The Chesapeake Bay Retriever Lab Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the Labrador Retriever. These are similar dogs in that they both are bred to retrieve and live in the water. It is an intelligent, friendly, and easy to train dog. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Retriever Lab Mix. Note that this hybrid can consist of the black lab, yellow lab, or chocolate lab.
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All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. Please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.
Labrador Retriever History:
The Labrador Retriever has consistently ranked as the most popular purebred dog in the United States and the United Kingdom for more than 10 years, according to the American Kennel Club. They make great family pets as well as a companion, show dog, hunting dog, canine athlete, guide dog, service dog, sniffer dog, search and rescue dog, and therapy dog. They are very active dogs that need daily exercise and mental stimulation. When they start to become bored and destructive is when they miss their exercise.
People who research this stuff have a couple of different theories about how the breed came to be called the Labrador. The first is that it was borrowed from the Spanish word for laborer — labrador — which is certainly a fitting description. The second is that it is related to the dogs that accompanied Portuguese fishermen who trawled the Grand Banks off the coast of Labrador and its neighbor Newfoundland. The British who visited Newfoundland appreciated the dogs’ abilities - swimmer, easygoing, hard worker, and brought them back to England. They then made their way back to North America in the early 1900’s. American sportsmen who admired their positive traits brought them back over.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever History:
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are rooted back to two pups who were rescued from a foundering ship in Maryland in 1807. There was a male as well as a female. The male "Sailor" and female "Canton" were St. John's water dogs. These two went on to live in different parts of the bay area and there is no record of a litter being produced together. However, they reproduced with area dogs, with more consideration given to ability than to breed, that is typically what makes for a better dog. This created the beginnings of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever breed. Like most dogs they were mixed with various spaniels and hounds. Dogs from both Chesapeake Bay shores were recognized as one of three types of Chesapeake Bay Ducking Dog in 1877.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Height: 21 - 26 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 - 80 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
Height: 22 - 24 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 55 - 79 lb.
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Black Lab Mix Temperament
Like all hybrids, you have to look to the parents to get a good read on how they will likely behave. Since both parent breeds are family oriented dogs, this guy should make a good companion. These are very similar dogs in many respects. They are both water retrievers that are intelligent and loyal and easy to train. They are affectionate towards family and children. They should get along well with other animals. They are somewhat capable of independence, or alone time when the house is noisy or full. Early socialization helps take care of any bad habits that could develop. She responds well to positive reinforcement, like all dogs. She should be rather affectionate and enjoy spending lots of time with you. Don’t plan on leaving her alone for long periods as he won’t do well alone. She wants to be with the “pack.”
All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
The Chocolate lab mixed with the Chesapeake Bay Retriever might be prone to joint dysplasia, eye problems, allergies, among others.
What are the grooming requirements?
The combination of these different types of breeds should really make a very heavy shedder. They will “blow” their coats multiple times a year and will really need attention over this time. Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.
What are the exercise requirements?
This is a higher energy dog and is not good for someone that is a couch potato. They are rather mellow but want to be out doing things. Both of the parent dogs are hunters in some way and that usually leads to higher energy. If you have a place to take them swimming that will really be ideal. Plan on taking them swimming and for long walks and hikes. A tired dog is a good dog. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.
What are the training requirements?
This is an intelligent dog that will be easier to train, however, it might be extremely stubborn. It is also going to want to chase things like crazy. It might fall over chasing a tennis ball. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.
A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible.
Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.
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