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Gun Dog Breeders: What Health Issues Do Breeders Watch for in a Chesapeake Bay Retriever?

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Feb 2016 07:11 PM

While Chesapeake Bay retrievers are known for their active personas and stamina throughout their lifespan, which traditionally runs from 10 to 13 years, gun dog breeders have several health-related issues to take into consideration.

Several organizations, including the American Chesapeake Club, have studied and tallied some of the health-related ailments that have impacted this breed. Below are four notable health-related concerns.

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Hip dysplasia is one of the most common health conditions of Chesapeake Bay retrievers.

The American Chesapeake Club's study revealed 55.7 percent of respondents perceived the condition as the most severe for the breed. Of the respondents, 8.5 percent stated their Chesapeake Bay retrievers had suffered the condition at some point.

Hip dysplasia, which also afflicts humans, results after the abnormal formation of the hip socket. If it reaches a severe state, it can result in crippling and lameness.


2. Other common problems, according to the club's analysis, include progressive retinal atrophy, which is a condition reported in a number of dog breeds. It is not exclusive to Chesapeake Bay retrievers.

Progressive retinal atrophy, which is not treatable, results when a conditional known as bilateral degeneration occurs in the retina. When it sets in, Chesapeake Bay retrievers and other gun dog breeds incur progressive vision loss that could result in blindness if it grows in severity.

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3. Another common health condition is hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when thyroid hormone levels are too high. This condition, according to Chessie Info, occurs frequently in elderly Chesapeake Bay retrievers (and other breeds), but it can occur in the youth stage as well.

Chesapeake Bay retrievers impacted by hypothyroidism can undergo a range of symptoms, including dry eyes, lethargy, seizures, a slow heart rate, and weight gain.

4. There are other health conditions to take into account with Chesapeake Bay retrievers, although the reported instances are infrequent and not exclusive to this gun dog breed.

Small numbers of Chesapeake Bay retrievers have succumbed to various forms of cancer and suffered from cataracts and seizures.

Other infrequent conditions worth noting within the breed include allergies, bloat, degenerative myelopathy, and lupus. A veterinarian can assist in diagnosing and issuing possible treatments to any ailment that afflicts Chesapeake Bay retrievers.

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While Chesapeake Bay retrievers are known for their active personas and stamina throughout their lifespan, which traditionally runs from 10 to 13 years, gun dog breeders have several health-related issues to take into consideration.
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