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Gun Dogs: Are Chesapeake Bay Retrievers Good Dogs for Family Pets?

By    |   Saturday, 14 Nov 2015 09:26 PM

While Chesapeake Bay retrievers are frequently lumped into the gun dog category, the breed is also known for a temperament that works well in family settings. Prospective dog owners, however, should take a number of caveats into account before deciding whether to bring this popular canine into the house.

From its earliest days retrieving waterfowl in the early 1800s, Chessies, as the breed is frequently nicknamed, have been portrayed as ideal hunting companions. As society has evolved, so too has this particular breed.

Long known as an active gun dog breed, Chessies typically fit right into an active family. As noted on the website Chesapeake Safe Harbor, Chessies typically thrive when they are plugged into the family unit.

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"Some (Chessies) take longer than others to settle into a new home," the site's author writes in the FAQ section. "But, in time … the new family will be rewarded with much love, respect, and trust."

In a 1987 Christian Science Monitor article about family-friendly dogs, Chessies were listed as one of the top breeds, alongside basset hounds, beagles, cairn terriers, Dandie Dinmonts, fox terriers, golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, Norfolk terriers, and Norwich terriers.

Speaking to the list, author J. Denis Glover said the breeds "tend to have the basic qualities a family might want to have around." However, a number of considerations should be taken into account before bringing a Chessie into the family.

One of the most important factors, as noted on Pet360, is living environment. "The Chesapeake Bay retriever would do well in the country," the site's notes. "This is not a breed for apartment or city life."

One might say Chessies are loyal to a fault. The breed has been known for its aggressiveness – particularly toward strangers and other dogs. For this reason, experts frequently recommend training a Chessie during its formative puppy years.

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Training exercises include obedience, where the dos and don'ts of the animal's behavior are instilled from the get-go. The good news: Chessies have historically been very responsive to training exercises. With a little concerted effort, a well-behaved, adjusted Chessie could fit very comfortably into the home.

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