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.