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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppy & Breed Information
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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever was developed and named from it’s U.S. origin in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland area, probably from the English Otter, Flat and Curly-Coated Retriever, and some Newfoundland as well. One of the toughest, hard-working water retrievers, a strong, tireless swimmer developed to withstand rough icy water, the Chessie works equally well on land.
Chesapeake Coat, Color, Care: Any solid color brown, sedge or deadgrass with the smallest bit of white on the breast, belly, toes, or back of the feet allowed. The Chessie has a short coat but needs regular brushing because of oils in his coat. Water should roll off him like a duck. When he shakes, a Chesapeake should be almost dry. Occasional bathing is OK but not too much as you will strip his natural oils.
Chessie Personality: He’s happy, intelligent, and prefers the outdoors. He’s protective about strangers, neighborhood dogs and cats. Chesapeake Retrievers are independent and fairly dominant so he’s no push-over. Consistent, firm authority works best. Extensive socializing as a puppy with lots of friendly people and other animals will insure a polite, dependable family companion and/or working retriever that gets along well with other hunters, dogs and family friends.
Exercise Requirements: Chessies need frequent, vigorous exercise, preferably swimming but brisk long walks or jogs will burn up energy and keep him from getting bored. Inactivity can lead to bad habits such as chewing or barking. During a walk he should always walk beside you (heel) never out in front. Puppies tend to romp, jump, and play roughly so be careful around children and the elderly.
Health Concerns: Living 10-12 years, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever can have problems such as hip dysplasia, which can be modified by diet, and hereditary eye problems like PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) or a neurological disease called Degenerative Myelopathy. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is often the result of environmental factors, including medication side effects. A natural (partially home cooked) diet may correct such disorders.
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