The Chesador Hunting Dog
(Chessie and Labrador Mix)
Designer Dogs



Designer Dogs - About The Chesador


descriptive textWeight: 50 — 75 lbs (21-26kg)
Height: roughly 21” — 26”
Lifespan: up to 13 yrs



What is this? Chesador Information

The Chesador is a cross between a pedigree Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the pedigree Labrador Retriever. This is a serious sporting dog and comes in brown, black and yellow.

This guy weighs in at an average 55 -- 80 pounds or 25 -- 36kg.

He’s a hunting dog that is most satisfied when there is something to hunt and retrieve. It can be a duck, goose, ball or Frisbee, just as long as he can chase, grab and return to you.

A dog like this is happiest in water — any water is okay — from ocean to lake to backyard pool to sprinklers. The dog is even at home in icy rivers and lakes. This guy loves to swim and retrieve anything including sticks, on land and/or sea.

Both breeds making up this hybrid dog have webbed paws to better facilitate swimming so your new “designer dog” can really go at it in the water!

Important Chesador information: No two dogs from the same litter will have the exact same temperament and other characteristics so all I can give you are generalities and averages. (Same is true for humans!)



Retrieving the game
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Trainability

Needs obedience training and’ must be socialized as a young puppy. This dog is not keen about obedience as he’s an outdoors lover. He is said to be a perfect gentleman in the house and with familyThe preferred Chesador training plan is clicker training with positive reinforcement.

Common sense and survival abilities are abundant with this dog as he is rugged and can stand a lot of rough terrain and rough weather. He’s trainable but with some reluctance.

Potty Training

Want to potty train your dog? There are several ways. Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing.

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what and where.

Chesador face closeup
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Chesador Temperament

Don’t put this Chesador in a small yard, apartment or other enclosure. He needs a job to do or something to hunt, swim after or chase. Early socialization is a must to insure a well balanced, friendly house pet and companion, which he can be. This is not a dog for the first-time owner. He needs a firm, consistent leader who takes no nonsense from the dog.

If you happen to get one with a separation anxiety problem, that can be dealt with by investing a few hours of work on your part and some "tough love."

He’s unsure about strange dogs and is capable of a good fight but normally picks and chooses his canine friends. Some will be leery, but may warm up if introduced to the new dog properly.

Likewise, he’s wary of strangers but will warm up and accept them in short order.

Playfulness & Affection

Unknown. Read the profiles for the Chessie and Lab parents as an indication.

Living environment?

Prefers a house at the beach, lake ot river. He should have a house with medium to large fenced yard where he can chase and play fetch.

Energy level?

Plenty of energy and needs lots of daily exercise. This is a good jogging partner and don't forget the swimming and hiking.

Watch/Guard Dog?

Good watchdog. As a guard dog, he will protect his family and property. It’s instinct to protect, but this dog does not qualify as a “guard dog” in the everyday sense.

This dog is an average barker. He barks at strangers and sometimes when on the chase or when lonely.

Shedding & Grooming

Moderate shedding. Grooming not necessary except for brushing weekly to remove dead hair.

Do NOT bathe this dog unless absolutely necessary. Washing destroys the oily, waterproof coat.

Chesador Health Issues

What health or illness problems the Chesador is prone to depends on the gene pool mix and what percentages the dog is comprised of.

It could be assumed that common problems like hip dysplasia, gastric torsion (bloat) and hypothyroidism and progressive retinal atrophy would show up in this hybrid dog, as these (among other illnesses) are shared by both parents.

There is nothing specific mentioned in the resource books largely because this dog is a true hybrid which means there is no standardization. For more Chesador information, read the profile pages for the two breeds, the Chessie and the Lab at the two links above.

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