Chesapeake Bay Retriever Care Tips

Chesapeake Bay Retriever care can be an easy task. The owner just need to know more about the peculiar characteristics of this dog breed. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog has a happy and bright disposition. It is intelligent and has an affectionate protective nature. It can be really vocal when happy, and sometimes it smiles by baring its front teeth with a peculiar grin. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are excellent family dogs but needs some proper socializing. Some Chesapeakes can be willful and assertive, and have a tendency to be reserved with strangers, while others can be passive and outgoing with people.

The Chesapeake Bay Retrievers has three basic colors: brown, sedge and deadgrass. The texture of its thick double-coat protects the dog from cold waters and icy conditions. The oil found in its harsh outer coat and its woolly undercoat can effectively resist water. This keeps the dog warm and dry. Maintenance of the coat of this dog is minimal and consists mainly of brushing using a short-tooth brush to be done once a week. These dogs should be bathed every 3 to 4 months using a mild shampoo and then dried thoroughly. Bathing or brushing it more often may ruin the texture of its coat since it removes the protective oil from its coat and to an extent may remove the undercoat.

A white spot somewhere on the breast (but not extending above its sternum), toes, belly, or at the back of its feet is acceptable, but smaller spots are the better. White spots beyond these areas are not permissible in the breed standard.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog is a versatile breed as such it can compete well in hunt tests, field trials, obedience, conformation, agility and tracking. Yet true to its origins as a preferred hunting dog, it has a great stamina and ability. This dog is an intelligent breed and can learn fast. Historically, it is considered stubborn and quite difficult to train, but most trainers believe this breed needs more physical discipline than most other retriever breeds. In order to be effective in Chesapeake Bay Retriever care, It is recommended that the dog owner use daily and consistent obedience training combined with play time.

This dog breed is susceptible to several hereditary diseases which include progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, cataract, type 3 von Willebrand disease and regional alopecia (in both sexes). This dog breed has a life expectancy of about 10-12 years. With proper Chesapeake Bay Retriever care, this dog could be a great companion for a long time. To know more about Chesapeake Bay Retriever care, you may want to visit your local kennel club or veterinarian.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Dog

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog is believed to have originated from two Newfoundlands that were on board on an English ship that was wrecked off the Maryland coast in the winter of 1807. The two dogs were later mated with other local retrievers which include Curly-Coated Retrievers, Flat-Coated Retrievers and English Otter Hounds. Careful breeding of the dogs through the years was able to to create an outstanding retriever that has an incredible enthusiasm and endurance. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog was used to hunt waterfowl in the waters of Chesapeake Bay. This dog breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1878.
    
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog is a powerful and muscular dog. The head of this dog is somehow broad with a medium stop. Its muzzle has the same length as its skull and is tapered but not to a point. Eye colors vary from yellowish to amber. The small ears of this dog are high set and hanging loosely. Its lips are thin while its tail is medium in length and is heavy at the base. Coat colors can be brown, red, sedge or tan. Sometimes a small white spot can be seen on the breast, back of the feet, belly or toes.

These dogs are intelligent, obedient and brave. They are very trainable and very willing to please its owners, although sometimes they may be somewhat slow to learn. These dogs are friendly, affectionate, loving, and very good with children. They are very fond of swimming and retrieving. This breed can get along with cats of its master, but may chase other cats. This dog is not recommended for a beginning owner. The owner must be confident and must exert a natural authority over this dog breed. To handle this dog, the owner must exert a firm and consistent but kind approach.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog does not do well as apartment pets as it prefers the outdoors like a yard where it is cooler to sleep and where it can be active. These dogs want plenty of activity which includes swimming, walking or jogging. If they get bored, they may tend to misbehave.

Its dense, harsh and short-haired coat is oily and has a distinct smell but is easy to groom. Brushing is recommended to remove the dead hairs. Some occasional bath is needed to prevent any odor, but not too often that the oily texture of its coat is stripped out. Its oily coat protects it from icy waters. This dog breed has a life expectancy of about 10-12 years.