter fur in the summer to keep them cool and easier to maintain.

Chesa-Poo Breed Maintenance

Most people who own Chesa-Poos will get their dog groomed by a professional every six months or so to keep their coat manageable. Even if you do this, you will still need to brush and comb them thoroughly at least three or four times a week to keep them from getting matted. You also have to be sure to keep their nails trimmed and their teeth brushed to prevent dental disease. In addition, their pendulous ears can be excellent breeding grounds for bacteria and mites so you need to check them once a week for redness, inflammation, and any signs of trouble.

Chesa-Poo Temperament

Your Chesa-Poo may have a stubborn side that makes her hard to train. However, if you are consistent and use positive reinforcement you should not have too much of a problem. These dogs enjoy being with their family and like to play with children and other pets although their hunting background will keep them chasing the neighborhood rabbits and squirrels when outside. The Chesa-Poo is not that great of a guard dog because they seem to like just about anyone, including strangers but they will bark like crazy if they have a reason to. It is important to keep them occupied when you are away from home for any amount of time because they get lonely.

Chesa-Poo Activity Requirements

The Chesa-Poo needs a lot of activity every day to keep them happy and healthy such as long walks, hiking, playing a long game of fetch, or a trip to the beach or dog park. They enjoy hunting and swimming due to their parentage so these can be great activities to work off their excess energy. If your Chesa-Poo does not get enough exercise they can become restless and bored, which is one of the main causes of behavior problems. In fact, you may come home to find your furniture and other household items being used as chew toys. To prevent this problem, just make sure to provide your dog with at least an hour of exercise per day.

Chesa-Poo Owner Experiences