Homeward Animal Shelter has a ray of sunshine in Miley, a Chesapeake Bay retriever named for her smiley disposition. Though she’s an affectionate, people-friendly dog, she’s not good with cats, children, or other dogs, and must be adopted into a home without them.
The Chesapeake Bay breed, nicknamed the Chessie, originated in the early 1800s, when two Newfoundland dogs were rescued from a shipwreck off the coast of Maryland. These dogs mated with local retrievers, such as the English otter hound and the curly-coated retriever, and from there the Chesapeake was bred to hunt waterfowl.
As a result, Chessies love swimming and other outdoor activities, and have a water-repellant coat that insulates their skin and helps them dry quickly. They should be brushed regularly but not bathed too often, as that could strip their protective skin oils and destroy the coat’s water resistance. One or two warm baths during shedding season would be enough to remove dead hair and allow a new coat to grow.
As is typical of sporting breeds, Chessies are confident, energetic, and need a firm hand to rein in their assertive nature. Since they tend to be possessive of their food and toys, the breed is not recommended around children unsupervised. Early training and socialization can curb any potentially aggressive behavior, and they should get along with other pets as long as they’re raised with them.
Though Chessies have their challenges, and are best left to experienced owners, the reward is a loving, playful, and protective companion. For more information on sweet Miley, call the Homeward Animal Shelter at 701-239-0077 or stop by the shelter. Adoption applications are available online.
– Särah Nour