Chesapeake Bay Retriever Breed and Breeders
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever developed Breeders in 1807 in Maryland, U.S.A.. This is one breed that can trace its beginnings to two specific dogs named "Sailor" and "Canton." The Chesapeake is a breed that is extremely good in the home with children; yet it is known more as a hunter than a pet.
This Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed has a very dense undercoat that it keeps oiled naturally when fed the proper balance of the alpha-linolenic fatty acids. This characteristic makes it a good breed for people who are allergic to the skin dander produced by most other breeds. The fact that it naturally produces these oils (only one of six breeds that does) also gives it a whole set of different nutritional requirements than those breeds that do not produce skin oil.
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Chesapeake bay retriever the best way to ensure a long and happy relationship with your dog is to ensure that you make your purchase from a reputable breeder. Due to the indiscriminate breeding practices of puppy mills and back yard breeders, I screen the bitches that my stud is bred to. To be an approved bitch these criteria must be met: eyes CERF, hips OFA, be of sound temperament, and be seizure free. I believe that these criteria will improve the odds of continuing to have a sound & healthy breed for the future. All stud service fees are due at time of whelping.
Chesapeake bay retriever the unique qualities of this American retriever were bred and developed for specific needs of early American market hunters and sportsman on the East Coast of the U.S. The market hunters shot 200-300 birds a day on the rugged freezing coast of the Chesapeake Bay retriever, and the surrounding marshes. These waterfowl were loaded into wagons and sold in the small settlements.
The Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, often referred to as “Bay Dogs”, were expected to have the determination and perseverance to retrieve enormous numbers of birds from icy rough waters, under severe weather conditions, and to guard the wagons and possessions of the hunters. Food and housing for dogs were scarce and only the toughest specimens survived.
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The Chesapeake’s unique retriever qualities, are his coat, hare shaped feet, high hindquarters, and his prideful loyalty and protectiveness towards his owner and his possessions. He is the toughest, tallest, heaviest, and hardiest of the retrievers and will work hard and long under almost any conditions. While he is sensitive and gentle with his family, he can also be very protective of them as well as his territory.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever conformation demonstrates a true relationship to the performance expected of him. Chesapeake Bay Retriever short, harsh, oily, wavy, coat is unique in the dog world and enables the Chesapeake Bay Retriever to work in almost any cover without picking up brambles, burrs, or other debris. It retains very little water and does not easily ice up. Chesapeake Bay Retriever heavy undercoat enables him to work under harsh weather conditions. His hare shaped feet enable him to dig in and climb steep, muddy banks. His high, well muscled hindquarters provide the strength to work in thick, deep marsh mud and the tremendous power needed to swim against strong winter winds and water currents.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever small ears are placed high on his head to help prevent water from entering his ear canals. Chesapeake Bay Retriever tail is strong and slightly curved with moderate feathering in order for him to negotiate water turns easily. Chesapeake Bay Retriever chest is deep and wide and his ribs are well sprung to provide the great air capacity needed for endurance. Chesapeake Bay Retriever strong bone and balanced conformation further contribute to his working ability.
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Although used throughout the world for hunting waterfowl under rough conditions, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is very versatile. He loves to work and is at his best when working for his master or the family. He is an excellent guard and a quiet calm house pet. He will kennel well as long as he has plenty of human companionship. Chesapeake Bay Retriever have been successfully trained and used to do search and rescue work, as guide dogs for the blind, for tracking humans and animals, and for competing in obedience and agility trials.
In Europe Chesapeake Bay Retriever are used for pulling carts and sleds for the handicapped, tracking elk, hunting rabbits, upland game, and waterfowl. In Canada and Alaska they are especially prized for hunting large geese, ducks, as sled dogs and for hunting Kodiak bear.
The native nutrients for this breeds forefathers are unknown. Yet they do well on fish and water foul, such as duck and goose (which are very high in their fat to meat ratio), and grains such as wild rice and wheat. For this breed I recommend a commercial food blend that is high in poultry fats. Its protein should be from poultry as well. The food should contain brown, not white rice, and any other carbohydrates should be supplied by wheat. For the Chesapeake Bay Retriever it is best to avoid foods that contain beef or horse meat, lamb, beet pulp, or soy.