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Top 5 Hunting Dogs for Families


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Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chesapeakes were bred to work hard and they do a lot better if they have a job  -- whether retrieving birds or balls.
Chesapeakes were bred to work hard and they do a lot better if they have a job -- whether retrieving birds or balls.
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This dog gets its name from the shores of Maryland where it established itself as an excellent duck-hunter and water retriever. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, or "Chessie" as this dog is nicknamed, is a hard worker, used to long cold swims to retrieve game. This is an intelligent, happy dog, with a quiet, non-excitable nature; it's a good companion and great with children. This breed loves water so whether you're a bird hunter or just a family that loves to visit the lake or the beach, the Chessie is a good choice. This dog needs lots of daily exercise, so long walks or romps are part of the routine. This breed also has a guardian-like nature, making it a good family watchdog [Fogle, "Dog Owner's Manual"].

However, the Chessie needs lots of room, so a small home or lack of outside space won't work well. For its beauty regimen, you want to brush your Chessie's hair regularly. This is a double-coated dog with a long topcoat over a wooly undercoat that mats easily. This breed does shed, but unlike other double-coated dogs, it doesn't shed its entire topcoat [source: Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue]. You will see increased topcoat shedding a few times a year [source: Fogle, Dog Owner's Manual]. Whether you want a loyal hunting companion or a loving family dog, you can't go wrong with the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.


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