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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Back in June I introduced to you a new member of our family, a 7 yr. old Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Cedar Knoll Gunner aka Gunner, came from my brother's house just like Ginger did (our rottie that passed away in 2006).

I thought I'd provide you with some more info on the breed because some people think Gunner is a Lab, which he is not. I hope you find the info interesting.

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a breed of dog that was developed along the Chesapeake Bay to hunt waterfowl under adverse weather and water conditions. The breed was used not only to retrieve the game, but also to sit in the boat and on the wagon when the game was taken to market, in order to protect the load from theft. Thus, the breed is very protective of its people and property. The Chesapeake is valued for its bright and happy disposition, intelligence (in fact, the breed is considered by most to be the smartest of all the retrievers), quiet good sense, and affectionate protective nature. The breed is very loving and makes a wonderful companion. The Chesapeake is naturally dominant and, while usually won't start a fight over dominance, the breed will defend his position as the alpha dog. The Chesapeake tends to recognize only one person or family as master. All other people are considered by the dog to be either equal or subordinate. In order to keep the dog from attempting to become the alpha family member, the dog's master should regularly reinforce dominance over the dog by issuing a command such as 'come' or 'sit' at a time when the dog would rather not do so.

Here's the video link at Discovery.com that I thought you'd be interested in seeing.


Astaryth said...

Gunner is beautiful.

Sounds like the some of what we tell people who think they want a Corgi. If you don't take the top spot in the house, the Corgi WILL assume it. LOL! I have seen people who have a Corgi who runs the show. Being a herding breed they are valued for being able to think for themselves, but sometimes that can be a problem. There is actually one of these in my Agility class. It is funny for us when he decides he doesn't want to participate... no so much for his owner ;p

Luckily, we've had Morgan all of her life and she recognizes me as the 'alpha'... G, not always so much. Mostly she listens to him, but she has her moments!