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Gun Dog Breeders: Facts About Chesapeake Bay Retrievers

By    |   Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 02:18 PM

Known for its obedience, loyalty, sensitivity, and intelligence, the Chesapeake Bay retriever has been a frequent choice for gun dog breeders. Below are six facts about this popular hunting breed that is believed to have roots going back to the early 1800s.

1. As noted on the website Dog Scope, Chesapeake Bay retrievers – known informally as Chessies – have long been used by breeders as hunting companions. In their earliest days, this dog breed was frequently used to retrieve several animals, namely waterfowl, during their owners' hunting expeditions.

2. Chessies were officially recognized as a bona fide breed by the American Kennel Club in 1878.

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3. In addition to their role as hunters, Chessies are frequently cited for being ideal family pets. As noted by the editors of Just Dog Breeds, Chessies have a temperament that make the breed "truly an all-around dog who loves to be at the center of an active family."

Despite their size and semi-aggressive persona, Chessies historically have been well suited to interact with children of all ages. The caveat to this is training. It is imperative that young Chessies learn proper behavior and obedience. The good news: Chessies are easy to train.

4. By virtue of their heritage, Chessies have short coats. As such, they only require occasional brushing. However Chessies also shed periodically. Most professional groomers recommend brushing a Chessie one to two times per week to remove loose hair that may accumulate from shedding.

5. As noted by the American Kennel Club (AKC), Chessies are considered more emotionally complex than most gun dogs. Organization leaders said these dogs "have a mind of their own and tenaciously pursue their own path."

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Chessies also are known to be protective of their family – including the designated master, any other adults, and children – and are generally polite, but not extremely friendly, to strangers.

6. Chessies, across the board, tend to have a similar appearance. However, the AKC divides the breed into eight color classes: brown, dark brown, dark dead grass (straw), dead grass, light brown, light dead grass, sedge (red-gold), and tan. Depending upon the genetic makeup of a Chessie, it might have white markings on its coat.

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