The Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog breed originated as a water dog used to hunt and retrieve ducks in the chilly chop of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
In 1807, two Newfoundland dogs named Sailor and Canton escaped a shipwrecked British vessel off the coast of Maryland. The hardy Newfies were observed to be effective retrievers, and locals bred them with other dogs from the area. Sailor and Canton's offspring marked the beginning of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
Chessies were developed to have the strong constitutions necessary to hunt in the harsh winter climate of their namesake Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding area. They combine the toughness of their Newfoundland ancestors with the hunting abilities in their retriever blood. As a result, the breed loves water and can withstand ice and cold very well.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an excellent watchdog thanks to its alert nature and reserved stance toward strangers. It can be aggressive with other dogs because of its strong instinct to be leader of the pack. Proper socialization is strongly advised.
Confident leadership and obedience training are required to develop respect. Chesapeakes will test members of the family to find his place in the pecking order. If you don't take the top position, he will.
Young Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (up to about three years old) romp and jump with great vigor, and things can go flying, including toddlers or infirm people.
6) Maryland State Dog
The Old Line State is proud to be the birthplace of the tough-as-nails dog breed named for its famous bay. That's why the state government named the Chesapeake Bay Retriever as Maryland's official state dog in 1964.
7) Strong Temperament
It bears repeating that Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are not eager-to-please Golden Retrievers. The best Chesapeakes are versatile working dogs, capable of learning a great deal. But they have a keen independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise and train. Some Chesapeakes are willful and dominant and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever requires long daily walks and exercises which include retrieving of various objects. Regular swimming sessions are highly recommended to satisfy strong urge of this breed to spend some time in the water.
9) Around Other Animals
Some Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, particularly males, are not tolerant of other male dogs. Some individuals do not get along with cats, while others are fine.
10) Paul Walker
Not only was Paul Walker a dog lover, he even managed to star alongside one of his beloved canines in a movie. Walker owned a Chessy named Boone. Walker explained thecircumstances of Boone's casting in 2005: "My dog Boone travels everywhere with me and when we were casting 'Into The Blue,' he was just sitting in the corner. [Director] John [Stockwell] saw how well-mannered he was and he listened to me so well. He was against having a dog on set with a wrangler and filming on water. But my dog listens to me so well, so, sure enough, he made him my dog in the movie."