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
Important for every dog, extremly important for dogs with osteoarthritis
Best way to prevent, or at least prolong the time before your old dog becomes arthritic is to keep them lean and strong. This is also important for longevity and overall health, so it should be your main goal if you want to keep your dog alive and well for as long as possible. I can't stress the importance of keeping your dog fit and strong if it has osteoarthritis. If your dog is overweight joints have to bear more weight, and if it's muscles aren't strong joints bear even more weight then they should, which leads to increased friction and damage of the joints. If your dog is in perfect physical condition (body condition score 4-5 on 9 point scale) joints bear minimum amount of weight they have to, and if it's muscles, tendons and ligaments are strong they reduce weight bearing of the joints even more. This is important for overall health, as well as in cases of osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions. So keep your dog fit and strong. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 128 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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