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Basic Training

Basic training is strongly recommended for all Chesapeakes, whether yours is to be a gun dog, show dog, or family pet. Training should begin with puppy classes, which provide socialization as well as the foundations for command training. Obedience class should be fun for both you and the pup and should continue until your Chesapeake is mature. Training must be continued at home and obedience commands incorporated into your daily life. The breed is big, bold, and active - good manners are necessary to help your Chesapeake fit well into family life.

Chesapeakes are physically tough but do not tolerate harsh treatment. They have exceptional memories and once they learn something it really stays with them. Take the time to teach your pup what you expect of him from the very beginning. Be patient, firm, and consistent and you will have a loyal and enjoyable companion.

Crate Training

Pups and dogs should be provided crates as their safe place when they are home alone or unsupervised. Many dogs often seek out their crates as a place to relax. The safest way for the dog to ride.


The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an active dog which needs substantial daily exercise. It enjoys playing field sports and swimming, especially in cold water. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever can be satisfied with life in an apartment if sufficiently exercised.

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The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is friendly, intelligent and obedient. It is energetic outdoors but calm indoors if sufficiently exercised. Some Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are quite vocal when happy or tend to bare their front teeth in a grin; both are sometimes mistaken as a sign of aggressiveness.


The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a tendency to chase cats, but can learn to live with them if socialized when young. It can get along with other dogs but may try to dominate other males. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are suspicious of strangers and become aggressive quickly when they feel their owner is threatened.


The Chesapeake Bay Retriever should be brushed when shedding to remove dead hairs, but care must be taken not to harm the texture of the coat. It should be bathed only as necessary. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a lifespan of 10-13 years. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are susceptible to hip dysplasia (malformed hip joint which can cause lameness or arthritis), hypothyroidism, and eye problems such as PRA and cataracts. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are at risk of bloat, a potentially serious digestive issue which can be prevented by feeding from a raised dish, spacing meals throughout the day, and avoiding exercise immediately after meals.

Getting to know your very own Chessie will be an unexpected blessing.   

From their love of the water to their ability to hunt.  

Great Chessies also are loving family pets and can kickback and relax.