Re: Chesapeake Bay Retriever
I have fostered a few of them over the years and can say that this is a very interesting breed of dog.
This is a very intelligent breed. They think through EVERYTHING. They can, in general, be very, very stubborn. They are driven to work for their person, but a local hunting dog trainer who does board and train swears that Chessies are impossible to put into a board and train situation because they have no desire to work with someone other than their own person.
They bond very closely with the people in their home. Are tolerant of children, but do need to be heavily socialized with lots and lots of different people. They can be territorial and sometimes have a reputation for being unsafe around other animals.
This is an incredibly active breed that is totally tireless. They do best when they have some form of physical and emotional release for their energy, work ethic and intelligence. They LOVE water and swimming.
In general, I wouldn't recommend them for a home with an inexperienced owner. They need someone who understands the whole "firm, but always fair" approach to living with the dog. Fairness is a big thing with a Chessie.
I have loved working with the ones I have fostered. They are relatively popular here, I think because they are known for going into the coldest, roughest water all day long out in the field. They are just fascinating dogs. I wonder how one would do in SAR? I can see where that drive would come in handy, and they totally have the nose and ability. They can be fairly independent, and will ignore a command if they think they know how to do something better.