Chesapeake Bay Retriever Breed Maintenance
A weekly brisk brushing is needed to maintain a healthy coat on this breed. His coat is naturally slightly oily, with a mild musky smell. This is normal, and should not (and cannot) be washed away. Bathing could be done at most 3 to 4 times a year, as the oil in the coat should be maintained. Washing the coat too often can destroy the water resistance. Use a firm bristle brush to remove the dead hairs on a regular basis. This breed is considered to be a medium to high shedder. The ears and eyes naturally tend to stay clean, though they should be regularly checked. Like any dog, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever should have his teeth professionally cleaned once a year. Daily exercise is important. A good walk or swim every day is highly recommended; after all, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is bred to be a water athlete. While it enjoys being inside with its family, this breed can live outside in temperate to cool climates. Bred to be a sporting water dog, the Chessie prefers a cool climate, but can tolerate a warm climate if there are frequent swimming opportunities. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is generally inactive when inside, but does best in a house with a fenced yard in which to play. It is not recommended for apartment dwelling. This breed tends to become bored if not provided with enough exercise. He should be given an average of 1 to 1.5 cups of quality dog food twice a day, depending on his activity level and age; puppies can eat up to 4 cups of food a day, as they are rapidly growing.