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There are a lot of Chessies in my area, I've met several.
Some of them were very light in color, a few in between, to the darker shade.

I really like them, wouldn't mind having one myself.
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Originally Posted by Rainheart View Post
Every single Chessie I have ever met has been nuts. Very unpredictable and crazy.
I'm wondering how many you've met. I know you've never met one of mine. They were all smart, stable and sweet. I did have a vet once treat my Chessie like he was a criminal. Needless to say I told him to let go of my dog and I walked out, never to return. I'm disappointed that a stereotype like that would prevail today. I would get one tomorrow if I could

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Originally Posted by Sirfoulhook View Post

I owned both Chessies and Goldens. I would probably be more of an authority on Chessies than Goldens. They are at opposite ends of the retriever spectrum. Chessies are bred to be supremely athletic water retrievers and they are. They can break ice, plunge into freezing water and take on wounded geese. They can deal with strong currents. Their coats are extremely dense and basically waterproof. They are very loyal to their family, extremely intelligent, can be very aggressive at times. My last chessie was the machine in the goose pits. He would be sent in to retrieve the geese after the other retrievers failed. But as soon as we finished and came home he was my infant daughters stuffed animal. He would take the fur pulling, eye poking and was very pleasant in the home. She was his baby and he was the guardian and took his role seriously. He never bit anyone but if someone unknown approached he would growl. Very different from my golden who was everyone's friend. Even though their personalities were night and day, training them was very similar. Both needed a soft approach to training. My chessies, even though they were the toughest dogs, would turn off and shut down with heavy training methods like ecollars and force fetching. My golden was so sweet you couldn't push him. I think an experienced Golden owner would be surprised with the Chessie. They have a reputation as being stubborn aggressive animals. I think that reputation is somewhat undeserved. That being said I have only had non alpha males, so I've only had the nicest of the breed. My breeder told me that most of the time the true alpha pup is a female. Males are kinda big lovable lugs in comparison. But a lovable Chessie is way different than a Golden. I guess the main thing is to remember Chessies are way different than either a Lab or a Golden. Don't get one unless you clearly understand that.
I found this extremely helpful and informative; thank you for posting it.

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