Chesapeake Bay Retriever vs Flat-coated Retriever

Compare the Chesapeake Bay Retriever to the Flat-coated Retriever. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and Flat-coated Retrievers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Flat-Coated Retriever is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Flat-Coated Retriever is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Flat-Coated Retriever are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Flat-Coated Retriever has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever vs Flat-Coated Retriever
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Breed NameChesapeake Bay RetrieverFlat-Coated Retriever
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-13 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Height21-26 in.22-24½ in.
Weight55-80 lb55-80 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1807 AD1859 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyPoorVery Good
Stranger FriendlyPoorVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹20°F to 75°F20°F to 75°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredLowHigh-Very High
Top Running Speed20 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountLowNone-Low

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameChesapeake Bay RetrieverFlat-Coated Retriever
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionHighBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameChesapeake Bay RetrieverFlat-Coated Retriever
Lifespan
Lifespan10-13 yrs.8-10 yrs.
Common Health Issues
BloatYesNo
CancerNoYes
Cerebellar AbiotrophyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameChesapeake Bay RetrieverFlat-Coated Retriever
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
WoolyYesNo
WavyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Chocolate BrownYesNo
DeadgrassYesNo
Reddish GoldYesNo
BlackNoYes
LiverNoYes