Although there some may get them confused, there are many differences between a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and a Chocolate Labrador Retriever. Sure, they may look similar to someone who is not familiar with either dog breed but they are an entirely different dog breed with different body types, head shapes, coat lengths and more.
Labrador and Chessie Similarities
Both dog breeds:
- Are sporting dogs
- Are bred to be hunters
- Have happy dispositions
- Are courageous
- Have a willingness to work
- Are highly alert
- Are intelligent
- Love water
- Come in a brown color
Cheesie and Lab Differences
Unlike the Labrador Retriever, the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers:
- Were developed in the United States
- Have longer rough and curly coats that
- Bred to hunt ducks
- Are more protective than Labrador Retrievers
- Have a broader muzzle and head
- Only come in varying shades of brown
- Have lighter nose and eye pigment that a chocolate Lab
As you can see, there are many differences between the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the Labrador Retriever. When far away, it may be difficult to tell them apart. However, upon closer examination, or just by spending some time with each dog breed, you can easily tell them apart.
Both are very beautiful and loving breeds but are bred for different lifestyles. When choosing one dog breed over another, please let your reputable breeder know your lifestyle and whether or not you will be hunting with your new dog. A reputable breeder with be very familiar with the differences between these two dog breeds and be able to assist you in making the right choice for your family and lifestyle.