The Chesapeake Bay retriever will prove to be a delightful dog for you or your family to raise. They are beautiful, intelligent, full of energy and eager to please, if sometimes stubborn. If you get your Chesapeake as a puppy, you can add playful and loving to the list of their attributes.
Picking out your puppy can be a very exciting time for you and your family. Many people getting a puppy rush out and grab the first pup that comes running to them wagging his little tail. Sometimes, their first instinct pays off and they wind up with a wonderful life-long pet and companion. Other times, they find out too late that the puppy didn't grow up to be what they had hoped. We aren't always guaranteed that the puppy we pick will be a success story, but knowing what to look for in a puppy will surely set you in the right direction.
The temperament of your Chesapeake puppy is very important. Some temperament is learned, but much of it is hereditary. The puppy shouldn't exhibit any fear or shyness. They also shouldn't be afraid of loud noises. Many puppies are shy when they first meet strangers, but curiosity will get the best and they'll come to investigate and visit. While you don't want fear or shyness, you also don't want a puppy that shows aggression. While aggression in a little puppy may look cute, as an adult it can be dangerous.
They coat should be clean and glossy. Puppies are active and should be jumping around and running around playing. Their gums and tongue should both be pink. Check to make sure the parents have been OFA certified against having hip Dysplasia and elbow Dysplasia. Many Chesapeake Bay retrievers have hereditary eye problems, so make sure their parents have been checked. Also, keep in mind that a lot of the traits you see in the parent, you may also see in the pup when he is fully grown. With these tips in mind, you should be well on your way to getting a great little Chessie puppy.
As soon as you get your puppy home, establish where "his place" will be. Many people choose to crate train dogs as this gives them a place of their own as well as making the housebreaking much easier. Very seldom will a dog relieve himself in the same place he sleeps.