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Great breed!.Beautiful,atletic and loving!.they are suppose to be the best guard dogs of the retriever family(which is not much to say,lol)!.
I've met a couple and they were sweet and loved the water!.
yea my landlord was in my house last night, i left the door unlocked for him, and my dog was in his crate. My landlord said he didn't bark at all. not much of a watch dog!! i think if someone broke in he would be thrilled for some attention from a stranger instead of guarding us!
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All the Chessie's I've met have been extremely high drive dogs, too. I think they have a high rate of turnover to rescue for that reason.

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Chessie's are quite a bit different than a Lab or Golden in both size and temperament. Chessies have a short dense wavy coat that is extremely oily by design to repel the cold frigid waters the dog was created for. Chessies are the largest of the Retriever breeds. Their temperament is where the greatest difference lies. They tend to be "one person" dogs, extremely loyal, very territorial and overtly protective of what they believe to be theirs.

Chessie Breeders have worked very hard over the last ten to fifteen years to improve the disposition of the breed and make them a little more family friendly. This is one breed that you want to thoroughly study "Before" you bring one home. They're not everybody's cup of tea.
I have also heard they are an extremely loyal breed. I didn't know that their coats where so oily, as everyone has said here.

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Chessie's are quite a bit different than a Lab or Golden in both size and temperament. Chessies have a short dense wavy coat that is extremely oily by design to repel the cold frigid waters the dog was created for. Chessies are the largest of the Retriever breeds. Their temperament is where the greatest difference lies. They tend to be "one person" dogs, extremely loyal, very territorial and overtly protective of what they believe to be theirs.

Chessie Breeders have worked very hard over the last ten to fifteen years to improve the disposition of the breed and make them a little more family friendly. This is one breed that you want to thoroughly study "Before" you bring one home. They're not everybody's cup of tea.
I have shown and finished several Chessies. I've very much admired them, but they are very different in temperament for the Goldens and Labs, as SC states. They are hard headed and have a tendency to be "sharp". The ones that I have shown have been of sound temperament, but were crate agressive and very possesive of their toys or chew bones. Most Chessie breeders will tell you that they recommend that they go into homes where they will actually be hunted. "Family friendly" has become somewhat more common, but they are definately not what most people expect of a retriever or other sporting dog. I think that their temperament seems much more fitting of a Working Group dog.

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A family that just moved out of my neighborhood had one that was born at the same time as Miles, almost to the day.
This particular one had the coat color of a chocolate lab, with slightly longer hair and was very oily. I always wanted to wash my hands after playing with him.
He was very sweet, more "Work Oriented" mentality than Miles, and ever so slightly more dominant. But still a wonderful dog.
Another family in my neighborhood has two labs that compete in outdoor games and when I asked him about the breed he said they were great but a little more stubborn than a typical Lab.
He said that the saying in his competition circle was: "Train a Golden with a switch, a Lab with a stick, and a Chesepeak with a 2x4!"
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The Chesapeke my uncle owned was a very handsome dog but very territorial and had an overactive retrieve drive. I don't think I would want to own one.



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The Chesapeke my uncle owned was a very handsome dog but very territorial and had an overactive retrieve drive. I don't think I would want to own one.

I like that--"overactive retrieve drive." Now I have a term to describe Charlie. I normally just call him a retrieving machine--which he is. He will play fetch forever, and when I've got the Chuck-It out, he's shaking as he's waiting for me to throw the ball. He will go get the ball and drop it right back at my feet (as opposed to Gus, who just hoards them all under the deck) when we're outside. It's most annoying inside while I'm trying to work because he'll bring the ball and drop it on me or right on my laptop, and if I don't pick it up, he'll nose it at me until I do. Eventually I have to hide the ball from him. Luckily he doesn't have that oily coat; he's really soft, but I've noticed he's a lot more water resistant and dries quicker than Gus.
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Chessie's are quite a bit different than a Lab or Golden in both size and temperament. Chessies have a short dense wavy coat that is extremely oily by design to repel the cold frigid waters the dog was created for. Chessies are the largest of the Retriever breeds. Their temperament is where the greatest difference lies. They tend to be "one person" dogs, extremely loyal, very territorial and overtly protective of what they believe to be theirs.

Chessie Breeders have worked very hard over the last ten to fifteen years to improve the disposition of the breed and make them a little more family friendly. This is one breed that you want to thoroughly study "Before" you bring one home. They're not everybody's cup of tea.
That is EXACTLY what I have always heard/read/seen. We placed a Chessie mix who had a VERY hard time acclimating to a new home. The first home he went to was not a good fit as the gentleman was really looking for a social butterfly who would do well in any situation. The poor dog was totally overloaded and snapped a couple of times at "strangers". He did not do this to the adopter. He was rehomed successfully and happily in the end.
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It's most annoying inside while I'm trying to work because he'll bring the ball and drop it on me or right on my laptop, and if I don't pick it up, he'll nose it at me until I do. Eventually I have to hide the ball from him.

ok now i am convinced that Sam is part Chessie... lmao
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I don't want to generalize for the whole breed, but I will say I wouldn't have one based on the one my friend has. The dog is unbelieveably protective of his home, food, toys, etc. The process they go through to introduce a visitor to their home is elaborate to say the least. He's also bitten people and they had to move houses once because of him (ultimatum of their landlord). He's definitely not like a golden in temperament. Beautiful, though (only good quality I can find in him!).
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