Chesa-Poo: Chesapeake Bay Retriever Poodle Mix

Chesa-Poo: Chesapeake Bay Retriever Poodle Mix

The medium canine covered with curly fur Chesa-Poo is a unique outcome of the breeding between highly famous Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the royal Poodle. Combining the royal instincts of one parent while hunting from the other, it is an incredible companion, guard, and watchdog.

Chesa-Poo | Dog Breed Facts and Information
Chesa-Poo | Dog Breed Facts and Information

The dogs with wavy fur are noticed to be moderate shedders; however, it doesn’t apply to all cases. The Chesa-Poo has a thick and wavy coat with moderate grooming needs and is good to go with the first-timers. If you are looking for a dog to be your family companion and your adventure partner, then look no further than this hybrid. Please read this article to know all about it.

Chesa-Poo Dog Breed Health, Grooming, Feeding
Chesa-Poo Dog Breed Health, Grooming, Feeding

What is a Chesa-Poo?

The solidly built Chesa-Poo comes from two breeds with strong hunting instincts; the intelligent and playful Poodle and the friendly, gentle Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Together, these breeds make one great family dog who in spite of the urge to chase squirrels and other small animals, is highly affectionate and gets along superbly with kids and other pets.

The Chesa-Poo brings together the playful personality of the Poodle and the gentle nature of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

Chesa-Poo Dog Breed Information
Chesa-Poo Dog Breed Information


The Chesa-Poo is considered a designer dog versus simply a mixed breed because he is the product of two pure-bred dogs. This type of breeding became popular in the 1980s with the intention of producing puppies that carried the desired traits of both parent breeds – typically a healthier, smaller, hypo-allergenic or gentler form of a popular breed.


The Chesa-Poo is considered a designer dog meaning he comes from two different pure breeds. As a result, he doesn’t qualify for the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) roster of purebreds however both parent breeds are members. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever became a member of the “sporting” group back in 1878 and the Poodle joined the “non-sporting” group shortly after, in 1887.

How easy are Chesa-Poo to train?

Your Chesa-Poo can be a pleasure to train given his intelligent background and eager to please personality however a stubborn streak from the Retriever side may mean a little extra patience is required to get the desired results. Take a firm, consistent approach to ensure he understands pack order and bring in a professional if necessary. As with most dogs, rewards including loads of verbal praise and treats, go a long way in bringing results.

Diet and Nutrition

Chesa-Poos are big dogs who will typically be quite active throughout their day so their food needs to be a well-balanced, top-quality kibble that is specifically designed for their age, size and energy levels. Because the Poodle side of this dog can run into digestive issues, opt for a food that is low-fat and with Chessie’s being prone to gaining weight, plan to schedule meals 2 to 3 times per day versus allowing him to free-feed. Poodles are also prone to bloat so ensure exercise is not taken within an hour of him eating.

The Chesa-Poo is a loyal family pet that loves to hang out with his human pack.

How would you describe the temperament of Chesa-Poo?

The Chesa-Poo is a loyal and loving family pet that comes from two highly intelligent breeds. He is friendly to kids, other animals and new faces so isn’t the most effective watchdog. The Retriever in him can present as stubborn so establishing a pack pecking order is important to ensure he obeys commands. This gentle boy considers himself an important part of the family and loves nothing more than hanging with his humans so doesn’t do well when left for long periods of time on his own.

How healthy are Chesa-Poo?

The Designer dog is often bred to side-step many of the health issues that can plague his purebred parents. That said, it’s always important to know what your new pup could inherit and with the Chesa-Poo that can include digestive issues from the Poodle, entropion and retinal dysplasia as well as joint issues from the Chessie.

How active are Chesa-Poo?

Your Chesa-Poo is an active dog that will need substantial daily activity to keep him physically fit and mentally stimulated. Daily walks are a great start, as well as regular visits to an off-leash park where he can run, chase a ball and interact with other dogs. This boy is naturally agile so tossing a Frisbee in his own backyard is a quick and ideal outlet for his energy. Failure to meet his exercise needs can result in boredom and destructive behaviors with this pooch.

Your Chesa-Poo can be a pleasure to train given his intelligent background.

How long will Chesa-Poo live?

Chesa-Poo is a healthy dog that overcomes the health concerns of his parents; thus, it lives a relatively long life. Proper care is the key to let your dog a longer and fuller life. With good keeping, your doggy can live for 12-15 years at a minimum. You can maximize it by taking the measures which we mentioned ahead.

Recognized Clubs

Also known as the Chesadoodle, the Chesa-Poo is a designer dog which means he doesn’t quality for recognition by the American Kennel Club (AKC) however he is a member of the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).


The Chesa-Poo has a thick, curly double-coat that is great for owners who don’t want the hassle of constantly vacuuming their home and car – he’s non- to low-shedding due to the Poodle DNA in him. Brushing 3 to 4 times a week will be enough to keep his coat matt- and tangle-free while a visit to the groomers every 6 months should be sufficient to keep his coat’s shape. Because he has floppy ears, inspect and clean weekly to prevent infections.


Chesa-Poo pups will grow to be large dogs and care needs to be taken not to overfeed them during this stage. Joint issues later in life can be a problem and extra weight will only exacerbate this problem. Similarly, leash training, exercise sessions and simple handling should be done with care to avoid injuring tiny joints.

Related Questions

How Much Does a Chesa-Poo Cost?

Chesa-Poo is not a very common breed not easily available in the market. After searching for a good breeder of this hybrid, you can get it in the range starting from $600 going anywhere around $800.

How Big to Chesa-Poo Get?

Although the variations keep on occurring with every other cross, the average height and weight of Chesa-Poo is estimated to be 22-29 inches weigh 50-80 lbs, respectively. However, this is the male dog’s estimate; the female  Chesa-Poo stands 19-24 inches at the shoulders with 40-60 lbs.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.