Chesapeake Bay Retriever (aka Chessie) is one of the few breeds that originally were born in the USA. Chesapeake has been thought to descend from two Newfoundlands, called Sailor and Canton, who came to the USA on a ship from England in 1807. Chessie is an intelligent breed with a strong work ethic. This breed has an alert nature, which makes them excellent watchdogs. Chessie is a very stubborn breed and requires steady and firm training by every adult member of the family. Don’t let your Chessie do whatever he wants, even just one time, or you will have to train him for weeks. Chesapeake has goofy humor, but the entertainment sometimes can come together with his obsessive stubbornness. They are very protective of children, but they can act improperly with friends. The size of the Chesapeake is about 21 to 26 inches, and it weighs about 55 to 80 pounds.
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Golden Retrievers always rank high among the most popular breeds in the United States. These loyal, sociable dogs are excellent with children and families, and excel at obedience training and therapy work. Developed in the 1860s to be swimmers & retrievers, these pups love doing both of those things! Goldens are fairly large in size and have a medium-high energy level. They are known as loveable, confident and eager to please companions and do well in many environments, from apartments to larger living spaces.
Labrador Retrievers are the lovable, family-friendly dog we all know and love! Labs have been the most popular breed in the United States for 25 years running. One of the older recognized breeds, Labradors were originally bred to be strong, active retrieving dogs that excelled in hunting and swimming. Today, they are known for their outgoing and energetic personalities, and are extremely intelligent and devoted pets. These pups have a high energy level and therefore require a significant amount of exercise. Labs are an incredibly versatile breed, as they can excel at anything from K9 police work to agility to service work for the disabled. Full grown labs are medium sized, typically weighing in at about 55-75 lbs.