10 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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If you are in the market for an excellent watchdog, then you should consider the Chesapeake Bay retriever. This beautiful dog is wonderful at his job, and he’s not fond of strangers. He’s loving and attentive to his family, and he makes for a great companion. The only issue with this breed is that it’s just not for everyone. Of course, not all breeds are for every family. Each family dynamic is different, and every dog breed is different. What is right for your family might not be right for your friend’s family. They might have a Chesapeake Bay retriever and adore him, but the breed might not fit into your family quite the same way. See, choosing a dog is about so much more than just picking a breed that looks good or fits a certain size criteria. It’s about finding a dog that loves you, that you love and that fits into your family seamlessly. Finding a dog is about finding a companion you are happy to care for the rest of its life. And that’s why you should know a few things about this breed before you make the decision to get one of your own. We want you to know with complete certainty that this is the dog for you.

It Needs Space

If you have a small apartment or a home without a yard, this is not the breed for you. In fact, this is the breed for anyone else since it is just far better to have a big yard and lots of space for this dog. His needs are very important, and keeping a dog like this cooped up in a small home is going to change his personality, causing him to live with unhappiness and unease.

It Does Bark

Because this dog is known to be a good watchdog, it’s also known to bark. It’s not going to go crazy for no reason in the middle of the night, but it is going to bark anytime it sees someone walk by, someone comes to the door and it’s aware of an animal or other presence. However, this is a good thing in a watchdog so we are happy to report this information.

It’s All Right with Other Animals

If you do have any other animals at home already, this might not be the best choice for you. These dogs aren’t necessarily bad with other animals, but they’re not always good with other animals, either. They’re territorial and they’re protective and that can make it difficult for them to get along with other pets. It’s not impossible, of course, but it’s a consideration you should make.

It’s Good with Kids

This is a breed that is good with kids. It’s better with older kids than babies, however, since older kids are a little bit easier for them to enjoy. Small babies are not a good presence with a dog that has so much energy and such a playful personality, and you’ll never want to leave your kids alone with this dog or any other dog for that matter.

It’s Highly Intelligent

One of the best things about the Chesapeake Bay retriever is the fact that it is a dog that really is very intelligent. This makes it easy to live with, and it makes it a special treat for those who own this dog. You should know, however, that you have to be very consistent with this particular breed if you hope to keep it in line and in the known as far as who is the real boss in the house.

It Needs a lot of Exercise

If you don’t have a lot of time to take this dog out and let it exercise, it’s not the dog for you. It’s a very active dog that has a lot of needs as far as exercise goes, and one that does not get enough is going to become destructive. These dogs get bored easily and need exercise for an optimal life.

It’s Very Trainable

You will find it very simple to train this particular breed. It’s one of the best parts of owning this type of dog; you can train it yourself if you are consistent, kind but firm, and always ready to praise good behavior. It’s a sweet dog that loves to please and is going to listen quite well to your instructions.

It’s Territorial

The thing about the Chesapeake Bay retriever is that it’s very territorial. It’s the kind of dog that does not care much for other people or animals coming near its family, and that can cause problems. You will want to ensure this dog is highly socialized so that it can get used to you being around others so that it’s not so territorial with the people you see the most.

It Does not Care for Strangers

What makes it a good watchdog is that this retriever is not a fan of strangers. That’s something very necessary in a dog that’s going to watch for your safety. What you will notice about this breed is that it is very skeptical of everyone, including those who simply walk by in the middle of an afternoon walk. It’s not a bad thing if you really do want a watchdog, but it can be a bit of a problem with friends and family. This is a dog that requires a lot of socialization from the start, and you shouldn’t stop. You want this breed to become familiar with the people in your life.

It’s a Playful Breed

What we love about the Chesapeake Bay retriever is that it’s such a playful dog. It really loves a good tickle fight, and it loves to play ball and chase the kids around the yard and enjoy their presence. It’s a fun dog that will not allow life to become boring, and that is what’s really important. We’d recommend this dog to anyone with an active lifestyle and the desire for a companion that is playful and lighthearted.

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