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Chessies were "made" here.....in Maryland, to be able to withstand the harsh, rough waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
There are a good number of them here. Jacques' son has one.....Belle. She is hunted/worked, not in field trials, but purely a duck/goose water retrieving dog.....in the Chesapeake Bay all season long.
She's very determined, very "birdy", very strong, and very strong willed. Not at all fluffy and sweet. But very very smart and easy to train, for the job she was intended to do. I think they had some problems early on, however, training her to be a pet as well. Stubborn as a mule.
In general, they tend to be stand-offish, and will guard and protect their family and home.
When we go to visit, Belle will stand and stare at us - watch our every move. She does not respond to any overtures at all until she's comfortable that we belong there. She's not aggressive, but not receptive either.
She's never behaved aggressively to any other animal or human, but I do know others that are extremely protective and possessive. So you have to be very careful of the lines.