Species group: Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Chessie; CBR; Chesapeake
The energetic Chesapeake Bay Retriever could be the breed of choice for hunters and other athletic, outdoorsy owners in search of a tough, top-notch retriever unafraid to dive right into cold water in pursuit of game. They make great hiking or jogging companions, but this high-energy dog won't be happy sitting on a cushion in a small apartment.
According to legend, the Chessie was developed from two Newfoundlands that survived a shipwreck off the coast of Chesapeake Bay in 1807. By the 1880s, the breed had a solid reputation as a tough hunter able to hunt in marshes with chilly winter winds and strong water currents. Hunters point to the breed's coat, which retains little water, allowing them to break ice and plunge right in. In addition to their well-known skills for retrieving waterfowl (up to 200 ducks in a day), these dogs can assist in the hunt for large game like elk and bears. They also serve as sled dogs, search and rescue animals, and in service to the disabled.
As long as you have something worthwhile for the Chessie to do, you may have one of the world's top pets. But don't let this animal get bored, and or it will demonstrate its power to chew.
Appearance / health:
Chesapeakes are medium-sized dogs with a strong, powerfully built body. The skull is broad and round. The muzzle tapers but is not sharp. Their clear eyes have a yellowish or amber hue. They have small ears set high on the head that hang loosely.
They are average shedders and need occasional brushing to remove any dead hair. The coat has essential oils that help in keeping these dogs dry. Hence, bathing and shampooing is done only when required.
They require moderate to high amounts of exercise. A fenced yard or a kennel may provide them with sufficient space to get some exercise. Long walks and jogs are good for adult Chesapeakes.
Chesapeakes are prone to eye problems and joint disorders such. Hip dysplasia, a condition characterized by badly formed hips that causes lameness, is increasingly seen in Chesapeakes.
Behavior / temperament:
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are famous for their hunting abilities. They are supposed to be more intelligent than most retrievers. In a hunt, some dogs are known to attack wounded birds first and then grab the dead ones. Some have been known to retrieve 100 ducks in a single day. They are fiercely territorial and do not like it when other dogs enter their area. They make good obedient watchdogs but they may not attack intruders. Their tolerance to pain is high. In the absence of a strong dominant owner, some Chesapeakes may try to dominate. Chesapeakes have this characteristic 'smile' or the baring of teeth that they often do when happy. They are expressive dogs who display their joy by vocalizing it. They do not do well in isolation and must spend quality time with their family members.
Early socialization and obedience training is necessary to bring out the best in this breed. Trainers may need sufficient experience with this breed. Patient, firm, and consistent training is of great importance as Chesapeakes may appear to be difficult to train initially. However, they are highly intelligent and have a good learning rate. Routines may bore them, as these dogs need to be stimulated mentally and physically to participate in all training exercises.
They are not very noisy though they tend to vocalize their feelings, which must not be mistaken as a sign of aggression.
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At the rescue shelter, we were looking for a dog to stand out and call to us. Of course, all of the dogs were barking, jumping, and otherwise seeking attention. Lexy, however, was sitting quietly and looked completely out of place. We took her outside for a test walk, and discovered that she was incredibly strong! The moment we neared the woods, she spotted a squirrel, and let out a bark that we couldn't believe came from the same dog we saw inside. Despite her loud bark, however, she was a sweetheart, and would never hurt a fly.
We learned that she was born and raised around kittens, and as a result she tended to treat cats like her own puppies. She loved children, and was extremely friendly despite her loud bark when she saw someone outside.
When we took Lexy under our wing, she was 4 years old and morbidly obese (146lbs) due to a thyroid issue. We took her to the doctor, got her some medication, and discovered that she loved to play! Especially in the water. She would swim until she could barely walk, and doing so helped her lower her weight to a healthier range.
Unfortunately, as she got older, she encountered hip issues common to larger dogs. As a result, we were force to let her go, as she would no longer get up to eat. Sweet and loyal, Lexy always wore a smile in her eyes..
From langevina Mar 4 2015 2:03AM
Grain-Free Dog Foods: Are They Good or Bad?
The answer, as most dog owners have probably figured out, is “who knows?”. It has been reported that so-called “grain-free” dog foods may cause a type of heart disease in some dog breeds previously not associated with that disease. The jury is still out on this debate. The “jury”, in this case, is the FDA and the key phrase is “may cause”. Don’t Panic! It is important that dog owners and others not jump to conclusions and spread potentially erroneous information. Such Information could confuse some dog owners leading them to abruptly change their dog’s diet. That could, in turn, cause the dog more harm than good. Make no mistake, the FDA is taking this issue very seriously. The agency also states their investigation is preliminary and is based on a very few isolated, albeit unusual, cases. They have not drawn any conclusions or issued any formal recalls at this time. All that said, each dog owner should be an informed consumer and decide what to feed, or not feed, their own dogs. RightPet.com has a wealth of reviews about all kinds of dog foods, and you can Google: "grain free dog food warning" (w/o "") for more specific information..
From Wayne 24 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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