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8 Problems Only a Chesapeake Bay Retriever Owner Would Understand

Written by: Arlene D.
| Published on June 7, 2023

Ah, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, affectionately known as the Chessie. With their waterproof coats, webbed feet, and love for water, they make for fantastic companions. But, as any Chessie owner will tell you, there are some unique ‘problems’ that come with the package.

1. The Chessie Shake-Off.

Chessies love water. Puddles, lakes, kiddie pools, or bathtubs – it doesn’t matter. If it involves water, your Chessie is in. And once they’re out, prepare for the inevitable shake-off. They’ll ensure everyone (and everything) around gets a share of the water.

2. The Stubborn Streak.

Chessies are known for their stubbornness. If they’re not in the mood to listen to your command, they won’t. It’s like they have an internal debate going on: “To listen or not to listen, that is the question.”

3. The Chessie Smile.

Yes, your Chessie smiles, and it’s a sight to behold. However, to the uninitiated, this ‘smile’ can be mistaken for a snarl, leading to hilarious misunderstandings.

4. The Fearless Protector.

Chessies are protective of their families. This means they might be wary of strangers. The mailman, the pizza delivery guy, your neighbor’s visiting cousin – they are all subjects of intense scrutiny.

5. The Indestructible Toy Challenge.

Chessies have powerful jaws and a strong chewing tendency. Finding a toy that survives the Chessie chew-athon is like finding a needle in a haystack.

6. The Craving for Activity.

A Chessie is not for the faint-hearted. They crave physical activity and mental stimulation. A bored Chessie is an inventive Chessie, and their inventions might include digging a hole in your backyard or redecorating your living room with toilet paper.

7. The Not-So-Social Butterfly.

Chessies are a one-family kind of dog. They aren’t the biggest fans of dog parks or socializing with other dogs. Expect to have many one-on-one playdates with your furry friend.

8. The Space Invader.

Despite their size, Chessies love to believe they are lap dogs. Prepare to have your personal space frequently invaded by a dog who loves to cuddle.

Navigating life with a Chesapeake Bay Retriever can be full of surprises, both humorous and challenging. From bracing for the full-body water shake to dealing with their stubbornness, there’s never a dull moment. But even with all these quirks, Chessies are devoted, loyal, and full of love. You wouldn’t trade your sopping wet, stubborn, fiercely protective, but ultimately loving Chessie for anything else in the world. Because all these ‘problems’ are just what makes your Chessie, a Chessie!

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