Grumpy Old Man
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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.