8 Ways Chesapeake Bay Retrievers Are Tough Like Chuck Norris

It's hard to find another canine as gutsy as a Chessie.

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Chesapeake Bay Retrievers don't perform tricks for treats. Their owners have to do a trick before giving them a treat. Via sleepymuggs/Instagram
Katrina Rossos

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is the “tough guy” of the dog world. This label does not imply that the breed is mean or cold; on the contrary, Chessies, as they are lovingly called, are very affectionate, sweet companions. But since they were bred to retrieve waterfowl from the frigid waters of the Chesapeake, Chessies are both physically and mentally tough.

These dogs are strong, resolute in their determination and fearless. And just like the innumerable “facts” that exist about “Walker, Texas Ranger” actor Chuck Norris’ burliness, the Chessie’s brawn is nothing to bark about.

Here are eight ways Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are as badass as Chuck Norris.

1. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers don’t retrieve sticks, the sticks come to them.

2. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers win the competition before it even starts.

3. A Chesapeake Bay Retriever has never had to stare at its owner for more than 5 seconds before getting what they want.

4. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not afraid of the mailman; the mailman is afraid of them.

5. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers think building snowmen out of snow is for babies. Try building a snowman out of rain.

6. Soldiers don’t think twice about obeying a Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s commands. Sir, yes, sir!

7. To a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, icy water feels like a warm bath.

8. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is so fast he can play fetch by himself.

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  • I totally agree with you on the Chesapeake Bay Retriever,s
    strong points I owned one for almost 11 years or did he own me ?
    I miss my Rueban so much !! He was the best swimmer I have ever seen
    Thanks for the beautiful picture and comments

    Mike McCann January 13, 2016 11:58 am Reply
  • Before I got my chessie a hunting buddy told me that you can train a lab but you gotta negotiate with a chessie. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Joe January 13, 2016 5:10 pm Reply
  • We hav had chessys for 10 years we raised 1 litter and had a blast. Now just got a new pup as we lost one in Aug. we are having a blad!

    Judy January 13, 2016 6:14 pm Reply
  • I just lost my Chessie if 13 and a half years to cancer and miss her more than I knew I could. She was the most awesome dog I’ve ever had the privilege to know. I’ve tried to find another one, but they’re far and few in So. Cal.
    R.I.P. my Phoebe ????

    George Pugh January 13, 2016 11:56 pm Reply
    • George, there are several Chessie breeders in So Cal. Annette Monugian, Marnetts Chesapeakes, Debra Cuevas, Quailridge Chesapeakes, Laurie Schisler, Desert Wind Chesapeakes. More if you want to look all over Calif.

      Gail January 23, 2016 12:26 pm Reply
  • We don’t try to Negotiate with Mack we just try to find Common ground.

    Vicki Chase January 14, 2016 7:17 pm Reply
    • Vicki-you can order a Lab, as a Golden BUT with a Chessie you must negotiate. And they are fun to barter with. Mine is awesome.

      Nicky March 3, 2016 7:07 pm Reply
  • I have had two Chessies. Still have one. Totally awesome dogs. Caring, concerned with owner and yet, aloof with stranges and even other dogs. I still miss my Sara who passed away six years ago and cannot imagine losing my Luke (91/2yrs.). Can’t imagine not having one in my house. Brave, dependable, can’t say enough about the breed.

    Suzy Adams January 15, 2016 6:02 am Reply
  • I love my chessie. The hard headed and goofy smile they give is the best i ever experienced . My chessie passed away a few years ago and that was the hardest day ever !! We all loved her to death and missing her hogging the bed or walking in the middle of the bed to lay her face on mine to snore, losing her is like losing my heart cos i know i was her heart and the love of her life.

    Robin cooper January 27, 2016 12:54 pm Reply
  • Had Chester for 13 years. Loyal. Never picked a fight. Had trouble staying quiet when the guns started blazng! (Especially when they were shots from other blinds.)

    Now have a 2 yr old, Chesador, female named Remy. What a great mix. Timid of new things but tough as nails on the retrieve! Many dogs have turned tail at the dog park when they get too near to her ball.

    Great post Katrina!

    Barry Covert February 29, 2016 5:02 pm Reply
  • That’s my Trammell!!! How cool is that! We had no idea he was in an article until we randomly found this! We are way too excited!

    He is the one staring down the mailman!

    Rachel Szymanski March 3, 2016 8:16 pm Reply
  • I have 2 chessie female brandy lee and honey there sisters and are 19 months love them there are total different one is so laid back other is not but would not trade them for anything

    maryj April 13, 2016 7:47 pm Reply
  • We, also, just lost our Rook ( he was a “chess” piece, of course) of 14.5years old. Oh how he loved the grandkids, any kids really! Was always a big hit on the bike trails and sidewalks of our neighborhoods…and he was a great hunter for my duck/goose hunting husband. He would watch the skies and whine when “dad” would have missed a shot that Rook thought he should have had? Miss that big galout!

    Kathy H November 2, 2016 11:14 am Reply

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