A Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy is certainly cute but a lot of work goes into taking care of one. But if you do decide to have one, know that with hard work you will get a dog that is reliable, loyal, and highly obedient. So what exactly goes into taking care of a Chesapeake Bay retriever?

Before even getting a Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy, here are a few things to consider so as to be doubly sure that this breed is for you:

  • Do you want a rugged, powerful dog?
  • Do you love the outdoors and athletic activities?
  • Would you love an even-tempered, reliable, loyal dog?
  • Would you like a discriminating dog that can tell a stranger from a friend?
  • Are you willing to invest time and patience in training a dog?

If you have answered yes to all of these questions, then a Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy is for you as it can grow up to be a great companion.

If you are to get a Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy, remember to spay or neuter it. More than meets the eyes, spaying females before their very first heat will prevent them from getting breast cancer and uterine infections, while neutering males  at a young age will prevent them from getting testicular cancer, help them maintain a healthy prostate, as well as managing their aggression.

It is best to have your Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy have regular visits to the veterinarian, so as to have their health checked up as well as staying current on its vaccinations. And if you cannot visit a vet, as much as possible, examine your growing pups skin, eyes, ears, nose, teeth and gums so as to nip the problem at its bud when there are any problems.

Remember that a Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy is very active, so it would be best to have an adequately sized yard for it to exercise in. Long walks and off-leash dog parks also work wonders for them as they tend to bark and chew when they are bored or have stored up energy to expel.

As for its diet, a Chesapeake Bay retriever puppys diet must be of good quality, consisting of protein, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, and of course, vitamins and minerals.

And when it comes to bathing it, do it only every three to four months, as bathing it too often will remove its coats natural oils.