The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a large breed of gundog originally bred for all-weather hunting and retrieving with a unique oily coat that effectively repels water which makes it an excellent land and water retriever. It has a well proportioned and strong muscular appearance with intelligent expression. The broad head features a medium stop, short pointed muzzle but not sharp, a nose with large nostrils that compliments the colour of the coat. It has widely set eyes that comes in yellow or amber and small, ears that hangs loosely to the side of the head. A medium length but muscular neck provides efficient support to the broad head. Like most dog breeds, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever has straight forelegs with good bone and muscle and a muscular and powerful hindquarters which is important for swimming. The hare-like feet are webbed which provides the needed power when swimming in the water. At rest, the tail extends down to the hock, usually straight or slightly curved. The distinctive topcoat is short but thick, usually 1.5 inches (4 cm) long, with harsh and oily texture covering a dense, woolly undercoat. The harsh oily topcoat and the woolly undercoat play an important role for working under extreme weather conditions, including ice and snow. The breed comes in colours of dead grass (straw to bracken), red gold, or any shade of brown.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The origin of the Chesapeake Bay retriever is strewn with luck and charm. In 1807, an English brig was shipwrecked off the coast of Maryland and the crew and cargo, along with two Newfoundland puppies were rescued by an American ship. These young pups, a red male dog named “Sailor” and a black female named “Canton”, were eventually given as gifts to the rescuers. Locals say these two were eventually crossed with the Irish water spaniel, bloodhound and other local hounds to produce the “Chessie” as it is affectionately referred to in the United States. There are however, some sources that claim the Chesapeake Bay retriever hailed from a cross between an English Otter hound, and a flatcoat retriever. The new breed turned out to be an excellent retriever, used to hunt ducks under adverse weather and water conditions and became popular for repeatedly swimming through icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay to retrieve ducks. Not only was it good for retrieving, the breed was also used to guard the boat against thieves when the game was taken to market. It has been said that this breed was able to retrieve 200 ducks in one day in frigid waters. Today, the popularity of this breed extends beyond Chesapeake Bay and is still widely used to recover water fowls in the water.
The Chesapeake Bay retriever is known for its bright and cheerful temperament. It is highly intelligent, affectionate and protective of its master, which makes an excellent companion. It will recognize only one master and may tend to regard others as equal or lesser. Although, it is a naturally dominant breed, it will not typically be aggressive as to assert its dominance towards others, but will rather defend itself and its position as the dominant breed.It is a trainable breed, but can be a slow learner. Swimming and retrieving are the most important talents of this breed.
An effective training for the Chesapeake Bay retriever should include consistent handling coupled with kindness from an experienced and positive handler, hence, it is not recommended for an inexperienced dog owner. Early socialization is required in order to raise a breed with no dominance problem.
The harsh, short coat is quite easy to maintain. Brushing with a firm bristle brush on a regular basis to remove loose or dead hairs is sufficient. Occasional bathing is necessary to prevent the noticeable musky odour.
In general, the Chesapeake Bay retriever is a healthy breed, with a lifespan between 10 to 12 years. Although like most dog breeds, it has a few known health issues including joint problems such as Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy, hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, and eye problems such as entropion, progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts. A diet high in poultry fat and protein, and carbohydrate from brown rice or wheat is ideal.
It has a very high exercise demand and typically requires a great deal of dynamic activity, especially swimming if possible. This breed tends to get bored if not properly provided with the right amount of physical activity requirements.
It is generally good with children and other household pets especially if it is raised with them, but is typically reserved with strangers.