Photographs by Tom Darden, State of Maryland
In 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, named after the famous bay region of the breed's origin, was declared the official dog of Maryland. A working dog bred to recover waterfowl for hunters, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is one of only a few breeds actually developed in the United States. Retrievers excel in field and obedience trials. These dogs are known for their versatility, strength, endurance, and devotion.
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are found working with drug enforcement agencies, as service dogs, and visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Some are trained for search and rescue work, even as avalanche or sled dogs.